On a distant world of forests floating on an ocean around a star,
a blight threatens to plunge all life into darkness.
But three friends seek the light.
Together, they will Fall and be lost.
And at the very Root of darkness, they will find themselves.
But will it be enough to help them find their way home?
The world of Cerulean
Light and water flow from the ocean into the roots of the Great Trees, up through the boughs, and out over the lush canopy. But the once vibrant treescape has grown dim over generations of arboreal life, and the creatures of the forest have forgotten the light.
Barra, a young, willful Listlespur, finds her late father's hidden journal, and reads about the old world and the mysterious plague her father believed destroyed it. He wrote that he warned the Elders. He urged them to take action. Those were his last words.
Together with her two best friends, Barra will explore every bark, wood, and leaf of the Great Forest to relight her world and complete her father's story, even if she has to travel beneath the Fall.
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Aaron Safronoff is author of the Discovery Award winning science fiction novel, Spire. Since his debut, he's published a sequel, Fallen Spire, and a novella of literary fiction, Evening Breezes.
Safronoff's diverse background includes the formal study of computer science, bio-chemistry, and culinary arts. However, most of his career has been in the videogame industry in quality, production, and design.
Today, Safronoff is the co-founder and Chief Storyteller of Neoglyphic Entertainment, and is busy writing his fifth novel, the second installment of the Sunborn Rising series.
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The world of Cerulean seems ideal, a world of forests floating on an ocean around a star; a variety tree top creatures,called Arboreals live among the woven together tree tops. However, their light has been slowly diminishing and the threat of the Creepervine from below has been slowly making its way to the treetops. Barra Swiftspur, a young Listlespur has found her father's diary that documents the Creepervine. After her father's death from the Creepervine Barra and her friends Plicks and Tory want to save their world from the Creepervine, but it will be dangerous and they will have to travel to what seems like a whole other beneath the treetops, beneath the Fall.
Sunborn Rising is an absolutely grand adventure in a wonderful world. Meant for middle-grade audiences, I was still absolutely fascinated by the world of Cerulean, the characters and their quest. The world building was magnificent. At first I thought I would have some trouble picturing this world of trees on an ocean, but I loved all of the descriptions of the woven together tree tops, the dwellings that were created, the unique animals that were often combinations of two animals that we know (my favorite is definitely the Kolalabat) and each of the environments. The vibrant, detailed pictures helped with this and added an extra element to the world of Cerulean. Barra, Tory and Plicks were awesome characters. They each have different personalities, strengths and weaknesses but manage to work together and use their strengths to navigate beneath the fall. Overall, this is an exciting middle-grade adventure that has enough excitement for everyone.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.