Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall

In this fantasy story, intended the first book in a series, the world of Cerulean is decaying, the entity composite of intertwined forests floating upon oceans surrounding a star. The chief female protagonist, a girl named Barra of a race known as the Listlespur, somewhat feline in appearance as the illustrations confirm, discovers her deceased father’s journal highlighting the world’s happy past and the plague leading towards its downfall. With the help of her two friends Tory and Plicks, Barra seeks to fulfill her patriarch’s legacy, with her adventure taking them beyond the Fall, the abyss below their world.

Safronoff dedicates his story to individuals such as Dane and Kylie, not to mention publisher Neoglyphic Entertainment. The narrative itself opens with heroine Barra contemplating entering her dead father’s forbidden study, which her mother Brace wishes to be reclaimed by trees, Brace also forbidding her daughter to go to a locale known as the Middens. A mysterious three-eyed stranger named Fizzit sometimes accompanies the trio of Barra, Tory, and Flicks, with a being called Argus serving as something of an antagonist throughout the book, which has plenty of action and ends with a cliffhanger.

The main draw to the novel is its absolutely gorgeous illustrations that consist of simple inkings common throughout most chapters alongside one-or-two-page-large colored images that give readers great insight into what the characters actually look like, although there are many times when captions for the art would have been welcome so that the reader can perfectly imagine the characters and events within their minds. Overall, this fantasy work is definitely worth a read, even just for the majestic art direction that brings to mind films such as James Cameron’s Avatar, and whets this reviewer’s appetite for its forthcoming sequel.
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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  1. Thank you for the review! The artwork hangs prominently throughout the Neoglyphic office -- I think the whole team is pretty proud of the work. The soundtrack is killer too :-P

  2. No problem. By the way, I'm a fantasy writer too, and have been heavily revising my own series' first entry Saga Terra: Odysseus. I want to get some beta readers to find out my story's strong and weak points and improve on it so I can get an eventual final product I would feel comfortable spending money to promote and get physically through an outlet like Lulu. Would you be up for it? If not, it's okay.

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    2. A pleasure to meet another fantasy writer!
      My reading queue has sadly exceeded the threshold of my ability to reliably get to every book in it. At least for the next year, I have to respectfully decline. Nevertheless, I like your approach :-D. Feedback can be a useful tool. Of course, not all feedback is equal, but if you can acquire some insight into your audience, how they're interpreting your words, you can certainly make better decisions in editing. Good luck building your beta-reading group!

    3. Alright, I understand, and thanks for the well wishes.