sun valley, moon mountains, by Ajax Minor

“There is so much in this novel; interesting characters dealing with a variety of themes and emotions in a fast paced plot. On the way, I learned a lot, from vocabulary to philosophy to mythology. Most importantly, I connected with the distillation of pain and loss, and another’s path to healing.”
~  Darcy (Amazon Book Reviewer) on May 2, 2016

About "Sun Valley, Moon Mountains"

Jaq and Kate are devastated when their daughter dies as a result of a catastrophic birth accident. They give up lucrative Wall Street careers and flee to the magnificent mountain country of Idaho.

But they discover that they cannot outrun the past. Jaq finds himself being hunted by a monstrous spider, while Kate keeps hearing soft cries coming from the baby monitor that she could never bear to part with. Finally, they land and release a Fantastical Fish in a rain of tears and blood on the Lost River. For help they turn to a local priest, who turns out to be much more, to guide them on a quest to rescue their daughter, Ur, from an ancient being known as Tiamat.

What follows is an epic journey into Luna, a land of mysteries and secrets, shaped by Jaq’s own mind. Racing across the rugged moonscape, Jaq and Kate battle their way through Hades to Tiamat’s lair and the ultimate showdown for the life and soul of their daughter.

Sun Valley, Moon Mountains is a fantasy set in modern times against the breathtaking backdrop of the Mountain West and woven throughout, on the tapestry of Luna, with the heroes of the Iliad and the ancient gods of Sumer. On its pages, you’ll encounter startling creatures like Rock Cats, Sand Banshees and Dust Bats, as well as a pair of passionate, yet Stoic, protagonists. Follow their Heroes’ Journey, as Jaq and Kate learn to replace pain with power, and to confront the ultimate question: is their daughter theirs to rescue, or must she be set free to follow her own destiny?

Book Reviews for "Sun Valley, Moon Mountains"

“A powerful story of parental love, Sun Valley, Moon Mountains draws the reader into a sweeping journey with life and death hanging in the balance. The main couple’s struggle to save their daughter spans the modern-day and fantastic, unbelievable realms. Thoughtful and compelling to the very last page, Sun Valley, Moon Mountains is highly recommended.”
~  Mary Cowper, the Midwest Book Review

“The author’s use of Sumerian mythology was truly unique, and I’ve never read a novel that utilized the traditions and storytelling from that specific ancient culture, and it really lent to the atmosphere and mood of the book.

If you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods…you’ll definitely enjoy this twist on family dynamics.