If at any time an author can bring out emotions in a reader, they are a success. If they can draw in a reader to feel engaged in the journey of their new book friends, they earn more respect. If an author can leave a reader feeling intrigued, inspired, and even offer healing, they’ve gained a bibliophile fanatic for life. - Shani K. - The Chronicles of an Abibliophobiac.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Review: "Sun Valley, Moon Mountains" - (The Ur Legend Book 1) By Ajax Minor

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You should know before you read this book that it does carry over some darker themes that may be a trigger and/or issue for you. There is death, despair, sadness, fantasy, religious ceremonies and spiders. Spiders you say? Yes, I put that in there because I hate spiders. I live in an area where they are quite common and I tended to get creeped out a few times while reading it. So there is fair warning on what is to come with this book.

As a parent, I could never even pretend to understand what it is like to lose a child. I’ve been blessed by my kids as most of us are. The thought of that kind of loss is devastating. As it was for Jaq and Kate as they go through one thing after another.The whole story was a roller coaster of emotions for the characters and for anyone reading it. It’s a wonderful thing to have a book that can bring all that out of you as well. However, it was a bit much for me as I have certain triggers.

As Jaq and Kate work through their loss, they are handed a pile of crazy! It literally made me crazy! There are many times where things have happened and they don’t know if it’s their imagination or perhaps a paranormal happening?! From here comes in the fantasy parts. It’s a realm so far different than the “real” one they are used to. With in their struggle between the two realms, they find out some interesting news. Is their daughter really alive? Or it another paranormal and/or fantasy storm of chaos? Suddenly some of their grief turns into hope as they set out on their journey.

I did find it interesting how the realms/planets/moon/earth were very much parallel in parts. I’ve read books like that before and where as it can be intriguing, it can also be confusing. I would have liked to of seen a little more separation there. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that there were many parts that freaked me out. Again, the spider and some of the violence got to me. I don’t do well with blood or spiders. I do understand that for the author this was how their work played out. I can respect that even if I don’t agree.

Over all I think the book caters to those who love dark fantasy as well as emotional storytelling. Ajax has a very creative talent that pulls you around in circles and keeps you guessing. There are quite a few twists in this one.


I do like as always, any book that brings out many emotions in the reader.

It is very creative and makes you wonder about how Ajax brought the book and characters to life and the inspiration.


Even with the fact I love the emotional charge books have, this was harder on me to read than most others. I do have several triggers and had no idea that it would affect me the way it did. Please note that this is a personal thing and I do not criticize the author for it.

There are many terms in the book that I had to look up in order to find their definition. This is a good and bad thing. I love to learn, but it takes away sometimes from the reading.

I would recommend this to all those that love dark fantasy, emotional, sci-fi, and courage.

I give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Please  note I was provided with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Where do I go to find out more about Ajax Minor?

Author Website


Good Reads

Where can you find me?

In my corner of course!


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