Stranger in the Valley
Book One of the Stranger Series
by Gregory Haley
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Pub Date 14 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 01 Jan 2024
As a former soldier, A.J. is used to seeing dead bodies, but he's never seen the kind of mutilation of a dead sheriff he discovers while hiking through this rural Oregon valley. Being suspected of murder is the least of his new problems, though.
To gain his freedom, A.J. must find the true killer, but nothing about Mystic Valley makes sense. His main suspect is a crooked werewolf, the beautiful town doctor is nearly 700 years old, and there's a suspicious young Dwarf who seems determined to cut off his head. When valley residents begin disappearing, A.J. and his band of misfit myths must race against time to uncover a treacherous plot that runs much deeper than one dead sheriff.
To save the valley, and possibly the rest of human civilization, A.J. must face his own demons much more dangerous than anything Mystic Valley has to offer.
"""“Stranger in the Valley” is a wildly entertaining, humorous, fast-paced read.""
""Terrific. Cohesive plot. I was caught up in the story immediately.""
""Gregory Haley is up there with one of the best mythologists I’ve ever read.""
"" Haley writes both beautiful and intense scenes, has created heartfelt characters with depth, and weaves together different mythologies, fantasy, sci-fi, and places it all in modern day Oregon.""
""Haley is an expert in ancient mythology! He knows how to weave different cultures and myths into a believable story with a complex plot.""
""The best paranormal adventure I have ever read."""
Average rating from 6 members
I feel like I’m not able to find just the right blend of genres in a book lately, and I requested this one with hope. Well, I am glad I did. This was a wonderful story filled with paranormal, real-life problems, and a mystery with so many other things wrapped in. A.J. is a somewhat tortured character because of his past, and he feels quite alone. His journey in this valley makes him so much more than when he started. Add in some engaging plot, captivating action, wonderful characters, and this book is so much more than the words on the page. I fell in love with this place, and I can’t wait to find out more about it in the next installment. More, please. Highly recommend. I was provided a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
One of the most important things for me in a fantasy series is robust world-building, and this book delivers! From the first page, I was drawn into the intermingling of reality and fantasy, with clever, well-thought-out explanations between the two.
I found the overall structure of the book to be captivating -- a sort of Eureka meets Harry Potter structure -- while also capturing the realities of life such as PTSD and the impact that has on the main character. The author clearly left lots of room for the series to grow and I can't wait to read the subsequent books in this series.
I requested this book based on the synopsis - a man who will always fulfil a promises meets a secret, enclosed valley full of mythical creatures .......... what's not to love !!
This is a thoroughly enjoyable , fantasy novel with characters that you will become invested in - with betrayal at the heart , who can be trusted ?.
I look forward to reading more from the Author in the future
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own