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Damoren (Valducan) [Kindle Edition]

Seth Skorkowsky
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'IN THE SAME VEIN AS SUPERNATURAL, HELLBOY, AND BLADE'

A secret society of monster hunters.
A holy revolver forged to eradicate demons.
A possessed man with a tragic past.
A rising evil bent on destroying them all.

Matt Hollis is the current wielder of the holy weapon, DÄMOREN. With it, he stalks and destroys demons. A secret society called the VALDUCANS has taken an interest in Matt’s activities. They see him as a reckless rogue—little more than a ‘cowboy’ corrupted by a monster—and a potential threat to their ancient order.

As knights and their sentient weapons begin dying, Matt teams up with other hunters of his kind such as LUIZA, a woman with a conquistador blade; ALLAN, an Englishman with an Egyptian khopesh; MALCOLM, a voodoo priest with a sanctified machete; and TAKAIRA, a naginata-swinging Samurai. As the hunters become the hunted, they must learn to trust one another before a powerful demonic entity thrusts the world into a terrible and ageless darkness.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1951 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ragnarok Publications (April 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JNYVG52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valducan #1 -- Off to a winning start April 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In a genre wildly over-populated by cheesy vampire/demon/werewolf love stories and bad supernatural detective schtick, Damoren is a breath of fresh air from the first chapter to the last.

From the start, the reader is treated to a very fresh take on the monster-hunter concept and the monstrous foes themselves -- a thread which is enjoyably woven non-stop throughout the book.

The idea of monster-slaying weapons imbued with holy or magical properties has been a staple of legendary storytelling since before Perseus faced Medusa. Damoren elevates the whole concept to the next level, bringing the weapon to life as a character in a way as profound as the flawed hero who wields it.

There is a deep and authentic sense of history throughout Damoren lending dimension to the Heroes and Villains alike, as well as playing perfect companion to the events of the story and the emerging mythology of the series. That impressively well-developed sense of history, both regarding the Valducan Order and the rising menace they face, gives the fantastical aspects of the tale an anchor of gritty, tangible realism.

Flighty and fanciful magic is absent in Damoren - replaced refreshingly with dark, ominous, symbolic ritualism of a ghoulishly Lovecraftian tone.

Action-packed, well-conceived, well-plotted, well-paced, and well-told, Damoren brims with the kind of fantastical history and mythology that makes genre-buffs' mouths water plus enough good old-fashioned creep-factor to raise more than a few hairs along the way.

I rabidly devoured Book One of Skorkowsky's Valducan series and can't wait to get my hands on Book Two when it's released.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. While a free book is nice, it NEVER guarantees a favorable review.

When I was first offered an opportunity to read this book, I was all prepared for the standard treatment of hack-and-slash pulp escapism. While there is nothing wrong with such (I read plenty) this book was a pleasant surprise when it proved to be quite a bit more. Mr. Skorkowsky delivers a coherent story line, true depth of characters and an overall sense of continuity and form that was impressive. Plainly put, he tells a great story with rich detail peopled with memorable heroes and villains.

Toss in some excellent blood-letting, believable fight sequences, a plethora of supernatural entities and some awesome blessed weaponry and you get an impressive package, While this book bids fair to be part of a series, the author fought the gimmick of leaving a huge cliffhanger and ended the book in such a way it could, if necessary, survive alone on its own merits. There is clear foreshadowing there is more to come of the events of the book, it does not leave the reader feeling cheated or duped.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Damoren is exactly the kind of book I wanted to read at exactly the right time. The best tag I have read of it is this: Damoren is the perfect weapon for an imperfect man. The author managed to do something few authors can do, and graced a holy weapon with a personality, made me care for her, and in turn gave an added layer of characterization to the hero. In a world of urban fantasy, this one stands out. The world-building is rich, the characters are many (and immediately interesting), and the intrigue is a slow build of the sort that really makes this novel unique. I am excited to see where this series goes.

Fans of Supernatural will find a literary brother in the main character. In less assured hands (or madly typing fingers, as the case may be), this could be derivative. But this creation is wholly the author's own. The plot snaps from start to finish; I could not move my eyes from the screen, but ate the entire book up in one sitting.

It took a guy from Texas to get me to fall in love with a gun. Go figure.

Buy. Read. Enjoy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The tag line for this book "In the same vein as SUPERNATURAL, HELLBOY, and BLADE comes...DÄMOREN" is perfect in describing this book. The combination of plot, action, and characters combined with demonology and past histories regarding the weapons was well balanced and not overly done or distracting. In fact, it enhances the story and makes you become more invested in what the characters are doing and how they go about keeping the weapons safe. I am curious as to the origins of the weapons and found it interesting that the names that were given for them were not their "true" names. I could not put this one down and I have to read more... immediately!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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The story begins with 11-year old Spencer Mallory surviving an attack in his home by a group of monsters that kill the rest of his family. He's saved by a demon hunter named Clay Mercer who wields a special weapon named Dämoren.

Years later, Spencer, now known as Matt Hollis, has become a demon Hunter himself, bonded with Dämoren. As if his life isn't strange enough, he gets the following letter...

Dear Mr. Hollis,

As you can see, we have been aware of you for some time. While we have always made it a point not to interfere with your activities, developments have arisen that have forced our hand into contacting you.

The letter was from the Valducans, a group of demon-hunting knights who find and keep track of all holy weapons and whose library of demon species and lore is massive. A group that Matt was already aware of and that he believed wanted him dead.

Author, Seth Skorkowsky, does a very good job of creating believable situations using extraordinary characters. The conflict between monsters and heroes is embellished by the distrust among the Valducans themselves and the surprise reveal at the end of the book works well as closure for book one and sets up book two nicely.

Dämoren is available now from Ragnarok Publications through Amazon.com.

If you love urban fantasy, you'll certainly enjoy Dämoren.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read. Entertaining from the start and enough excitement ...
A great read. Entertaining from the start and enough excitement to keep you hooked till the end! Hoping for a sequel as good
Published 2 days ago by Peter tobin
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice little summer diversion.
Took a little bit but the book grew on me. Another one that might grow into itself and be something really worth reading in later books, this first was ok but nothing special.
Published 3 days ago by Glock Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good stuff
Published 14 days ago by Drew Puddy
4.0 out of 5 stars An action-packed debut into a saga of demon hunters with unique...
After inheriting a divine weapon from a demon hunter who saved his life, Matt Hollis has spent his adulthood vanquishing these infernal monsters. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Tony Peak
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Fantastic and immersive read... just what I needed for Summer Business Travel. A great escape with rich back story, plot and story evolution. Read more
Published 17 days ago by David Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars A new and interesting take of Urban fantasy.
A good solid Fantasy about Demons and those who fight them. The Ending sort of through me for a curve, but is a logical progression of the story. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Frederick A. Squier
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book
Loved the book, it showed something fresh as compared to other fantasty books. The ideas behind the story are well thought out and the flow encompasses you nicely. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Primoz Dominko
4.0 out of 5 stars DÄMOREN by Seth Skorkowsky
Matt Hollis became a monster hunter the day his family was murdered by horrible monsters and he was saved by a monster hunter and his sentient weapon. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Star @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog
4.0 out of 5 stars nice star!
Good writing and strong story. I did feel the main characters were easily duped and this could have been fleshed out better. But overall good action.
Published 27 days ago by Gfullerton
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good tale
One of the better demon/monster Hunter stories I've read.Not as wordy as the Deacon Chalk series or as short.Good plot,likable characters and it moves along quickly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John E. Smith
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