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.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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...
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.
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,...
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