After surviving a demon attack, disgraced police detective Victoria Martin tracks down the Valducans in search for answers. Recognizing her potential, and despite the warnings of the other knights, Allan Havlock, protector of Ibenus, takes her in as his apprentice. As the Valducans travel to Paris to destroy a demon nest infesting the catacombs, the knights find themselves hunted by an Internet group intent on exposing them. Victoria, who belongs to this group, must desperately play both sides to not only protect herself, but Allan, whom she has begun to love. Ibenus, however, has other plans. Ibenus is the third book in the Valducan series, for which Skorkowsky was shortlisted as "Best Debut Author" in the 2014 Reddit Stabby Awards.
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What can I say about this book? A whole mess of things and it is all good.
I have been a fan of this series since the first one came out and it has just gotten better. Each book builds on the mythology of this world and we get to see more and more as time goes on.
If the first book was an epic supernatural action book and the second a horror mystery, then this one could be called a tragic romantic adventure. It's beautifully written, perhaps the most emotional of all the books thus far . Skorkowsky surprises me with each entry in this series because it shifts how we approach each one.
Here, we learn more about Ibenus and her protector, Allan. We've known Allan since the first book and it is lovely to see him star as the main character in his own adventure. Still rebuilding the Knights and looking for new wielders of the holy weapons, Allan stumbles upon Victoria, a woman who has been haunted by the monsters that Allan is sworn to defeat. I do...
Seth Skorkowsky is one of the most promising fantasy writers I've read in the past decade. He has managed to create top quality urban fantasy in the Valducan series and exceeded that in the Tales from the Black Raven stories. While I prefer the latter, I was a day-one purchaser for this latest volume of the Valducan series.
The premise for the books is that the world is infested with demons. These spirits possess human beings and transform them into vampires, werewolves, and other creatures of darkness. Opposing these creatures are the Holy Weapons, those objects which have been empowered with more powerful demons that prey on these creatures. Each novel chronicles one Holy Weapon and their wielder, the latter of whom are often obsessed to a near-romantic level with their object.
This novel follows a woman named Victoria Martin who, after a chance encounter with demons, ends up a disgraced and jobless. Encountering Valducan agent Allan Havlock, keeper of the...
Wow, what a listen. I don't know how to describe the book without spoiling it, so beware!
I'm a huge fan of the world Seth Skorkowsky has built, and his concept of supernatural creatures existing, but being the manifestation of demons, is such a simple but powerful idea. Locked in a war with these demons are the Valducan Knights. Holy Weapons imbued with power of angels choose the warriors that wield them. These weapons are the only defense against an army of evil that plagues the world.
In the first book, Damoren, new demons were released into the world. In Ibenus, we follow a montage of characters as they hunt these new demons. Seth Skorkowsky introduces new knights, new weapons, and continues to horrify us with nightmare inducing creatures. (baby faced spider creatures that coo!)He does an excellent job pacing the story even when transitioning between characters and storylines. The powers the weapons impart on the knights make the battles gruesome and fun...
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