• Damoren

  • Valducan, Book 1
  • By: Seth Skorkowsky
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Series: Valducan, Book 1
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-18-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (1,037 ratings)

Regular price: $24.95

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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2014 Seth Skorkowsky (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Narrator R.C. Bray delivers delicious doom in Skorkowsky's series opener.... Bray's distinctive voice complements Skorkowsky's battle-hardened warriors." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Adam on 01-06-15

The Expendables meets Monster Squad

What made the experience of listening to Damoren the most enjoyable?

This was a solid book on all counts. The pacing was just right, it never felt that the story was languishing at any point - it always felt like the characters were moving towards a clear goal and there was always a sense of urgency.

Character development was handled skillfully as well. There are a LOT of characters in this book since we're dealing with effectively, an entire secret order of demon hunters. Add to that each of these hunters possesses a holy demon-killing weapon which is also, in and of itself, a character. Naturally, it can be difficult to progress and develop personalities within this large "cast" without feeling like you're getting bogged down with exposition. However, without getting into a lot of backstory on each individual - we are still able to learn about each character through their interactions with each other and with their environment.

I'm a sucker for good world-building, and myth-creation and I think Seth Skorkowsky does a fantastic job on both counts. The locales are easily visualized, and feel real and fleshed-out. The mythology surrounding the supernatural elements was an interesting twist on explaining the existence of monsters.

The action in this book is fantastic! The battle scenes are well-paced and fantastic fun to read. Major battle scenes play out pretty much as you'd expect if you were watching an R-Rated action or horror film - read: it gets pretty graphic at times. So if you're not a fan of that stuff, then this book may not be for you - but I am, so five stars all around from me!

Finally, R.C. Bray is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators on Audible. The guy has a pretty good range, and does a decent job of inhabiting the different characters (although sometimes his accents can be a little unconvincing). Also, his deadpan delivery of some of the funnier lines and observations from characters injects some extra levity throughout the story.

What other book might you compare Damoren to and why?

This is the first book I've read in the urban fantasy genre, so I can't compare it to any other books.

That said, the story, pacing, and mythology in Damoren were similar to that of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Hellboy, and even League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Honestly I don't know. At this point I pretty much just read books in "his voice" in my head now.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

The main character has an old-world pistol with the blade of a holy sword affixed to the barrel.

If you think that image alone is even a little bit awesome - then you need to read this book.

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17 of 17 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Becki on 02-11-15


Would you listen to Damoren again? Why?

Yes, I would listen to it again because the story is very intricate, layered, and I know I will get more out of it each time.

What did you like best about this story?

It was so unique. I thought it was going to be like Supernatural, but it wasn't at all. It was a completely different dynamic.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I hadn't heard him before, but I liked him very much. His characterizations were extremely well done.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I prefer to listen to audio books in my car and over several days/weeks time. It gives me a chance to go back and listen to chapters over again, if I think I missed something.

Any additional comments?

By far one of the best 'debut' novels I have heard or read in a very long time.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kamal on 01-08-17

Lovely little find

I read that this book was like Supernatural (the TV show) and was sold. Didn't read the description properly, but did not care. This is a great book if you like this sort of thing.

Story. Bang on the money;
- Good strong characters.
- At times a little complicated to follow but I don't mind that.
- Well written
- a real wholesome story where you can tell the author has thought about everything fully.

Narration. Love RC bray, I think he's one of the best narrator's out there and was a strong added influence in me wanting to listen to this book. If you haven't heard anything he's read before check him out, I cannot recommend The Martian enough (film does not do the book justice - film is almost offensive).
However, I had to mark him down to a 4 star in this review as his English accent was the thing of nightmares. Being English myself I had to make a stand :).

All in all great book produced very well.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy / sifi / monsters.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Lungsford on 12-01-16

Pulp fiction

As per usual verbal lullaby that is RC Bray makes an ok story eminently more listenable. There is nothing wrong with the story, it could use some character development, it is obviously setting up for a long money making chain of novels, but if you like TV like Supernatural you will enjoy it, if like me you enjoy RC Bray (and why wouldn't you he has the vocal range and ability that warms the soul to listen to) you will enjoy this. Just don't expect any awards for this book, just enjoy it's pulpy goodness.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Johnny on 03-09-18

A slightly pulpy yet unique take on urban fantasy

Amazing. This is my first introduction into audiobooks and R.C Bray's narration was flat out amazing. Every character sprang to life in a cast of players as large as a blockbuster action movie.

And that's what this book feels like. A cinematic, well paced action movie that oozes mythos and... authenticity. The world constructed in Seth's book has a rich and well thought history, characters have agency and backstories. You can really seperate each of the many characters and no one blends together in a blur.

Not to give the plot away, but it's set in present day, involves an order of monster hunters and a grand ensemble of ghastly horrors. Vampires, werewolves, wendigos make an appearance. But they aren't your typical monster mash. The authors take on these creatures, what they are and how they operate is extremely unique.

I've already bought the second book in this series and I really hope Seth will continue to write and release books in this world. he's gripped me as content creator on YouTube and now has me as an author.

awesome stuff.
awesome stuff.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 08-18-15


Rc bray has done it again with an outstanding performance.
Seth skorkowsky is a fantastic writer can't wait to listen to the next book.

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