Hounacier : Valducan

  • by Seth Skorkowsky
  • Narrated by R. C. Bray
  • Series: Valducan
  • 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Paranormal, 2016
Eleven years ago atheist Malcolm Romero met a god. Now he's a demon-hunting voodoo priest armed with a holy machete named Hounacier. After the murder of his mentor, he returns to New Orleans to catch the killer. But more is at stake when Malcolm finds himself betrayed and his holy blade stolen. Now Malcolm's only hope to save his soul and to recover Hounacier is the Valducan knight sent to kill him, Matt Hollis, the wielder of the holy revolver Dämoren.

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Action packed and thought provoking

Hounacier, the second book in the Valducan series and the sequel to Seth Skorkowsky's Damoren, deals with the weilder of the demon slaying machete Hounacier, Malcolm Romero. After the murder of his mentor, the previous wielder of Hounacier, Malcolm returns to New Orleans to try and find the killer. He is instead drawn into his old life, a life filled with Loa, with voodooo priests and priestesses, where magic is real, and where a plot to have revenge against the wielders of Hounacier has Malcolms life and very soul, as well as Hounacier, in jeopardy. With a fast paced plot, exotic locations, really engaging characters and a villain that has a sympathetic reason for being that way, Mr. Skorkowsky has really taken this series to new levels, especially after the excellent work in Damoren. Any fan of Urban Fantasy should get a copy. This is as good as anything written by Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green or Tim Marquitz, who are some of my favorite urban fantasy authors. As far as narration, R.C. Bray does his usual spectacular job, breathing life into an already rich book. I anxiously await the third book.
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- Steve H. Caldwell

more revealed about the inner workings of Valducan

Hounacier is the name of the enchanted machete carried by Macolm Romero.  Romero was portrayed as an unlikable character in the first novel.  Here he is the main character and more than a little complicated.  His academic path was interrupted when he was introduced to a Voodoo shaman and drawn to the mysterious world of demons he couldn’t deny.

The Valducan barely survived the last attack by the demons who outnumbered them.  Now Romero’s adopted father has been murdered and he has to find out why.  In his impetuousness, he goes it alone, trusting the wrong people.  Taken over by a demon, his only hope may be death at the hand of Damoren, Matt Hollis’s enchanted revolver.

In the second novel of the series, more is revealed about the inner workings of the men called to the Valducan.  We learn more about the demons they are fighting and the men who vow to protect their enchanted weapons.  It is hard to compare the two novels, because the listener has much more understanding of the men and demons.  It is somewhat less satisfying in that regard, fewer things are new, but still a very entertaining novel, just in a different way.

R. C. Bray is excellent as usual. His rich baritone drips with intrigue as he deftly shifts between accents and demons. He is a joy to listen to and brings the story to life.

Hounacier is book two in the Valducan series.  Though there is a nod to the first novel, it stands on its own as a separate volume.  Still, it would be good to read them in order to know what happened previously and understand the special weapons and why they are so important to the men who wield them.  If you enjoyed book one, don’t hesitate to continue on.  Recommended.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-21-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios