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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.

©2015 Seth Skorkowsky (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Narrator R.C. Bray lends his expertise to this darker entry in the Valducan series, which features demon-hunting knights in New Orleans. Bray's deep voice and rich accent suit voodoo practitioner Malcolm exceptionally well." (AudioFile)

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Best one out of a great series

Amazing book!
If you like monsters and voodoo and all that supernatural hunter badass stuff this book will not disappoint.

Story, SOLID. Ties in perfectly with the first one and carry on the story beautifully.

Narration. RC Bray is one of the best narrators out there and this is another example of his superior ability.

I would recommend to anyone who
- like the first one
- thought the first one was okay but not sure about continuing the series... take the leap of faith and listen.
- likes the monsters and paranormal genre
- like a bad ass Haitian man killing monsters like a baaaaadassss.

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Book two in great series

This was my second outing into Seth’s world of valducan knights. And I loved the story of Malcolm & Hounacier

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Almost like Voodoo version of Pinocchio

Story was kinda slow on some parts, but the build up was good, even more awesome at the climax!

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  • Steve H. Caldwell
  • 06-06-16

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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  • erock
  • 24-07-15

R. C. Bray's Narration Is Audible Chocolate

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. I recommended Damoren (Valducan, Book 1) to several friends of mine and 2 out of 3 of them ended up preordering Hounacier as I did. The remaining friend did not, however, only becuase he can't listen to R. C. Bray narration again until he gets his diabetes under control again (it's an audible chocolate thing).

Who was your favorite character and why?

Malcolm is an absolute BOSS because he was a one man recking crew with few allies to support him

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Spectacular. I have no doubt R. C. Bray's narration of Hounacier will score yet another Audie nomination for Skorkowsky's Valducan series.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no spoilers

Any additional comments?

Keep em' coming Skorkowsky!

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  • KP
  • 25-02-16

On Par With Marsters' Dresden Readings.

Bold claim, right? Seriously. Most Contemporary Supernatural is all about angsty teenagers and repressed sexual urges. Exactly NONE of that here. Very well written and read by a master voice actor.

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  • Alexander
  • 17-04-18

Series stays great.

Really liked the first book in the series, and this 2nd doesn’t disappoint. Not only does it maintain its quality in story telling, but shifts perspectives to help keep from getting predictable.

This 2nd book is told from a different knight’s perspective, and tells a whole new story arc. While I like series that have a strong central story this separate story system works well so far.

It is in the same world etc... giving it familiarity, but with a different main character and weapon. This makes it a book you could read and understand well enough without reading the first.

Looking like each book in the series will be a different hunter and their living weapon. Since the characters are well written so far this is looking good for the series overall.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-03-18

Demons walk these pages!

Sometimes on a trip you look in a shop window and you see an object that takes your mind on dream of its past. Read this book and walk the path of the thing. Past, present, and future. A great story that inspires the mind and pushes the boundaries of modern demon tales. Find the weapon that speaks to you and walk the path of a hunter.
I was impressed by the reading as well as this story. R.C. Bray delivers again as a reader and Seth brings a good mix of action, mystery, and antiques with history's that pull you along for a ride.

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  • Roy Melton Jr.
  • 17-01-18

An excellent followup book

Excellent writing, getting the next book right now. An amazing treatment of the Loa and New Orleans as a whole. Looking forward to the next book starring Dr. Malcolm Romero.

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  • Clifford Wooden Jr
  • 19-09-16

Excellent follow up read!!!

I thought it would be a continuation of the last book but it was a good deviation from it. This series is well written and pretty original in its lay out of an already over saturated niche.

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  • Roach
  • 29-02-16

love R.C Bray I can close my eyes and become it

book was a good continuation as well.. it got away from the first book then brought Dameron back to the story will get the next book....awsome series

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  • Aaron Brown
  • 16-08-15

Main character suffers a brutal trail by fire

Wow. Just when you think it can't get worse for our hero it does!!!

But that is why this story is excellent. It all hangs together really well and it is a thrilling and imaginative ride!

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 16-03-17

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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