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Hunt for Valamon

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  25 reviews
When Prince Valamon is impossibly taken from the heart of Algaris Castle, the only clue as to motive or culprit is the use of unknown sorcery.

Reclusive cleric Seris is happily tending to his book-infested temple when he finds himself recruited to the politically compromised rescue mission. His sole companion on the journey is Elhan, a cheerfully disturbed vagrant girl with
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Spence City
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Camly Nguyen
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Crown Prince Valamon was never intended to be the next king. In court, he is considered slow, shallow and strange. But when Valamon is unexpectedly kidnapped, Seris the cleric and Elhan are recruited by Valamon's brother, Falon, to go find him. But Elhan isn't who everyone thinks she is. She's the Kali-Adelsa, a cursed girl that brings the promise of destruction where ever she goes and is constantly on the run from enemies that threaten to kill her. Together, they have to combine their forces to ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The Prince Valamon has been kidnapped from his room in Algaris Castle. Whoever committed the kidnapping used magic. Valamon's brother, Prince Falon, sends an unlikely pair to rescue Valamon, Seris a healing cleric and Elhan a cursed girl. During their search for the prince, Seris and Elhan realize that a missing prince isn't the Empire's biggest problem. A war is coming.

Hunt for Valamon is a sort of twisted fairy tale. Lightly twisted, but largely still in a Disney style. Everything was overly n
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Hunt for Valamon was recommended to me by a friend, and it is the first novel I’ve ever read from Australian fantasy author D.K. Mok. I didn’t know much about the book when I picked it up so I had no idea what to expect, but I have to say, I came out of it feeling quite impressed.

Valamon is the oldest son of King Delmar but was never meant to inherit the throne, due to the fact most people consider him to be a simpleton. H
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Every now and again an author blows me away. It doesn't happen often, but I can distinctly remember instances in the past when it has. Joe Abercrombie's The Blade Itself, GRRM's A Game of Thrones and Kameron Hurley's The Mirror Empire all feature in prominently in my memory. And now I can add DK Mok's Hunt for Valamon to that list. Recommended to me by author Mitchell Hogan (whose work is also amazing), I approached Hunt for Valamon with much excitement and some trepidation. Would I love it? Did ...more
3 stars because it a nice and entertaining story and it is well told.
Jennifer (bunnyreads)
So this book was a nice surprise! I was reading through my kindle samples, thinning them down into ‘won’t ever read, and will eventually read’ (basically procrastinating my blind-date book) when this book happened. This ended up a ‘straight to amazon to buy it read’.

Things I loved about it were:

The cover- I'm a cover shopper, so when this popped up on my 'you may like' on amazon, I had to have a look and save a sample. Such a beautiful cover must have a great book inside! Right? Happily, this
Anna Mattaar
There were some things I loved about this book, and some things I didn't like.

I loved the complexity of the story and how it really managed to surprise me a few times. I loved how there is no clear good or evil: there are many more sides, and all of them are simply doing what they think is best. I also liked that much of the backstory is never really explained, merely hinted at so you can figure it out for yourself.

Things I liked less were mostly in the writing style. It's good, but now and then
Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Note: I was provided with a copy of this book from the publisher for review.

Mok starts the story with the drama of abduction and proceeds with a story filled with the threat of war and a complex web of armies, revenge, ancient curses, and a fight for a kingdom. With varying points of views each character’s voice can be heard, which is a great opportunity to see things from multiple sides and makes for a more rounded story. There is humour in the story, it is never over the top and it is sprinkle
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
~I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest and fair review via

The Hunt for Valamon was a hilarious and endearing fantasy to read. Mok blends humor and gravity together magnificently, in a way that reminds me of the Diskworld series by Terry Pratchett. It’s lighthearted but not so lighthearted that its lacking drama to push the plot along.

Prince Valamon has been kidnapped, and Seris and Elhan (also known as the Kali-Adelsa, the girl cursed to bring about t
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Anyone familiar with DK Mok’s writing would be aware that she loves to subvert a good fantasy stereotype. Hunt for Valamon, her second novel, is no exception.

Here are some examples of what I mean. Valamon – the abducted prince from the title – is woefully inept to be the heir of the all-conquering Talgaran Empire. His younger brother, Falon, is far more fit to rule, but chafes at the unrelenting tide of paperwork involved. Seris is a cleric of Eliantora, which means he has some skills at healing
Kelly Hager
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this so much! Perfect for fans of Morgan Rhodes.
Maria Carvalho
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I decided to give Hunt for Valamon a try after being blown away by a DK Mok short story that I’d read in an anthology (Under the Full Moon’s Light), and the book far exceeded my wildest expectations. I truly loved it so much that I did not want it to end. From the very first page, I was amazed by how incredibly well-written the tale is; I felt like I’d discovered a hidden gem that surely should be a well-known best-seller everywhere. The story is utterly engaging, entertaining, and unique; while ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gritty, yet delightful tale that goes against the grain

I downloaded a sample of this book knowing nothing about the author and about 5 pages into the sample, I bought the full version. I was hooked by the witty humor and the believable, anti-cliché characters. I typically groan over books that jump all over the place following different characters, but DK Mok is able to make each character so dynamic and interesting that I actually didn't mind.

Even though the overall story is pretty bleak and
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
An eARC was received from the publisher via Netgalley.


First of all, I have to comment on that incredible cover art. Mok’s books (both published by Spence City) have had the most gorgeous covers. Huge kudos to the cover artist.

Let me tell you a story of teenage and young adult me. I loved epic fantasy. In high school, I would walk through the aisle looking for the distinctive fat paperbacks (preferably a series, since it lasted longer) that would give me an escape from the world. I devoured Ra
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, indie-books
Firstly, the disclaimer that I worked with DK on "In Memory: A Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett", but as usual this has not affected my review. In saying that, it *did* affect the fact that I actually finished the book, as otherwise I would have DNF'd.

As you've probably already gathered, I did not enjoy this book. After my initial excitement and optimism, I found it a real chore to get through. To me it feels like a 5-star book wearing a 2.5-star cloak. The spelling and grammar is flawless, it's p
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: well-edited
I became aware of D.K. Mok's work when we both had stories in the Terry Pratchett tribute anthology In Memory: A Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett . I enjoyed her story in that book, and bought this book in consequence.

It reminds me, in many ways, of a Terry Pratchett story. We have not one, but two earnest, rather hapless young men with burning ideals about how the world should be, who struggle and sacrifice and are willing to pay any price to make it that way, because they care very deeply. W
Will Thompson
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
**unbiased spoiler free review** - I bought this book on my kindle with my own hard earned money after reading a positive online review and so hold no allegiances to the published or author.
I picked up Hunt for Valamon expecting a straight forward fantasy story of a Prince being kidnapped and the subsequent rescue mission. I must admit this didn't fill me with a lot of hope however the review I read convinced me to give it a go. What I actually found was the rescue mission element plays a smalle
Dion Perry
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it
When Crown Prince Valamon disappears from his room in the castle, sorcery is blamed. Rather than leaping onto his horse and thundering into the night in search of him, Valamon’s brother Falon holds a tournament to find a champion. Supervised by Lord Qara, who actually a woman, and Seris, who is a cleric and healer, a victor, Elhan, is chosen. She is the Kali-Adelsa (cursed one) and one of the most feared women in the kingdoms. To ensure everyone knows that Elhan is on official Prince business, F ...more
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Randomly picked up this book from the shelves at the library and got it out since the blurb seemed interesting enough. Best uninformed decision I made in a long time.

I wish this was the first book to a series. The world building was intriguing enough and character development would go further. There were also some side characters that I want to get to know more about.
The plot could have worked equally well with a tragedy or a happy ending. I did get a sense of everything working out too neatly a
Erlan Wheeler
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I took a chance on a book by an author I'd never heard of and I'm glad that I did. Hunt for Valamon was a satisfying experience, being at heart an epic /medieval fantasy quest but tinged with modern language and humor and multiple viewpoints in a way that made it fun to read. I give it only 4 stars for lack of a map and for an over-reliance on coincedental meetings and circumstances. But the characters were great, the plot complex, and the world interesting. I felt that this book had aspects of ...more
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading HUNT FOR VALAMON, which is unsurprising as I'm a big fan of DK Mok's work. In this book, Mok takes some fairly traditional fantasy tropes, turns them upside down, shakes them around and rips them out in a rollicking adventure peppered with fascinating characters and intrigue. If I have one complaint, it is that at times the dialogue was perhaps a little too flippant for the story at hand, although at the same time there was some great banter. Recommended!
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
dk mok is such an amazing writer.I admire many of his other books and have a really good feeling about this one. I really hope I win this book!
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Great read - plays with genre, and some fabulously amusing dialogue.
Heather Daub
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
So this book was okay. I just couldn't really get into it, and some parts confused me a little. An interesting story line, but I don't think it was for me.
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DK Mok is a fantasy and science fiction author whose novels include Squid's Grief, Hunt for Valamon and The Other Tree. DK has been shortlisted for four Aurealis Awards, a Ditmar, and a Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award.

DK grew up in libraries, immersed in lost cities and fantastic worlds, populated by quirky bandits and giant squid. She graduated from UNSW with a degree in

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