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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 Val
Kindle Edition, 356 pages
Published March 14th 2015 by Ragnarok Publications
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Seth Skorkowsky It takes place one year after the events in Damoren, but does not follow the same main character.

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Michael Britt
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow!!! And I thought Dämoren was good! Skorkowsky just shot his way up on my "Favorite Author" list.

EDIT: this review is now up at booksprens here.

One thing I really love about this series is that each book is essentially a stand-alone, so you can really start anywhere. While they're stand-alones, they do build upon one another. So you will miss out on some context for past missions and info on past characters, but you'll still find enjoyment even if you start here.

Hounacier, like Damoren, is
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Last year I discovered the awesome world of magic, demons, and sentient spirit-imbued weapons in Seth Skorkowsky’s Dämoren, so when I was offered a chance to read the sequel, I didn’t hesitate.

Hounacier builds on the first book, which introduced us to an order of modern-day knights called the Valducan. All the monsters or the world are actually human beings possessed by demon, and the type of demon in turn determines the t
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

A very solid second entry in the Valducan series, Hounacier changes this up and shows a different side of the incredible world the author has created.

The first book followed Matt Hollis from his journey as a solo hunter to a demon killing Valducan knight. This time we follow around Malcolm Romero, the established knight who clashed with Matt during the events of the first book, as he heads home to New Orleans to investigate the death of his mentor.

I thought it was a really interesting c
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Matt Hollis is a great and relatable character. Malcolm Romero isn’t. At least that’s what I thought after finishing Dämoren. You can’t blame me. Malcolm behaved like a huge asshole all way through.

And yet here we are following Mal’s adventure in New Orleans. His mentor and father figure was murdered. Malcolm returns to New Orleans to catch the killer but instead loses his holy machete (Hounacier) and finds himself on the run. Not only from others. He’ll have to face even more dangerous foe. I c
Sep 19, 2017 added it
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I loved the first book, I did. But this one is just not for me. In a world so interesting, with so many characters already there, with so many stories you can tell... I find it's a crime to waste time on plain old love stories. It's just not my thing, I find romantic relationships to be the most boring interpersonal bond you can write about and it's disappointing to me that both this and the next book are spent on that.
Also, why do people have to make it obvious people will end up togethe
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
2.5 stars

I didn't like this book as much as the first one and there are a few reasons for that.

1. Change in main character: I liked Matt Hollis in the first book and wanted more of his story. This book however switches to Malcolm Romero, a senior Valducan Knight who was a bit of an ass to Matt in the first book. I didn't feel any pressing need to know more about Malcolm and, after spending an entire book with him, that hasn't changed. He goes through some pretty nasty crap in the back third of t
Frank Errington
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I had more fun reading this than anything else I've read in recent memory. What I expected going in was a rehash of book one in the Valducan series. What I got was a great stand-alone novel in the Valducan world.

Author, Seth Skorkowsky has come up with a winning formula featuring the Valducan, a group of demon-hunting knights who find and keep track of all holy weapons and whose library of demon species and lore is massive.

Whereas book one dealt with the weapon Dämoren, book two focus
C.T. Phipps
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Valducan series by Seth Skorkowsky began last year with the very strong entry, Damoren. Damoren followed the adventures of Matt Hollis, mystical gunslinger and demon hunter as he joined the Valducan organization in attempting to rid the world of evil supernatural beings. During that adventure, he thwarted an attempt to wipe out all of the "holy weapons" which the organization used to destroy demons and faced down the mother of all monsters, Tiamat. It was an excellent globe-trotting adventur ...more
Nathaniel Hanley
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing

That is what I thought when I put this book down. For those of you who have not read the first book Damoren, you are in for a treat because this series is bound to become the stuff of legends. A brief glimpse into this world, Demons of all kinds are real. Nothing is left behind. To combat these demons that hide in human bodies, we have been given magical weapons that have a mind of their own. These weapons seek out their wielders and give them incredible powers to stop the evils of the world
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Waiting for “The Adventures of Matt Hollis, pt 2?” Sorry to disappoint, but the 2nd book of the Valducan series takes a bold turn down a different (and somehow even darker) avenue. By crafting a world easily as captivating as the characters which inhabit it, Skorkowsky has made the point-of-view shift from one hunter to another not only frictionless but compelling. As with Damoren, though, the grim universe of these hunters takes centerstage.
And make no mistake, it earns the spotlight. In additi
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My original Hounacier audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

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 o
Rob Hayes
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
One Line Review: Flashback, shit going sideways, that voodoo hoodoo, hunting, enormous demon cock, treachery, awesome twist (that I'm not going to spoil), torture, sexy time... demon sexy time, bang, stab, the Baron, tasting own medicine, picnics.

So the second book in Seth's Valducan series focuses less on Matt Hollis and his angelic revolver Damoren, and almost entirely on Malcolm Romero and his holy machete Hounacier. After the murder of his mentor, Malcolm is drawn back to the streets he cut
Julia DeBarrioz
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read on average 50 books a year, and though I usually enjoy most of them, only a few will succeed in taking my breath away. Hounacier was one of those books that made me think to myself *THIS is what I’ve been waiting for*. It’s a book that makes you want to sit on the couch with a blanket and read it straight through from start to finish, but you can’t because those trivial things like work and sleep get in your way…

This is an urban fantasy tale that has all the familiar markers that I crave,
Bookwyrm Speaks
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent urban fantasy that works as a story on it own and servers as a worthy sequel. More personal and less apolypic story this go around. Plus there's werewolfs, voodoo and a machete. What else do you need?

Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Yeah, loved it.
A great sequel and very promising for the continuing series.
Can't wait for the next one.
Kevin Brown
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Continuing the series with an antagonist of the previous books protagonist was a smart idea. This new character perspective lets us see more of the world and builds out from the newly reveled secret society. Getting to see how someone else started down this path is a nice bit of world building. Though in the first few chapters the author struggles to make the two characters feel different but he eventually finds his stride and this new character really starts feeling like a separate and distinct ...more
Clay Sanger
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"...And if you join us, I can promise you that long after you're old, and grey, and I dig your grave, and take you to the other side, you'll remember what happened when Malcolm Romero came calling.."

A quote from Skorkowsky's "Hounacier (Valducan Book 2)" that is as prophetic for the reader as it is for the characters who inhabit the story.

In Hounacier we follow Valducan Knight Malcolm Romero (first introduced to us in "Damoren (Valducan Book 1)") home to New Orleans in his quest to investigate,
Jorge Soto
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We first meet Malcom Romero, wielder of the holy weapon Hounacier, in the first book of the series, Damoren. While Damoren follows the demon hunter Matt Hollis as he is drawn in to joining the Valducans, a holy order of Demon Hunters, in order to protect the remaining holy weapons from a plot to destroy them all, Hounacier follows Malcom and gives us a glimpse into his past, and how he came to be bonded with Hounacier.

In Hounacier, Malcom travels back to his home of New Orleans after the death o
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As with the previous book in the Valducan series, "Damoren" (Book 1), "Hounacier" (Book 2) has action that is pulse-pounding and exciting. This is also an unputdownable book. Where we followed the protagonist Matt Hollis in "Damoren," here in "Hounacier" we follow the new protagonist, Malcolm Romero, who, if you've read Book 1, you'll remember that he and Matt often butted heads and did not get along.

When I read from the book description that this book was going to revolve largely around Haitia
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hounancier is my favorite of the books so far (Damoren, Hounancier and Ibenus). The book takes place in New Orleans and follows Hounancier's current protector, Malcolm. Malcom is called home after his mentor is found murdered, and he returns to catch the killer while facing down the demons that live in the city.
I loved getting to learn about the Voodoo culture in New Orleans and Skorkowsky did an excellent job of weaving it into Malcom's story as both a Houngan and a Valducan knight. Hounacier's
Bitsy Vontrapp
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent follow up to Damoren, the first book in the Valducan series. Fast paced, action packed and fascinating. The first book was, necessarily, more broad, as it had to introduce and define the Valducan universe and populate it. The second book is much more personal, told from the point of view of one of the Knights and explores the nature of the holy weapons to their respective holders, as well as providing an immersing look at what possession by the demonic creatures is like. The voodoo asp ...more
Ron Allen
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After reading Damoren, book 1 in the Valducan series, I was excited for Hounacier, but nervous at the same time, fearing it wouldn't live up to the awesomeness that was and is Damoren. All too often, authors drop the ball with sequels, and use the same success formula they used for book 1, and you end up feeling like you got nothing new.

Not the case with Hounacier! Hounacier takes it to a whole new level. Gripping. Deliciously dark (and when I say dark, I mean he drags you to Hell and back)! Vo
Melissa J. Katano
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Hounacier is the the second novel in the Valducan series. Malcolm Romero is the bearer of Hounacier, a machete blade dedicated to voodoo, but she'll kill any demon that's handy. When Malcolm receives word that his mentor (and the former "groom" of Hounacier) has died, he returns to New Orleans to track down his killer. The twists and turns in this book had my blood pounding to the rhythms of the voodoo drums.

Once again, Mr. Skorkowsky has written a novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked the first book in this series, "Damoren," so I was kind of holding on to this book for when I needed something I knew was going to be diverting and fun. I wasn't disappointed. The second follows Malcolm, another Valducan Knight and his trials in New Orleans. The voodoo was interesting and discussed more thoroughly than most authors bother to do so it really caught my interest. If you liked the first book, this one won't let you down. I'm eager to read the next vaguely unpronouncea ...more
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a follow-up to Damoren, but is not a direct sequel. Instead, it is entirely its own creature -- a creature that is truly frightening on a visceral level, and demanding. Skorkowsky really impressed me with Damoren, and Hounacier took it up a notch. The world-building is exquisite, and I anticipate the pay-off in later books to be on a level with Anton Strout and Kim Harrison.
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What an awesome book, everything in this universe created by Seth Skorkowsky is perfect, liked Malcom Romero a lot, love his sense of duty and all the voodoo thing were perfect.
I found myself enjoying this book even more when Matt Hollis appeared, i like him and Damoren more than Malcom and Hounacier, but either way, this was a great book and is a great series so far.
Eveline Hecklinger
I don't even know where to start. I am so glad I gave this series another shot. DÄMOREN was great, but Hounacier was even greater....There goes my idea for not buying any more books because I have to order Ibenus today. Seth Skorkowski accomplished something that is hard to do, he wrote a series that is unlike anything you will ever read. I am not a professional reviewer and I was never really great at book reports, but just know that this series is worth it and you will not regret reading it. S ...more
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
second book in this delightful urban fantasy novel. I like this book even better than the first. Those expecting the main character from the first book may be surprised he only makes a small guest(though important) appearance. Matt's antagonist is the focus of the 2nd book. Much time is given to character development and that is positive. Also the focus is on voodoo lore and detail. And because of the narrower focus of he book greater depth takes place. The second book has the feeling of book on ...more
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Raised in the swamps and pine forests of East Texas, Seth Skorkowsky always gravitated to the darker sides of fantasy, preferring horror and pulp heroes over knights in shining armor.

His debut novel, Dämoren, was published in 2014. He has now released four urban fantasy novels and two sword-and-sorcery short story collections. Seth's latest novel, Ashes of Onyx, released in 2020.

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