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(Valducan #3)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  238 ratings  ·  30 reviews
After surviving a demon attack, disgraced police detective Victoria Martin tracks down the Valducans in search for answers. Recognizing her potential, and despite the warnings of the other knights, Allan Havlock, protector of Ibenus, takes her in as his apprentice.

As the Valducans travel to Paris to destroy a demon nest infesting the catacombs, the knights find themselves
Paperback, 410 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Ragnarok Publications
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

For those who have not yet been initiated into the strange, scary and wonderful world of the Valducan series, better strap in, because you’re in for one hell of a ride. Here you will find monsters and demons and the secret international network of warriors who hunt them, and at the center of it all is the most important tool in their arsenal—holy weapons. These are imbued with the spirits of angels, forming a deep and re
Michael Britt
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I would like to thank, once again, the lovely ladies at Booksprens for allowing me to guest review this series there. Check them out, they have some really well-written reviews over there!

I feel like I'm repeating myself way too much when I say this, but I wouldn't say it if it wasn't true; Skorkowsky's writing just keeps getting better and better and better with each book!

This one was so much different than it's former two books. In the first two we're pretty much just following one hunter in
Frank Errington
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Urban Fantasy is hit or miss genre for me. For the most part, I'm not a fan, but every now and then I find a series that pulls me in and doesn't let go. One such series is Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files. Another is the Valducan series by Seth Skowkowsky.

Ibenus is the third book in the series, the previous works include Dämoren and Hounacier. To date, every book in the series has been worthy of a 5 Star review.

This time, The Order of Valducan is in recruitment mode, not an easy task s
C.T. Phipps
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Seth Skorkowsky is one of the most promising fantasy writers I've read in the past decade. He has managed to create top quality urban fantasy in the Valducan series and exceeded that in the Tales from the Black Raven stories. While I prefer the latter, I was a day-one purchaser for this latest volume of the Valducan series.

The premise for the books is that the world is infested with demons. These spirits possess human beings and transform them into vampir
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

The series keeps getting better. With Ibenus, the Valducan series is now firmly established as one of the best urban fantasy series I’ve read.

The first book focused on Matt Hollis, solo hunter turned Valducan knight. The second book focused on voodoo sorcerer and knight Malcolm Romero. With Ibenus, the focus shifts again, this time to knight Allen Havlock and a newcomer into the story, former police detective Victoria Martin. After witnessing a demon attack, Martin’s search for answers
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Actual rating: 4.5/5 but I'll round it up to five because it's the first book in a while that I devoured in one sitting.

I like the concept of a hidden world of monsters and of a small group of people that hunt them. That's one of the reasons why I enjoy the Valducan series so much. The fact it's simply awesome helps as well.

Each book in the series can be read as a stand-alone although it's rewarding to read them in publication order.

In short, the series follows an order of modern-day knights th
This is my favorite series! I can't wait for the next one.

Awesome doesn't even begin to describe these books. The writing keeps getting better.
Rob Hayes
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Think Aliens meets Constantine and you'll be pretty close to Ibenus.

This book is the 3rd in Seth's Valducan series which follows an order of Templar-ish knights who bond to semi-sentient holy weapons which allows them to both kill demons and develop some pretty funky powers.

Unlike Damoren (which mostly followed Matt) and Hounancier (which mostly followed Malcolm), this book gives us a range of PoVs and Seth manages to make each character feel individual. It's a nice change and gives us a much br
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I had to give this one 5 stars, but not because this one is better than the two before it. This story is really good but I've also become vested in the characters. It's a compounding effect.

I have to say I love how Skorkowsky tells a story. He reminds me of one of my all-time favorite authors, Dean Koontz. The stories are not predictable, there is such creativity laid out (from the weapons to the monsters), and he leads you along with enough detail but not too much. I'm waiting for book #4 to b
Jamie Leonard
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is my favorite of the series so far! What a rollercoaster ride! I truly love every single character. I would recommend this series to any sci-fi fan out there.
Clay Sanger
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Simply put, Skorkowsky's Valducan Series has grown its beard with "Ibenus." One part epic scope of Valducan #1: Damoren, one part intimate horror of Valducan #2: Hounacier, and one part expansion of the series universe and mythology all its own, Ibenus is the best of the series yet.

Ibenus fleshes out the Valducan Order in a rich, full, and deeply personal way. In Ibenus, Skorkowsky gives us the grand tour of what it truly means to be a Valducan Knight -- bonded and wed to one of the Holy Weapons
Nathaniel Hanley
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book? A whole mess of things and it is all good.

I have been a fan of this series since the first one came out and it has just gotten better. Each book builds on the mythology of this world and we get to see more and more as time goes on.

If the first book was an epic supernatural action book and the second a horror mystery, then this one could be called a tragic romantic adventure. It's beautifully written, perhaps the most emotional of all the books thus far . Skorkowsk
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*** Review copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review***
The third volume in Seth Skorkowsky's Valducan series sees the holy weapon fighters of evil confronting some more demonic nasties. The focus is on one of the knights, Allan Havlock, who is the protector of a weapon called Ibenus. We get introduced to a new character, Victoria, who is a police officer that accidentally got involved with the Valducans, had an unfortunate tragedy happen to her, and now demands answers from
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Unlike the books Damoren and Hounacier that follow one protector, Ibenus is about 50% about Ibenus and her protector and 50% about the other knights. Maybe because of this layout, it didn't enjoy it quite as much as the other two. Don't get me wrong, it was still a good book, full stop. Ibenus is probably the most emotional of the three books so far and is more about the knights and their decisions than directly vanquishing the forces of evil. I understand that Skorkowsky needs to continue to bu ...more
Mike Milligan
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solid and enjoyable

There's a great juxtaposition in this series, medieval weapons being wielded against demons by knights carrying automatic weapons and smartphones. It works well for it.
About : A secret demon-slaying Order fights to stay underground. An internet group threatens to shatter their anonymity. A holy blade disrupts both of their agendas.

Detective Victoria Martin barely survives an encounter with demon spawn, but her career—and her partner—aren’t so lucky. Applying her detective skills to a new mystery, she obsesses over the creatures she saw…and the men who saved her from them. Her saviors belong to the Order of Valducan, which fights demons like the ones who att
Murray Horne
Victoria Martin was an unlikable character and the story was kind of linear, boring, and predictable. It would have been difficult to top the second book in the series with such an interesting character as Malcolm, but there are more interesting female characters to choose from in this universe. I will continue to read the series, but I am hoping the fourth book will be great.
Mary B Woehrle
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed the story, the characters and the setting. This series ie well planned and executed .
It ties well with present day background
Julia DeBarrioz
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
From book 1 I’ve felt like this series embodies every delicious plot point I could ever want in an urban fantasy tale. Baddass swords and guns? Check. Secret society of monster hunters from all over the world? Check. Intelligent plot? Check. Antiques and exotic locales? Check check. Ibenus continues to carry the torch with pride and I loved every word.

I adored Victoria the moment she was ready to jump out of her van to go exact some law and order on supposed mafia toughs with SWORDS, armed with
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I think it's fair to say that writing women is not solidly in Skorkowsky's wheel house and that's mostly okay. He writes a book that's in a Louis L'Amour meets Supernatural style and I dig that. His women... they just tend to be a little flat. Let me be clear, not flat chested. No, all of them have beautiful, round breasts that receive nearly as much attention as the rest of their attributes, including their backstory, names, and other distinguishing features. A solid 40% of their personalities ...more
Eveline Hecklinger
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Many years ago I bought DÄMOREN on audible and listened to it, but although I liked it, it didn't blow me away the first time around. Last year I kept thinking of it and thought that I might give it another shot, so I bought it in print and loved it so much better.
HOUNANCIER was even better and it compelled me to go on with the series. IBENUS was a surprise, because just when I thought I know what was going to happen and thought "this is a bit predictable" it took a twist I didn't expect.
Kevin Brown
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
In previous books we were dealing with experienced hunters but in this book we start with two people completely unaware of the hidden world of monsters. So watching and experiencing the new and strange hidden world broadens the knowledge of both the characters and the audience. These two very different approaches reveal different aspects of the hunters as both a group and an organization. The central plot of the book while similar to the first would have suffered greatly without this one narrati ...more
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Valducan story continues.

I still don't think this series is ground-breaking in any way, but it's solid, perfectly serviceable urban fantasy.

Eager to see what happens next.

I did think that the shift in main character from book to book was a nice touch. You lose a bit in not following the same person, but you gain in getting a nice, more full rounded picture of the Order.
Derek Tandy
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A little predictable but still enjoyable.
May 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy Supernatural's Men of Letters, you'll like this series. ...more
Dec 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, audiobook
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My three star rating is in reflection to the first two books For most authors this book would have been 4 stars. While the first 2 books focused on primarily one protagonist this book has a team working together. that in of itself is not bad. The setting of the book is primarily France, and in particular the catacombs. Again a positive. What dragged this book down for me was that the fight/chase scenes ended up being repetitive and I found myself skipping paragraphs. that the author did not spar ...more
Jorge Soto
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a listen. I don't know how to describe the book without spoiling it, so beware!

I'm a huge fan of the world Seth Skorkowsky has built, and his concept of supernatural creatures existing, but being the manifestation of demons, is such a simple but powerful idea. Locked in a war with these demons are the Valducan Knights. Holy Weapons imbued with power of angels choose the warriors that wield them. These weapons are the only defense against an army of evil that plagues the world.

In the
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was much needed. Something to breeze through that is entertaining.

Oh boy, the love at first sight cliche.

Why are they placing so much emphasis on what to call an angelic (view spoiler) weapon? It can appear as whatever it wants. (view spoiler)

In the book discussion forum I frequent they like to call books such as these "anime", because of the abilities the characters or weapons
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Despite Damoren being my favourite book of the series, Ibenus is a close second. I love everything about this universe created by Seth Skorkowsky.
Loved the story, the chatacters always well developed and i love the fact that it's not just about Allan and Ibenus (kinda like Damoren and Hounacier), you get a lot of team work here and that was awesome.
Also, it's really interesting to get to know more about the Valducans, the initiations, the museums, etc.
I hate that i'm up to date with this series,
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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.

When not writing,

Other books in the series

Valducan (4 books)
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