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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,121 ratings  ·  135 reviews
In the same vein as SUPERNATURAL, HELLBOY, and BLADE comes…DÄMOREN.

A secret society of monster hunters.
A holy revolver forged to eradicate demons.
A possessed man with a tragic past.
A rising evil bent on destroying them all.

MATT HOLLIS is the current wielder of the holy weapon, Dämoren. With it, he stalks and destroys demons.

A secret society called the VALDUCANS ha
Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published December 2nd 2017 by Crossroad Press (first published April 14th 2014)
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Seth Skorkowsky I have no set number of books planned. Each novel is a self-contained story that builds on the stories before it. Currently I'm working on the 4th nov…moreI have no set number of books planned. Each novel is a self-contained story that builds on the stories before it. Currently I'm working on the 4th novel.(less)

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Michael Britt
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Milestone achieved! This is officially my 100th review. I am ecstatic that this is the book that I get to review for said milestone.

Update: the lovely ladies over at Bookspren were so kind as to feature this review on their blog. You can check it out here!

This is easily a 5 star book. It has cemented itself in the top 3 spot for my favorite debut novels. Right with Malice by John Gwynne and Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames. Don't ask me to rank them, because I'm not sure I could make that cho
Dan Schwent
Apr 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
When Matt Hollis, a lone demon hunter with a magical pistol, is approached to join the ancient order of Valducan knights, he warily accepts. Can the Valducans put aside their suspicions and accept Matt before they are overwhelmed by a demonic force bent on ridding the world of holy weapons?

I got this ARC from Ragnarok Publications, the fine folks responsible for the Dead West series.

Firstly, Damoren, a magical pistol with an equally magical bayonet attacked, was forged from a shattered magical s
Mike (the Paladin)
Interesting book. It's a pretty good addition to the UF universes. Here we have a mythology that centers around magic weapons or as the book refers to them "holy weapons" (though the use of the word is somewhat subjective and means something different in this fictional universe than it might elsewhere). noted the story revolves around weapons, primarily Damoren. Lest I'm unclear there, Damoren is one of these weapons, a revolver with a knife blade under the barrel.

See...monsters can
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

To tell the truth, Dämoren didn’t start off high on my priority list of books to read when I received it for review, though it did hook my attention when I was told there would be wendigos (seriously, more books need wendigos). The cover, while very pretty, also did nothing to draw me in, showing a partial image of a bladed revolver. Hey, gunblades are neat and all -- but that also tells me very little.

Then a couple weeks
More of this kinda stuff on Tome Raider.

I guess I am becoming more willing to give unknown, small books a go and so far I'm not regretting it at all. Then again, Michael loved this and our taste is fairly similar with fun, action packed stuff, so I guess I should have known. (To my family; if you find my mummified body under a collapsed pile of books, Michael is to blame.)

When you hear 'holy weapon' you most likely imagine it as this one single item that is so special that no other can ever r
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: With urban fantasies nowadays, there’s only so much being done. Faced with the usual bandwagon of vampires, werewolves, faeries, elves and other tropes, it can get a tad disappointing for an urban fantasy fan like me. Of course we have authors like Ilona Andrews, Liz Williams, Myke Cole, Tim Marquitz, and Rachel Aaron who dare to stretch the limits and pave new ground.

Seth Skorkowsky’s Dämoren was a book, which after reading the blurb, I was hop
4.5 ⭐️ my first audiobook (ever)

My experience with 'urban fantasy' genre has always been a hit & miss (with a heavy weighting on the 'miss' part). Last year I was delightfully surprised by Dresden Files that, whilst with its flaws, has quickly climbed up to my 'favourite' shelf. I have tried other books since but ended up disappointed (not to name any names)...

Anyhow, Damoren is clearly breaking this 'urban fantasy is a meh' tide for me! If you like Harry Dresden - you should enjoy Matthew Holli
Aug 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I tried this story in two formats: audio and ebook. If I could have managed to listen to the story, certain things would not have annoyed me as quickly as they did by reading the story. To my surprise, I did not like the way Bray narrated the story and returned the audiobook after trying to listen to it several times. I got about 20 minutes into the audio before I stopped listening.

The story comes off like a bad attempt at an anime style story. For no particular reason, different aspects of the
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Not bad, not bad at all. Blown away i was not, but i didn't want to chuck my Kindle across the room (not literally of course) while reading.
So Damoren is basically a book about people who call themselves knights/hunters who get boners (again not literally) for their weapons and also who have taken it upon themselves -such selfless humans - to rid the world of demons.
First off i think this book really pushed it with the whole i love my weapon ish. It was, as far i'm concerned a cringe fest..It wa

Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

That was awesome. Damoren started off a new series with a bang, introducing a fantastic world of demons and the secret order of knights who hunt them.

Damoren follows Matt Hollis, a demon hunter who comes into contact with the Valducans, an ancient holy order dedicated to hunting and destroying demons, using holy weapons to wage their secret war. A new treat has risen against the order, and the hunters are banding together to find out what’s behind this new evil and destroy it.

This boo
Seregil of Rhiminee
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Dämoren is the first part of the Valducan series. It's Seth Skorkowsky's debut novel.

Dämoren was a pleasant surprise for me, because it was a good and entertaining urban fantasy novel. I don't normally read urban fantasy, because there are plenty of novels which have failed to impress me. The problem with most urban fantasy novels is that there isn't anything interesting in them. This novel is fortunately different from most urban fantasy novels, because it's
Rob Hayes
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One Line Review:

Tragic back story (yes we start with it), BANG, hunting hunting just keep hunting, distrust, BANG, death, death, death, death, twist, death, death, eclipse, pain, twist, ROAAAAAARRRR, history, giggedy.

So Damoren took me a while to read. It's not that its slow but more that it starts off with A LOT of questions and takes it sweet time answering any of them (and some of them it never answers which serves the narrative quite well). When I did get into it though I really got into it!
Clay Sanger
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a genre wildly over-populated by cheesy vampire/demon/werewolf love stories and bad supernatural detective schtick, Damoren is a breath of fresh air from the first chapter to the last.

From the start, the reader is treated to a very fresh take on the monster-hunter concept and the monstrous foes themselves -- a thread which is enjoyably woven non-stop throughout the book.

The idea of monster-slaying weapons imbued with holy or magical properties has been a staple of legendary storytelling since
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had this novel for awhile but did not read it until a "goodread's" member recommended it. thank's
I started reading and after the evening became morning and the following day this was a finished read... I could not stop, the novel flows very well,bringing you right into the world and fills in the pieces as the story progress's (I like when the novels just have a flow to them).
My enjoyment of this novel should be obvious as it was started and finished then I went back to my world, this has the
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
While I consider myself a pacifist and have no interest in guns, I have to admit I wouldn’t mind having Dämoren at hand. Just in case. You know how it is with werewolves, vampires, and daemons – you never know when they’ll come to get you.

The thing is, the moment I took the Holy Weapon would be my last. Matt would kill me. No one, except him, can touch his beloved one.

Dämoren is an impressive debut. I came late to the party as the series is already or almost finished. That’s, actually, good – I
C.T. Phipps
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing


DAMOREN by Seth Skorkowsky is the first volume of the Valducan series of urban fantasy novels. Urban fantasy has become something of a winding road in recent years as it has become deluged with endless knock-offs of the same basic character types: a snarky wizard with a bad attitude or a beautiful (but doesn't know it) spunky paranormal heroine. Call them the "Harry Dresden" or "Mercy Thompsons" of the world. They're awesome but it's nice when a serie
There's nothing terribly new here but it's an enjoyable, monster hunting tale with cool characters. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator only helped to add to the enjoyment level for me. There are additional books in the series but this one ends on a solid note (i.e. no cliffhanger) that doesn't require any additional investment for those who opt out of moving on.

C.T. Phipps
So what if Harry Dresden was a foul-mouthed gunslinger?

That's sort of what I think about Damoren. This is somewhat unfair to the author as the character of Matt Hollis isn't that similar to Harry Dresden. He's not a pop cultured badass, for example, but a grizzled veteran with a dozen years of demon hunting. The book does make me think of Harry, though, and Stephen King's Dark Tower series to some extent. If for no other reason there's not that many demon-hunting gunslingers around.

Damoren is
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review Copy Provided by Audible Inc

I’ll be the first to admit that if Damoren hadn’t been nominated for an Audie (audiobook awards) in the Paranormal category, I likely never would have picked me up. None of my friends on Goodreads have it shelved (and I get probably 90% of my recommendations from there) and it likely isn’t a book that I would have come across easily in a bookstore or browsing on Audible, but now that I have listened to it, I’m glad I did and am waiting for the next book in the
Jorge Soto
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I realize it is a hard sell to say that a book about vampires, werewolves, ghouls, and other creatures is brilliantly original, but Damoren is just that.

Seth doesn't reinvent the vampire, he embraces it. (BTW real vampires don't sparkle.) He cleverly depicts vampires and other monsters as demons having possessed humans and animals giving them the traits we are familiar with.

The story of Damoren is the story of demons, holy weapons of power, and friendship. In a world where demons exist and pre
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book starts you out right in the middle of the action, and there is plenty more action all throughout. I love all the intricate world building, and the segments of journal entries and letters in between chapters were really interesting and immersive. I also enjoyed all the real-world details, like the lovers' locks in Florence. It made me believe the author had really been there, and you could tell he loved it. The whole idea of the weapon choosing the knight was pretty cool, and I loved th ...more
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been watching a lot of Seth on You tube and he really is an outstanding Gm/Dm/Keeper. Consequently I thought I'd give one of his books ago, expecting a simple, light story which read like a DM had written up a play through.

However, it was so much better than I was expecting! Much more in depth, well written, and with excellent characters - not a Mary Sue in sight!

Thank Seth, now I'm going to work my way through the rest of your library!
My original Damoren audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Young Spencer and his family are attacked by flesh eating monsters.  His family is lost, but luckily for him, a stranger named Clay had been tracking the demons and saves the boy’s life.  With nowhere to go, Clay takes Spencer under his wing and trains him as a tracker and killer of the many hidden creatures living among us.

Demons can’t be killed by ordinary weapons, which will only kill the host body they po
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I approach the fantasy genre in order to fill one of two specific needs as a reader. The first need is to explore an author’s new imagined world from the broad strokes to the nooks and crannies to absorb each and every bit of wonder the writer has managed to evoke. The second is more primal: to be carried along at whitewater pace through a ripping tale. In general, an author can meet one of those needs (for which I am grateful) but only occasionally do they meet both.
Damoren fulfills and then so
Frank Errington
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review copy

The story begins with 11-year old Spencer Mallory surviving an attack in his home by a group of monsters that kill the rest of his family. He's saved by a demon hunter named Clay Mercer who wields a special weapon named Dämoren.

Years later, Spencer, now known as Matt Hollis, has become a demon Hunter himself, bonded with Dämoren. As if his life isn't strange enough, he gets the following letter...

Dear Mr. Hollis,

As you can see, we have been aware of you for some time. While we have al
Guy Wheatley
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 of 5 stars.
This is not my preferred genre, so I was surprised to be so thoroughly enthralled by it. The sensation is similar to my discovery of “The Lord of the Rings,” also not my genre. I think the reason for my enjoyment of both works falls to similar reasons.
First of all, the tapestry of the world in which this tale takes place is full and rich. It comes with an extensive history and lore which the author seems to have planned out. He carefully reveals it in a logical progression throughou
Paul Jones
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great read

This story just rattles along nicely. There are some interesting characters and there are even clues leading to the reveal if you put them together. All in all a fun read and I will definitely be getting books 2 to 4.
Kevin Brown
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
A strong opening with a young hero wielding an unusual holy weapon to fight demons. The introduction of the Valducan group of demon fighters and their history is really well done. It feels natural because they are driven to contact our main character as part of the overall plot of the book. The members of the demon fighting group are very diverse and feel like their own people.
William Humble
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I caught this book on Audible and was just blown away. Demon hunters always worried about role-reversals? Who wouldn't want that?
The author creates interesting characters who lead us into a world of blood and intrigue. A great addition to any horror library!
Paul Martin
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Fourteen years ago a pack of wendigos killed Matt Hollis’ family and damned his soul. Now, Matt is a demon hunter armed with a holy revolver named Dämoren.”

Dämoren: the first book in The Valducan series and the urban fantasy debut of Seth Skorkowsky, it is fair to say, is one hell of a ride! As Skorkowsky’s novel begins with the aforementioned Wendigo attack on Hollis’ family, two things are immediately apparent: there is going to be some no holds barred gruesomeness going down; and Skorkowsky
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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

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