Narrator: R. C. Bray
Series: Valducan #3
Published by Audible Studios on 13 September 2016
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Vampire
Source: Author, Submitted
After surviving a demon attack, disgraced police detective Victoria Martin tracks down the Valducans in search of 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 hunted by an Internet group intent on exposing them. Victoria, who belongs to this group, must desperately play both sides to protect not only herself but Allan, whom she has begun to love. Ibenus, however, has other plans.
Ibenus is the third book in the Valducan series, for which Skorkowsky was short-listed as Best Debut Author in the 2014 Reddit Stabby Awards.
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This is the third book in the Valducan Series, the knights who are connected to their angel infused weapons. As with books one and two, the main characters shift and many new ones are introduced. The old favorites are given supporting rolls giving the story a familiar feel, but keeping the characters fresh and interesting.
Ibenus is Allan’s sword, giving him the ability to transport short distances in and out of striking range. It is fascinating to hear the inventiveness of the author as he comes up with more and more magical skills, while still keeping the knights human and vulnerable. They are generally overmatched against their opponents, where only skill and courage can win the day. The knights are as unique as their weapons.
Victoria Martin, a disgraced policewoman is introduced as villain and hero, and possibly Allan’s lover. Her conflicting motivations for revenge and honor keep her in the thick of the tangled world of angels and demons. The Valducan knights sworn to protect and honor their weapons are forced to make moral choices that challenge the core of their beliefs. They must allow the weapon to decide its master despite their misgivings. It all makes for a complicated and intriguing story.
As with the previous volumes, the story stands alone, giving various references to past exploits. Though not critical, it is helpful to have read/listened to the previous books. There is plenty of demon killing action and some truly evil humans too. Assuming you’ve listened to one or both of the previous books, you’ll want to continue on. The overarching theme of enchanted weapons is the same, but the characters and plot is completely new.
R. C. Bray continues to perform the series with his unique voice and deep talent. He is clearly one of the best performers working today and meshes beautifully with the mood of the story. His character voices and accents are admirable. A true pleasure to listen too.
It is tempting to compare each of the Valducan books against one another: is this one better than its predecessors? Too difficult to answer as each volume is so different (besides the weapons theme). Simpler to say that if you enjoyed the first two, book three will very likely be just as entertaining. Recommended.