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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By Kamal on 12-01-17
Weakest of the series, but still okay.
After the second book I was really excited to listen to this. It started off well, but just fizzled out. Don't get me wrong I still enjoyed it, just not as much as the second book.
It seemed a lot slower, and a bit 'meh' at times.
You do get deeper into the story and again the story flawlessly blends in with the other book in terms of characters and plot.
It's worth a listen, but don't expect to be wow'd.
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By Aaron Brown on 26-09-16
Excellent addition to a very creative series
This is a supernatural thriller that should not be missed by fans of the genre. While this is the third book in the series there are twists and turns that keep the story very fresh. No retreading of ground for book 3. I'd love to go into some of these twists (and how some of them were an emotion punch to the gut), but no spoilers!!!
If you like book 1 and 2 of the series this is yet another strong entry. You won't be disappointed!
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By AudioBook Reviewer on 19-06-18
Inventive & Creative: Angels, Demons and Magic!
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.
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