Book Review: Damoren by Seth Skorkowsky

DamoranThis book is a very welcome divergence from the flotsam and jetsam of a genre that has been flooded with vampire/werewolf romance, stories that are vaguely disguised odes to “Supernatural” put to paper, or stories that often times read more like fairy tales than dark, foreboding fantasy.

Damoran is dark, not false dark, like you see a lot these days – stories that presume to present some pseudo-gothic environment where vampires and werewolves are misunderstood creatures that long to be seen for their humanity. Nope. None of that. Instead, it is dark in the traditional sense—filled with foreboding and terror, an ever-present feeling of despair and hopelessness overhanging.

This book immediately defines the life (and afterlife) and death struggles of good vs. evil, when his family is massacred before him, and he is left for dead – right in the opening. Don’t misunderstand me, this is not flat story – white hats against the black hats. This is a story filled with nuance and conflict, both internal to Matt (the main character) and with the antagonist(s).

Matt is a man with trust issues, and a fierce independence borne from a life spent hunting demons and fleeing those (would-be allies) that would see him killed, due to a rather questionable bloodline.  He struggles with deep-inborn anger and resentment, when he must forge alliances with those that have named him a monster and wished him dead.  He must overcome those conflicts, and find the strength inside him, in order to survive and defeat a new and powerful evil that stalks him.

The story is set in the modern world, which makes it immediate and familiar. But it is filled with a darkness which reminds me a bit of Constantine. I find it refreshingly different from the overdone urban drones, and close enough to our mundane world to make it believable.

The book, I think you fill find, is excellent. It has strong characters, strong plotting and a strong setting. If you find yourself with some time on your hands, read this book. If  you don’t have the time, pick up the audio book.

You will not be disappointed.

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