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For me, in my urban fantasy I like a bit of explanation as to how this world differs from ours. How did it happen, has it always been this way? Things of that nature. We don't get that from Vesik...at all. Given the glaring nature of the problem, I suspect the author isn't quite sure...he just threw in a bunch of things that sounded cool and added others as the thought struck him.
Our hero is a necromancer, which means...well, basically absolutely nothing as far as we can tell. Literally nothing in the book has anything to do with Vesik being a necromancer. He doesn't call up spirits, he doesn't interrogate ghosts, he doesn't lay zombies to rest, he does...nothing dealing with necromancy.
Oh, and he can tap ley lines, just like the faeries can, which is completely unheard of and so awesome and...again, nothing gets done with it. And he has something called `soularts' which is Bad Stuff and...
See what I mean? The magic system has no structure and thus, the terms become meaningless. Contrast this book with Murphy's `Urban Shaman' series and you'll note the difference between a well-thought-out and researched system and this.
The magic system aside...we have vampires and Faeries, but Vesik is amazed at the idea of werewolves. I can't say as I blame him as the vampires are nothing like any vampires you've ever seen. Apparently they subsist on ferrets and the vampire thing is just cosmetic. They can walk in daylight...although at least they don't sparkle.
And he has his Master riding herd on him through the whole book. When Zola first arrived, she stated she had something else going on and just wanted to give Vesik a heads-up, but that went out the window as soon as she mentioned it. I generally don't mind a good master/apprentice story, but usually the apprentice-hero actually does something meaningful.
The Faeries...cute and decent comic relief, but the first time they got their wings in a wad and threatened me, I'm getting out the cold iron filings and they're not welcome any more. Mr Asher has the Faeries as something of a deus ex machina (in case Zola wasn't enough) without much regard for the mythology. Although I suppose if he can have vampires in daylight, he can have Faeries that don't react to cold iron.
These are relatively minor complaints; if you can overlook them, you'll find a decent fun read. I'm hoping future adventures clear up a lot of my complaints and am willing to give it time.
Otherwise, I like the whole necromancer thing and will probably pick up any other books in the series.
This is the kind of book that launches you into the deep end to start with, but fills you in as you go. Eric created a world of rich characters that I can't get enough of. I love the spins he put on the classic creatures we know and love, and inserted a lot of new things I've personally never really seen anywhere else! I can say with absolute certainty that I've become addicted to this series, as I already have the next one and plan on starting it as soon as I finish writing this!
If you're looking for magic, horror, and a good bit of comedy, LOOK NO FURTHER! I felt like it blended genres so well that it was almost seamless! I honestly just can't wait to see what happens to these characters next, especially when it comes to the shop!
Keep up the phenomenal work Eric! It's been a pleasure to finally start reading your work!
The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that all of that info here. This story involves necromancers, vampires, Fae, demons, and other supernatural creatures. Damian Vesick and his mentor Zola have their hands full while they try to stop a demon determined to wreck havoc on Earth. Will they succeed or will the demon destroy them and those they care about?
I also have the Audible version of Days Gone Bad. I like how the Kindle and Audible versions update where you stopped reading/ listening when switching between the two. William Dufris was the narrator for the audio version. He did a good job in narrating the book.
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