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Days Gone Bad (Vesik Book 1) by [Asher, Eric]
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Praise for the Vesik series:

"The mixture of dark and macabre with witty and hilarious makes for a MUST read." - ILVN

"...edge of your seat, biting your nails, curse at the nearest object next to you, read." - Amazon Reviewer

"Fasten your seatbelt and open up some time, because once you start you'll have to keep right on going til the end." - Amazon Reviewer

"What can I say, I'm absolutely addicted to Eric Asher's work." - Amazon Reviewer

"Outstanding, simply outstanding." - Amazon Reviewer

"Damian is an incredible character, very well fleshed out. He is witty -- loaded to the hilt with dark humor, rugged, and supercalifragilisticexpialidociously bad to the bone." - My Book Addiction

About the Author

Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.

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  • File Size: 1609 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
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  • Publisher: Eric R. Asher; 1 edition (February 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Disclaimer: This book is not for the weak hearted, it is very bloody, gory, and has a few scenes that made even me cringe. The main character is a necromancer, though not evil, his sense of humor is quite macabre.
With that being said, I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't perfect, and some parts were over the top, but it made me laugh quite a bit.

Damian Valdis Vesik is a thirty year old shop keeper, necromancer, and all around smart ass. I have to say, that I really liked the fact that he was a bit older than the norm in Urban Fantasy. The older you get the less you want to read about teenagers, and young twenty somethings.

So Vesik spends his days in his shop with the three fairies that live in his Grandfather clock, and two cu sith puppies that love to use him as a squeaky toy.
So it starts out with him getting a invitation to his sisters ex-best friend, and sisters ex-boyfriends wedding. Needless to say this doesn't go over too well with the sister, who now being a vampire feels a bit blood thirsty.
This was the part that had me a little squicked out, Damien offers to take care of it for her, and make the wedding memorable.

Now, Damien's master shows up after he hasn't heard from her in years with the bestest news of a group of extremely crazy vampires trying to raise a demon. After a few run ins with some possessed vampires, and a few vampire zombies, yes that's right vampire zombies, Damien gets his ass handed to him, a lot.
This was another refreshing part of the book, even though Damien has been a necromancer for years; he still has a ton learning to do. He is not the Billy Badass that snaps his fingers, and everything dies. Oh no, he gets his ass saved a lot by his fairy friends, his master, and once by a ghost panda.
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Pretty good stuff, but the other reviews are right when they say it is missing some back story. Two or three chapters at the beginning are needed to both add more explanation and support a lot of the explanations given throughout the story. I was also a little bothered by the awkward little additions to make characters quirky. Vesik likes chimichangas. Great. Vampire eats ferrets. Cool. My eyes were rolling while I wrote that since you couldn't see me.

Otherwise, I like the whole necromancer thing and will probably pick up any other books in the series.
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Not a bad read and a decent enough entry into Mr Asher's urban fantasy world. I'll be reading the next book or two to see if any of the problems I had with this book are fixed...and it must be noted these are personal preferences, so take that into account if you're looking for help making a decision.

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 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...
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Okay I have to give Eric credit where it's due. This book is amazing.
The opening lines grip you and while you tell yourself "I'm not supposed to be reading this yet" you find yourself unable to stop reading it.
I'd be quite interested in a prequel to this even if just a novella to explain how Damian and Sam got to where they are at the start of this book. It's a bit
confusing in that area. I have to admit at the moment, Cara is my favorite character. That's one faery you don't want to cross paths with! And I have no idea what Cu Sith is but I want one!
I'd personally love to read about Zola's past adventures as well.
The characters are so unique and interesting you can't help but to want to know more about all of them.
Eric obviously put in a lot of effort to research the myths and legends of the Sidhe, Seelie and Unseelie for this book and it shows immensely. Everything from Foster's and Cara's abilities down to the use of the Triquetra (Celtic knot) are almost flawless.
I also enjoyed the integration of the old gods, with the vampires and Fae. As well as the new breed of "oh dear gods" I came across around Chapter 9 or so.
While the story is serious, you won't miss the humorous undertones in Damian's demeanor, or in the comical things that happen in the shop.
All in all.. This book is great. I'd love to see a couple of prequels on Damian, Sam, and Zola at some point, and absolutely look forward to seeing more from this creative writer.
I give this book 5 of 5
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