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- Publication Date: June 28, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HQRSM7C
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,108 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Maybe it's because the books events occur in an area I am very familiar with. Maybe it's the genre. Whatever it is, Eric Asher delivers up a story that sucks you in from the first word and leaves you wanting more by the end of the books! These books truly are word crack!!
The Vesik series is chock full of memorable characters. The "hero" walks a very fine line between the light and the darkness that can overcome anyone with talent. The friends, family and allies help keep him on a very narrow path between good and evil. There is always doubt as to whether they can succeed in preventing Damian from truly embracing powers within and forsaking the goodness he is capable of. Zola, his mentor is a well written and interesting character who I truly want to know more about. Eric Asher could write an entire series around her if he chose to. There are so many more well thought out characters from Damian's sister, the Faries that live in a clock in Damian's shop, Mike the Demon and so many many more. I will say that I hate reading every book because I know that one day Eric will say "that's it, this story is done." That will be a sad day. I won't go into any further details so as to avoid spoilers, as they are covered in blurbs and other's reviews.
These books are addictive, like Oreos and Milk, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Catfish, Hush puppies and maybe even Chimichangas.
If you enjoy urban fantasy with well developed characters, locations and excellent storytelling that keeps you engaged from the first word, then these books are for you. If not, what the heck is wrong with you? :)
One additional thing I will add. I have had the privilege of meeting Mr. Asher in person. It was a very enjoyable experience. He is a truly nice man and I wish him success in all his endeavors and hope that it is at least several books more before he puts the Vesik series to bed.
Yet, for all these similarities, this is not Dresden. Vesik very quickly, within these three books, faces world-destroying evil, and he doesn't mess around with the angst of wondering whether he's doing the right thing or beating himself up about the innocent victims. He's not cold or cruel, he's just more pragmatic than Dresden. I would say that, whereas Dresden second-guesses himself and beats himself up for his mistakes (and I love Dresden, don't get me wrong, with or without his dead-sexy leather duster), Vesik makes his choices and accepts the consequences, as compared to what might have happened, if he had done nothing. He gives the innocent victims their moment of grief, and then he gives them the respect of tearing to pieces the monster that killed them. I find it refreshing to be in the head of a character, who doesn't drag me through an ocean of angst over how 'dark' his split-second, in-the-heat-of-battle choices make him. Vesik is aware of the cliff edge, but he's not peering over the edge, going, 'Oh, woe is me.'
The plots are good, there are very few grammatical errors (except I seem to remember one past-perfect tense mess-up, but I've read like six books in a row now by authors, who can't seem to grasp the concept, so I might be thinking of another book), and the characters are likable. However, except for Vesik, Zola, and to an extent, Vesik's sister, the characterizations are thin. There was more than one occasion, when I read a sentence in one 'voice,' only to realize at the next line that it was someone else speaking. I also am worried about the longevity of this series, since we're all ready at world-destruction level villains, and we're only on book three. I like to read some 'ordinary' adventures, before we go on to mass annihilation.
Which brings to what I feel is the weakest part of these books--I am never worried about the main characters. In the first book, they conquered the big baddie with a slickly-executed plan that went just as it was supposed to, and I don't think the big baddie even landed a single hit on any of them. Now, Vesik does get beaten to the point of death more than once, but since his fairy friends can and do heal him right up in like ten seconds, the reader realizes after about the second time this happens, that nothing really bad is going to happen to Vesik. Sorry to go back to the Dresden comparison, but, when Dresden takes a hit, he has to keep going, despite the pain, despite the debilitation, despite the knowledge that, if he dies, he's not coming back. That's how you up the stakes, not by throwing a world-destroying demon at the reader in the second book. Don't get me wrong. Vesik is tough; he does keep fighting, even when he's being literally beaten to death, but, like I said, you know he's going to be fine, as soon as a fairy gets to him. I also found the rules of Vesik's magic a little confusing. It seems like he's only using necromancy half the time, while the other half, he just throws around ley line magic like Gandalf. There were also references to other adventures the characters had gone on, so I don't know if there are short stories out there or if it was just to give the reader the idea that it wasn't all conquering world-destroying demons.
Okay, still with me? I threw a lot of criticism out there, so here's what you really need to know. These books are fun to read. Some reviewers said they couldn't even get through the first one, and, honestly, I don't understand that. These are interesting stories, and Asher throws in some really original and interesting ideas and plot devices. If you enjoy books "like" The Dresden Files, you'll probably enjoy these. Just don't expect them to "be" The Dresden Files, because they have different focuses, different voices, and Vesik doesn't wear a dead-sexy, leather duster. :( He probably really can't get one, now, because that would just be another thing like Dresden..... I will definitely be reading Vesik's further adventures, and I encourage you to do the same.
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, his mentor Zola, and an assortment of family, friends, and other allies have their hands full while they try to stop foes determined to wreck havoc on Earth. Will they succeed and if they do at what cost? They find out they are facing bigger problems than just the demon and Philip. As losses mount on both sides, the stakes get higher, especially for Damien.
I also have the Audible version of this set. William Dufris is the narrator for the audio version. He does a good job in narrating the books. He is very clear and easy to understand. It is nice to have both versions so I can continue "reading" the books when I'm not somewhere I can read the Kindle version.
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I'm a great fan of the Dresden Files series and the Vesik Series does share a similar ambience. Not that these are in any way derivative, Mr Asher has his own unique style which I found very entertaining.
For those who enjoy Urban Fantasy stories I would certainly recommend this series.
I love the writing style of Eric Asher it keeps you looked definitely!! Great details in a world of all kind of creatures. Fantastic storyline with good development within the characters, the plots are phenomenal with lots of humour from Vesik ;) and Zola and Foster.... Sam and many more great characters ( like that"" “Damn, I love this mug,” Foster said. I glanced at his black-and-white butterfly wings, drooping over the edge of the steaming cup, and grimaced as we rumbled down the cobblestone street. “I will never be able to drink out of that again.”
I had such a laugh :D
A MUST read!!
I liked the characters as they came across well. Especially the MC and his sister, Sam. They acted like real siblings; bickering, teasing and supporting each other.
There are several more books available and I will be checking them out as well.
The pace of the books are really great, and the time spent fleshing out the characters means that you invest in them and want them to survive - and there are great twists around life/death new gods old gods, egyptian gods, the fae, werewolves. And in all that you have almost the buddy relationship and romance.
Now going to buy the rest. Loved all three.
Looking forward to reading more in this series