by Eric R. Asher
Series: Vesik #1
Narrator: William Dufris
Length: 8 hours and 50 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Narration: 4.5 cups Speed: 1.3x
A crashed wedding. A scorned vampire. Here comes the blood…
Necromancer Damian Vesik is no hero. At least, not according to the magical community that turns a blind eye to his battles against evil. So he chalks it up as one more thankless mission when he’s forced to stop his vampire sister from murdering her ex’s entire bridal party…
Infiltrating the ceremony to protect the innocent, Damian uncovers something even more sinister than a massacre. With the help of his berserker fairy friend, he may need to prevent an unholy union between ancient demons and the walking dead.
Damian has one chance to stop his sister and ruin the wedding before one hell of an afterparty dooms the world.
Days Gone Bad is the first book in the savagely funny Vesik urban fantasy series. If you like gritty action, undead enemies, and plenty of snark, then you’ll love Eric R. Asher’s heart-stopping tale.
Days Gone Bad is the first audiobook in the Vesik series. Zany, suspenseful and filled with plenty of supernatural creatures I had fun listening to the narration by William Dufris.
I’ve been devouring all things urban fantasy and scooped this up last year. After meeting Eric at Book Bonanza, I decided it was time to begin the series. I cannot believe I left this sitting in my TBR pile for so long!
The main protagonist is, Damian Valdis Vesik. He is a necromancer who runs a pawnshop and takes odd jobs vanquishing evil. He’s aided by fae, his neighbor and his vampiric sister and her crew. Oh yeah, this was cool. Snark, interesting folklore, a strange backwater master, evil rising and more.
It looks like each book will contain a case/mystery as Asher fleshes out the world, the overall story arc and introduces us to this world of witches, watchers, demons, necromancers, vamps, zombies, fairies and more all living under the noses of humans. It was a blending of familiar and new. Vesik is gruff, but likeable and secondary characters are already vying for my favorites.
The story isn’t perfect, and I felt the plot meandered a bit or the humor sometimes missed its mark. But boy did I have fun listening! I scooped up the rest of the audiobook boxed sets in this series.
William Dufris was an excellent choice for the narration and nailed Vesik’s persona. His accents and different voices bringing a rich flavor to an already fun, fast-paced urban fantasy you’ll want to sink your teeth into.
*Disclosure: I bought the boxed set containing the first 3 audiobooks, but since I listened to them individually, I am reviewing them one at a time. I recommend grabbing the boxed deal. *winks*
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It is always wonderful to meet an author, and then to find out you love his work. Sounds like a win to me.
I’ve enjoyed another book by Asher and this one does sound like fun. I can imagine the narration was good too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
I really like Eric having met him a few times at Coastal Magic. I’ve got his books on audio, but they are still in my TBR list – I’ll have to move them up a few spots. Thanks for the review.
i am glad you had fun! sounds like a tough time for a brother, let alone a necromancer
I love when I find really enjoy a book that’s been languishing away on my TBR list, especially when it becomes one of my favorites!
I bought this way back in 2014. I am yet to read it.
I want to read these also. Thanks for the tip on the boxed set. Excellent review as always.
Anne – Books of My Heart
That sounds good even with the few problems you had with it.
What a lucky meeting at the Book Bonanza to put you onto a series you could enjoy. 🙂 I’ve been snagging a few new to me UF series beginners to suss out one I could enjoy next.
Angela - Angel's Guilty Pleasures
This sounds good. Thank’s for sharing!
I didn’t realize that it was UF from the cover but you know I love the genre so you made me curious!
i wonder if the series will get better. sometimes the author just needs some time.
I am always looking for a new fantasy, pity I have so many that I haven’t started yet. I need a clone 🙂
Jenea's Book Obsession
Sounds like you snagged a good one!
I love when you have a book that has sat in your TBR and you finally get to it and then, it’s amazing. Especially then it usually means there are others out that you can devour right after. 😉 Wonderful review for this. I will have to look into the series more and check it out as well.