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Days Gone Bad

(Vesik #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,798 ratings  ·  272 reviews
This is an alternate cover edition for asin B00BDUUXSA.

My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We've vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I’ve faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires
Kindle Edition, 259 pages
Published August 18th 2013 by Eric R. Asher (first published February 8th 2013)
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Mar 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
You can also read mine, and MLE's reviews on our blog.

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 ha
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is one of those everything but the kitchen sink urban fantasies. Too many supernatural elements and artifacts made it hard to follow. My real pet peeve was the unpolished authorship. Most annoying was the author's compulsion to have someone laughing almost on every page. They laugh saying hello, laugh saying goodbye, laugh at their food, laugh at the gore, laugh in the middle of a fight, laugh at everything - and nothing was really that funny, mildly amusing at best. It was like trying to w ...more
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd review it, but I edited it, so I might be just a bit biased ;-) ...more
Ms. Nikki
1.5 Stars

I'm just going to jump right in.

The plot was weaker than a a newborn baby's neck. The story had no forward moving plot points to get the story going. At 30% we finally get moving.

The main character, Damian, likes to joke a lot. A lot of said jokes came across forced and fell flat.

This read had a definite newbie vibe to it. There were time jumps, scenes where not enough info was given, no-depth characters, and repeated words/phrases.

To top it off, Damian, the fledgling necromancer, could
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book needs a good editor. Not for grammatical mistakes, but for content and storyline development. I tried really hard to like this book. Really I did. The storyline seemed promising and I made it all the way through book two and into part of book three before I finally threw in the towel. I couldn't stand the constant "bursting out in laughter" any more. Why were all the characters laughing so much all the time? I could understand if something funny happened... but nothing funny ever did h ...more
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Days Gone Bad by Eric Asher

Lots of magic fighting, blood, guts and gore. Lots of violence and killing too in this first book in the paranormal series. The story is mostly straightforward but occasionally distracting with seeming unconnected tidbits.
I admit to skipping a few pages here and there because of the violence but I did appreciate that Damian’s character learned more magic and about himself through the story. I will read the next book as I’m fascinated with the fairies that can grow to
Jana Brown
All together I fear this book tries too hard. I ended up skimming the last half of it because by half way through I was tired of the supernatural salad and the consistent grating laughter. On first glimpse this should have been the kind of book I like.

Damien is a snarky, slightly older (yay 30) male protagonist and a necromancer, which is something we don't often see as a hero. He runs a shop of oddities and magical stuff in St Charles, which I guess is either a suburb or close to St. Louis, I
Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Favorite Line “He saved you and you … you just … insulted everything he stands for Damian. Everything he works for. Everything his family has done for generations to earn the respect of the Seelie court.”

“Kill a child in front of its mother.”
Zola’s head snapped back toward me and anger creased her forehead.
“Give the child's mother a gun and turn your back. I don't care what religion she is, what color her skin is, what shape her eyes are. You will die before you reach the door and you’ll deserve
Angelique  Holmberg
Simply put, the character of Damion Vesik is a Harry Dresden wanna be that falls short, very short.

It's also very obvious that this author is not an animal lover... His humor often refers to the killing of innocent animals. Is it a funny practical joke to make 25 pigeons explode, into tiny gory bits and pieces at a wedding? What's so funny about a vampire eating ferrets? The book ends with someone going to get a ferret for a vampire (to eat, which is implied), and everybody laughs?! The other "j
Crystal P
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the Vesik series come highly recommended from some reader friends. I was surprised when I saw the rating for this book, the first in the series, but after skimming a few reviews I decided to trust those reader friends and boy am I glad that I did.

I listened to the book in audible and the narrator was fantastic. I was drawn in within the first few minutes and I hated putting it down. The narrator nailed the main character and made me feel like I was watching a tv show rather than listening
Amber Todd
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Days Gone Bad had a little bit of all things magic and a necromancer that delivers a big dose of sarcastic wit. I'll admit to being confused at first because the book does start right up as if I'm supposed to know who these characters are. But the story moves quick and the action stays steady. Damian's character feels fully rounded out and and I did love his personality,! ...more
Vicki  Rose
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book, not sure of what to expect.. First: It was written in the first person, which doesn't always work in my mind... After reading a few pages, it wasn't a problem... Second: It wasn't a paranormal romance, which is the genre I usually aim toward reading... Again, just a few pages in, it was no longer a problem! Come to think of it, there wasn't one bad thing about this book! Well, other than the fact that it ended & I didn't want to leave Damian's world yet!
Eric Asher is one
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This paranormal demons, necromancers, vampires, fairies and other assorted cast of characters is not my normal read. That said, my readers friends recommended this book and that I listen on audible. I'm glad I took a chance and audible is they way to go! Damian is quite the character! I alternated between giggling and rolling my eyes up to the very end. The self banter, snark was hilariously and even his friends did not give him a pass. Enjoyed how he was a great son and brother, an awesome frie ...more
Jamie (JK)
Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a good foundation for a new series. I like the characters, a lot, and the general tone of it, but... there is a lot of work to be done. My two biggest gripes were the sketchy magic and the flow of the plot. The magic wasn't really fleshed out, this is a series about a necromancer, but really he comes across as a normal wizard. o.O The plot just made jumps and didn't connect so well at times.

I'll forgive all this though as it is a first in a series and a first book for the author. Hopeful
Aug 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was bored reading this book, I had to stop and read another book, sorry :(.
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The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).
Kindle freebie on January 5, 2019  (currently $3.99 and in Kindle Unlimited as of writing this post)
Overall rating 3.74 with 1,693 ratings and 254 reviews


I got this free from the author, probably for joining his newletter or some other author freebie.  Then the box set of the first 3 books was free.  I learned the author put  the first thr
The writing style was a bit more tell than show at times. I could get the dynamic between characters from conversations and reactions and then things would feel stiff and out of place. There was a lot happening. Lots of magical/paranormal characters and items and it was too much sometimes . Vivid and gory at times and sometimes I couldn’t follow why everyone was so chill or able to laugh so easily. Tons of potential, i may give the next one a go and see if some of the things that bothered me in ...more
Julia Sarene

This has some great things in it, but it also has flaws that really annoyed me...

I like the main character, but he is just a bit to flippant about EVERYTHING. While I do like sarcasm and the humor in bad situations, this was just a bit too much happy go lucky to feel real and it seriously ipacted the scenes were you should be worried or excited.

I like the necromancy and the fairies, but then it all felt a bit overpowered. While I can forgive Harry Dresden for riding a T-Rex, that is way l
Fiona Wilson
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads

Damian Valdis Vesik is a necromancer. He is also a shop owner, but it's not your everyday shop. He runs Death's Door, a shop selling magical goods. He has friends of various species, from fairies to vampires.

Damian's master, Zola, returns after a few years away and brings with her some bad news. Something which she has not encountered before is coming, something evil, something Damian is not yet prepared for. Zola tutors him in further magical ways of trying to deal with what is approaching, but
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
Damian Valdis Vesik is a necromancer in St. Louis. His shop, Death's Door, provides spell-craft supplies, crystals, and other artifacts that sorcerers and Wiccans might be interested in. His sister, Sam, is a vampire - as far as I could figure out, Damian met his teacher, Zola, in the aftermath of his sister being attacked. Since then, he's also acquired several fairy lodgers and their annoyingly bitey cu sith puppies.

The book starts with a wedding invitation. Sam's ex-boyfriend is getting mar
Days Gone Bad had elements that reminded me of some of my favorite UF series. However, the story read as if it were further in the series rather than the first, which normally sets up the world and characters for the reader. At times, I felt as if there was information I'd missed but hadn't.

Vesik is an interesting male lead, but I would've expected him to be a bit more skilled and knowledgeable about his abilities. Much of his necromancy tutoring is unknown with only some of the history with hi
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damian Vesic is a necromancer. His sister is a vampire. He owns a shop called Death's Door, and has some fairies that live there in his clock. One of his best customer's is a witch priestess. What more could you ask for? Someone has unleashed something very evil into the world. Damian, his master Zola, and the rest of the gang must find out who did it and what it is. Zombie hordes, demon vampires, and one hilarious wedding prank made this a fun and exciting story. I really liked this book and ca ...more
Tiffany Ehrob
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Days gone Bad is the first book I have read by Eric Asher. This story has a many magic creatures that keep the story interesting. I enjoyed Damian quick wit and his sarcasm throughout the book. The story is very fast pace and action pack from the very beginning there is never a dull moment in this story. At first it was hard to follow along but as the story progressed I understood the book alot more. I can't wait to read the next story and find out what adventures awaits Damian and the gang. ...more
Kate Tilton
Days Gone Bad is a darker book than I'd typically read. There is guts and gore, swears, and a whole lot of dark things that happen in this tale. But the author really has some gem moments which kept me interested in the story.

The full review can be found at
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
I felt like I was missing an essential piece of the story. I kept waiting for that feeling to go away but it never did. I can't exactly name what I felt was missing, but it just felt incomplete. ...more
Eden Winters
I actually picked up this book not knowing anything about the author or the story, (Hey, Mr. Asher, your Facebook ad paid off!) in need of an audiobook for my long commute.

What's up with stories about necromancers lately? I keep running across them, but I have to admit, this one was different. Between the storytelling and narration, I'm glad I stumbled upon this offering.

Now, on to the story. I would've loved more background about the secondary characters, but as this seems to be a long-runnin
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, audiobook
A pleasant surprise. I got the first three books of the Vesik series on Audible and figured it would be a fun story to listen to while I do other things. I definitely had fun listening to the story and excited to see what else will come up in the series. Damian is a necromancer but he isn't portrayed in the usual style. A few not-so-subtle hints for what may be coming up in the series were dropped and I want to see where that promise of "more" will become. Quirky characters, snarky exchanges and ...more
Arica Carter
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book because of the mix of supernatural creatures as well as adventure and humor. Damian was a great main character and seeing the world through his eyes was a fun and exciting journey.
Aug 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot going on with the characters it took a little while for me to catch on. I am going to read the rest because I like the characters and I am curious where we go from here! Glad he shared his world with us and hope it gets even better from here! Definitely worth the read.
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Eric is a former bookseller, cellist, 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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