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This collection includes Days Gone Bad, Wolves and the River of Stone, and Winter's Demon! That's over 800 pages of Damian's darkest, greatest, and occasionally hilarious urban fantasy adventures.

Days Gone Bad (Book 1) My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability fear
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Kindle Edition, 776 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Amazon Digital Services
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Rebecca
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Leons1701
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Truthfully, I only finished the first book. I might go back and hit the next book at some point, but well...

Here we have a series about a 6'6" magician living in the Midwest with his mysterious mentor. He has faerie friends who he buys pizza for, drives a very distinctive car, carries an old fashioned gun and a staff, has a vampire sibling and is notable for his snarky wit. No, his name is NOT Harry Dresden, but Asher clearly wishes it were. If he were a bit less busy finding ways to make Vesik
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Bob Michaels
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review is for the first three books which I have just finished. First, the good. I found the material interesting. The book was very fast paced with tons of action. Eric is a great story teller. Now for what I did not like. So much of this was pulled from Jim Butcher's Dresden files of which I am a big fan that Jim should be getting royalties on these books. The other annoying point is the constant need the author has for humor in the most horrific of circumstances. It gets old very quickly ...more
Matthew Thibault
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Far too many inconsistencies and annoyances. An Old God makes a preteen ghost into a Demi-God and then somehow she becomes a Demon? The main cast stops for food on their way towards every major battle, and jokes are cracked every other sentence, which cracks the whole group up. Even mid battle. All in all, not a great series.
Tina
I read book one and loved it so much that I decided to try listening to it on audiobook. Lucky for me the author had the first 3 books all bundled together. MY DAY WAS MADE. I have to start off by saying if you haven't listened to the audiobooks, GO GET THEM NOW!! The narrator, William Dufris, is phenominal! He takes these characters and brings them to life.

Now I usually read books with the main character being a young female that is either a bit whiney or somewhat of a badass. I like it either
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Cheryl
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent books! These are well written books! I enjoyed learning about Damian, Sam, Foster, Frank and so many others. The world is at risk and there many including witches, werewolves and vampires battling to save so much. The stories are linked and cannot be read alone! There is happiness and there is sorrow but through it all there is even humor! Enjoy!
Matt Myers
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Nicnotnicola
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed while series to date

Exciting and different characters that you were immediately curious about and wanted to know more about and follow them through each book. Desp for book....9?
Erth
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read half of the first book. sorry, just couldn't get into the story. ...more
Joseph Thomas
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review is for books 1-3 (spoiler free)

The Vesik Series is an Urban Fantasy series about a Necromancer named Damian Vesik, told in first-person from Damian's perspective. Damian works with and against such creatures such as Faries, Vampires, Werewolves, Demons, Ghosts, Gods and of course... Zombies!



As a huge fan of urban fantasy such as Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files, Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series, Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville, and Kim Harrison's Hallows series I found this series qui
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Sheila Walker
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The past and the future are they one

Damian Valdis Vesik necromancer hearing and seeing the dead he is the apprentice of Zola who is witch necromancer who knows, they see the world in a different way to us, Sam his sister is now a vampire Foster and Aideen are fairy who live in the clock in the shop. On a normal day Damian runs a mysterious shop full of spells and potions but on a bad day its WAR. Theses books are the recording of the latest war. Zola's ex Philip wants to wipe out mankind they m
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Angie Hackett
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This three book bundle was definitely worth the money invested into it. It was gritty, entertaining and a captivating read. I did feel like there were shades of The Dresden Files in this series but it also stood up on it's own. The plot was well woven and intricate. The characters were even likable but not necessarily relateable. The world building within this book was immersive and, again, intricate. It's intriguing seeing a world full of myths, legends and fantasy combined with modern day sett ...more
TE
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't usually do "necromancer" books because in my mind necromancer = zombies and I flat out don't do zombie books. While there are zombies in this set of books, they aren't the main focus of the story being told. There are so many other supernatural beings that I'm not even going to try to name them all. Just about all of them play a larger part than the zombies do. There was lots of action, humor and a bit of history that really blended well with the story. I also liked that the heroes put a ...more
Cmoore
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this collection with some degree of trepidation... I'm not exactly fond of Urban Fantasy with Necromancers and/or Vampires, and this book features both. Heck, the protagonist is a dang necromancer, and his sister... well she's one of them vampires!  But I picked up this collection anyway because I loved Eric Asher's Steamborn trilogy, so I knew he could write a really good story.
I really liked our protagonist, Necromancer Damian Vesik... and yes, to a lesser degree, his sister... bet
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Ieshea
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good series

Good developing and developed cast of characters (though an appendix is needed to keep them all straight in my mind) nice world building with ongoing dynamics and plot twists. I really like all the folklore that is worked into the storyline. I will definitely be picking up the rest of this series and the paperbacks as I can to put on my bookshelf as keepers,with all that being said however there are minor inconsistencies and grammatical errors in the books that draw a little away from
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Daniel
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Got through second of the set and had to give up. Kept looking to see how much was left and wondering why I was continuing on.

An eclectic group of characters fighting evil non-stop at a break neck pace. I would swear sequence was not followed well at times - I recall them going to a fair all day making a big deal of turkey leg lunch, then going back to the store meeting someone and having lunch again and talking about dinner later. Did the clock roll back? Honestly I was not interested enough to
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Zsazsa Lambert
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome fantasy fiction suitable for young adults and up

I love Mr.Asher's work .if you love sarcastic wit, tons of action and over the top fantasy fiction you will too.the characters are well fleshed out and the books suck you into a whirlwind story that i have trouble putting down .i highly recommend the boxed sets as this is the best way to keep the story fresh in your mind .you Will want to read them all once you've read the first .vesik,zola ,foster and the rest of the crew truly captured m
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Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Eric Asher is phenomenal! The Vesik Series is spectacular! I steamrolled through the first 3 books in the series. The collection has it all; action, suspense, carnage, strategic battles, and even a smidge of romance. The MC, Damian Vesik, is a snarky badass necromancer. I love any dialogue that he is a part of.

The narrator, William Dufris, was perfect. He brought this story leaping through my speakers. I vividly saw the story like a motion picture.

I love the series and narrator so much that I
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Steph Desire
Dec 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Okay urban fantasy

I would recommend not to read this while reading right after reading the Dresden files. The books are different but they have similarities- male protagonists, magic, urban, vampires, werewolves.
Pros: great characters, I like the MC. Lots of magic, as an urban fantasy, I like the fact that you don't have to wait chapters to see something happening. Also, I like the fact not all the women there were cute sexy- you know typical men writing fantasy.
Cons: The first book was good.
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James D
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Glad I picked this up as the set. If I had just read Book 1 I probably wouldn't have continued the series. (Book 1 was good, it just didn't grab me enough to interest me enough that I would have bought book 2 ... but since I had it already I read it .. and the characters clicked in book 2 and I enjoyed the series enough that I picked up the 2nd Boxed set.)

To break it down Book 1 - 3 stars, Book 2 and 3 are solid 4 star books. The story is well woven and, while minor details seem to shift slightl
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Connie Fogg-Bouchard
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Friends with the dead

Damien Vesik plays with dead people. and fae and witches vampires. necromancer aren't popular people, however, so when some things start to swing in a dark direction, only the fact that his mentor is so beloved keeps him out of hot water. until he has more dead than he can handle and then.....
Nope, you have to read the trio yourself. I can tell you they are great. the characters mix so well, you laugh and cry and can't stop
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Helen
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
That's the way I like them...

Series I mean. It's so nice to have recurring characters that we come to care about. Page after page we ride along as acquaintances become friends, and if they're very fortunate, those friends become family. I'm not talking about "regular" family. I mean the kind of family that will step between you and a hundred foot, fire breathing Dragon.

Now I'm off to find books 4,5,6 & 7. Thanks a bunch Eric
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Curly's  Ramblings
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook review: Paranormal stories involving a necromancer that faces insurmountable odds. Vesik is nerdy and sarcastic along with impressive physical and magical fighting skills. The listener is given a non-stop paranormal adventure! The importance of family and friends & choices permeates the storyline. The characters are awesome and the storyline is quite entertaining. The narrator did a great job! I received a free copy of this audiobook and have voluntarily left this review.
Shelly Roke
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A funny necromancer that knows his stuff

I've actually had this box set for awhile, but hadn't read it. What a mistake! Very good world building, interesting cast of characters, not just one or two. Necromancers, vampires, Fae, witches and werewolves, all hidden. And funny! Damien is a necromancer who sometimes seems both juvenile and like he doesn't know his craft, yet is able to do things others would never try. Fighting a black necromancer has everyone involved.
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Jennifer Reaves
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great series! I listened to them while on vacation and I could barely put it down. Very likeable characters. Other books with a similar topic always seems to have the main character be rather dark and down-trodden with a master or teacher that is grumpy or abusive in some way. I like that all the characters seem to have love for one another and joke just like any other family. I will be getting into the next boxed set as soon as possible!
Mary
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Omgoodness

5 minutes in I was laughing, 20 min in I was looking for Audible. Yes it's there. Where to start, funny, hilarious, magic. Good guys and gals. Bad guys and gals are particularly nasty. Then vampires owe the vampires. Who knew fairies liked cheese and Fudge. And don't forget the Whiskey. Highly Recommended.
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Jen  Garren-Manning
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow

Just...wow. If you have a sense of humor and like the supernatural, you have to read this series. There's nothing else I love more than to let myself be immersed in a story to the point that I lose track of the time, but I actually lost track of the day of the week! Amazing work by Mr. Asher.
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Vic Falconer
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastically entertaining!

Faeries, necromancers, werewolves, vampires, ghosts, old gods, witches, zombies ... they are all here woven into an incredible story line that keeps you wanting to turn the page. Vesik is a great central character whose power is growing with every book. Lots of humour, plenty of action and a wonderful story to immerse yourself in.
Peer Jones
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lots to like 👍

Funny, mundane, sad, scary, disgusting and terrifying. Almost everyday life in part. Lot of characters to remember who could easily be your friends. The sarcasm and joking around between friends and siblings seemed very real to me. Going to have to get rest of series
Kalliopie
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Could not put these books down!

Back-to-back, edge-of-your-seat action. Fairies, vampires, werewolves, demons, gods, guardians, and, through it all, necromancers. The tale of a massive fight between good and evil, where every so often, the lines between them are blurred. Highly recommended. Can’t wait to read the rest of this series.
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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.

Other books in the series

Vesik (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • Days Gone Bad (Vesik, #1)
  • Wolves and the River of Stone (Vesik, #2)
  • Winter's Demon (Vesik, #3)
  • This Broken World (Vesik, #4)
  • Destroyer Rising (Vesik, #5)
  • Rattle the Bones (Vesik, #6)
  • Witch Queen's War (Vesik #7)
  • Forgotten Ghosts (Vesik #8)
  • The Book of the Ghost (Vesik #9)
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