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William Wilde and the Necrosed

(The Chronicles of William Wilde #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  20 reviews
At seventeen years old, William Wilde was orphaned because of the magic in his veins, magic he doesn’t even know is real. Eight months later, Serena Paradiso enters his life. Captivating and confident, she holds secrets about William’s heritage. His friends know them, too. All of them watch William, study him, wondering if he is the one for whom they’ve been searching.

Kindle Edition, 356 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by DuSum Publishing
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I read this for the Self-Pubbed Fantasy Blog-Off

DNF at 40%. It just wasn't very good.

For a self-pubbed book, the spelling and grammar was fine. The story proceeded very, very, very slowly, and I just didn't like the characters or setting.

The main character, William Wilde, is a 17-year old orphan who had been mysteriously cursed during the accident in which his parents died. Suddenly a mysterious, beautiful girl (Serena Paradiso) appears at his school at the be
kartik narayanan
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
tl;dr: The Chronicles of William Wilde is turning out to be an intriguing series with William Wilde and the Necrosed, the first book, being a decent start.

Edit: The author gave me an opportunity to read the second book in the series - William Worde and the Stolen Life - and it is awesome. I am going to revise my opinion of this series to a must-read. The story is more mature and the characters development goes in unexpected directions. I found the book to be reasonably fast paced and
Dyrk Ashton
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy the hell out of a YA urban fantasy now and again, and William Wilde hit the sweet spot for me. Very original worldbuilding, in my opinion, and one of the most unique and cool villains I've ever read. And by 'cool' I mean really creepy, nasty and frightening. I was incredibly impressed by the fight scenes, particularly in the finale. The story takes place in the '80s, so there are plenty of great '80s references to grin about. There were some pacing issues, but by sheer enjoyment of the s ...more
Jessica Jesinghaus
Ready for a rollicking adventure filled with magic and danger? Look no further than “William Wilde and the Necrosed” by Davis Ashura. The story opens with a tragic car crash involving a family of four. Only one boy will emerge from the wreckage. Sadly, however, this is not a “normal” accident. It has been brought about by a strange being named Kohl Obsidian. Who or what Kohl is remains to be seen but one thing is for certain: he’s evil and he is not human. Fast forward several months and we meet ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun little romp full of magic, monsters, secret identities, high school awkwardness, and the power of friendship.

I had a very good time with this book and I’ll be watching out for more from this author
Grant Leishman
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Reviewed For Readers' Favorite by Grant Leishman

When seventeen-year-old William Wilde’s mother, father and brother are killed in a car accident, with William as the sole survivor, his life changes forever, but in ways he could never possibly have foreseen. The accident was, in fact, no accident; it was orchestrated by an evil zombie-like creature, known as a Necrosed. In William Wilde and the Necrosed, by Davis Ashura, William must not only cope with the death of his family, but as time goes on
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I was given a copy of the ebook in exchange for a review.

Now for my thoughts.

Mr. Ashura is the master of a slow burn. In the first book of his prior series (a wicked good read, by the way), and also in this one, there is what seems to be a long buildup before any true “action”. But don’t let that discourage you - think of it like the lit fuse of a stick of dynamite. Mr. Ashura uses the time to craft his worlds and to get you invested into his characters while the fi
Jacob Cooper
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I was honored to be granted the opportunity to listen the audiobook of William Wilde and the Necrosed by Davis Ashura, narrated by the sublime Nock Podehl. Nick's performance confirms that he, once again, deserves the credit given him as one of the top narrators in fantasy today.

Fans of Rick Riordan, Suzanne Collins, and Brandon Mull will find a new home with The Chronicles of William Wilde. Those who loved Indiana Jones, the Goonies, and E.T. as kids will also get lost in this Urban Fantasy. ...more
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Eric Neill
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
William Wilde is a great name for a high school boy from Cincinnati. He just doesn't know it yet.

But he does know loss of family. He does know friends. He does know bullies. He does know it is his senior year of high school. He does know he is not great at sports. He does know how to be good student. He just needs time to put it all together. A trip with friends over the Christmas holidays brings more gifts than expected and many unwanted surprises.
Chris Evans
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The story is decent enough, but the world building was lacking making it difficult to get into the narrative. The naming convention for all his magic related things didn't help with this. Not really much else to say, unfortunately, as it's all just kind of average.
Donna Huber
This is a fun middle grades fantasy adventure. I think my niece and nephew would have enjoyed it when they were younger. Though Greek mythology isn't involved, fans of Percy Jackson will find a new favorite hero. The 1980s reference will make it a fun read for parents to share with their kids. Read my full review at Girl Who Reads.
Kenneth Kalchik
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, urban-fantasy
A great follow up to the Castes and Outcastes that hops over into the urban fantasy genre. Can’t wait for the second one to hit!
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
The characters were interesting and some of the worldbuilding ideas were cool, but the nature of the magic wasn't explained very well and there were a lot of convenient coincidences. One character's magic would fail in a situation to put the characters in danger, but another character would later announce that they are better at that kind of magic, so that it could be used to protect them in an almost identical situation. This might have been more palatable if the mechanics of the magic had been ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
It isn't bad but too young adult for me. It's not really clear to me what age the main characters are, sometimes they act like early teens and others like late teens. Everything is a bit simplistic, with the same feelings exposed by the main character every chapter, too much stating and not enough showing.
The story itself is a mix of several common YA tropes. The comparison to Stranger Things is what sold it to me but the only thing they have in common is the time period. Speaking of which
Non Pantalones
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm continuing with reading the series - I wasn't surprised by any of the twists and turn of the plot... it's serviceable. :) I can definitely tell where a lot of the concepts come from, but nothing throws me out of the story. I'm not in-love with the relationships... they seem very plot-driven, instead of the other way around but again, nothing that throws me out of the story. I'll continue reading.
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the book. Can not wait for the next one. It was alot of fun!! I really enjoy the author's books...his first series is still one of my favorites. Can't wait to see what this one is going to be like.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-read, ya-read
There's really nothing compelling that can be found here. The magic, the characters, the dialogues are not very exciting. It read well but I was bored and kept waiting for something that would intrigue me but ultimately there was none.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun quick adventure.
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