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Days Gone Bad

(Vesik #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,634 ratings  ·  246 reviews
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…

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Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published February 8th 2013 by Eric R. Asher
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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
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
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.
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 ;-)
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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, zomb
Andi Rahmat
Aug 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was bored reading this book, I had to stop and read another book, sorry :(.
Kitvaria 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 ridin
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 appr
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 getti
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 his m
Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 aut
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
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.
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

Days Gone Bad is infused with humor and stellar writing. The characters are amazingly well fleshed out - you feel like you really know them. My favorite character is Damian and not just because he's the main character. He talks to you like you're an old friend, he has a great sense of humor, and he's brave. Plus he's a necromancer - a necromancer who isn't evil. He's become one of my new
S. Policar
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay I have to give Eric credit where it’s due. This book is amazing.
The opening lines grip you and while you tell yourself “I’m not supposed to be reading this yet” you find yourself unable to stop reading it.
I’d be quite interested in a prequel to this even if just a novella to explain how Damian and Sam got to where they are at the start of this book. It’s a bit
confusing in that area. I have to admit at the moment, Cara is my favorite character. That’s one faery you don’t wa
S. Policar
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay I have to give Eric credit where it's due. This book is amazing.
The opening lines grip you and while you tell yourself "I'm not supposed to be reading this yet" you find yourself unable to stop reading it.
I'd be quite interested in a prequel to this even if just a novella to explain how Damian and Sam got to where they are at the start of this book. It's a bit
confusing in that area. I have to admit at the moment, Cara is my favorite character. That's one faery you don't want to
Cherry Mischievous
My Thoughts:
I came across this book as a recommendation in a comment in Ilona Andrews' giveaway for an ARC of Magic Shifts. And mighty glad I did! It was an awesome read!!

Chapter 1, I wasn't very convinced. But by Chapter 3, I knew it was gonna be good! And by the end of the book, Eric Asher has gained a new die-hard fan! You got your vampires, fairies, old gods, power-wielding humans and more. Hopefully the author will expand more about the werewolves and witches in subsequent
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Necromancer and shop owner Damian Valdis Vesik has an unusual life. His sister is a vampire and he shares his shop with a family of fairies and green wolf-type dogs called cu sith. Given the unique creatures around him, Damian’s life is fairly ordinary until his master, Zola, reappears after a mysterious two-year absence. Zola tells him that someone, or something, is releasing demons into the world through a gateway that Damian inadvertently opened when he was a boy. Zola needs Damian’s help to ...more
Damien Valdis Vesik. Necromancer. Owner of a new age magic shop. Brother of a vampire. Landlord to fairies who live in his clock. This is the first book in a new series, but the first few chapters are confusing, and read more like the second or third book in a series. I kept getting the feeling that I should have known what was going on, and who the people were. In any case, Damien receives a call from his master, one Zola Adannya, who has been missing for a while. She presents him with a doll t ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks Red Coat PR!

Days Gone Bad is the first in the urban fantasy series featuring the necromancer Damian Vesik. Damian lives his days running a shop selling supernatural artifacts which hosts a suite of fairies and their pets. His sister is a vampire. Throw in some demons and a zombie uprising and apparently a werewolf pack living nearby and this all boils down to an urban fantasy with too much supernatural stuff goin
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the humor in this book though at some moments I felt there was too much of it. Not every situation has to be followed by a smirk or a smile. Nevertheless I'd love to see how this series develops and I'll most likely read book 2 in the nearest future.
Also good to note that this was a freebie and I gave it a chance and I'm not regretting to have found a new UF author and 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.

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