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Days Gone Bad (Vesik #1) by Eric R. Asher

Days Gone Bad, Vesik, Eric R. Asher, fantasy, paranormal, urban, book review

Source: I purchased this book from the author at Penned Con 2016.
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: February 8, 2013

Back Cover

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, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and … damn, I need a vacation.


Meet Damian Vesik, necromancer and shop owner. Feared and hated by most, he is a loyal friend to a handful of faeries, vampires, witches, and humans.

When Damian has a run-in with vampire zombies, he knows something is up. When his master, Zola, returns from her wanderings; he definitely knows that something big is going down. Wielding his snarky and cynical sense of humor, along with a gun and some unique abilities, Damian must hunt the being that is raising both the dead and the undead before the situation reaches apocalyptic proportions.

When I first started reading the book, I expected that Damian would be a mainstream necromancer. "Mainstream" necromancers conjure demons and invoke spirits to help foretell the future and to fight their foes. What I discovered is that Damian is not a mainstream necromancer. He uses a combination of fairy magic and necromancy to trap or inflict damage on other beings' auras, and he can also trace anomalies in a being's aura back to its source; which is a more modern (and historically accurate) interpretation of necromancy.

Even though Damian has all of this power at his disposal, he comes across as a regular guy who has a penchant for frozen chimichangas, Mountain Dew, and craft beer. He prefers the direct method of killing something, which usually means unloading his gun into an enemy, and is friends with the ghost of a panda that enjoys scaring the birds at the zoo.

Unfortunately, we don't really get a chance to learn much about Damian's history because of all the almost apocalyptic mayhem that something started. It's a shame because I would like to know more about him, Zola, and his sister, Sam. The stories behind how he discovered that he was a necromancer, how he met Zola, and Sam's history are probably equal parts funny and awesome.

While the plot has some gory parts in it, I've read more detailed and graphic descriptions in books by Stephen King, Anne Bishop, and Anne Rice; however, I don't think the content would be suitable for anyone under sixteen or seventeen. The subject matter by itself is pretty dark, but Asher injected some comic relief in the fight scenes with snarky asides and banter.

Days Gone Bad is a fast-paced book with a never-ending stream of interesting and snarky dialogue. Asher's intelligent interpretation of necromancy is refreshing, unique, and well-thought-out. I enjoyed it immensely and I'm curious to see if Asher reveals more about Damian, Sam, Zola, and the eclectic company that the trio keep later on in the series. 

About Eric R. Asher

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Eric R. Asher, author. Image courtesy of Goodreads.
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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