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.
©2013 Eric R. Asher (P)2014 Eric R. Asher
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"Great Urban Fantasy"
I received a free copy of this audio book from the author when I met him at Coastal Magic Con. My husband and I listened to it on the way home and were enthralled. This story grabbed us from the start. Mr. Asher has built a vivid picture of a world where vampires, fairies, witches, ghosts, Watchers, and others exist side by side with common folk. His is a world filled with magic and mayhem, humor and love. William Dufris did a fantastic job of bringing the story to life. This story is not for the weak of heart. It is often violent and is graphic in its depiction of the violence. But the story is well worth it and would be diminished without the horror of the violence. I will most certainly be checking out the further adventures of Damian Valdis Vesik.
"Don't be fooled by the title and artwork"
Firstly, the author did not even remotely represent the consensus of what a necromancer is. Also, the main character was incredibly weak, with the supporting characters doing 90% of the work.
This book was very poorly structured. Repeatedly, information which seemed like it would be essential to the plot or character development was introduced and then promptly ignored e.g. the "vampire pit" doesn't like outsiders, but there are outsiders in and out of the house every other chapter. To that note, there was no character development except for that of the comic relief.
This book seems to be told from the viewpoint of a 13 year-old in an adult body with a sailor's mouth. For someone who, by definition, should have control of the dead and the "power of lay lines" Vesik seems incapable of doing any more than letting vampires punch his shield
So, if you have been into a series like the Dresden files where things fit together, make sense and a good plot develops, stay away from this book
Finally, the narration was mediocre. while DuFris has excellent diction, his expression of the characters' emotions seems wholly absent.
I would be willing to give this author another chance, but not if the word necromancer is anywhere in the book
"Couldn't finish it"
The author attempted to make the main character funny and witty but his continuous stream of sarcastic and snide comments quickly become annoying and we never get a clear explanation as to how magic works in his universe.
Another source of confusion stems from the fact that Vesik is supposed to be a necromancer and yet he comes off more as a mage and more akin to Harry Dresden's abilities than someone who deals with the dead.
Furthermore we never get a good sense of the large cast of characters that get introduced far too quickly to the point where it starts to become a little confusing. Indeed, the faeries and the various vampires that Vesik meets aren't given enough of a backstory to begin to care about them and lack any real substance to them.
I will say this though, the narrator's voicing of Vesik's century-old teacher is phenomenal as he gives her a rough southern drawl that is a surprising joy to listen to.
"Narrator hurts the story"
There is a trend in this book with the author making a statement, followed in the same sentence with a "but" or"though" which leads to an attempt at humor. About one in every 5 sentences show this pattern. Only after listening for a while does it take on an aspect of being contrived as well as a habitual pattern of communicating. This process is emphasized by the vocal inflections of Mr. Dufris. Can't change the author. I would strongly encourage a different narrator. I am very close to losing all interest in this piece. I would NEVER consider another book in this series if the same narrator is used. Interestingly, he does a very good job with other character voices.
Yes, with a different narrator.
Good with all but the main character, Vesik (who, wouldn't you know it, has to talk throughout the book, or else there would be no story), comes across with a sarcastic or snide quality to his humor. This quickly becomes painful to listen to.
Why not? Very similar in subject material to the Dresden series.
"Phenomenal Start to an AMAZING series!"
"Days Gone Bad," had me sucked in at chapter one. There is a wealth of characters with depth and mystery and wit that make you want to delve into each one of them to see how they tick! Mr. Eric Asher, took a genre that has been written and rewritten so many times and made it new and intriguing. For me the testament of an outstanding book is if when I put it down I'm ready to pick it back up again, well this audio version brought me to whole new level of fandom. The narrator has a way of bringing these outstanding characters to life and I certainly cannot wait for the second book in the series to be ready for consumption.
"If you like the Iron Druid series"
Like the headline says, if you like the Iron Druid series, you'll like this too. It's not about gods & druids, but the writing style is similar and the narrator reminds me or Luke Daniels. Funny & lots of paranormal action. I actually bought this on sale & had it in my library as a backup book for a few months. Needless to say, I was way more than pleasantly surprised when I finally listened. Definitely worth the credit or money. Will definitely buy more from this author & narrator.
"Like Dresden, but definitely hold's its own."
William Dufris. He brought the perfect voices, cadence, etc to the characters.
Dresden Files, Alex Verus, Iron Druid Chronicles.
Same type of genre, modern day supernatural.
Holy crap William was the perfect narrator for this series. I liked him in the Old Man's War series and I wasn't sure how I'd like him in this series, until I finished the first chapter and realized that not even Luke Daniels would be as good as William is for this series.
yes, definitely yes. I am big fan of this type of story, but the combo of Eric and William, holy rusted metal Batman!
Eric does a great job of creating a world for Vesik and his band of buddies, and he has a great banter between characters that William really brought to life. Looking forward to the next 4 books.
A snarky necromancer, a Vampire sister, giant fairy warrior living in his clock, zombies, ghosts including a panda who acts like a puppy... so much happens with so many characters but this is beautifully written and the narrator voices each character perfectly. The intense action interspersed with tension releasing wise cracks left me alternating between holding my breath and laughing out loud.
"Good story, writing needs some improvement"
As I said, the story, or rather, storyline was good, so I think I will see if the writing improves. My two main complaints are first, the narrator spoke too slowly to convey any sense of urgency. This is the first book I've had from Audible where I didn't leave it at 100% speed, but kicked it up to 125% if I remember correctly. The other thing that bothered me was the author's continual need to have someone make a comedic remark and then have another character "smile", "gaffaw", "smirk", "laugh", or otherwise react. I felt like I was in a studio audience and someone was flashing the "Applause Now" sign each time this happened.
It does have a similar flavor to the Dresden Files, though the quality of the character development and dialogue have a ways to go before reaching that level. I've listened to the Dresden Files three times now (over about 2 years time). It'll be at least a couple of years before I want to repeat this story.
Yes, there's a story here that needs to be completed.
Having read several types of vampire books, I know "types" can change... vamps who aren't really vamps, but another earthly race, an alien species, the exception to the rule-go out in the sun type, etc. But usually a necromancer controls the dead... this necromancer didn't do a lot of that. He was primarily a wizard, with an ability to see dead people.Plotline was good, just needs to work on filling the body of the story with muscle rather than fat.
"A promising start but not great"
I wanted to like this book but somehow I did not feel interested in its characters. I think the book has a potential: a necromancer as the main character, vampires, faes, humour, etc. but then it gets a bit repetitive and boring. I think the main problem is that the writer tries too hard, and eventually fails. There are too many jokes and not enough dynamics. I will not continue the series but I hope that the writing gets better, keeping in mind this is the first book.
I liked the narrator and I think he is perfect for the story.
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