This omnibus collection includes Days Gone Bad, Wolves and the River of Stone, and Winter's Demon. That's three complete novels of Damian's dark, gritty, and occasionally hilarious urban-fantasy adventures.
Days Gone Bad (Book 1)
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.
Wolves and the River of Stone (Book 2)
Philip, Zola's boyfriend from 150 years ago, is not nearly as dead as we thought. I really wish he was. Not only has he kidnapped Zola, but he's raising an army to scour humanity from the Earth. Hopefully the local werewolf pack will help. What could possibly go wrong?
Winter's Demon (Book 3)
Some things can never be undone. The horrors I've defeated - or even caused - with my own hands...they are nothing compared to what's coming. Philip Pinkerton has brought his madness upon my family, my own blood. His army of necromancers is on the move, harbingers of a great darkness. I fear the war has begun...and damn, I don't get paid enough for this.
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I hesitated a long time before getting this one because of the comments. I read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy books and it's hard to find something but doesn't feel like I have read it before. But this was a fun and refreshing experience. Sure it's no great classic and the narrator is a little over-the-top at times but he brings to life a cool but clueless necromancy, badass fairies and all kind of unimaginable beings in a fun but catching way. This was an easy listen that gave me a few surprises and lots of smiles. Why not, reading is supposed to be fun.
I liked the atmosphere that the author managed to conjure in places but I did not like the number of unnecessary supporting characters, it made things a little difficult to follow and meant most could not be developed to any real degree.
Perhaps. The books are not completely to my taste but they are reasonably well written and different people have different tastes.
Yes they passed the time and were a pleasant enough distraction while driving.
What's with all the eating? I know we all need to eat but I don't need to know every time the hero and his entourage stop for another face full of junk food.
"Never a dull moment."
What can i say about these 3 books? They kept me on the edge of my seat, Full of twist and turns. These have it all. Gods, Necromancers, Fairies(fey) of all kinds, demons, ghost, guardians, werewolves and vampires. Good and Evil. The main character is Damien, a necromancer. These books were intense. I hated when it ended. Can't wait to read the next. It reminds me of the Merci Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I recommend these books if you like her series. I received this bundle free in exchange for an honest review. However, they are worth the money or credit for them.
"CLEVER WITTY DIALOG / STRANGE & ELABORATE WORLD"
I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.
Wow. Where to begin... First, I absolutely LOVED William Dufris' narration. His voice was perfect for this kind of comically sarcastic dialog. He performed a wide variation of voices and kicked in dialects and accents.
The stories are one rollercoaster ride after another of supernatural disasters waiting to happen. Damian Vesik is a necromancer with friends from every nature of being. With direction from his teacher, he and his unlikely entourage fight those intending to put an end to the world as we know it... all without the human population aware of their existence. The comical banter is very entertaining. The gore level is pretty high but isn't used as a crutch for the story. Book one has no romance. By book two, Damian gets a girlfriend, but the sex is just a paltry bonus.
Eric Asher has a bewildering and astonishing imagination. I mean... a panda demi-God? But he makes everything fit because of Damian's "comme ci, comme ça" attitude. In the writing mechanics, I noticed book two had a repeat scenario where only the characters changed. It involves a phone call, a "poet-and-don't-know-it" comment and a black w/3 red stripes van. For a moment I thought my audiobook had skipped back to book one.
What really made the listen(s) for me was the talent of Bill Dufris. He made Damian real. Unfortunately, I never grew any affinity for the other characters, as likable as they were. I could have accepted fewer characters and a closer look into Damian's personal life. But that's my love of raw romance adding it's 2-cents.
Summing it up; if you are a fan of romping fantasy with no holds barred on the improbable, this is a definite winner for you.
A good TWO THUMBS UP!
"Thrilled by Box Set"
I got this via audiobook boom. I love it when a story that is continued from one book to the next comes as a box set. this story was entertaining to boot. the narrator was one of the best I have heard lately not counting D C Cole. The three books grabbed me at the beginning and didn't turn me loose. Lots of action with a sprinkling of humor was included. Worth the listen but be mindful that you need to be prepared to keep listening even when you want to do something else. So put on your seatbelt and enjoy the ride.
"The Snark is Strong with this one"
Yes, I would as it was such an intricately woven story I feel I would discover more and more
One of my favorite things was that the characters and their back stories develop as you read. It is like meeting people in real life, you do not get to know ALL about them in one sitting, you develop a relationship and slowly get to know them better, this is exactly what I felt as I read the books. I felt Damian & I were becoming closer. And that I would totally be shopping at Death Door (a lot). I felt that the Faeries were letting into their world, as if they had begun to trust me. I still feel the Vamps aren’t quite ready to open their doors fully but have let me into the foyer and let me sit for a cup of coffee with Sam, and well Carter and Hugh, I felt they welcomed me just fine, like meeting old friends somehow.
As a reader he was fantactic. He voiced Vesik as I had imagined him to do so. I loved all the voices he had for each character and the perfect inflections for the tone of the story
A necromancers job is never done...
I love to read box sets (well in this case listen to). One of my main concerns is always, will the story flow from book to book? And in the case of Vesak it flows seamlessly!! I mainly liked the fact that Eric Asher (the wonderful author) doesn’t retell you who everyone is in each book, he figures you read the first book so you can now follow along.
It was, to me, like it was one book with three parts which is exactly how a box set or book series should feel. In each book Eric laid the ground work for the next book so there was continuity there and also a sense on reading something and thinking, “Hmmm something is brewing here, wonder where this will take me”, and so far I have been very pleased with the journey!
My favorite aspect BY FAR is the snarkiness. I am by nature a snarky person, so when I was listening I was laughing and just loving the rapport and snarkiness between ALL the characters. I would be sitting amount a group of people and listening on head phones only to find I was literally Laughing Out Loud while other just looked at me like I had lost my mind. I love it when a book or books pulls you so deeply in that you truly forget the world around you. My favorite line is from book 1, Vesik to Sam: “You did die, you know”. After I read that line I knew I would just love the rest of the series.
Asher created a world that you just dive into head first. There are enough descriptors so that you know what the place looks like yet he still leaves room for your imagination. All the characters have depth. Each one adds to the story line perfectly and each one is vital to the series as a whole. As you read each new character that is introduced is done so within the realm created by Eric, and fits the flow of the story, and also adds to the richness of the world being created.
"Great Narrator and Story"
I would listen to this series again because I really enjoyed the story and the narration was nice to listen to.
I liked the interactions between the characters and the humor that is expressed throughout the story.
I'm not one for sharing spoilers AND it's pretty hard to choose because there are so many. Some actions scenes are really good, but then there are some touching scenes with happy and vicky that are just awesome.
no. This is three books so it takes a couple days to get through.
If you enjoy Jim Butcher's Dresden series, you'll probably like this series too. They contain the same sort of humor that just has you laughing out loud sometimes.
"meh. it's okay"
not sure if it is the performer or the story but I had a hard time finishing these three books. I usually multitask while listening to books but this one faded into the background too much
"To be honest..."
When I first started this book I didn't think I would like it. But once I got a few minutes in I had laughed out loud at least twice. The family dynamic between Demon and Sam is awesome and the narrator is great with all the different characters
"a wild ride with a side of laughts"
This is a great series. A mix of magic, fay, vampires and demi-Gods. The main magic user gets his power from necromancy; but not by going out and raising the dead. More of the life force that they had when they pasted. Damian Vesic is the shop owner who keep his supernatural side of the shop just under the surface form the everyday people who have no clue of what really goes on in the world around them. The wonderful interaction between Damian and his companions shows humor and loyalty of a long standing deep friendship through many hard won battles and allies lost.
Those who enjoy the Dresden files, will also enjoy the depth and growth of these books but with their own style and twists.
This audiobook was given by the author at no cost
in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
"Good vs. Bad Necromancers"
Damian Vesik is a necromancer (a hereditary condition) who runs a shop and is just getting by, financially. He has fairies living in his grandfather clock and a couple of green cu sith (fairy) dogs. Oh, and his sister is a vampire. Otherwise, his life seems relatively uneventful. Then his former mentor returns and calls him to help her recover dangerous artifacts she buried during the Civil War.
As the story continues through books two and three, it becomes apparent that an evil necromancer has plans to turn Hell loose on the world, and Vesik, his Master, and their allies will have to save us all. This is one of those series that gains much by reading (and re-reading) them in order.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
"Even better than I expected, even if not perfect."
There was a lot to like about these books, but I think they could have easily been 1 instead of 3. I enjoyed the narrator and the pace of the story set by his narration, but think I would have gotten bored if it'd been the ebooks version. I'll definitely continue the stories since there are something like 6 or 7 books right now, and they're fun when I need something that's not so complex to read.
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