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.
"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.
"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.
"Worth your time and credit"
Absolutely worth your time and credit. This is one of those series I know I will listen to repeatedly. From the beginning the story pulls you in and never lets go. It's a fun, entertaining, humorous, engaging and enjoyable series. It's fast paced and full of action with a little bit of everything woven into these stories.
Reminiscent of a couple of other series but different enough to be a great listen.
Damien is a necromancer but he is joined by a whole host of characters from Vampires, Werewolves and Demons to Gods, Fairies and even Zombies just to name a few. You never know who will show up or what will happen next. Don't analyze the stories just sit back and enjoy the ride.
William Dufris did a great job with the narration. It has been a long time since I have listened to a book he has narrated. Nice voice. Perfect for this story and the main character. Really good character voices. All of them. Clearly spoken. Great delivery of the sarcasm. All around very enjoyable.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.
"Necromancin isn't easy."
The Vesik Series is an Urban Fantasy series about a Necromancer named Damian Vesik, told in first-person from Damian's perspective. Damian works with and against such creatures such as Faries, Vampires, Werewolves, Demons, Ghosts, Gods and of course... Zombies!
As a huge fan of urban fantasy such as The Dresden Files, Iron Druid, Kitty Norville, and Hallows series I found this series enjoyable. Eric Asher starts the story in a world with a rich history and characters all have deep backstories that you get to learn as you go along. Some things are explained, some things are hinted at and remain a mystery. It is executed in a way that feels as if you just joined a group of old friends. It is done in a way that feels organic. Between the books, there is also time that passes and things that have happened that you catch up on during the course of each book.
I do have to comment on one nitpicking thing that bothered me throughout all three books. This book has a good amount of humor, in the form of jokes, sarcasm, and innuendo. Mostly it is done well however after every joke the author has to make sure you know that a joke was made by having another character react with a snort, chuckle, or laugh. Every. Single. Time. The jokes and humor themselves are done well, but when the reactions have to point out the jokes so often it subtracts from the joke itself. In the same way having to explain why something is so funny, the pointing out that it IS funny kills it in the same way. An occasional reaction is fine but the frequency in which it is done in these novels quickly started to grate on me. Not quite enough to kill my enjoyment of the story, but enough to diminish it. Eventually, I had to just convince my imagination that these parts didn't happen.
The Narrator William Dufris does an excellent job especially depicting different characters of different sexes, accents, and inflections. I have enjoyed William's work in Old Mans's War by John Scalzi, The AMAZING Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo and many other great Audiobooks. He is a great narrator and I always enjoy his work.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
"good and long"
I haven't finished this 3 book set yet but so far I love it. just wish I had more time to listen through the holiday season. I will edit this review when I've finished it.
This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
These first three books in the Vesik series were just awesome.
Fantastic storytelling brought to life by the perfect narrator. He gave each character voice and personality and charisma.
I love the strong friendships and strong sense of loyalty in this series. I love the humor, pain, loss, love, and hope. I love how good, however faded to grey it may be, triumphs over evil. I love how unlikely allies work together and form bonds for the greater good.
Readers will not be sorry to pick up this series.
"Love This Series"
This set includes the first three books in the Vesick series. This can be read as a standalone. While it does not end in a traditional cliffhanger, it is clear the story doesn't end here. There is a lot of violence and gore and sexual situations so 18+. Will I continue to read future books in the series? Of course I will.
The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that all of that info here. This story involves necromancers, vampires, Fae, demons, and other supernatural creatures. Damian Vesick, his mentor Zola, and an assortment of family, friends, and other allies have their hands full while they try to stop foes determined to wreck havoc on Earth. Will they succeed and if they do at what cost? They find out they are facing bigger problems than just the demon and Philip. As losses mount on both sides, the stakes get higher, especially for Damien.
William Dufris is the narrator for the audio version. He does a good job in narrating the books. He is very clear and easy to understand. I also have the Kindle version of these books and it is nice to have both versions so I can continue reading the books when I'm not somewhere I can listen to the audio version.
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