Review & Giveaway: Days Gone Bad by Eric R. Asher

Days Gone Bad

Days Gone Bad
by Eric R. Asher
Series: Vesik #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Publication: February 8th 2013

Source: I received a copy of this book
from the author in exchange for an honest review

My Rating:

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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 a new evil, 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.

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Quick Critique

Pros: Days Gone Bad is brimming with intense action, gruesome battles, and all sorts of supernatural goodness. It kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.

Cons: At times there was a little too much going on, and the story didn’t flow quite as smoothly as I would have liked. I do hope that these issues are tweaked in the next book.

Overall: This is a great debut novel, and a remarkable start to this Urban Fantasy series. I recommend Days Gone Bad to anyone that enjoys urban fantasy and a whole lot of bloodshed. I will definitely check out the next book in the series.

My Thoughts

Days Gone Bad is a fascinating tale that follows Damian, a necromancer, who is forced to fight a new kind of evil, one that hasn’t been seen before. Lives depend on his success, and he has one heck of a time attempting to vanquish these new monsters. Fortunately for Damian, he has a variety of supernatural allies to watch his back, including his wise old crone of a master by the name of Zola, who I believe was a dominatrix in a former life, as she loves to beat Damian with her cane. She is one of my favorite characters in this book. I love the way she speaks. I could hear her voice in my head while I was reading, and often times caught myself mouthing her words.

The pages of Days Gone Bad are replete with every type of paranormal and supernatural creature you could want in an urban fantasy novel, from vampires to zombies — including an interesting twist involving both, and demons to fairies. There was quite a bit of fantasy folklore inside these pages, and I had to hit the internet a few times to find out what some of the “technical” terms meant. I felt as though I was preparing for my very first battle in a D&D game. This book didn’t have dungeons or dragons in it, but I know just as much about D&D as I did about some of the history in Days Gone Bad. So, all in all, reading this book was not only wildly entertaining, but educational as well. I feel like I have a much better understanding of the fantasy realm. I now understand what things like “The Unseelie Sidhe” mean. Besides, it gave me an excuse to bust out a cold glass of milk and some Oreo cookies. Hey, in my world, doing a little research warrants having a tasty snack in hand. Speaking of snacks…

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Days Gone Bad had me hooked from the first chapter – a necromancer, a vampire, and Mexican food. Uh, yeah… count me in. Damian is an incredible character, very well fleshed out. He is witty — loaded to the hilt with dark humor, rugged, and supercalifragilisticexpialidociously bad to the bone. I was completely captivated by Damian throughout the entire book. I clung to his every word, anxious to find out what he was thinking, or what he would do next. There were many other characters I adored as well – Foster and Aideen were among my favorites. I am pretty certain I let an, “Awww,” escape my lips during a pre-battle ritual that took place inside Death’s Door. Oh, you want to know what Death’s Door is? Hmmm, well… I’d love to tell you, but I think you should probably read the book to find out.

Foster went down on one knee in front of his wife. She gently placed the helmet over his head, brushing his hair carefully behind his ears. He held out his arms, palms facing the ceiling, and she strapped a golden vambrace to each. His greaves were already laced and she double-checked them as he stood. She took a knee in turn and presented his fairy-sized claymore, with her arms raised and head bowed.

–Eric R. Asher, Days Gone Bad

Days Gone Bad is a great debut novel, and I will definitely read the next installment in the Vesik series. If you enjoy urban fantasy, and powerful, hair-raising action, this is a book you do not want to miss!

About the Author

EricAsher

Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, 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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Wife, mother, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.