Written by Matthew Feldman; Ammendment and Apologies this did not show up.
Review of Days Gone Bad, by author Eric Asher
Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Fantasy
Ratings: 5/5 Stars
Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/Days-Gone-Bad-Vesik-Book-ebook/dp/B00BDUUXSA
When reading Eric Asher’s book, I won’t lie. I was expecting a general run of the mill contemporary fantasy with intriguing characters and a somewhat plausible storyline that we knew was just real enough to bring us into the book; along the lines of similar great authors like Jim Butcher or Simon R. Green. The truth of the matter on the other hand was far different…
I freaking loved the book from the first page I read to the last page I read. I was not expecting to be as so thoroughly engrossed in a world that so very much mirrored out own, and explained why the mysteries of fantasy are so jealously guarded by the Supernatural. This book takes a set of characters and really makes it possible for you to connect with.
Let’s start with the opening, a simple phone call, based on the entirety of a wedding between the main character and his sister; who any angry female can actually relate with given the context (Sorry we don’t do spoilers here at MFG!). By the middle of this conversation I was sitting in my bed reading this book on my computer and laughing my butt off hysterical, in stitches. Proceeding right from there with the same motivation and intensity, Damian, our main character and resident Necromancer is sent on an adventure filled with plot twists, near death experiences (or perhaps it’s safer to say, near life experiences in the case of Damian), and intrigue that will bring the reader into a world they wouldn’t have believed possible unless they read it with their own eyes. Not only does the character himself develop further with his own connection with the supernatural, but Eric Asher does something that’s very rare among up and coming talented indie authors: He brings you into the world. There are very talented indie authors out there that I still have yet to review and I will! However, with the privilege of reading Days Gone Bad, the first book in the Visilik Series, I was incredibly impressed with the way the book was paced, the atmosphere, and the most of all, the believability of the characters.
Days Gone Bad provides the reader with a visceral image of the world we refuse to see, and Eric Asher’s neo-noir like style sets the atmosphere and tone of the book in almost a foreboding sense right from the get go. Knowing that our central character is a Necromancer, you just know this character isn’t going to be having any good days in the upcoming future (And that’s not a jest at the name of the book). Overall, the element of surprise and humor, with the intriguing way the plot twists occur was enough for me to say that I want to see more of this writer’s work in the future and I cannot wait to see how the rest of the series will play out.
-Matt Feldman, MFG President
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