The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).
Kindle freebie on January 5, 2019 (currently $3.99 and in Kindle Unlimited as of writing this post)
Overall rating 3.74 with 1,693 ratings and 254 reviews
Days Gone Bad by Eric Asher
Series: Vesik #1
Published by Self-Published on February 8, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 8 hours, 50 minutes
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
A crashed wedding. A scorned vampire. Here comes the blood…
Necromancer Damian Vesik is no hero. At least, not according to the magical community that turns a blind eye to his battles against evil. So he chalks it up as one more thankless mission when he’s forced to stop his vampire sister from murdering her ex’s entire bridal party…
Infiltrating the ceremony to protect the innocent, Damian uncovers something even more sinister than a massacre. With the help of his berserker fairy friend, he may need to prevent an unholy union between ancient demons and the walking dead.
Damian has one chance to stop his sister and ruin the wedding before one hell of an afterparty dooms the world.
I got this free from the author, probably for joining his newletter or some other author freebie. Then the box set of the first 3 books was free. I learned the author put the first three books in this Vesik series into one audiobook set which I purchased. I am utilizing both versions for my review. Days Gone Bad is currently in Kindle Unlimited, but that would not count for Thrifty Thursday.
I began reading last December on ebook and got distracted at 25%, then I started over with the audiobook when I purchased it. It still took me awhile to really get going. There was a kind of humor mixed into the camaraderie of the characters which at first felt like I just wasn’t part of the group and didn’t get the jokes. As I read further, the world-building made more sense and I got caught up in the action.
The action involves battling a demon who is taking over vampires. There is history would into the creation and his master, Zola joins in the fight. She brings historical knowledge and experience.
There are still a lot of characters to be further developed so I am glad I have the next two stories ready to go, both in ebook and audio. I feel there is plenty to learn about Damian. He has a shop but he also works as a necromancer and we don’t know all about that yet. His sister, Sam, is a vampire. There are fae involved with him. So this is only the beginning. Now I am ready to read and learn more.
This is my first experience with the narrator and I thought it was great! The voices for all the different types of characters were well-performed and distinct. The male and female voices felt appropriate. I was able to listen comfortably at 1.5x speed.
Listen to a clip: HERE
These are only Kindle freebies I get, or ones through author newsletters which anyone can sign up and get for free. I don’t include things like Kindle Unlimited or Prime Free Reading (I do have it). Both Tantor and Audible have occasional free audios (to anyone) and I do include those. Since I one-click on 1-2 freebies a day or probably at least 5 a week, I came up with this feature to make sure I start reading them.
So I have thought about doing a Thrifty Thursday Challenge someday. For now, what I think would be fun is if you have read and reviewed a freebie, link up to your review (Goodreads, blog, facebook or wherever) below.
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