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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Destroyer Rising by Eric R Asher (A Platinum "TOP FIVE" Book Of The Year!)

As a fan of this series from the beginning, I've been waiting for what seems like ages for this novel to come out.. It was definitely well worth the wait! 
Book Five in Eric Asher's fantastic Vesik series, "Destroyer Rising" premieres with a "Bang"! 
If you're a fan of Urban Fantasy, this is one series you absolutely MUST READ! 
As always, Mr Asher continues to delve deeply into his fascinating, spell-binding world of unique characters, giving them real personalities that are enticingly brought forth with his interesting writing style. He never misses a beat with his characters... Not only can you watch & feel the development of each character in his books, but you're able to truly relate with them, regardless of the species.. 
Mr Asher pours his heart into the lead character, Damian... You can feel his pain & relate to his humor; some of it is certainly eye-roll worthy, but it's always so much fun and captures the essence of "Damian" so well! Damian's Fae sidekick, Foster, is on point, as well! 
The normal, intensely humorous relationship between the friends is strained in this book because of actions Damian doesn't fully understand, but Mr Asher brings a satisfying conclusion to the novel and doesn't leave any plot holes, which seems to be the biggest problem with newer urban fantasy authors... 
This novel brings the perfect closure to some very dramatic happenings in the series, thus far.. Most notably, the plot line with Vicky (aka: Elizabeth), who is the ghost of a murdered child, (previously found by Foster & Damian in an earlier book) and is currently possessed by The Destroyer, Prosperine, hence the title ... 
As far as the ending of this book... Let's just say that I was a crying mess for hours.. I truly cannot wait to see where Mr Asher continues to take this series... 
I'd like to note that I wasn't an Urban Fantasy fan prior to reading this series & now it's one of my favorite genres, if that helps describe the intensity of this series... Now the wait begins again for the next book! 

I'd also like to let readers know that"Destroyer Rising" is one of my TOP FIVE BOOKS OF THE YEAR! 




Vesik, Book 5 
It's been three years since we failed Vicky, the child once known as Elizabeth Gray. Three years she's lived as something not quite alive, but far from dead. Her path grows darker, even as she spreads light and hope through a tortured world. The Destroyer has come to claim her, and I can’t fail her again. I won't. Elizabeth's fate lies in the Burning Lands, and we will storm the gates.


(On a personal note, I chose to add a fun excerpt from the book, since many of the more serious ones would give too much away & be a bit of a spoiler, so I hope you enjoy this one!:)


It was the burning that woke me. The acrid stench of … “Popcorn! Shit!” The room devolved into shouting fairies and a barking cu sith as I tried to battle the flames leaping out of the microwave.. 

“How long did you leave that in?” Foster shouted. I smacked at the button on the corner of the door until it swung open with a pop. A gout of flame leapt out and singed my arm before I hopped back. 

“Minas Glaciatto!” A small torrent of ice flashed into the microwave, sending flaming bits of popcorn all over the room. Foster cursed. “It’s on fire, you idiot! Put it out!” 

“Oh my god,” I shouted. “I’m on fire!” 

“Was that the door?” Aideen asked as she surveyed the smoldering popcorn strewn about the room.

“I don’t know! I’m on fire!” I beat at the blackened popcorn on my shoulder and jeans and finally managed to brush off my singed arm hair. 

“Damian, please. I’ve seen you much more on fire than that.” 

A full-sized, fully armored Aideen stepped through the saloon-style doors, leaving Foster and me to deal with the mess. I stomped on the last few bits of fiery popcorn with Foster’s help before I looked up and met his eyes. 

He grinned and I laughed. I turned back to the microwave. “You’ve met your end today micro—” I yelped as I grabbed the edge to pick it up and throw it away. The metal scorched my fingers. I blasted it with another ice incantation before smashing it into the trash can and cursing at great length. 

“I think it’s broken,” Foster said. 

I took a deep breath. “We needed a new microwave anyway. You know that damn thing burned a chimichanga? How do you burn a frozen chimichanga?” 

I pushed the doors to the front open and eyed the guests I didn’t realize were there. Alan stood beside a light brown-haired woman with enough gauze wrapped around her arms to supply a small hospital. I gave the werewolf a nod before climbing onto the stool behind the counter. 

“Please excuse our dramatic host,” Aideen said, turning to our guests. 

“You’re Aideen, right?” the woman asked. She looked nervous, but she hid it behind a drawn brow, like she expected the fairy to lash out at her. 

“I am,” Aideen said with a nod. “You’re … full sized.” A warm, white glow that emitted no luminescence enveloped the fairy before she snapped into a much smaller size. 

“We have found it to be helpful keeping the tourists in line.” 

“And it's good for business,” I said. 

Aideen sighed. “Can we help you find anything?” 

“I’m actually here to see Damian. I have something from … a friend.” 

I beat down the last smoldering ember on my sleeve and frowned. I leaned forward when the woman’s words sank in. “And you needed a werewolf bodyguard to bring it here?” 

“Need is a strong word,” she said....