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Described as American Gods meets the X-Men, True Blood meets The Talisman, and Supernatural meets The Lord of the Rings, Paternus combines myths from around the world in a modern story of action and intrigue that is "urban fantasy on the surface, but so much more at its core!" 

"Paternus is an imaginative...exhilarating ride ... A refreshing take on contemporary fantasy." (Anthony Ryan, New York Times best-selling author of Blood Song and The Legion of Flame)

"Epic, innovative urban fantasy. A great read!" (Mark Lawrence, Gemmell Award winner and international best-selling author of Prince of Thorns and Red Sister)

Even myths have legends. And not all legends are myth.

When a local hospital is attacked by strange and frightening men, Fiona Patterson and Zeke Prisco save a catatonic old man named Peter - and find themselves running for their lives with creatures beyond imagination hounding their every step. 

With nowhere else to turn, they seek out Fi's enigmatic Uncle Edgar. But the more their questions are answered, the more they discover that nothing is what it seems - not Peter, not Edgar, perhaps not even themselves. 

The gods and monsters, heroes and villains of lore - they're real. And now they've come out of hiding to hunt their own. In order to survive, Fi and Zeke must join up with powerful allies against an ancient evil that's been known by many names and feared by all. The final battle of the world's oldest war has begun. 

"Terrific. Paternus is intelligent, intricate, suspenseful, and epic." (Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld and Bloody Rose)

"Ashton is a bloody, terrific genius. The action sequences are truly mind-boggling. Miss out on this one at your own risk." (Fantasy Book Critic)

©2016 Dyrk Ashton (P)2016 Dyrk Ashton

Critiques

“Fast-paced, gloriously intricate.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Spirited
  • 30/07/2017

Brilliant Story Revolving Around Myth and Legend

Would you listen to Paternus again? Why?

Sure. The person narrating had a really annoying narration style. It sounded more like he was reading slides than a book. His voices for the characters, however, were really well done. I was a little surprised that his narration was so weird, as a result.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Loved Fiona and Zeke. They were so real, so visceral and their story seems like such a normal occurrence.

What three words best describe Nik Magill’s performance?

Frustrating, surprising, great [voices]

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When the Gods have a fight to the death, who survives to make the legend into a myth?

Any additional comments?

In a story told from multiple points of view, omnipresent style, we learn of the Cataclysm, and the first and second apocalypse. In time, we are introduced to Fi, the main focus of our story, and Zeke, a co-worker and the man Fiona is interested in. Through miscommunications and fumbles, Fi believes Zeke doesn't like her which will make working with him awkward and will make things difficult for Zeke who truly loves her.

After the mishap with Zeke, and while on her way to work, a bum accosts Fi and later, the hospital where she works is ravaged. Confused and scared, Fi seeks safety with Zeke and the old man she cares for and discovers she has been unwittingly involved in a conflict of mythical and godly proportions where the bad gods will stop at nothing to take over the world and the good gods seem to be losing the battle.

It took some adjusting to get used to the story telling as it's been a while since the last time I read an omnipresent POV book. I loved knowing thoughts and feelings of most of the characters, even in little snippets. It added some depth to characters I wouldn't otherwise have must investment in.

The storyline was really clever, well researched, well thought out and I very much enjoyed it. When it ends, it doesn't make me feel as if I've been robbed of an ending, but likewise it leaves me wanting more.

Dyrk's characters feel realistic, with real problems, flaws, miscommunications, while being attractive, or plump, or maybe hideous for a variety of reasons. Even the mythical or legendary creatures are made visceral.

I'd definitely recommend this book if you have an interest in myth and legend, but be aware it covers a ton of myth and legend, not just the major ones. Well done!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Brian
  • 08/03/2017

Great alternative take on mythology

This book is very good. It starts a little slow with the introduction of characters, but once the action starts it's hard to put down. Loved the alternative explanation of the origin of mythological creatures. It sets up the larger story very well and I can't wait for the next book in the series.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 03/03/2017

an action-packed mythological adventure

Fi and Zeek are young adults who face the typical obstacles to a budding romance and life in general.  Fi is completing an internship at a nursing home while living at home with her stuffed shirt uncle and Zeek is preparing for a conference and working at the same nursing home and madly in love with Fi.  Fi is the only person able to take care of the dementia-stricken and invalid Peter.  Fi and Zeek stumble through their relationship when suddenly the nursing home is invaded with evil looking creatures who mangle and eat the residents.

Mythological beings on all sides (good and evil) invade the world of Fi and Zeek to the point that nothing surprises them any longer.  The question lies in the outcome of the 3rd holocaust, who will win?  Good or evil?  Regardless, the creatures and beings believed to be mythological are real and at war.

Dyrk Ashton, the author, is an amazing story-teller creating an action-packed adventure by blending mythological creatures and myths into the present world and bringing them to life.  One senses the story is not going to be boring even given the slow start.  One does not expect, however, to be so totally immersed into the action and story that one is caught off guard momentarily to find oneself so thoroughly engaged.

Ashton builds the action around the development of the characters, in some cases, the character development is done almost instantaneously – such as the first time we meet Clarion.  There are several twists and turns, but not so much that one loses interest or connection to the story.  The story flows smoothly and each twist is handled with aplomb.  This is an epic journey in many ways, one the listener has no choice but to go on once they are snared in the story.  Thrilling to the end, one cannot help but wait for the next book to know who wins and who else will meet their mortal demise.

The narrator provided an excellent performance in the narration of the book.  Although the book was a total of 15 hours, Nik Magill did not once lose his place or the voice of the characters.  His talent helped to draw the reader into the story and captivate them into staying as well as the work of Ashton.  His light rhythmic voice made listening to the story pleasant.  He never went campy nor did he become shrill as some tend to do during epic length books.

Paternus is a very good book, one I would listen to again without hesitation and would appreciate more the second time around now that I understand how some of the pieces fit together.  At first, I admit to being lost because I didn’t realize there were two worlds that were going to be blending together into one.  I struggled to see the connections but once things started to fall into place, this book quickly became a favorite of mine.

There were no production or quality issues with this book.  Everything was smooth and clear.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Josh Hoot
  • 07/02/2017

Great fantasy book to read and listen to.

I really enjoyed this book. I am hooked with the story and I am anxiously waiting for the next part of this series.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kory Allenbaugh
  • 28/01/2017

Do yourself a favor, and listen to this novel!

Such an amazing concept!! Dyrk Ashotn brought forth a beautiful new outlook on the views of religion, folklore, and mythology! Cannot wait for more!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Al
  • 08/07/2018

Urban fantasy as it should be

Let's write an urban fantasy. Hmmm, now what mythology should we base it on? Persian? Greco-Roman? Celtic?

To hell with that, says Dyrk Ashton (author may not have said that), let's use ALL of them.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Paternus: Rise of Gods, a funny, erudite and action-packed urban fantasy that will leave you hankering for book two. The author weaves the world's mythologies together with skill, and his characters are likable and believable, even the mythological ones. The plot rattles along at a breakneck pace, rarely giving you the opportunity to catch your breath. As if you'd want to.

I listened to the audiobook version, and the narrator (Nik Magill) did a great job with the voices, although he needs to work on his pronunciation of Gaeilc names. Based on his performance though, I won't hold that against him.

The best thing about Paternus is it's accessible to everyone from grotty teens (the leads are teens and really well written) to cantankerous adults (like myself), and deserves more kudos than it gets (which is a lot).

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • superstardrifter
  • 31/12/2016

Could not stop listening!

This is easily one of the best books I read this year, so when I saw that there was an audiobook, I couldn't not immediately drop a credit on it and devour it in a day. It should be said that I very rarely read (or listen) a book more than once. I read this one, and then listened to it *within 2 weeks of each other* it is that good.

This book is full of mythology, from just about every pantheon that has ever existed, and they're all blended and whipped together in a really interesting way... like a big, amazing mythological smoothie. This story is really original and quite engaging. It's an age old story of good vs evil retold in a very unique way. I love Fi and Zeke, and I'm not sure it's possible to not like the Pater.

While I think some of the accents weren't quite what I was expecting them to be, I really liked the narrator, Nik Magill's voice is mesmerizing in a way. You'd think that'd make me sleepy, but no, not at all. The opposite, in fact. The combination of the story and his telling of it kept me awake well past bedtime, and then all through the next day despite a lack of sleep. In a week where I struggled to stay on task with anything at all, including the book before this one, and despite the fact that I very recently read this one and know exactly what happens, I happily listened to this one in more or less one sitting.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sailfish
  • 01/12/2018

Gods Behaving Badly

First third of novel overly didactic and overflowing with too many wordy metaphors, even given how well they are written. All the extra wordiness interferes with providing a cohesive flow to the story arc. Still, near the middle, the story begins to coalesce and pick up the pace as the action between the opposing forces starts to kick in.

For those who are interested in blending of many cultural mythological deities, and I do mean many, into an Infinity War type battle, they may find this novel fulfilling. However, while the author's writing skill is quite good, along with the narrator's performance, the story arc itself came across too fractured and somewhat superficial for my liking.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Brandon P
  • 24/09/2018

Hard to get into at first but worth it

At first, as I point out in the headline, this book was painful to get through. It jumped around incessantly never staying in one spot long enough for me to bond with any character and they all had names that were incredibly difficult yet all similar at the same time. I couldn't keep them straight and had the overwhelming impression that the authors scope was way to large for what he was attempting and what he was able to pull off. A fact that I really wished one of his beta readers or someone else involved in the draft process had told him.

At about 3/4 of the way through the book it seems like he learned how to write an actual novel and the author started sticking with a core set of character perspectives and things started getting pretty dang good, making me glad I dealt with the pain and almost unreadable/unlistenable sections before it.

I love the idea of what the author is trying to pull off; tying all of world history and mythology together into one story line. But man he does go out in the weeds to do it, and most annoyingly has to tie it all together using one amazing guy named Zeke who is a foster kid mythology buff, who dropped out of Harvard and Juliard to become a music therapy guitar player for a local hospital for homeless people and spends his time traveling to South America to help impoverished people. I liked him and recognize the need to have someone in the story explain and tie this far reaching mythology together but really? Zeke is more unbelievable than the progenitor of all life that has ever existed on earth and his son the original Dracula Irish fairy King put together.

This book has a lot of flaws and can be downright annoying but once it all ties together I believe it is worth the effort to try to get through which is why I rated it 4 stars instead of 3. I'm hoping the author cleans things up much more in the sequel.

  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • JF Anon
  • 25/07/2018

Terrible writing style

The writing style is reminiscent of a pitchman trying to sell an advertising campaign. It was just too irritating a style for me. Returned the book because it was impossible to listen to.