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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,365 ratings  ·  342 reviews
Even myths have legends. And not all legends are myth.

The gods of myth, monsters of legend, heroes and villains of lore.

They’re real -- and they’re coming back to finish a war that’s been waged since the dawn of time.

Fi Patterson and Zeke Prisco’s daily routine of caring for the elderly at a local hospital is shattered when a catatonic patient named Peter unwittingly thrus
Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published June 20th 2016 (first published May 1st 2016)
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Mark Lawrence
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After a shameful delay I have finally read this book sent to me by the author with its fancy new cover all the way from the US of A!

Indeed he could have saved the postage and handed it over when he came to Bristol.

Anyway, to the book!

Out of the 300 fantasy books that entered my self-published fantasy book contest #SPFBO Paternus came 3rd. That's top 1%!!

Dyrk breaks a lot of writing rules in Paternus. Well, not rules, but he rides roughshod over the advice given to writers learning their trade.

Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Urban fantasy & mythology fans
Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Urban fantasy and mythology fans, this is a book you don't want to miss.

Urban fantasy is not my favorite genre but I am a huge mythology fans. Countless speculative fictions in all kind of mediums--even when they're highly original--most likely were influenced by something else; when you really think about it, claiming that mythologies from around the world are the origin of all kind of stories is really not an overstatement.

James Tivendale
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freecopy, fantasy
I received a review copy of Paternus in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Dyrk Ashton and Paternus Books Media for the opportunity. Like many, I found out about Ashton and Paternus by following 2016's Self Published Fantasy Blog Off where this book was awarded third place by the panel of recognised and influential bloggers.

This story is completely unique. Written in third-person present tense, Paternus often reads more like a film script than a novel. It could be described as
Dyrk Ashton
Sep 25, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
June 23, 2020: The Paternus Trilogy is now complete! Book three, Paternus: War of Gods, has been officially loosed upon the worlds :)

April 22, 2020: Hello everyone! I'm very happy to announce that the Kindle edition of War of Gods is now available for preorder on Amazon.

As promised, this one is truly epic - or at least epically long compared to the first two books in the trilogy. Book 1 came in at about 135,000 words, and Book 2 was about 156,000. This one is real close to 236,000.

I hope you ar
If you like Greek mythology, read this book:


If you like Indian Mythology, read this book


If you like Norse Mythology, read this book


In short, if you love mythology as I do, read this book because it is a mix of all mythologies!!!!
Anthony Ryan
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Upon reading the first few chapters of Paternus it’s tempting to play the ‘this meets that’ game: it’s ‘American Gods meets Buffy’ or it’s ‘True Blood meets The Talisman’ etc. In fact, as the story progresses, this novel features a sufficient wealth of original ideas to make such easy comparisons redundant. Dyrk Ashton displays an impressively epic scope in the conception of his world and a keen eye for action and spectacle. I particularly liked how the complexity of the characters reflects the ...more
Petros Triantafyllou
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Paternus is a smartly written and laden with emotion debut, and Dyrk Ashton is a promising author beyond doubt.

Every story you have heard as a kid. Every mythological creature ever imagined. Greek, Egyptian and Scandinavian Gods. Samson, Baphomet and Lancelot. The Almighty God Himself. All of them are real, and in a constant war with each other since the beginning of time, hidden from the eyes of humanity. But when a seventeen-year-old kid is involuntarily involved, everything is about to chang
Nick Borrelli
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dyrk Ashton is a man of a thousand faces, or a thousand jobs at least. I mean the guy has worn so many hats throughout his life and according to his bio, he's been a Grip, a Production Manager, a Producer of television commercials, an Editor, a Script-Writer, an Assistant Director, even an Actor! Ultimately when the native of Ohio realized that the movie scene in L.A. was pretty cutthroat and competitive and he was barely making
Josiah Bancroft
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Paternus, written by Dyrk Ashton, offers us a sort of Grand Unified Theory for classic fantasy tropes. The book revels in the histories of myth and folklore, of religion and legend, breathing personality and humanity into the gods and ghouls of old. Just when you think that perhaps you have a sense on the scope of Mr. Ashton’s tale, he casts the net wider still.

The result is almost giddy. There’s just something wondrous and wide-eyed about Mr. Ashton’s flouting of convention and genre. Paternus
Laura Hughes
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Paternus was Fantasy-Faction's pick for the 2016 Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off final. A spectacularly entertaining and meticulously-crafted debut, Paternus is an exciting tale of myths and monsters in modern-day society. Read our full, spoiler-free review here! ...more
Nimrod Daniel
I have a lot of patience, normally I don’t DNF a book, but after 27% I think I should.

I really wanted to like this book, but unfortunately I’ve been struggling since the very beginning. First chapter was boring, it's not a good way to start a book with a weak opening, as it can make readers who read the sample skip to the next book on Amazon. The following chapters were better though.
I’m 4 hours into the audiobook, but nothing interesting has happened and there was no action. The narration
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* I was sent this for free from the author in exchange for an honest review *

I must admit, I knew very little about this book when I first went into it, but I met the author at SRFC and I found him charming. I knew I wanted to like the book, but that doesn't always happen, in this case, it luckily did, and I found that I really got sucked into this and read virtually the whole thing in just one day!

I actually ended up buying this on audiobook so I could listen to it, because I really wanted to
Rob Hayes
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm fairly certain Dyrk Ashton is the nicest guy in the fantasy genre. I met him last year at a convention and he handed me a signed copy of Paternus. I graciously accepted, knowing full well it would be a while before I managed to get around to reading it. And now I have, and by the gods I wish it hadn't taken me so damned long!

Paternus is pretty much about a war between the gods. I actually described it this way to my lass (who will be reading it soon!), and she asked "Which gods?" The answer
This was such a phenomenal book. Dyrk Ashton manages to combine all the mythologies of all the cultures into one epic urban fantasy story that manages to remain a beautiful sense of humanity and intimacy. Two regular young adults, Fiona and Zeke, are pitted against the stuff of legends when a war that has lasted millions of years makes a resurgence.

I loved so many things about this book. I really enjoyed the sheer epicness of this. The blending of the “normal” world and the world of gods and my
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I’ve had this book sitting on my kindle for over a year and finally got around to reading it. If I’d known what I was missing out on I’d have gotten to it sooner! As a book about ancient gods, myths, and legends come to life in a mostly American Midwest setting, it’s pretty hard not to directly compare this to American Gods. I wouldn’t say Dyrk is quite the writer Neil Gaiman is yet, but reading this was at least a pleasurable experience for me as reading American Gods was. Dyrk’s knowledge a ...more
Alec Hutson
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite reads of the year, and I devoured it in under 48 hours, despite a busy schedule. One of those books I was pulling out my Ipad to read when I had 15 minutes to spare. It's an incredibly fun, fast-paced, and informative romp set on the opening day of a war between the gods. But that summation doesn't really do Paternus justice. There's so much more here, and Mr. Ashton tantalizes with great mysteries, while also satisfying with stunning twists and action. The writing des ...more
J.P. Ashman
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
(On Audible)

Urban fantasy isn't normally my bag, but this felt more like historical myth and legend manifesting itself, for real, in modern day... everywhere. I expected a US heavy story, but I was wrong. Many wonderful locations, people's and, more importantly, monsters, demons and gods(!) punctuate this epic throughout.
A smashing debut that promises a potential full blown 5* to follow this 4* story and performance. In fact, I'd say 4.5* if I could.
Very real characters meet apparently real myth
Paul Lavender
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What's not to like about a tale involving gods, demi-gods, heroes of old and a 4000 year old dog. How this book only came third in last years SPFBO I don't know. Only one question remains. Where's the sequel, Dyrk?
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was awesome.

My initial thought, after reading the first few pages, was that this was going to be an unoriginal retread of American Gods. So I proceeded with fairly low expectations, but ended up being completely shocked by just how freaking good this was.

The American Gods influence is clear. All legends are true to at least some degree, there are gods living among us in disguise, there's a way brewing among them, etc. But Ashton takes this as a starting place rather than a goal, and builds
Anna Stephens
This is the second self-pub I've read recently that's been written, edited, proofread and artworked to a very professional standard.
Peternus is a rollercoaster ride in which EVERY SINGLE MYTH you've ever heard of is referenced - and hundreds more you never knew existed.
In an alternate modern-day Earth, Fiona and Zeke come to realise that myths are real - all of them. And most of these myths are out to kill them.
The premise is excellent and the writing is engaging, often humorous, and in place
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is like a crazier, raunchier American Gods with a healthy dash of Michael Crichton-like rollercoaster pacing and action. If the idea of gods, myths, and legends in "the real world" interests you, you might like this one. The book goes into quite good detail of the various myths, and the descriptions are very vivid. The writing is done in present tense, which gives a good feel of the action up close, and flows quite well. This is a great example of the creative variety that indie writin ...more
Ulff Lehmann
I read an amazing movie, but a novel, in my opinion, it was not.

Dyrk Ashton's Paternus is a curious thing. The entire concept is mind-boggling, but its execution leaves me wishing for a more "conventional" book.

Don't get me wrong, I love the story! I just dislike its execution.

What is it about? Imagine every myth has a kernel of truth, but not in a religious kind of way, everything science knows is correct, but key events are missing due to the fact that no human knows about them. Until now, or
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paternus is a surprisingly phenomenal debut by up and coming author, Dyrk Ashton. Just about every mythological god, goddess, demon, etc. you grew up hearing or reading about is represented here in full detail. From Norse to Greek Mythology, Christianity to Hinduism, monsters and Gods alike clash around the world, bringing the third holocaust to fruition.

You can tell throughout the novel that Ashton did his homework. The characters and environments are thoroughly fleshed out and detailed. All o
G.R. Matthews
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
By now, you know. This was the book we picked to go through as our finalist over at Fantasy-Faction for the SPFBO.

You can see the full (SPOILER FREE) review here:
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Imagine a novel or story that’s hard to describe, there have been quite a few of them over the past few years. Now with those stories, you can break them down and still make sense to whomever you are describing them to. But then there are those books that even when broken down, they are hard to encapsulate within genre, style or even plot. These are those rare gems that can go either way but usually have a core following and considered
May 07, 2019 marked it as zzz-books-not-for-me  ·  review of another edition
DNF: 7%

I got to the point where a bad guy chewed off a little girl's "soft grubby hands and gnawed one of her arms up to her elbow"...


Yes, I AM aware that it gets better after the first 100 or so pages (read other people's reviews), and Yes - I AM a huge fan of well-researched mythology mixed with Urban Fantasy and this book sounds right up my alley! Unfortunately, I found myself feeling rather disturbed from the start (too much gore for me) and I can't say the characters were interestin
C.T. Phipps
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So, basically it's American Gods if it was a action horror movie rather than a whimsical Gaiman-esque road rtrip. This is a compliment to the author because there's a staggering number of mythologies mixed together in this particular oddball stew of Christianity, paganism, Hinduism, and Arthurian lore. Oddly enough, I'm also reminded of Wildstorm's W.I.L.D.C.A.T.S but that's more to show what a strange person I am rather than any influence on Mr. Ashton.

The premise of the book, loosely, is tha
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, I should let you know that the version of Paternus that I read was an early copy with the old cover (I won it in an r/Fantasy charity raffle), so keep in mind that everything I say might not be 100% accurate regarding the current version – hopefully Dyrk can let me know if I mention anything that has since been revised!

Paternus has to be one of the most ambitious debuts I’ve read. I don’t typically read a lot of Urban Fantasy, as I tend to be drawn pretty heavily to secondary worlds,
Queen Terrible Timy
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Full review, as usual:

Myths and legends are real. Part of them anyway. And they are still roaming the world, keeping to themselves, sleeping, helping people or plotting for taking over the world. After the Cataclysm and two wars called Holocausts the world is in peace, until, that is, when the Asura (those children of the Father who choose to do bad deeds, and not exactly fond of humans) decides it’s time to show the Deva (the good
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Dyrk Ashton was born in Athens (Ohio, not Greece), on a chilly Halloween morning. He whiled away his adolescent years and teens in cornfields, woods, rivers, ditches and haymows, climbing trees, running along barn beams, riding, wrestling, soccering, fighting BB gun wars, reading Stuart Little, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, everything Verne, London, Kipling, White, Lewis, Doyle, Burroughs, Poe, How ...more

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