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Paternus: Wrath of Gods

(Paternus Trilogy #2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  882 ratings  ·  191 reviews
On the run from an ancient evil and his army of terrors straight out of myths from around the world, Fi and Zeke aid Peter in his globe-trotting quest to seek out the remaining Firstborn, uncover the enemy’s plans, and gather the Warriors of Old for what may become the final battle in the world's oldest war. Along the way, Fi and Zeke discover that they, too, have strength ...more
Paperback, 510 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Paternus Books Media
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Dyrk Ashton Thank you for asking, and funny you should ask. I just yesterday spoke to Nik Magill, who narrated the first book, and he is beginning on production, …moreThank you for asking, and funny you should ask. I just yesterday spoke to Nik Magill, who narrated the first book, and he is beginning on production, which thrills me to no end. It will be at least a month or two before it's available, though.(less)
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Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Urban fantasy & mythology fans
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

4.5/5 stars

Paternus: Wrath of Gods is a brilliant concoction of mythologies, cultures, and fantasy that fans of urban fantasy definitely must read.

First of all, how awesome is that cover? In my opinion, it's one of the best indie cover art I've ever seen. Then let me proceed by expressing my gratitude to the author for including a RECAP of the story and a list of characters from the first book at the beginning of this sequel. If it were
James Tivendale
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

This is a very quick mini-review as I'd like to re-read this book so that my review could do Wrath of Gods any form of the justice it deserves.

I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Dyrk Ashton.

I really enjoyed the majority of the first novel in the Paternus saga but everything that was excellent there has improved sevenfold here. It's thrilling, engaging, intensely detailed and the characters I loved last time I enjoyed reading about even more her
Dyrk Ashton
Jan 01, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
November 25, 2020: War of Gods for your ears is here! The audiobook is now live and available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. Sorry it's taken so long. I hope you enjoy it :)

September 28, 2020: Hello beloved Goodreaders! THIS IS IT!

The Paternus: Wrath of Gods Fantasy Novel signed and numbered hardbacks Kickstarter ENDS TONIGHT! Fully funded, including a brilliant illustration of Asterion, The Bull, by Felix Ortiz, and now includes a map and historical timeline. Final stretch goal: 16 ebook bund
TS Chan
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I'm limited to just two words to describe The Paternus Trilogy so far, I would say that it's fun-tastically spectacular.

I've not had so much fun reading for a while, for although I've discovered quite a few new favourites this year, some of those reads could not exactly be termed as 'fun'. The story in Wrath of Gods took off almost immediately after the events in the previous book (of which a summary has been provided in the front matter).   The scope of the narrative just kept getting more e
Graham Austin-King
I first encountered Dyrk Ashton through other authors I know on social media and was pleased to receive an ARC of his first book. Since then I've met the man face to face and he's one of the friendliest and nicest writers in the genre. This is all well and good, I suppose, but can the man write? Well, yes he can. And irritatingly well.

I received an ARC of this book, my opinions are mine and those of the voices in my head.

Wrath of Gods is a spectacular sequel that picks up where Rise of Gods lef
Hiu Gregg
When I read Paternus: Rise of Gods last year, I found it to be an enjoyable urban fantasy story with a really interesting premise.

Bringing everymythological figure to life, combining similar legends from different regions and religions, and wrapping this all up in some awesome original lore… The first Paternus book was pretty damn cool.

But the sequel is just so much better.

One of the most rewarding things about following an author from their debut novel is that you get to see them grow as they w
Petros Triantafyllou
Dyrk Ashton's unbound imagination in Paternus: Wrath of Gods puts Neil Gaiman to shame.

It's only been a few hours since Fi's life drastically changed from one moment to the next. Two days ago she was just a normal girl, living with her uncle and working part-time in the local hospice. Now she's on a plane, under enemy fire, and in the company of a batch of semi-Gods (including the father of all life on earth), fleeing from Lucifer himself. Her goal is simple: Survive until the gathering of the D
Lynn Williams
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 of 5 stars
I read Paternus during the finalist round of SPFBO 16. This was the finalist chosen by Fantasy Faction and it was a riot of a book – I gave it 8 out of 10 at the time. Checking my review of Paternus I wrote the following – which I think still applies to Wrath of Gods:

‘this is a story of Gods, myths, demons, angels – call them what you will. A story that encompasses billions of years and brings together multiple myths in a compelling and fasci
Nick Borrelli
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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For those who aren't aware, Dyrk Ashton has done the impossible with respect to my reading tastes. He's actually made me a fan of Urban Fantasy. For years it has been my least-favorite sub-genre of Fantasy and I avoided it like the plague for a long time. I approached it much like I approached country music, tolerated but never a big part of my listening experience. That being said, anyone who read my review of Dyrk's firs
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was debating between four and five stars last night when I finished this, I slept on it, and decided this is a 5 star book! I don't give many of those out, and I felt like I enjoyed myself even more with this one than the first one, which I gave four stars.

I really loved the expansion in the world building, the paths the characters are taking, and overall I felt like this was a more polished book that was more tightly plotted.

Longer review to come, if you've read Paternus I highly recommend
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’re even vaguely interested in the world of self-published fantasy novels, Paternus requires no introductions from me. One of the most popular indie urban fantasy/mythology novels, and a darling of r/fantasy, Dyrk Ashton has cemented his popularity with this second entry. Even as a reader who prefers secondary world fantasy, the first book made me sit up and take notice. The second might be one of my favorites of the year. First off, bonus points for doing a recap of the events of the prev ...more
Michael Fletcher
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As I have the mental capacity of an lobotomized alcoholic chimp, I am seriously happy there was a recap of book one at the beginning.

Book one was fantastic. Book two...fantasticer. Fantasticker. Uh, betterer. More betterer?

Dyrk's growth as a writer is beyond impressive. He has truly carved his place among the best of the best. I can't wait to see what he does next!

Alicia Wanstall-Burke
Not sure when the last time was that a book made me cry, and I could pretend my eyes were leaking because I have a cold, but that would be a lie.
It starts hot, goes off like a frog in a sock, and doesn't let up.
Basically, I'm just left wondering who or what I have to sacrifice, to old Firstborn or new, to get my dirty little hands on book 3?!
David Zampa
Paternus: Wrath of Gods is a fascinating novel that gleefully carves out a place all its own in the urban fantasy genre.

If you haven’t read the first book, see my review of it here:

There’s just nowhere to begin in unpacking all there is to unpack here, so I’ll go out of order and sort it out later:

This was my second time through this book, the first being a read of the print copy I rushed through because I wanted to leave a review early on during the mon
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Myth, Gods and Urban legends
Dyrk Ashton kindly supplied me with an ARC of this book with no-strings-attached to review it! That's not my style, however, so here's what I thought.

This is a giant roller-coaster ride of urban myth and legend. If you like urban legend then you will love this! Set on our own world, this second book in the Paternus trilogy is, in my opinion, even better than the first (Paternus Rise of Gods). I gave the first book 5-stars so this one will have to get 6 out of 5!

Pretty good, then? I hear you ask
kartik narayanan
Paternus: Wrath of Gods is an excellent follow up to Paternus: Rise of Gods. It retains the sheer awesomeness from the earlier book while improving on a few areas.

Some of the carryovers from the earlier book include the sheer amount of scope, the true cross cultural cutting of boundaries, the incredible attention to detail when it comes to mythology & pantheons and the above average pacing.

The story is a bit stronger too but the book does suffer from the mid-series syndrome i.e it has to set up
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-the-book
Second book of the Paternus trilogy! Oh man I dragged this book out! I started it in January and then shit came inbetween and some other books. And then it started eyeing me again and the mood was right which to me is important! Anyway I am giving it 4 🌟. If you love urban and mythological creatures this book will be your thing! I am mostly hooked because of all the creatures! You can tell Dyrk put a lottt of work into finding out all the info and giving it his own twist and imagination. The plo ...more
Queen Terrible Timy
Oh, and in case you missed it: Wrath of Gods is out today!!

I'll leave my first thoughts after reading this book here, because it sums things up nicely: Goddamn it, Dyrk! What have you done?

Actual rating: 4.5
Full review with a new feature can be find here :)

I’m sure you’ve ridden a roller coaster at least once in your life. You know that feeling when you sit in the car, it lurches as it gains speed, starting its descent. Before you have time to enjoy the ride it suddenly drops, gaining even mo
Petros Triantafyllou
Jan 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
I have high hopes for this one...
Jon Adams
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I read this essentially in a day (if you take out the pesky work equation). That's no small feat for me since it is a big book and it was on my Kindle, which I'm not a fan of. Actually, I'm so not a fan of reading eBooks that I only made it through 20% or so of the first Paternus book on my Kindle. I'm so glad I picked up the hard copy when it came out.

This sequel is utterly captivating and I couldn't put it down. It picks up right where the first book left off and rarely slows down. Mr. As
The Nerd Book Review
Link to my author interview with Dyrk
The Nerd Book Review

Wrath of Gods is the 2nd installment in the Paternus Trilogy and it was even more action packed and entertaining than the first book. The series would probably be described as Urban Fantasy and for the first 10% of the novel I was worried that it would fail to really pull me in and make me stay up late to read, something I did both nights during the two days it took me to inhale the first novel. My issue with most Urban Fantasy is that mos
Billy Stark
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am sad because it is over and the third book is not released. With some of the recent big names taking forever I gotta fear how long this may take. He did release an amazing cover for book three, hopefully the book is well on the way. I loved this book. I read it immediately after the first and thought I might get a little breather for a couple chapters, but that is not the case. You jump right into the story where you left of the first and there are new attacks on Fi, Zeke and the rest of the ...more
Adah Udechukwu
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wrath of Gods was really good. I loved the novel because it was action-packed. The flaw of the novel was that there were too many characters. There are a lot of character worth knowing in the novel and my need to know more was affected the storyline and my enjoyment.
Rob Hayes
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paternus: Wrath of Gods is book 2 in Dyrk Ashton’s Paternus trilogy, and to review it I first need to say a little something about book 1. In Paternus, Dyrk broke all the rules. He wrote in present tense, gave us an omnipotent perspective that head hops at an impressive rate, and exposits all over the reader with infodumps. But somehow (I really don’t know how he did it) he made it work. Not only was the book a thrilling read about Gods (all of them) existing and getting into scrapes with each o ...more
Phil Parker
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book Title Paternus: Wrath of Gods
Author Dyrk Ashton
Date June 2018

I’ve rarely encountered a book of such epic scale as Paternus: Wrath of Gods. I’ve been trying to think of others which reach the same soaring heights of imagination. I can only think of one; Tad Williams’ Otherland series. In that ground-breaking tetralogy, we encounter what the Internet + AI + Virtual Reality could become, it’s possessed of vision which operates on a micro and macro level and makes it real, provocativ
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book delivered everything you could want in the second book of a trilogy: increased stakes, plot moving forward at a steady pace, expansion of the world building, twists, betrayals, shifting loyalties, new and interesting characters... so many new gods! Like, all the gods! The best aspect of the book for me was the continuing development of the characters. Not that they weren’t well-developed in the first book, but it wasn’t until this one that I started to become really deeply invested. Th ...more
Laura Hughes
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-favourites
A phenomenal follow-up to a spectacularly entertaining debut.
Alicia Campbell
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, make sure you have several hours free when you start this book. It's impossible to put down. I found myself trying to walk around the house while reading, this did not work out well. A few stubbed toes later, I have finished the book. I absolutely loved every moment.

Secondly, thank you, Mr. Ashton, for the early birthday present. I cannot wait for my hard copy to arrive.
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'll be filming a review. I'm unsure if I want to attempt to keep it spoiler-free only or if I should quickly go through some non-spoiler pros and cons and then jump into spoilers about all the revelations that happen in this and my thoughts on them. I keep wanting to add a little tidbit here on how I felt, but there's a lot to process with this one. I'll just link the review when I upload it.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow again!

I can't believe I have to wait til next summer for the rest of the story. I was worried that, like some 2nd books in a trilogy, it would mostly be a set up for the 3rd. I was pleasantly surprised that, while it does move things towards the inevitable confrontation, there are plenty of twists and turns as Fi and Zeke struggle with their place in the world and their "abilities" .
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