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Paternus: Wrath of Gods

(Paternus Trilogy #2)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  458 ratings  ·  117 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
Kindle Edition, 526 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Paternus Books Media
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Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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)
June 8, 2019: The cover reveal for Paternus: War of Gods, book three of the Paternus Trilogy, is on its way! Monday, June 10, on Fantasy Book Critic...

November 3, 2018: Paternus: Wrath of Gods has won Best Self-Published Novel in the BookNest Fantasy Awards 2018! Still can't quite believe it, especially when it was up against such an amazing field of books and authors. Thank you to any and all who voted. I am humbled and honored.

September 7, 2018: Hi all! For some reason most everything I have "
Graham Austin-King
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Petros Triantafyllou
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Hiu Gregg
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Lynn Williams
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 T. Borrelli
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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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
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
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
Michael Fletcher
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!

Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
kartik narayanan
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 se
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
I have high hopes for this one...
Jon Adams
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Phil Parker
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Shelves: 2018-favourites
A phenomenal follow-up to a spectacularly entertaining debut.
Rob Hayes
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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" .
Rosalyn Kelly
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audiobook of the first book in the trilogy, Paternus: Rise of Gods, and absolutely loved it, so I was super excited for book two. I read this one as an ebook and absolutely loved it too. Hurrah!

The action picks up immediately after the close of book one and we are reintroduced to the teenagers Fi and Zeke, and their companions. These companions happen to be gods. Basically, think of all the legends, myths and figures of ancient lore and fairy tales from across the world and sp
Paternus: Wrath of Gods was amazing. I read Paternus: Rise of Gods exactly six months ago and really enjoyed it, but Wrath of Gods was a step up from there. There is no trace of a book two slump which is normally expected in trilogies.

One of the things I really like about the Paternus books is how unique and interesting everything is. The concept itself is something I really like. All folklore and mythology is based on real situations and people. These mythological figures travel a bit, as happe
Jayant Alawadhi
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well! Well! Well! Let me start by saying that I don't read books from the same genre back to back let alone the same series but as soon as i got done with the first part I start reading the second part and boy it was the right decision. The first part took its time at the start to set up its characters but this one started with a bang. i was into it from the start. In the beginning there were two arcs running simultaneously and as soon as a chapter used to end i used to be so pissed of because i ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I must say that I’m a sucker for mythology, and this book is an ambitious one. It expands on the first novel in so many different ways you wouldn't think a bald indie author would even go. I’m happy to have had the opportunity to have gotten an advanced reader copy and it was a pleasure.

One of the best parts about the opening of this book is that, unlike other continuations of series, it starts right where the last book left off and goes on without a hitch.

Sequels are really hard, especially wh
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Incredible Read

This series has been truly a pleasure to read. It grips you from the start, and you better clear your schedule given that you won’t be able to put it down. Visceral and fast paced fantasy, and characters are compelling. So glad Mark Lawrence recommended it, or I may not have discovered it. Now I’ll happily read anything this author writes.
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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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