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Paternus Trilogy #2

Wrath of Gods

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Wrath of Gods is the second book in the completed Paternus Trilogy, and the follow-up to Dyrk Ashton’s critically acclaimed Paternus: Rise of Gods.

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 they, too, have strengths of their own—though they come at a cost neither may wish to bear.

Named one of the BEST FANTASY BOOKS of 2018 by Fantasy-Faction, Fantasy Book Critic, Booknest, The Fantasy Inn, Novel Notions, You and I Books, Superstar Drifter, The Weatherwax Report, and Ciaran Reviews.

Best Self-Published Book of 2018 (Booknest Fantasy Awards)
Best Independent Novel of 2018 Finalist (Reddit Fantasy)
Favorite Reads of 2018 (Grimdark Fiction Readers and Writers)
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*****

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy / Urban Fantasy / Mythic Fiction.

Market: Adult to New Adult (as opposed to Teen or YA, though savvy 16 or 17 year olds might survive without permanent damage).

526 pages, Kindle Edition

First published July 10, 2018

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Dyrk Ashton

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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, Howard, Fleming, Lovecraft, Tolkien, Zelazny, and generally ignoring school -- though he somehow managed excellent grades (except in Algebra, of course).

Dyrk earned a BFA and masters degree in filmmaking at The Ohio State University, which lead to working in film production in Columbus, OH, where he crawled his way up from production assistant to grip then production manager and producer for commercials, industrial films and low budget features. He then headed west to Los Angeles where he wrote and pitched scripts but fed and clothed himself as a "jack-of-all-trades”: editor, assistant editor, location sound recordist, cinematographer, assistant director, production manager, producer, you name it.

Mostly, however, he made his living as a SAG/AFTRA actor, appearing in nothing you have ever seen. And if you have seen it, he was probably in it so briefly you missed him. It can be done, acting professionally, even if you have no talent but are good at auditioning and have a look that very few actors and no regular folks can pull off. He didn’t earn a lot of money and whatever he did make is long gone (L.A. is expensive), but he did get to travel quite a bit, including an eight week stint in Kandy, Sri Lanka (and it was awesome).

After nearly six years of scraping by in L.A., he realized he probably wouldn’t, in all actuality, die if he never got to make a big Hollywood film, so he moved back to the Midwest and went to Bowling Green State University for a PhD in Film Studies. He wrote a dissertation on The Lord of the Rings movies. And they gave him a diploma. Shocking. Then he got hired as a professor. Even more shocking. Apparently PhDs are tossed out like parade candy these days and just about anyone is allowed to warp the minds of our precious youth.

After four years in a tenure track position he began teaching entirely online, and found he actually had time to read books again -- fiction, sci-fi, fantasy -- not just academic journals and textbooks. Then he realized he actually had time to write. And so he did, bringing to bear his lifelong fascination with mythology and storytelling and gathering together (some clearly ridiculous) ideas he’d had for years.

The result is Paternus, the first in a trilogy of contemporary mythic fantasy adventures for grown ups. Writing novels is something he’d always wanted to do but never had the time, gumption, or the maturity, more likely, to actually do. He’s found he loves the writing process, actually needs it, and will continue to write even if nobody buys the stuff. Still, he’s been heard to paraphrase the immortal line of Billy Mack (played by the ever fantastic Bill Nighy), from Love Actually: “If you believe in Father Christmas, children, like your Uncle Dyrky does, buy my festering turd of a novel.”

And yes, Dyrk Ashton is his real name. He’s been told many times it sounds like the screen name of a Soap actor or porn star. Cool. Truth is, his father is of (mixed) English decent, and his mother (mixed) Scottish, (a Campbell, no less, though her father always emphasized that they were highland Campbells, not lowland. The highland Scots fought against the English, the lowlands sided with them, you see). Anyway, Dyrk’s mom liked the way the name looked when spelled with a “y” instead of the more common “i”. So there.

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July 9, 2018
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 weren’t for this, I doubt my experience of reading this book without rereading the first one would be as good. Seriously, I still don’t get why traditionally published authors—except Mark Lawrence and Michael J. Sullivan—don’t do this more often; it is only a few pages long, and is so useful in enabling readers to acclimatize themselves to the world and characters again. So yes, even if it’s been a while since you've read the first book, you don’t have to worry about feeling lost.

The story picked up immediately after the end of Paternus : Rise of Gods, and it revolved around Fi and Zeke aiding Peter in gathering all the Firstborn from around the globe, in preparation for the final battle that will decide the ultimate fate of the world. I must say that I enjoyed this more than the previous installment; beginning with fast-paced action sequences, Ashton’s pacing in the book has improved tremendously. While I disliked the opening half of the first book, it wasn’t the case here. Without spoiling anything, the story was filled with unexpected revelations and fantastic subversion of mythologies.

I can’t emphasize highly enough how well-researched this book was. Ashton's inclusion of mythologies from all over the world was given just and equal treatment. Seriously, just think of the author as a freaking Libra Zodiac sign because he’s that fair. From Arthurian (Merlin, Lady in the Lake, Galahad, Lancelot), to Norse (Odin), and the Chinese (Ruyi Jingu Bang and Sun Wukong!), and a myriad more which I just don’t have the space to mention; the book almost overflows with them. If you love the exposition of the mythologies in the first book but found it too info-dumpy, Ashton did a better job here in ensuring that the pacing of the story does not suffer from the same. My favorite newest inclusion in this regard was the importance of Hinduism for the plotline. Whether it’s the cosmic calendar, Ganesha, or Nagalok, the integration of the myths into the narrative never ceased to intrigue me. One of the reasons behind this is probably because I am Buddhist. For those of you who didn't know, the teachings of both Hinduism and Buddhism bear some resemblance to one another.

“There is much in a name. A single word that stands for your very being and marks your time in this life.”


In the first book, although Zeke and Fi were the main characters, their presence was overwhelmed by Peter; I loved how this book changed that perception. We finally get more revelations around Zeke and Fi and the immense significance of their roles. Plus, their personalities were so much more fleshed out. The entire part two of the novel, or what I would say are the chapters which divulged Zeke’s background, for instance, was easily my favorite section. It was wholly engaging, a non-stop page turner, and unpredictable. Part three slowed down in pace as the narrative prepares for the big conclusion in the coming finale.

Don’t give up too quickly easily on this series if you find yourself struggling through the first one-third of the first book — I disliked that part too. Dyrk has grown a lot as an author, professionally and writing-wise, since then. I do, however, have to admit that the book took some time for me to get used to despite the great pacing and compelling story. This is because of my personal issue with the narrative style that occasionally utilizes paragraphs to shift character perspectives, instead of chapters. For example, in one paragraph we have Fi’s thoughts and in the next, the perspective seems to have changed to Zeke’s point-of-view; I disliked this storytelling method the majority of the time. However, even though it is not a style that sits well with me, I must also admit that this approach works well for this series given the multitude of mythological figures to explore.

I honestly believe that any reader who loves urban fantasy that's imbued with mythologies from all over the globe will enjoy this series. By now, I think it’s safe to say that Dyrk Ashton is one of the most consistently great authors for me. I’ve read all his work - short stories included - and I have so far rated all of them four-stars. This time, however, a higher rating is warranted because Paternus: Wrath of Gods, in my opinion, is his best work so far.

I won’t lie, I have dropped a lot of other indie fantasy series from my reading list. Paternus is one of the very few indie series that I’m willing to follow until the end. I truly can’t wait for the last book—Paternus: War of Gods—to come out next year. Even though I mentioned my general dislike for urban fantasy in my review of Paternus: Rise of Gods, I’m starting to think that it’s time for me to retract that statement. Since then I’ve read great urban fantasy series like Robert Jackson Bennett’s Divine Cities (if that counts), Rachel Aaron’s Heartstrikers, and now, Paternus; it makes me believe that I simply haven’t looked in the right places. This is large-scale mythological urban fantasy at its best, and if you’re a fan of the genre, you won’t regret treating yourself to this series.

The quote in this review were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

Official release date: July 10th, 2018

You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions
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306 reviews1,305 followers
December 19, 2018
9/10

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 here. Plus, there are some great new editions including the sword-wielding giant snake that is gorgeously presented on the cover. Dyrk is a walking, talking encyclopedia of mythology which is why this narrative includes literally every mythological beast you will know and then another 200 more! The ending is stunning and I can't wait for what comes next. Ashton's take on UF is a lot darker and more adult than most of the genre (that I've read at least.) Without a doubt, this is my favourite urban fantasy series.

A full, more detailed review will follow over the next few months.
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November 25, 2020
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 bundle, and MORE ART from Pen Astridge and Stas Borodin!

September 17, 2020: Hello everyone! Dropping in to let you all know that the Paternus: Wrath of Gods - Fantasy Novel Hardbacks Kickstarter is alive and kicking! I am blown away by the response. We funded in less than twelve hours and are now on our 3rd stretch goal.

Here's what you can get:
-Signed and numbered special edition hardbacks with interior color character illustration
-Signed paperbacks of all three books in The Paternus Trilogy
-Exclusive signed bookmarks
-Giclee print gallery quality cover art posters
-Rise of Gods (Book 1) hardbacks also available! (quantities limited)

In addition to a color character illustration of Asterion, The Bull, the Wrath of Gods hardbacks will also include a map of New Vanaheim, the secret valley realm of Freyja of the Black Sword Hand in Norway, and a timeline of Paternus characters births and origins.

Ends Monday, Sept. 28.

Thank you! I hope you all are well :)
Dyrk

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 are all doing well during these difficult times. Be safe, and be well.

December 7, 2019: Heroes Wanted: A Fantasy Anthology has been released! Short stories from 14 amazing authors like Michael J. Sullivan and Will Wight. And somehow they let me in there too, with a brand spanking new story in the world of Paternus entitled "The Death of Osiris." This short recounts the tale of the battle between Horus and Set, told through the perspectives of Baphomet and Zadkiel, two favorite characters from The Paternus Trilogy - but it's really about the selfless bravery of a young girl named Hatshepsut...

I forgot to put this here! The full cover reveal for Paternus: War of Gods, book three of the Paternus Trilogy, is live on Fantasy Book Critic!

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 "liked" is no longer marked that way. I'm looking into it, but please know that I have not "unliked" anything here :)

August 29, 2018: Greetings all, Thrilled to announce that the audiobook for Paternus: Wrath of Gods is now available on Audible. Wrath for your ears!

August 23, 2018: Hello everyone! The audiobook for Wrath of Gods has been completed. It's in process at ACX now, and we're looking at a release of no later than September 12 on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. I'll let y'all know as soon as I know the exact date. Thanks!

July 31, 2018: First, a huge THANK YOU to this fantastic community for supporting the launch of Paternus: Wrath of Gods. Absolutely wonderful, and beyond my wildest dreams.

Second - the audiobook is in production! Thrilled to have Nik Magill back to narrate. Projected release date is some time in September, 2018. Audible doesn't allow us to pick a release date, but as soon as it's up, you all will be the first to know. Thanks again, I hope everyone is having a fabulous reading summer :)

July 7, 2018: (Uh oh. Don't tell anybody. The official release date is July 10, but the paperback has dropped early on Amazon...)

April 12, 2108: Hello everyone! Just here to let you know that Book 2 of The Paternus Trilogy, Paternus: Wrath of Gods, is now available for preorder on the Amazon. (Release date July 10). Thanks, and I hope you all are well :)

March 31, 2018: Greetings everyone--it's almost time! All is well and on schedule for the July 10 release of Paternus: Wrath of Gods--meanwhile, eBook pre-orders go live on April 12. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Thanks!
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August 17, 2020
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 epic and exciting, as more legendary and mythical characters were introduced. More notably, legendary names from Egyptian and Norse myths were pretty much only mentioned in the previous book, and we finally got to meet these characters in this sequel.  Cue: much squealing. And I remain in awe of the sheer amount of research and cleverness that have gone into pulling this off.

I've postulated that Fi and Zeke's character arcs would really start to take off in this book, and - oh my goodness - not only was I right, it turned out to be remarkably rewarding. The 'problem' that I had with the beginning of Rise of Gods was so far behind now as to be like a dream. Fi and Zeke then were pretty much the shocked bystanders to the insanity that unravelled around them back in the first book as the story focussed on introducing Peter and the Firstborns. With all that has transpired in the course of that one crazy day, the enormity of the world's true reality and what it all portend have begun to settle in for our two young MCs. The obvious question one would ask was why these two were important to the story, and the obvious answer to this would be that there's something special about Fi and Zeke. Such characterisation could easily backfire if they were given the tropish treatment of special snowflakes ala Mary Sue or Gary Stu. Fortunately, Ashton did a marvellous job in fleshing out their unique abilities while keeping them grounded and relatable.

One thing I have not mentioned in my earlier review was how humourous these books were, and it totally worked in the context of the narrative. These Firstborns collectively form the most enormous, most unusual and dysfunctional family that I've ever encountered. However, the tone was predominantly light-hearted and fun, as opposed to dark and broody. It was also beautifully rounded out with some moving and poignant moments which resulted in some shed tears and heartache.  Of course, what is urban fantasy without lots of action. In this case, the action was larger than life when you're involving mythical gods and creatures of legends.  It could also be quite ridiculous - I dare you to hold an image of a human-sized chicken fighting a donkey in Muhammad Ali style and not laugh.  As I've said above, so fun and spectacular!

All in all, Wrath of Gods reads like a sequel that is done right. It builds upon and elevates the story told so far, develops the characters wonderfully, and then sets the stage for even bigger and more epic things to come in the grand finale. As of the time of this review, I'm already more than halfway into the third and concluding book, and I'm sure this will end up on my list of all-time favourite trilogies.  Believe me when I say that all fans of urban fantasy and especially of mythology must not miss reading these books.

You can purchase a copy from: Amazon UK | Amazon US

You can find this and my other reviews at Novel Notions.
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June 25, 2018
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 left off. The book follows the adventures of Fi and Zeke as they fall further down into Ashton's rabbit hole, and more of the mysteries of the First Born are revealed. The pace, if possible, increases still further in this book as the conflict intensifies. Spectacular fight scenes, explosions, the god Horus beating the snot out of fighter jets... this book has it all. I don't want to drop any major spoilers so I won't go into more detail but make sure your day is free once you start reading. The book is a russian doll, with mysteries explained and revealing yet further mysteries within.

There is a LOT of information imparted in this book and a small portion of readers may find it info-dumpy in places. I didn't mind this aspect at all. Ashton doesn't write for the sake of it and every legend explained adds to the worldbuilding. Ashton is a master at pacing and I found it hard to put this book down. If you're looking for your next great read this is it.

The levels of research that Ashton has gone into with these books is staggering. More impressive is his ability to weave in his recounting of myth and legend with the work from his own imagination. To say the end result is irritatingly impressive in an understatement.

Paternus - Wrath of Gods. Order it. Order it now.
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113 reviews152 followers
July 4, 2018
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 write more books. Rise of Gods was already good, but Wrath of Gods just feels so much more polished. If the first was a little nervous in places, the sequel exudes confidence. It takes everything that was already there, and dials it up to eleven.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Paternus, it’s what I’d describe as an Epic Urban Fantasy series. It runs with the concept that every god, myth, and legend is real, and that they belong to an immortal species known as the Firstborn. In the first book (slight spoiler alert), Fi and her maybe-boyfriend Zeke get pulled from their mundane, everyday lives, and into this crazy world of gods and devils and world-ending calamities. They meet a whole bunch of mythological big-hitters, and not all of them are on their side. The Firstborn are about to go to war.

These books are so well-researched. I loved being able to make use of the dictionary and Wikipedia functions on my Kindle to check out the accolades and credentials of each new legendary character, and those are not in short supply. We have gods and legends from North America, India, Scotland & Ireland, England, Korea, China, Egypt… the list goes on. But despite the sheer volume and variety of these legends, Dyrk Ashton manages to weave them into his narrative in a way that feels organic, interesting, and engaging.

There’s such an impressive cast of characters, but I have to give a shout-out to my man Baphomet. Calm, collected, and conniving—he really captured my attention. Even when he’s not in control, he’s always looking for a way to manipulate people and situations to his liking. And just as a little tease: I’ve never wanted a person to be re-united with a musical instrument so much in my life.

While most books start off slow and then pick up the pace as they go, Wrath of Gods does the opposite. It picks up where Rise of Gods left off, and the pacing is a hundred-miles-an-hour from the start: with plenty of action, fight-scenes, and mythological goodness. Despite the initial focus on the action, the book actually slows down quite considerably towards the end, giving plenty of room to explore the motivations, fears, and personalities of our characters. There isn’t any deep Hobb-style introspection, but there was more than enough there to satisfy me. These characters certainly captured my imagination, and there were a few scenes that packed an emotional punch.

Wrath of Gods is different, it’s unique, and it’s just so damned readable. I was so engrossed in this story that I completely lost track of some very important things happening in the real world.

Mrs. Cabbage: Hey, you want something to eat?

Hiu: There’s a GIANT SNAKE WITH ARMS!

Mrs. Cabbage: We have ice-cream, if you want some?

Hiu: IT HAS SWORDS!!!

Mrs. Cabbage: It’s chocolate-chip.

Hiu: SWOOOOOORRRRDS!!!!!


Above everything else, what makes Paternus: Wrath of Gods great is that it’s fun. Just pure, unabashed, fun. I love stories that are just unapologetically themselves, and this book fits that bill to a tee.

It’s some of the most fun I’ve had from reading this year, and I really hope that you’ll check it out. Maybe you’ll love it as much as I did.
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July 16, 2018
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 Deva. Will the ones that are still alive be proved to be enough against the ever growing (including the mysteriously resurrected) team of the Asura?

"There is much in a name. A single word that stands for your very being and marks your time in this life."


Let's start by saying that Dyrk Ashton's narrative style is unconventional to say the least. There are some do's and don'ts in (fantasy) fiction that even the most prominent of authors are bound to. Dyrk Ashton doesn't follow thοse rules, and therefore I'm not gonna comment on his prose, imagery, or the book's literary merit. Dyrk is telling a story in his own way, switching POVs in the same chapter when the story needs it, info-dumping when the reader has to know something, and utilizing half a dozen other unorthodox and bizarre techniques when he feels like it. The result is one of the greatest fucking stories I've ever read.

Almost every single book out there has some faults in it. Some of them are minor, others important. Out of all the fantasy books I've read in my life, there are maybe half a dozen of them that I've found perfect in every possible way, and that's up for debate. In Wrath of Gods, I couldn't find any significant problems. At least not something that wasn't the author's choice, therefore not a fault but an artistic preference. Most of them, as mentioned above, I didn't mind. The only thing that looked unnecessary and therefore nagged me a little bit was the combination of "What happened before" in the beginning of the book, with the repetition of past events and characters' backstories within the story.

The story itself was mind-blowing. After all the mythical figures of the first book I thought that Dyrk wouldn't be able to surprise me anymore, but I was proven wrong, and spectacularly so. When I reviewed the first book of the series, I complained that there wasn't enough action in the first quarter of the book, and Ashton more than makes up for it here. The action is constant and dramatic from start to finish, with some exceptional scenes reminiscent of cinematic set pieces.

All in all, Paternus: Wrath of Gods is an extremely enjoyable book, and I recommend it to those who want to take a break from grim and gritty books, and have some fun instead.
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August 7, 2018
4.5 of 5 stars
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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 fascinating way, a story of good and evil. This is also a story of war. In a world of Gods and firstborn a thousand years is a mere bagatelle and here we have the story of a continuation of war that has spanned thousands of years but, worry not, this particular story takes place over the period of one day – all that came before will eventually be revealed but for you, the reader, just sit down and enjoy the unbridled chaos that is Paternus’

Wrath of Gods is a difficult book to review purely because I don’t want to give away spoilers. There are many revelations as the story moves forward and it would be easy to spoil the read for others so my review will probably meander around a little as it tries to avoid these so please bear with me.

I would mention that Wrath of Gods is not a book that you can pick up half cocked – you need to read Paternus first and if you haven’t done so then you may also want to be aware that this review might contain spoilers for No.1.

The story here begins right where book 2 left off and very helpfully the author has provided a recap at the start of the story. Straight away we meet Fi and Zeke who are in a bit of a scrape. Shit got real! Now, I can’t really tell you too much other than to say that Fi and Zeke’s companions are on a mission to find all the firstborn. This involves crazy escapades such as diving out of a plane without a parachute and going in search of the king of all snakes. If you’re thinking that the action and pace sound next level then you’re right. Book one was a crazy little number but book number two just ups the ante – and I mean that in an absolutely positive way.

When I read book one I think the only issue I had was that it was maybe too busy and had too many alternating chapters. With Wrath of Gods I didn’t have any of those issues and in fact the book overall just feels more substantial and polished – which, to be clear, book one was really good – just, this is even better – imo. There’s more backstory involved, we learn what’s really going on in terms of the nature of the threat and the gathering together of the firstborn and Fi and Zeke are both more fleshed out, I particularly enjoyed discovering Zeke’s interesting family history – and Fi’s uncle – another really interesting character.

In terms of the writing, well third person perspective is not always my favourite style yet for this particular story it works like a charm. Then there’s the inclusion of an impressive array of firstborn. Wow. That is all. I don’t think I’ve ever read a story with such a glorious abundance of Gods from around the world and myths and legends being brought into play. I can’t begin to comprehend the amount of research that must have gone into this to bring to life so many different beings and entities, it’s simply staggering, particularly as they all complement the story so well. I just kept having moments where I felt like I was meeting old friends from other tales and it was amazing to read about them in this setting.

I think my only criticism for this book is that I read it too quickly – so really a criticism of me and not the book. I practically sped to the end, jogged along by the furious pace and that’s something I regret. Yes, of course I can pick it up again, but I know myself well enough to realise that in spite of any good intentions I may have about returning to books it very rarely happens. Still, never say never. Perhaps I could round up a few people who fancy a readalong of the first two books a little closer to the release of No.3 – nothing like a readalong with questions and answers to provoke thought and help you to understand things and pick up on nuances that you missed first time round.

Anyway, before this review gets completely away from me I’d like to sum up by saying Wrath of Gods was an impressive read. I’d like to tell you not to race to the ending like I did but instead to savour this like a fine wine – but, it’s probably pointless and also given the way I couldn’t put this down probably a bit hypocritical to expect anyone else to show such restraint. Perhaps a better piece of advice would be to tell you to pick this up when you have enough free time to do so – because you won’t want to stop. It’s definitely a ‘just-one-more-chapter’ type of read. Furious and fun, bittersweet and packed with twisted revelations. I really wish I could tell you a little more about what has been created within these pages but I can’t – maybe, just a teaser – alternate universes, plagues of locusts. Are you not intrigued? Also, keep a hanky handy – there may have been tears – although I will deny it, what happens on this blog, stays on this blog.

A series that I highly recommend – I can’t wait to see how it all concludes. When is that third book due already! No pressure.

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353 reviews317 followers
July 18, 2018
100/100

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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 first book in this series Paternus: Rise of Gods knows that I unequivocally loved it almost beyond explanation. I thought it was a rip-roaring action story with a dash of Celtic Mythology and characters who instantly felt like people you knew and wanted to read as much as you could about. That's a triple threat that most authors can't pull off, but Rise of Gods was a truly watershed moment for me in that it changed the way that I viewed Urban Fantasy. I also think the fact that it isn't pure Urban Fantasy but also contains elements of ancient mythology really served to make it more accessible to me. I found it equal parts Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising (both favorites of mine). The awesome part of finishing the book was knowing that the next installment in the series, PATERNUS: WRATH OF GODS was being released a couple of weeks later. Since I enjoyed the first book so much, Dyrk very graciously reached out to me and asked if I would like to be one of the select few to receive an advanced reader copy of book 2, to which I said "HELL YES I WOULD!". Unfortunately since I had such a backlog of books at the time, I wasn't able to get to it before the official release date of July 10th. Eight days later isn't too bad I guess and I absolutely flew through this book as quickly as I did book 1 in the series.

PATERNUS: WRATH OF GODS picks up immediately following the events of the first book. To avoid spoilers I will forgo describing how book 1 ended, suffice it to say there were many battles between gods, monsters, mortals, and all sorts of hideously magnificent creatures of a mythical persuasion. The main characters Fi and Zeke are left battered and bruised and awaken to find their party separated in different parts of America. The Deva now find themselves searching for long lost allies wherever they can find them so that they can be at full strength when the eventual war with the evil Asura begins. But the Asura are not resting on their laurels, for they have dispatched assassins to try and pick off members of the Deva one by one in an effort to decimate their ranks. Led by Kleron, they have hatched a plan to hunt down Fi and her friends and eliminate all of the Firstborn before they can pose a threat. Kleron is ruthless in his pursuit and has recruited some nasty mythical minions to do his dirty work for him. Fi and Zeke are thrust in the middle of an all out war between the gods of old, when mere months ago they were simple teenagers working at a hospital for the old and infirm. Now they are key players in defeating the evil of the Asura and their master plan of world domination. Together they embark on a journey to help Kabir and the rest of the Deva collect allies, who may or may not be still alive, to assist them in the upcoming battles ahead. The path is fraught with much danger and murderers lurk around every alleyway and dilapidated house in this shattered American landscape. Along the way Fi and her allies travel to many different locales, both in the real and parallel world where monsters hold sway. They also encounter and fight legends out of a child's storybook that are suddenly very real. I find myself needing to be less than specific because to reveal too much would be to give away a hell of a fun and engaging adventure story. The ultimate question before the final pages of this book are: who will survive among the Deva to make it to the next book, what other seemingly normal characters will be revealed to be anything but normal, and will Kleron succeed in rallying the evil forces of the past to severely damage or eradicate the Deva once and for all? The journey to finding out these questions is a long and interesting one indeed. Do you have the fortitude to find out? If so, you need to read PATERNUS: WRATH OF GODS and find out for yourself. I will make one guarantee though, you won't be bored and it will be a thrilling ride that you won't soon forget.

Okay, so damn you Dyrk Ashton for writing another brilliant book for which I now have to wait at least 8 months to a year to find out what happens next. PATERNUS: WRATH OF GODS has managed to exceed the brilliance of its predecessor and that is a really difficult thing to do. One way to measure the greatness of a book is by how pissed off you are when it's over because you didn't want it to end. And I was pretty pissed off when I turned the final page of this book, I have to tell you. I can't gush enough about how much I love this entire story arc that Dyrk Ashton has penned. The characters have grown immensely and in unexpected ways, the mythology continues to both educate and excite, the world-building is among the best of any book or series I have ever read. There seems to be universal praise for Dyrk Ashton lately and I have to say that it is more than deserved. Dyrk has created a story that perfectly blends the real world and the world of legend. And he also manages to seamlessly make them both equally compelling and relateable to each other. If you aren't reading this series, you should drop whatever you are reading right now and get on the bandwagon. You will not find a more breakneck, action-packed, mysterious, thrilling, and historically fulfilling Fantasy book anywhere. These characters constantly make you question their motives and their allegiances. That's where I found the true brilliance to be honestly. Betrayals are aplenty and there is zero predictability in both the characters and the plot. I thoroughly dislike books where I can pretty much tell how the story is going to go and how the characters will act. The characters in PATERNUS: WRATH OF GODS are by no means that way at all and often they shock the hell out of you. In conclusion, I will again reiterate that these books need to be savored and experienced for the wonderful tales that they are. Those looking for Urban Fantasy with loads of action and creatures of myth, look no further than the Paternus series. You will be in for a wild ride that will restore your faith in what incredible writing can achieve when executed by a true master.
458 reviews391 followers
September 9, 2018
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 continuing on with the series!

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252 reviews66 followers
June 10, 2019
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. Damn right! It starts off with a nice recap for those of us who have read the first book but forgotten where we left off, which is a nice touch (for me particularly, as it had been quite some time since I had read book 1). As in Dyrk's first book, there are lots of characters. (Even the great tree Yggdrasil gets a mention, which some Xbox360 gamers may recognise from Divinity II The Dragon Knight Saga). It's quite a challenge to keep track of them all as a reader, but it also pays testament to the author's skill to be able to keep everything tied together so neatly.

I do not wish to spoil book 1 for those of you who have yet to read it so of the plot I shall say this: There are fantastic discoveries to be made by all and beware of a lump-in-the-throat-ending!

Mrs Mirskayar (probably my favourite character) is still protecting her friends and family by using her mountainous-mammaries to shield them from harm. Come on guys and gals, what man doesn't like a woman with a generous bosom? (And credit to you well-endowed ladies for having the strength to carry them around with you).

Myrddin Wyllt dancing naked was a moment of hilarity for me also. What lady doesn't like the idea of a man dancing around naked and making a fool of himself? Maybe not a skinny ancient old man but then we all have our private perversions, don't we?

One of the many moments that I liked from the book was when one of the characters says he likes audio-books. The comment: "This last bit is wonderful. About a young wizard named Potter..." I also liked a quote:

"Love can be the most powerful force for good in the world. But it can also cause
us to do the most foolish and dangerous things."

I don't know how much you people out there know about the names and titles of the myriad of Gods and monsters from legend, but I'm not talking about Baphomet when I refer to Dyrk Ashton as the "GOAT". I simply mean that, for me, he's the "Greatest of all time" when it comes to urban legends and mythological Gods and monsters!

The end of this book has the lyrics to a small number of songs. This is worth a mention because one of the songs is "Amazing Grace" which has special meaning for my family. It was a nice touch and a lump-in-the-throat for me twice over, (given that it was played at my Grandmother's funeral some 13 years ago).

Also at the end of the book is Dyrk's long list of people that have helped him to make this book what it is; a 'quality read'. It is a very good indication of how hard it is to write a book without the help of other people. Dyrk Ashton is obviously a man who is well-read, well-liked and deeply passionate about writing. I've not seen or heard a bad word written about him on social media. Give this book a read, though I think you should read Paternus Rise of Gods first.

I look forward to reading the final part of this trilogy in 2019!





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113 reviews42 followers
November 13, 2018
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 previous book – this has become something of a trend recently and I will never stop adoring the authors who do it. Bloggers everywhere salute you!

Where Paternus: Rise of Gods sometimes felt a little unsure in what it was trying to do, Wrath of Gods feels much more comfortable – in some ways, I’d liken it to a camera zooming out. Where the first entry showed us Fi and Zeke frantically running from danger with little agency, here Ashton has panned back to give us a better view of the bigger picture. And quite a picture it is, with echoes of Stephen King’s The Stand in the clash of two factions, and The Dark Tower‘s collision of worlds and sense of mythos. It’s a riveting combination and I found myself much more drawn in than I did in the previous entry. The conflict between the Deva and the Asura is explored in much more detail and we learn that many of the deities carry multiple identities within different mythologies. As before, there’s a wonderful sense of learning real mythology woven in with the fantasy that led me down the wikipedia rabbit hole several times – if you’re even remotely interested in world religions this is a great read.

Also, you know, look at the cover. There’s a giant fucking snake with arms and swords. I’m not made of stone, that shit’s awesome.

Fi and Zeke continue to act as excellent guides for the audience, asking the right questions and becoming stronger and more assertive within themselves. They are surrounded by a ragtag and lovable group of deities with real camaraderie and emotional ties to one another, who take it upon themselves to act as mentors and guardians. Fi in particular undergoes something of a transformation, learning what she’s really made of – one particularly good sequence involving a run up a mountain had me grinning from ear to ear, and it was a far cry from the passive character we met in the first book. There is huge growth and development throughout for the cast, and as someone who’s a big character gal I found that absolutely fucking delightful.

The worldbuilding I don’t want to go into too heavily here as spoilers abound, but it’s safe to say that I was pleased and surprised by what I found. Urban fantasy tends to be lacking in this respect because we’re usually within the world we all know and are familiar with – Ashton has widened the scope of his story beyond this, however, and it really works. It is at times surprisingly brutal and no character is ever truly safe, and the third person present tense lends it a cinematic feel, almost like stage directions. I mentioned in my review for the first novel that it wasn’t my personal cup of tea but that I felt it to be well written and enjoyable – I have to say, Ashton has won me over. This is a clear improvement over the first novel, it’s inventive as all get out and even as a secondary world epic fantasy reader I enjoyed the hell out of it (it doesn’t hurt that this story is becoming epic in scope, of course). I’d also like to give a shout out to the audiobook performance by Nik Magill, who I think did a pretty admirable job given the demanding nature of the book and sheer amount of accents he had to perform. The huge amount of development Ashton has made as a writer between novels and his ability to build on constructive criticism makes me very excited indeed for the third entry.
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86 reviews44 followers
June 9, 2019
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: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

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 month of release. Certain indie titles really need/deserve the support, I figure. But the absolute best way to enjoy this series is in audio format, as it’s very synergetic with the third person omniscient “head-hopping” prose.

One thing that really struck me about it in the second read was that while many books receive happy critical acclaim for being fun books on the surface with deep, meaty centers, this series somehow shines by flipping that formula completely around: It’s a series with a fun “candy”, popcorn action center that’s wrapped in an ultra-thick layer of dense, profoundly researched substance. It exhausts me to even imagine how much work it must have taken Ashton to roll so many myths, legends, religions, and histories (see: all of them, ever) up into one gloriously explained, cohesive package.

That’s something you’ll see a lot in discussions of these books: mention of convention being flipped onto its head. I’ve come to believe the correct format to discuss Ashton’s writing to be: [ARBITRARY, UNIVERSALLY ACCEPTED CRITICISM] + [ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT SAID CRITICISM IS WONDERFUL WHEN ASHTON DOES IT]. Pick a complaint. The books infodump to hell and back. The perspective headhops all over the place. The story meanders along, introducing character after character, regardless of where it is in the plot of the book, each with half a dozen g0$d@m3d names that would lose me in a second were it any other book. It doesn’t matter. If you stick with it past your first impression, it’s good when Paternus does it.

As an installment, WoG is satisfying. It develops the story, continues the constant exposition of the history and mythos of the universe and the characters (the “firstborn”, godlike beings in particular), and also includes a healthy portion of plot-forwarding events and character development. I would call it fairly equal to and equally satisfying as the first book.

Somehow, against all odds, these books break all the rules successfully and in doing so carve out a perfectly insular place all for themselves among contemporary fantasy. If you like these books, you won’t find a similar feeling from any other. Granted, I could see why it’s an indie title. These books would be a massive risk in the traditional market. It would be an almost sure fire way to lose a ton of money with mass distribution and a generous, untargeted marketing budget. But it’s the most perfect series I can imagine for a deserved, dedicated cult following on a level that, I dunno, maybe Quentin Tarantino enjoys in the film industry, to fans who appreciate them for what they are. These books might not be accepted or equally loved by everyone, particularly those whose preconceptions prevent them from giving the story a chance to grab them, but a large number of open-minded folks will likely discover in Ashton an unexpected talent unlike any they can find anywhere else in the genre.
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Author 7 books152 followers
July 15, 2019
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?!
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724 reviews200 followers
July 14, 2018
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 the final act of the trilogy and this comes with its own baggage.

The other big improvement I see, is the shifting of focus from traditional Western myth to older ones - especially Hindu & Egyptian (which addresses the biggest gripe I had with the earlier book). It makes the story feel richer while honing the uniqueness of this series.

In conclusion, go read this series - you will not be disappointed.
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346 reviews32 followers
May 16, 2019
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 plot is constantly moving, just like book one it has a quick pace. Feels like you are constantly on the run! The mood and description of everyone makes it that all characters have their own voice. And I guess what makes it a 4 star to me is that it can get overwhelming to me! There is so much going on with so many characters. They are all distinct that makes it easier. But my brain is simple 😆. I'd fucking looove to see this as a tv series, it has so much fantastical and epic scenes and impressive characters.
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201 reviews112 followers
July 10, 2018
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 more speed, leaving you breathless. As you race along gripping your seat, or the handrail, or anything you can hold on to at the moment, there are curves, and sudden changes of path, your world even turns upside down once or twice. Then there are momentary relieves, when the car is still, you have a chance to catch your breath, before the car plunges down once again. By the end of the ride your adrenaline level is high, you are gasping for air, you are looking for your stomach which you left somewhere up on a peek but enjoyed it damn too much to care. You still hear the wind singing in your ears, the tell-tale rattle of the car as it goes on its way, and you think: let’s do this again!

Now, this is exactly how it feels like reading Wrath of Gods. It’s a hell of a roller coaster ride, one which you can’t get enough of. The events are picked up right at where they were left at the end of Rise of Gods. If you don’t remember everything that happened in that book, don’t you worry, Mr Ashton was kind enough to provide a short summary for you. Unless in Rise of Gods, in this book we only follow two groups of characters, which makes things much easier. I also had less problem to adjusting to the present tense, which can be quite annoying at first, but after a few pages I completely forgot about it and just let the flow carry me on. We also get a lot less info dumps, or they are offered in a better way which actually makes it bearable. Although in some cases the info dump totally break the pace of a fight scene making it longer than necessary. A lengthy description of a weapon during a fight might not be the best idea.

In Wrath of Gods the stakes are getting higher, and if you thought it’s impossible to dig up even more mythological creatures, then think again. Dyrk Ashton has some more of them up in his sleeves and not afraid to use them. And play with your emotions too while he is at it. With books like this where a lot happens in a short period of time and have a huge cast of characters one of the problems can be the lack of character building. Or more like the lack of place/time for character building. Most of the mythological creatures are well fleshed out, they all have distinct personalities and traits and big ass weapons too. I don’t think you’ve seen everything until you’ve encountered a huge sneak with equally huge swords strapped on him. Or a tiny elder women with a cane, who can beat the shit out of you if she chooses. You still have to appreciate that Ashton doesn’t use the worn-out cliché that are the greek and roman gods. Sure, they are represented, see Asterion the Bull, who happened to be the Minotaur once, but their greek identity is not the primal ones. Instead we get egyptian, hindu, norwegian and other ones. It’s quite refreshing. My personal favorite is Myrddin, who brings some humor and laughter in the grim mood. The only thing I have to say about this is: ass shaking. Seriously.

Fi and Zeke also get their moments, but I still feel that them and Peter are the less developed characters compared to some of the others. I like Fi’s fierceness and strong personality and it was interesting to see as she comes in terms with her heritage. And I’m looking forward to see how she copes with the current situation in the next book. Zeke… find it hard to come to terms with him. It feels like that he is mostly just along for the ride, giving away his knowledge. But then, some of the most interesting scenes belonged to him. I have a feeling he is going to play a more important role in the endgame. We’ll see.

Wrath of Gods is a hell of a ride, which won’t leave you bored, and most probably will break your heart. Fast paced, brutal, gripping and it’s full of surprises. I haven’t enjoyed an urban fantasy this much for a while now. We get some answers for questions left open in Rise of Gods, but we also end up with more questions. And I honestly don’t know how the hell they’ll get out of this mess. Guess that makes the waiting for book 3 even more frustrating. Hurry up Mr Ashton and give it to me already!
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294 reviews58 followers
June 20, 2018
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. Ashton does not suffer from any of the symptoms of "Second Book Syndrome".

There must've been a lot of dust in my house because my eyes were watering for the last 20 pages or so. Well done, sir. Well done.

And, he did a recap! I love it when authors do that. It makes the story so much smoother not having to explain stuff that the characters should already know.

(I received an ARC of this from the author for an honest review, and this is completely honest.)
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153 reviews70 followers
December 16, 2018
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 most of the back story is revealed in book 1 of a series and after that unless new characters are added that we know nothing about in book 1, usually just a main bad guy, there isn't a real need for a lot of world building. In book 1 we always learn that the average human has a veil over their eyes and all of the hidden supernatural is obvious once that veil is lifted.
That first ten percent was action packed right out of the gate and was certainly entertaining but what really gets me going as a nerd is World Building. There isn't a whole lot of it in that first ten percent as the action is pretty much non-stop. Once the characters have a chance to calm down and the much older Pater and Firstborn are able to begin explaining things that Fi and Zeke our young Firstborn and a human who clearly isn't a normal human, don't know then we are able to get into the world building in Dyrk's unique style. If it wasn't done so well it would just be an info dump but the skill that Dyrk employs to tell these stories really draws me in and I feel like I am just as excited as Zeke is to hear the back story of the Firstborn. Even though we aren't being introduced to a new world we are still getting world building.
If you enjoyed book 1 then there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't enjoy book 2 just as much. I gave book 1 a 4.5 and this one a solid 5. I can't wait for book 3 and I can assure you I will be reading it as soon as it is available!
4 reviews
July 16, 2019
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 them. The myths keep materializing for each side as an epic finale is surely around the corner. I didn't think that he could top the first book but he did it.
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606 reviews78 followers
June 27, 2020
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.
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Author 34 books1,278 followers
January 3, 2019
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 other, it was also a surprisingly human book that gave us likeable characters and ever increasing stakes. Right… that being said I can move onto book 2.

In Wrath of Gods Dyrk continues his blatant flaunting of the rules. We have the same tense, the same PoV, and the same expositional infodumps (though a fair amount fewer than in book 1), but he makes it bigger. WoG is bigger, badder, grander, more epic. It’s a book that hits the ground running and never stops in a mad dash for the finish line. The pace is relentless, though never feels forced, and Dyrk weaves tension into it with a fluid grace (which is impressive considering one of the major characters is literally indestructible). This time around the cast is larger, the stakes grow greater once more, and Dyrk happily flexes his knowledge muscles of religion, folklore, and mythology to the point where his clothing is obviously ripping at the seams.

This won’t be a long review, because I struggle saying much beyond the abstract when reviewing book 2s. If you’ve read Paternus (book 1), move straight onto Wrath of Gods and you will not be disappointed. If you’ve yet to give Dyrk’s insane series a go, get on it and prepare to leave your jaw rooted to the floor.

Expositernus: Wrath of ALL THE Gods gets 5 stars from me. In fact, it’s my first 5 star review of 2019! Also, my first review of 2019.
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Author 6 books21 followers
June 30, 2018
BOOK REVIEW
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, provocative and emotional.

Dyrk Ashton is doing much the same. I can’t wait to read his final part of the sequel to see where this world (this universe!) will take me. My reason for labelling this work as epic fantasy is because it draws upon every mythological reference you can imagine and weaves them together into a fast-faced narrative. Even more so than Book 1 (and who’d have thought that was possible?). I described that as a roller-coaster ride. Book 2 is the rocket-fuelled version.

Another reason for my comparison to Otherland is because of the emotional impact it had on me. I had tears in my eyes as I read the final pages. I’d guessed it was coming, there were hints, but they couldn’t prevent the sadness I felt when the incident I’m talking about happened. I’ve tried to work out how you can get so emotional in a story that doesn’t ease up on its pace. So often action can dominate; sure, you might have great characters to follow but you read as quickly as you can. It’s rare to have a story where that pace still allows you to engage with those characters emotionally.
I think it’s partly due to the author’s decision to tell his story in the present tense, it provides urgency for one thing but it also makes you feel as though the characters are talking to you directly. I don’t think you’d get the same emotional connection if this was written any other way.

And what bugs me, Dyrk Ashton does this by telling the story from multiple points of view. How is that even possible? It breaks all the rules – but it works!

Like the first book, Wrath of Gods relies heavily on gargantuan levels of research. It’s another feature which makes me enjoy these stories as much as I do. Dyrk Ashton provides us with a masterclass in how to balance informed exposition with a story on steroids.

The skill needed to do this is highly specialised, just like the weaving metaphor I used earlier. Each thread needs to appear and disappear so as to provide a pattern and that’s what happens with the myths incorporated in these books. There’s a passing mention somewhere, it’s repeated a little later, it becomes significant as it impacts upon particular characters and so the pattern appears.
And as it happens you’re not only filled with wonder at the skill but also at the cultural and historic connections that are being highlighted. The inclusion of the Knights’ Templar in this story is one such example. To avoid spoilers, I won’t go into detail but their link to one of the main characters suddenly became so obvious and natural that I found myself thinking – I wonder if there really were some connections in history along these lines? I’m aware the British royal family have Templar connections that go way back through the centuries, there’s empirical evidence to that effect and Ashton references it in just one sentence. It’s enough to make you pause for a second and… just wonder I suppose.

How often do stories make you do that? Not many.

I haven’t discussed characters so far and that is because there’s so much to say about them I’ve preferred to contextualise them in terms of the narrative, emotional provocation and the research. What I love about them is the way you can hear their voices so clearly. With such a diverse and extensive cast list, it’s a real feat to be able to say that. Again, to illustrate: Edgar sounds so intensely English. Not bad for an American writer!! Perhaps it’s Dyrk’s acting background that enables him to generate each character’s voice. Perhaps he’s schizophrenic. The result is I have the audio version of the story going on in my head.

Do you get the idea I love these stories?

Can’t wait for the next one!
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50 reviews
August 29, 2018
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. The hooks are in deep now - I need book # 3!
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3 reviews8 followers
June 26, 2018
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.
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681 reviews1,656 followers
February 12, 2019
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.
17 reviews
November 28, 2018
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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567 reviews38 followers
December 20, 2019

Just when I thought this story couldn't get any crazier. Paternus: Wrath of Gods was everything I could hope for in a sequel. Higher stakes, bigger and bloodier action, and even more mythology packed into a story that I seriously thought already featured just about every world myth ever. I was wrong in the best way possible.

The story picks up immediately where book one leaves off, with the Deva starting to gather their forces as they prepare to face the Asura threat. Unlike other books that have a build up, we're off at frenetic speed. Just as you're feeling breathless from all the action, the story slows down as we start to reach the end. This is not to say things get easy for our heroes. Even with the action died down, there is so much tension that I was constantly worrying for the charters and their well being. Turns out I had good cause for that.

I am highly impressed with how well Ashton is able to manage such a large cast of characters. Each one has it's own unique voice and is incredibly well researched. I love all the character interactions as they banter back and forth. It is entertaining and even touching at times. I especially love Mrs. Mirskaya and the Pratha. Zeke and Fi go on nice character arcs, each gaining depth as they learn more about themselves.

Again I listened to the audio book narrated by Nik Magill. Now that I know the trick that his style works better for me at a higher speed I had no issues at all with his narration. Magill does an excellent job at keeping the ever increasing cast of characters distinct. It was always easy to know who was speaking.

This series is just pure fun. I'm greatly looking forward to the final book's release next year. I'm also starting to wish I'd picked up regular (non-audio) copies of these books so I can Google some of the deities I don't know much about.

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Initial thoughts:

Oh Edgar :( What an awesome story. I'm really looking forward to the final book. Full review to come.
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