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War of Gods

(Paternus Trilogy #3)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  577 ratings  ·  147 reviews
War of Gods is the highly anticipated conclusion to the critically acclaimed, award winning epic urban fantasy series, The Paternus Trilogy.

From Africa to Asgard, to an invisible island in the Pacific and the Bone Road of a forgotten world, Fi and Zeke must come to grips with not only their newfound abilities but also who they are – and accept what they are becoming: wield
Kindle Edition, 852 pages
Published June 23rd 2020 by Paternus Books Media
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May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Urban fantasy & mythology readers
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ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Bloody magnificent. Urban fantasy novel just doesn’t get more epic than Paternus: War of Gods.

This has unquestionably become one of my favorite indie books. I’ve read 58 books so far this year, and Paternus: War of Gods is the sixth novel to receive a full 5 out of 5 stars rating from me this year. Evidently, 2020 seems to be the year where urban fantasy nov
Dyrk Ashton
Jan 06, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
Hello everyone! Just so you know, I won't be reviewing my own book in this space, that would be weird, but using it to post updates and announcements now and again.

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 :)

June 23, 2020: It's alive! I can't tell you how excited I am. I'm also incredibly relieved and a little dazed that it's actually happening. Thank you all from t
James Tivendale
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, freecopy
I received an uncorrected proof copy of Paternus: War of Gods in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Dyrk Ashton.

Only a handful of days have passed since the hospital attack in Paternus: Rise of Gods but so much has changed for Fi and Zeke. These seemingly average teenagers have been whisked away from their normal lives to become key players in the looming war of ages. Alongside Peter (also known as Odin and the all-Father), the Prathamaja Nandana, Freyja, Kabir, Ganesh, and many more i
Nicholas Eames
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A perfectly epic ending to a stunningly epic series. I'm in awe, truly, of how Dyrk raised the stakes higher and higher with every book. A huge cast of enigmatic and empathetic characters, every one of which is so incredibly fleshed-out. What a journey.

I audiobooked this series, and I don't regret it!
TS Chan
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A truly stunning and magnificent conclusion to an incredibly unique and fun urban fantasy adventure, Paternus: War of Gods cemented The Paternus Trilogy as one of my all-time favourites.

Wow, what a crazy ride that has been! I've been reading a lot more urban fantasy of late, as I found that this fantasy sub-genre tends to be more fun and easy to read. The Paternus Trilogy certainly satisfied these criteria but it was a whole lot more epic than I would've expected urban fantasy to be. As a matter
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Gods and mythology fans
5-stars all day long!

The cover is great! If you like mass combat and well-researched mythological creatures and Gods set in our world, this is for you!

A battle-filled roller coaster ride of Godly thrills and spills!

There's so much going on it's hard to keep track of it all!

As you can tell; I quite liked this book, LOL! The author has quite an unusual style of delivery that I have come to enjoy over the books of this trilogy. He openly points out that this is an unedited review copy but aside fro
Laura Hughes
One of the most epic, heartbreaking and satisfying conclusions to a fantasy series I've ever had the joy of experiencing.

Basically, if you liked the first two books, you will love this incredible denouement with every square inch of your heart. Even more so than previous books in the Paternus trilogy, War of Gods is packed with awe-inspiring creatures of legend. You can't swing a Cat (or Dog) without hitting some insanely powerful long-lost figure of myth. Gods and monsters from all eras and acr
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I first came across Paternus: Rise of Gods through the SPFBO, and bought it in my Kindle. And, when I got to know that there will be a sequel, I requested Dyrk for an ARC, and he was kind enough to include me in the list. The first book was the standard urban fantasy with a few mythological elements thrown in, the second book broadened the scope and included more of the myths and legends from across the world, and this third and final book has since evolved and grown into a different beast altog ...more
Rob Hayes
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bear with me for a moment, I'm off on a ramble.

When I saw the original cover for the 1st in the Paternus trilogy I thought... not a chance I'm reading that. I read the premise and thought 'Sounds odd. Don't reckon I'll try it.' And to top it off, it's urban fantasy which is really not my thing. Why do I start my review by saying all this? To really press home just how much this series was up against to make me like it. You see, the only reason I gave it a go at all was because I had some dealing
kartik narayanan
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it

Paternus: War of Gods is an appropriately epic conclusion to a series that is already vast in scope.

There are multiple reasons to like this book.

The first is how - like the rest of the series - it manages to bring in most other cultures and their pantheons into the story. The series also makes them into characters that are mostly true to their origin. For example - Ganesh is wise, Indrajit is a master of maya etc. The book also manages to conflate multiple myths into a single narrative with com
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It took me a long time to finish that one, but that was not at all because I wasn't enjoying myself.

I loved this, I've loved this whole series. I think each one is more exciting than the last, and I shall have a longer review up when I get the chance.

If you liked books one and two, you should really, really pick this one up ASAP!
Clayton Snyder
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, here we are. Ashton has managed some impressive feats with this series. From a somewhat rocky start to an incredible finish, I've had the pleasure of watching his storytelling prowess grow, and he's stuck the landing.

War of Gods would not be out of place as an epic adventure movie. Combining the best aspects of Infinity War, The Battle of Helm's Deep, and gods only know what other research went into this book, it hits like a blockbuster, and never relents until the very end. It's impressiv
Vignesh Kumar
Oh. My. GODS!!! This is absolutely phenomenal!!!

It's automatically going to my this year's favorites and my all-time favorites shelf. It's that bloody good!! I mean, WOW. I just loved this book so very much! Talk about the finale of the trilogy!

I was pleasantly surprised by the author on his knowledge about mythologies. He should be applauded for the effort it took him to finish this series! I mean, come on! You'll have to read this series to know what I am saying. I just loved the take on In
Cameron Johnston
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dyrk Ashton has nailed the third and final book in his Paternus trilogy. It's powerful stuff that's left me dazed and wondering how in the holy hells I can write a review to do it justice. Here is a book and series that deserves to be called EPIC fantasy. He's managed to pull together so many legendary characters and make it a satisfying story where everybody gets their chance to shine instead of sitting in the background.

There is more gods and mythology in this book than in anything I have ever
Shell S.
If you seek a read so epic it's hard to discuss without saying "mind blown" unironically, or recalling the bombastic fantasy album art of heavy metal artists like Dio and Judas Priest, look no further!

This final volume wraps up Dyrk Ashton's Paternus series in phenomenal fashion by pitting the mightiest benevolent gods and monsters and legends (the Deva) against their wicked counterparts (the Asura) in a grand battle royale to decide the future of all life on Earth AND its incarnations in the m
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing

When I first decided to read book 1 in this series, I posted in a Facebook group that I was going to stat it.

I knew the author was also a member of the group and he kindly sent me a dental health warning about it may rot my teeth if I read it. So I lol, and posted a gif of a set of chattering false teeth saying I have these available so I wasn’t worried. 😁😁😁😁

This is a wonderful book to read, complete which drama, comedy, romance, horror, humour,and a war story of all war stories.

Pacing is fa
Adah Udechukwu
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
War of Gods is a great end to the Paternus series. The novel is awesome. The war at the end was totally worth it. It was a 5 star battle. The flaw of the novel is that is long. I thought its length will be similar to Book 1 and Book 2 but i was so, so wrong.
Overall the novel is good.
Hiu Gregg
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Always a sad feeling when you finish a series you really enjoy. I'm sad to see the back of this one, but really enjoyed the journey.

Full review to come!
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
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Oh Paternus. It is and will continue to be one of those books that just tickles every single bit of the myth nerd in me. This one was absolutely no exception. This is the longest in the Paternus trilogy, by a not-small amount. The audiobook is broken into three parts. It is 28 hours long. And yet, it very much was the type of audiobook that I turned on, and just listened to for hours at a time. Entire workdays flew by. It’s one of those.

This is the c
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020, audio
I described book 1 as "Take every myth ever, put them in a high speed blender, pick up where their eon spanning war most recently left off and drop it all on top of two unsuspecting college kids volunteering at a nursing home" and book 2 as "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 didn't think it was possible and I have no idea how he did it. Dyrk Ashton pulled out all th ...more
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marvel: “‘Avengers Endgame’ is the most ambitious crossover event in history.”

Dyrk Ashton: “Hold my Mjölnir.”

Binge-reading The Paternus Trilogy in less than a week has solidified it among my favorite fantasy trilogies of all time.

While the genre continues to throw out the stale “Teenage Assassin Eventually Learns That They are Also The Chosen One”, The Paternus Trilogy takes an “old” idea (I mean, literally old - we are talking about a metric ton of different cross-culture mythologies here), and
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Knocked the finale of this epic trilogy straight out of the park. Such a great cast of characters with a plot that keeps you on your toes. Favourite books of the year easily.
Lee Conley
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A review of
War of Gods
By Dyrk Ashton

The hugely anticipated War of Gods, the third and final book in Ashton’s Paternus series, was a book I have been eagerly awaiting since he announced its completion. This series is now easily one of my favourite examples of urban fantasy, and its conclusion is rather breath-taking.

The plethora of fantastic mythical creatures is one thing that has impressed me with the Paternus book’s and no less in War of Gods. He seems to have used every mythical creature and
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My overall score for the trilogy is 9/10*

The story, action and imagination just makes this a surpassingly excellent read.

Do you like epic battles and gods? Do you like a damn enjoyable story?

Buy this series.

In over 30 years of reading fantasy, I have never found any author that wields mythology so uniquely and enjoyably as Dyrk Ashton, he isn't happy with just the usual suspects, he casts a wide net.

I actually found the writing style to be done in a way that I honestly don't like, and I suspect
The Nerd Book Review
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alright so if you’ve made it to book 3 then you clearly enjoy Dyrk’s books. If you are here then you’ll love book 3 as well. It’s epic in scope and as full of action and info dumps as the first two books. If you’ve made it here and enjoyed the first two books then the term “Info dump” isn’t a perjorative here, it’s a perk. It took me way longer to read this novel just like the first two because of how often I heard a name or a piece of lore and ended up spending the rest of the night researching ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Paternus was a superb end to a great series. Even though there was a large cast of characters in this book I found the humanization of each of them excellently done. I often found myself thinking about how the personalities of each (demi)god contributed to the story at large, and the ending weaved all plotlines together in a very satisfying manner.

Highly recommend this entire series especially for those of you with interest in mythology and urban fantasy.
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While the first two books in this trilogy were enjoyable, fun reads, the final book in the Paternus trilogy is a master class in story telling.

The story is dialed up to a 100 in this entry and it does not disappoint. The last 40% of the book is the final battle of the Deva and Asura and it was everything I imagined and more. Ashton has really improved from writing battle scenes in my view. The battle was brutal, surprising, and even heart breaking. Speaking of writing, Ashton has perfected his
"Highh Fantasy" Sean

Anyone remember Stefan on SNL’s weekend update? Played by Bill Hader? That’s who I feel like pitching this series to my friends. Paternus has everything. Vampires, zombies, Titans, biblical figures, 3 devils, prophecy, elemental magic, deities from every nook and cranny of the world, secret islands, 300 page long battles, schizophrenia, ogres, The Prathamaja Nandana. What’s that? That’s when you have to read the book and find out!

War of Gods is one of the best final books, scratch that, one o
Jeff Bryant
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’ve just finished Dyrk’s second book Wrath of Gods and are starting right into this one, don’t bother combing your hair because he puts you right back on the roller coaster without time to catch your breath.
In a triumphant and worthy conclusion to the Paternus trilogy, War of Gods is 700 pages that moves like lightning and is just as spectacular. As the conflict between the Deva and the Asura comes to a climax, Fiona and Zeke continue to learn more about their special places in the multi
Paul Baumeister
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good end to a series that defines “epic”

Third in the Paternus series, War of the Gods is exactly what the title implies. The last third (at least) of the book is a war of the gods. Like... all of them. As might be thought, that means that there is a LOT going on, and there are a LOT of characters to keep track of. If you can swing all of the information Dyrk Ashton is dishing out (seriously, I don’t know he kept all of it straight), this whole series is well worth the time...
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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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