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Today’s Guest review is by David Walters. He will be reviewing the book Paternus by Thanks David, we look forward to more of your reviews!
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Reviewed by David Walters
Paternus is a surprisingly phenomenal debut by up and coming author, Dyrk Ashton. Just about every mythological god, goddess, demon, etc. you grew up hearing or reading about is represented here in full detail. From Norse to Greek Mythology, Christianity to Hinduism, monsters and Gods alike clash around the world, bringing the third holocaust to fruition.
You can tell throughout the novel that Ashton did his homework. The characters and environments are thoroughly fleshed out and detailed. All of the fight scenes feel cinematic on a grand scale, like you are watching a movie rather than reading a novel. Even though so much is introduced to you early on and can be a bit confusing at times, Ashton takes the time to explain each and every side story and brings them all together perfectly.
The only issues with the novel are the cover and the first chapter. Not that they are necessarily bad things, just that they may turn people off from reading this masterpiece. The cover doesn’t represent the depth of information hidden in here and the first chapter makes the book feel like it’s another YA romance novel. But if you can get past those things, which you should, you’ll love this book as much as I did. I also thoroughly enjoyed Nik Magill’s narration. He really brought the characters to life and set a great pace for the novel.
Ashton has spoiled us with just a glimpse of the story as Paternus leaves tons of unanswered questions and more gods and demons to encounter. Looking forward to the sequel or sequels he gifts us in the future.
About the reviewer:
David Walters is an avid reader of just about anything (except romance and James Patterson), among all of his other jobs and hobbies. He currently is a real estate agent in Birmingham, AL and when he isn’t showing houses, his nose is either in a book or leaving oil on his Kindle. He began connecting with authors through Facebook a few years ago and became a semi-professional editor and professional reviewer in the process. If there are any books you are interested in him reading and reviewing, shoot him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The gods and monsters of myth have returned. In a breathtaking story that takes place in a single day, Fi and Zeke are caught up in the final battle of a war that’s been waged since the dawn of time.
Gods, monsters, angels, devils. Call them what you like. They exist. The epic battles between titans, giants, and gods, heaven and hell, the forces of light and darkness. They happened. And the war isn’t over.
17 year old Fi Patterson lives with her stuffy English uncle and has an internship at a local hospital for the aged. She doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life, misses her dead mother, wonders about the father she never knew. One bright spot is caring for Peter, a dementia-ridden old man whose faraway smile can make her whole day. And there’s her conflicted attraction to Zeke — awkward, brilliant, talented — who plays guitar for the old folks. Then a group of very strange and frightening men show up for a “visit”…
Fi and Zeke’s worlds are shattered as their typical everyday concerns are suddenly replaced by the immediate need to stay alive — and they try to come to grips with the unimaginable reality of the Firstborn.
“Keep an open mind. And forget everything you know…”
Paternus has been called “American Gods meets The Lord of the Rings,” and compared to works of Neil Gaiman, Anne Rice, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Jim Butcher, Roger Zelazny, Clive Cussler, Rick Riordan, Grant Morrision, and Alan Moore.
“Wow! Great ideas vividly realised.” M. R. Carey, bestselling author of The Girl with All the Gifts.
“Fast-paced, gloriously intricate.” Kirkus Reviews
“A wonderful book, forged in the deepest recesses of the human imagination.” Michael Easton, critically acclaimed author of The Green Woman (w/ Peter Straub), Credence, and Soul Stealer.
“Fascinating and stylish.” “Utterly unpredictable.” “How the author is going to top it (if he needs to) is beyond me.” Fantasy-Faction
“Spectacularly entertaining.” Laura M. Hughes
“Clever and fast-paced.” “A rollicking adventure.” Graham Austin-King
“Fleet and gripping prose.” Josiah Bancroft
“A wild romp through every religion, myth and culture.” “Paternus brings it on!” Pornokitsch
Dyrk Ashton is a Midwestern boy who spent some time in Hollywood. He teaches film, geeks out on movies and books, and writes about regular folks and their trouble with monsters. His debut novel, the contemporary-urban-fantasy-mythic-fiction novel, Paternus, is available in eBook and print on Amazon, and audiobook on Amazon and Audible.