TITLE - Paternus
AUTHOR - Dyrk Ashton
The gods and monsters of myth have returned. In a breathtaking story that takes place in a single day, two ordinary humans 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 claimed to be reminiscent of Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light as well as Clive Barker’s Weaveworld.
Contemporary Fantasy / Mythic-Fiction. New Adult Fiction - as opposed to Teen or YA, though savvy 16 or 17 year olds might survive without permanent damage.
Paternus is an outstanding novel. I was not sure how I would feel about the book at first because it didn’t seem to fit my typical reading genre, but I am super glad that I gave this novel a chance. You really need to give this book a shot and keep an open mind because you will be pleasantly surprised by how much you end up loving this book! All the adventure and action one can hope for tied up in a nice little package with a bow on top.
The plot in this book is imaginative and unique. I can honestly say I have never read a book quite like this one. That is a feat all on its own as many books these days seem to blend together and seem like they are all the same. I loved learning about this new world and the characters involved. This plot hooked me from the beginning and kept me interested throughout the whole story. This was a page turning novel I could not put down!
The characters in this book are wonderful. These two teens are living a normal life with typical teenage concerns and then their worlds are turned upside down. I loved the reactions they had. I don’t think anyone can predict how one might act when they find out the world is not what they thought, but I think this author did an amazing job imagining how two teens might react. Even better, he did a spectacular job in taking his imagination and putting it on paper.
The author has an amazing writing style. I was highly impressed with his ability to transport me into a whole new world. I also loved the action and adventure in this book. It would be an understatement to say this book kept me on my toes. This book kept me not only on my toes, but on the edge of my seat anxiously awaiting the conclusion. It is not often I actually have a book that affects me physically, but this book did this for me. I could feel my heart race and blood pressure go up just by reading each page. This speaks a lot to the way the author is able to write and bring his ideas to life for the readers.
The heat in this book is not like I normally write about. This isn’t a romance focused novel. With that being said, there were some moments between the main characters that still produced that chemistry and longing I look for in romance novels. I really enjoyed the muted heat in this book and felt it made the novel feel more organic. I don’t like when aspects of novels feel forced so by muting this aspect it actually adds to the book.
In conclusion, this was a wonderfully written novel. I loved the high action and adventure feel to the book. Moreover, I loved the author’s writing style. I can honestly say I have never been more impressed with a book. The pure genius behind the plot idea mixed with the author’s ability to bring that idea to life makes this a 5 star book all the way. I cannot wait to recommend this book to my friends and family.
Writing Style: 5/5