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.
Seventeen-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, and 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.
©2016 Dyrk Ashton (P)2016 Dyrk Ashton
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Fi and Zeek are young adults who face the typical obstacles to a budding romance and life in general. Fi is completing an internship at a nursing home while living at home with her stuffed shirt uncle and Zeek is preparing for a conference and working at the same nursing home and madly in love with Fi. Fi is the only person able to take care of the dementia-stricken and invalid Peter. Fi and Zeek stumble through their relationship when suddenly the nursing home is invaded with evil looking creatures who mangle and eat the residents.
Mythological beings on all sides (good and evil) invade the world of Fi and Zeek to the point that nothing surprises them any longer. The question lies in the outcome of the 3rd holocaust, who will win? Good or evil? Regardless, the creatures and beings believed to be mythological are real and at war.
Dyrk Ashton, the author, is an amazing story-teller creating an action-packed adventure by blending mythological creatures and myths into the present world and bringing them to life. One senses the story is not going to be boring even given the slow start. One does not expect, however, to be so totally immersed into the action and story that one is caught off guard momentarily to find oneself so thoroughly engaged.
Ashton builds the action around the development of the characters, in some cases, the character development is done almost instantaneously – such as the first time we meet Clarion. There are several twists and turns, but not so much that one loses interest or connection to the story. The story flows smoothly and each twist is handled with aplomb. This is an epic journey in many ways, one the listener has no choice but to go on once they are snared in the story. Thrilling to the end, one cannot help but wait for the next book to know who wins and who else will meet their mortal demise.
The narrator provided an excellent performance in the narration of the book. Although the book was a total of 15 hours, Nik Magill did not once lose his place or the voice of the characters. His talent helped to draw the reader into the story and captivate them into staying as well as the work of Ashton. His light rhythmic voice made listening to the story pleasant. He never went campy nor did he become shrill as some tend to do during epic length books.
Paternus is a very good book, one I would listen to again without hesitation and would appreciate more the second time around now that I understand how some of the pieces fit together. At first, I admit to being lost because I didn’t realize there were two worlds that were going to be blending together into one. I struggled to see the connections but once things started to fall into place, this book quickly became a favorite of mine.
There were no production or quality issues with this book. Everything was smooth and clear.
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This book is very good. It starts a little slow with the introduction of characters, but once the action starts it's hard to put down. Loved the alternative explanation of the origin of mythological creatures. It sets up the larger story very well and I can't wait for the next book in the series.
Such an amazing concept!! Dyrk Ashotn brought forth a beautiful new outlook on the views of religion, folklore, and mythology! Cannot wait for more!
This is easily one of the best books I read this year, so when I saw that there was an audiobook, I couldn't not immediately drop a credit on it and devour it in a day. It should be said that I very rarely read (or listen) a book more than once. I read this one, and then listened to it *within 2 weeks of each other* it is that good.
This book is full of mythology, from just about every pantheon that has ever existed, and they're all blended and whipped together in a really interesting way... like a big, amazing mythological smoothie. This story is really original and quite engaging. It's an age old story of good vs evil retold in a very unique way. I love Fi and Zeke, and I'm not sure it's possible to not like the Pater.
While I think some of the accents weren't quite what I was expecting them to be, I really liked the narrator, Nik Magill's voice is mesmerizing in a way. You'd think that'd make me sleepy, but no, not at all. The opposite, in fact. The combination of the story and his telling of it kept me awake well past bedtime, and then all through the next day despite a lack of sleep. In a week where I struggled to stay on task with anything at all, including the book before this one, and despite the fact that I very recently read this one and know exactly what happens, I happily listened to this one in more or less one sitting.
"The revelations continued throughout!"
Urban fantasy isn't normally my bag, but this felt more like historical myth and legend manifesting itself, for real, in modern day... everywhere. I expected a US heavy story, but I was wrong. Many wonderful locations, people's and, more importantly, monsters, demons and gods(!) punctuate this epic throughout.
A smashing debut that promises a potential full blown 5* to follow this 4* story and performance. In fact, I'd say 4.5* if I could.
Very real characters meet apparently real mythological beings - the research for which is evident and incredible.
I'll look forward to the sequel.
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