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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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8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Myths and legends are real. Part of them anyway. And they are still roaming the world, keeping to themselves, sleeping, helping people or plotting for taking over the world. After the Cataclysm and two wars called Holocausts the world is in peace, until, that is, when the Asura (those children of the Father who choose to do bad deeds, and not exactly fond of humans) decides it’s time to show the Deva (the good kids, who choose to help humans and doesn’t consider them as cockroaches) who is in charge. Deva are attacked all around the world while the Master of Asura focuses on an old man called Peter. He lives in a nearly catatonic state in a hospital. The only one who can have an effect on him is Fi, the 18 year old girl who works there in part-time as an intern. This is where she meets Zeke, mythology enthusiast, guitar player, too-smart-for-his-own-good guy. Together they help Peter to get away from those who chase him. And so they face the craziest 24 hours of their life while unexpected and not so unexpected twists occur.
Rise of Gods builds up slowly, but the second half or so is packed with action to the brim. But then you need a bit of time to get used to the book being written in the third person, present tense and the sudden changes in the POV, which sometimes can be kind of annoying. Because of this and that things happen really fast, and mythical creatures and legends get a rather big role (maybe bigger than they should have at some points) there isn’t enough time and space for character building (I liked how Fi and Zeke adapted to the situation though), so this book is rather action driven. Sometimes this is overwhelming and makes hard to connect to the main characters: Fi, Zeke and Peter. Although their interactions are good and they bring some humor into the bloodbath, which does good to the book. These light moments are refreshing and give a moment of break to get from one scene to the other. Still, my favorite character was Tanuki.
But there are so many things going on that you can find it hard to catch up. Personally, I think if this book were about 50-100 pages shorter and maybe a bit more focused on the characters rather than the myths/Firstborns, it would have been much more a page turner. I’m not saying it’s not as it is, because the second half of the book kept me glued to my kindle.
The writing is smooth otherwise and this book is crammed with mythology, stories, names and legends from all around the world: from Native America through Ancient Europe to Africa and Asia. Good points for Mr Ashton using the less known legends and stories instead of the overused greek and roman gods. Actually, let’s give the man respect for doing such a thorough research to bring together so many cultures.
A big shout out to the narrator, who did a really good job with this one! I'm extremly picky with voices but I loved his, and it was also easy to understand his reading, which is a big bonus in my book being a non-english speaker.
Paternus: Rise of Gods is an exceptional work in its genre. Dyrk Ashton had an ambitious goal when he started to write this book, and for a debut book it did really well. Yeah, it has some flaws and all the side stories can be overwhelming for those who are not familiar with all these myths – which is probably most people. Even I had to google some things and I had some studies regarding religions. And although for some reasons it didn’t work out as well for me, it deserves all the hype and praise it got so far. It’s action packed, funny, bloody, intense and highly entertaining. So, what are you waiting for? Go and get it already before the second book comes out in July!