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Paternus: Rise of Gods (The Paternus Trilogy Book 1) by [Dyrk Ashton]

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Editorial Reviews


Best Mythology/Folklore Book of 2016 (Reality Bites Magazine)

Best Debut Novel Finalist (Reddit Fantasy Best of 2016)

Top 10 Debut Novels of 2016 (Fantasy Book Critic)

Finalist (Mark Lawrence's #SPFBO 2016)

Amazon #1 Bestseller (U.S., U.K. & Canada)

On one thing readers agree,
"Paternus stands out from the crowd" (Bookworm Blues). Josiah Bancroft, acclaimed author of Senlin Ascends, says, "There's just something wondrous and wide-eyed about Ashton's flouting of convention and genre ... The result is almost giddy." Author Steven Kelliher says Paternus is one of the most singularly inventive, creative and exciting works of fiction I have had the pleasure of reading." According to blogger Phil Charles R, it has "some of the brilliance of Gaiman's American Gods, detail of Tolkien's Silmarillion, and plenty of identity all its own."

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"A crazier, raunchier
American Gods with a healthy dash of Michael Crichton-like rollercoaster pacing and action." -K. S. Villoso, author of The Wolf of Oren-Yaro

"Completely unique. A dark urban fantasy gem."
-Fantasy Book Review

"An insane, action packed ride. Incredibly vivid and filled with delicious detail. I couldn't stop reading."
-A. C. Cobble, author of Benjamin Ashwood

"Utterly unpredictable. Fascinating and stylish."

"I have never read a book quite like this. All the adventure and action one can hope for."
-Seraphim Book Reviews

American Gods meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the best possible way!" -Jonathan French, author of The Grey Bastards

"Storytelling at it's best. A must read if you love myths, legends, lore and excitement."
-Fairy Tale Access

"Cinematic on a grand scale. A surprisingly phenomenal debut."
-David Walters (on MightyThorsJRS)

"So gripping that I couldn't stop reading. Dyrk is the king of action. His fight sequences reminded me of movie frames. I loved it."
-A Bohemian Mind at Work

"Fast-paced, gloriously intricate."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Spectacularly entertaining."
-Laura M. Hughes, author of Danse Macabre

"A must read for lovers of myth and UF!"
-Paige Christie, author of Draigon Weather

"Terrifying characters and true heroes, sacrifice, defeat and victory. And the pace never lets up."
-G. R. Matthews, author of Silent City

"Bloody, no holds barred, awesome!"
-Book Frivolity

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01CXPD8T4
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Paternus Books Media; 1st edition (May 1, 2016)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 1, 2016
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2929 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 504 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 099717370X
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 595 ratings

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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, Howard, Fleming, Lovecraft, Tolkien, Zelazny, and generally ignoring school -- though he somehow managed excellent grades (except in Algebra, of course).

Dyrk earned a BFA and masters degrees in filmmaking at The Ohio State University, which lead to working in film production in Columbus, OH, where he crawled his way up from production assistant to grip then production manager and producer for commercials, industrial films and low budget features. He then headed west to Los Angeles where he wrote and pitched scripts but fed and clothed himself as a "jack-of-all-trades": editor, assistant editor, location sound recordist, cinematographer, assistant director, production manager, producer, you name it.

Mostly, however, he made his living as a SAG/AFTRA actor, appearing in nothing you've ever seen. And if you have seen it, he was probably in it so briefly you missed him. It can be done, acting professionally, even if you have no talent but are good at auditioning and have a look that very few actors and no regular folks can pull off. He didn't earn a lot of money and whatever he did make is long gone (L.A. is expensive), but he did get to travel quite a bit, including an eight week stint in Kandy, Sri Lanka (and it was awesome).

After nearly six years of scraping by in L.A., he realized he probably wouldn't, in all actuality, die if he never got to make a big Hollywood film, so he moved back to the Midwest and went to Bowling Green State University for a PhD in Film Studies. He wrote a dissertation on The Lord of the Rings movies. And they gave him a diploma. Shocking. Then he got hired as a professor. Even more shocking. Apparently PhDs are tossed out like parade candy these days and just about anyone is allowed to warp the minds of our precious youth.

He spent four years in a tenure track position then began teaching entirely online and found he actually had time to read books again -- fiction, sci-fi, fantasy -- not just academic journals and textbooks. Then he realized he actually had time to write. And so he did, bringing to bear his lifelong fascination with mythology and storytelling and gathering together (some clearly ridiculous) ideas he'd had for years.

The result is Paternus, the first in a trilogy of contemporary urban fantasy adventures for grown ups. Writing novels is something he'd always wanted to do but never had the time, gumption, or the maturity, more likely, to actually do. He's found he loves the writing process, actually needs it, and will continue to write even if nobody buys the stuff.

Still, he's been heard to paraphrase the immortal line of Billy Mack (played by the ever fantastic Bill Nighy), from Love Actually: "If you believe in Father Christmas, children, like your Uncle Dyrky does, buy my festering turd of a novel."

And yes, Dyrk Ashton is his real name. He's been told many times it sounds like the screen name of a Soap actor or porn star. Cool. Truth is, his father is of (mixed) English decent, and his mother (mixed) Scottish, (a Campbell, no less, though her father always emphasized that they were highland Campbells, not lowland. The highland Scots fought against the English, the lowlands sided with them, you see). Anyway, Dyrk's mom liked the way the name looked when spelled with a "y" instead of the more common "i". So there.

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