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

"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 crazier, raunchier American Gods with a healthy dash of Michael Crichton-like rollercoaster pacing and action." -K. S. Villoso, author of Jaeth's Eye

"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

About the Author

Dyrk Ashton was born in Athens (Ohio, not Greece), on a chilly Halloween morning. He whiled away his adolescent years and teens 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). He earned a BFA and masters degrees in filmmaking at The Ohio State University, which lead to working in film production in Columbus, OH. He then headed to Los Angeles where he wrote and pitched scripts but fed and clothed himself as a "jack-of-all-trades” in film production. 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. After nearly six years 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 Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movies. And they gave him a diploma. Shocking. After four years in a tenure track position he 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 mythic fantasy adventures for grown ups. And yes, Dyrk Ashton is his real name. His father is of (mixed) English decent, and his mother (mixed) Scottish, (a Campbell, no less, though her father always emphasized 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”. Dyrk currently resides in NW Ohio, where he geeks out on movies and books, and writes about regular folks and their trouble with gods and monsters.

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  • File Size: 3836 KB
  • Print Length: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Paternus Books Media; 1 edition (May 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01CXPD8T4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,679 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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