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Dyrk Ashton

Autor(a) de Paternus: Rise of Gods

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Obras por Dyrk Ashton

Paternus: Rise of Gods (2016) 127 exemplares
Paternus: Wrath of Gods (2018) 37 exemplares
Paternus: War of Gods (2020) 29 exemplares
Berserker 1 exemplar
Deluge 1 exemplar
Paternus: War of the Gods (2021) 1 exemplar
Rise of Gods 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Art of War: Anthology for Charity (2018) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology (2018) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares

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What can I say? This book exceeded ALL my expectations. I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review and this one kept me up way past my bedtime trying to get thru just one more chapter.
I re-read the series from the beginning and will come back to it again and again. It was just such. a. good. story.
Mr Ashton did a masterful job interweaving mythologies from multiple cultures into the story along with a enough magic (and science) to satisfy me. I cannot wait to get the finished book and will definitely buy the audio as well. Run, don't walk when this one is released.… (mais)
 
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jazzbird61 | 2 outras críticas | Feb 29, 2024 |
This has been a really difficult book to read & review for me. I think for huge starters, because like many people, I think Dyrk is a wonderful person even though I have never met him in person and he's very well respected among the indie fantasy community. That makes it a whole lot harder to write an unbiased review.

Placing that aside, I have been really, really busy in my personal life lately, doing stuff totally unrelated to my reading hobby, and that partially explains why it took me almost 2 months to finally complete it. I was even getting close to DNRing it in part because the really long time lapses combined with the insanely slow start made it hard for me to get into the book.

This book takes a *really* long time to set things in motion. It's one of those stories that has a very long cast of all mighty characters in 5 whopping initially separate storylines. They eventually sort of come together at the end, but if you are half as impatient as I am, the first 50% of the book is really hard to get into. Even more so when you only get the chance to read 5-10 pages in small dosages.

Fi is the female protagonist and she's living with her very proper and British uncle named Edgar in Toledo, Ohio her whole life. She suffered from seizures growing up for unexplained reasons and thought she had finally recovered from them until... she suffers one during a very bad date with the hunky guitarist/mythology aficionado good guy Zeke. Long story short, she runs back home, cries herself to sleep, and hopes she could never see the poor and very confused sap forever. But, well, he volunteers at the nursing home she intern in, so that plan will fail.

She takes cares of a guy named Peter who lost his entire memory and nobody really has any idea who he is, just that someone dumped him in the doorstep one day with an ID tag with the name "Peter" on it. She treats him very well, and it seems like he perks up over time.

Just that, things don't seem all that ordinary after all. Peter is not just some ordinary guy, he's very, very important, and a huge horde of the fabled gods of myth either want to kidnap him, or protect him, and Fi and Zeke seem to be in the middle of an upcoming war that might destroy the world.

I can't really say much else about the plot without spoiling anything, but I will say that Peter... uhh... um... I'd rather not say more about this aspect of the plot, and his breath smells like the person's favorite odor. I guess if I met him, I'd be aroused by a fresh car smell, haha.

I enjoy hearing the multiple world myths used in the story, as someone who grew up in a non-English speaking country, it does feel nice to see Aztec gods to be mentioned in the story. Quetzalcoatl is a bad guy/feathery serpent, and one key character is Coatlicue, a statue according the urban myths to have been considered so visually unappealing to the Spanish conquistadores, they preferred to bury it underground after Tenochtitlán fell and eventually unearthed in one of the first sections of Chapultepec parks and currently exhibited in the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. I do think the book stretches the southern limits of Mesoamerica a little bit all the way to Peru. Its sort of accepted that Mesoamerica officially ends between northern El Salvador and Honduras, although I guess the book is correct in that given the Maya and Inca did trade with each other, that South America could be included.

If there are things that make this book a bit hard to read (I quickly got used to the odd choice of the book being in present tense), it’s the fact that it spends too much of the start of the story presenting the different warring factions, and most of the characters are from more obscure mythology. The book would have been a whole lot more fun to get into if it included an appendix of the main story and physical drawings of each god. It tends to take away from the immersion factor when every 20 pages you have to look up on wikipedia what a specific slavic and hindu god is. Lots of the deities in the story come from Irish myth which is something I am not familiar with.

All in all, if the book had included a character appendix (trying real hard to avoid spoilers, just explain the original myths from lore), the book would have been close to fabulous. I have a hard time pinpointing between choosing 3 1/2 and 4 stars, so just use your imagination and assume assigning an exact score for this book was real hard for me and go somewhere between those two numbers. Maybe 3.75 to round things up.

The last 20% is the best portion of the book and it made me sufficient curious to read the sequel sometime.
… (mais)
 
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chirikosan | 5 outras críticas | Jul 24, 2023 |
I described book 1 as "Take every myth ever, put them in a high speed blender, pick up where their eon spanning war most recently left off and drop it all on top of two unsuspecting college kids volunteering at a nursing home" and book 2 as "Higher stakes, bigger and bloodier action, and even more mythology packed into a story that I seriously thought already featured just about every world myth ever." I didn't think it was possible and I have no idea how he did it. Dyrk Ashton pulled out all the stops, cranking up the dial on everything I loved about the two installments by adding even more myths, raising the stakes yet again and packing an emotional punch in the best way possible. Paternus: War of Gods is insanely epic and a highly satisfying end to the Paternus trilogy.

With a blood-curdling cry, the Deva charge down the slope, and the final battle of the last Great War begins in earnest.

The story picks up where the last book leaves off. There's not much time for Fi, Zeke, Peter and the rest to mourn their losses. The Maha yuga is coming to an end and the Deva must finish their preparations before meeting their enemies in battle, the outcome of which will ripple across multiple worlds.

There are so many things I loved about this book it is making it difficult to write this review. If I go on about everything I enjoyed, we'd be here all day. To keep it simple, let me try a top 5 list:

• Fi and Zeke's training as they discover their own powers and learn how to use them
• Meeting the twins, who are hilarious and bad ass in equal measure
• The Prathamaja Nandana
• Incredible, cinematic battles
• How emotionally invested I became with the characters, both Deva and Asura

The first half of the book, while not lacking in action or drama, is the calm before the storm. Once the battle begins, all hell breaks loose. This is war. No characters are safe and there are plenty of surprises to be had in the chaos of battle. Consider yourself warned.

I finished this series as I began, with the audio book narrated by Nik Magil. Magil picked up the gauntlet thrown down by Ashton and successfully kept the ever expanding cast of character's voices distinct from each other. Job well done.

I'm going to have to give mythology-based fantasy a break for a while as I don't think other books will be able to stand up compared to what Ashton has achieved with War of Gods. For UF fans or anyone who enjoys mythology-based fantasy and also enjoys well written action, you need to give this series a try. For me, the Paternus trilogy has placed Dyrk Ashton as one of my favorite independent authors. I'm looking forward to whatever Ashton writes next.
… (mais)
 
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Narilka | 2 outras críticas | Jan 9, 2021 |
So I finished Paternus Rise of Gods by Dyrk Ashton...

Let me just start with that I did enjoy it, and will continue with the series.

However, I can only give it a strong 6 out of 10 (bloody Goodreads and its deficient 5 star system) Back when I actually did do reviews many moons ago, 10 was a score I almost never gave, it's reserved for the perfect book. :-D

I loved the use of mythology and how Dyrk tied his characters into existing myths/etc.

You expect power from the characters and they do not disappoint!

I never got comfortable with the narrative style of "present tense omniscient".

Things move so fast and in most books I don't mind "fast", but here, due to the large cast of characters and the narrative style, I didn't find myself getting to know any character enough to particularly care about them.

I think my biggest issue was the dialogue. I don't mind crude, rude, vulgar and do forth, but I fear the author simply tried too damn hard to do, well, I'm not sure what his goal was with so much of the early dialogue, but it resulted in the world famous "grab 'em by the pussy" sounding Shakespearean. I guess some of the dialogue was intended to be funny, unfortunately it often seemed forced and unnatural.

Now I have to say Ashton does seem to improve on dialog, both a characters internal and external dialog in the last 1/4 of the book, and I hope it keeps that trajectory for book 2.

Anyways, if you like urban'esque with beings who aren't exactly gods though punny mortals believe they are, and who can pop your skull like a zit, then jump on in. It's fast past, packed with myth and things that go BOOM!

I look forward to book 2!
… (mais)
 
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WDBooks | 5 outras críticas | Nov 13, 2020 |

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