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War of Gods is the highly anticipated conclusion to the critically acclaimed, award winning epic urban fantasy series, The Paternus Trilogy. From Africa to Asgard, to an invisible island in the Pacific and the Bone Road of a forgotten world, Fi and Zeke must come to grips with not only their newfound abilities but also who they are – and accept what they are becoming: wield War of Gods is the highly anticipated conclusion to the critically acclaimed, award winning epic urban fantasy series, The Paternus Trilogy. From Africa to Asgard, to an invisible island in the Pacific and the Bone Road of a forgotten world, Fi and Zeke must come to grips with not only their newfound abilities but also who they are – and accept what they are becoming: wielders of ancient and dangerous powers, warriors, and maybe even heroes. But the end of worlds is coming, and time is short. Titans will clash. Gods will battle. Monsters will swarm. Can Peter and the Deva possibly defeat their age-old enemy in the face of overwhelming odds against them? There’s only one way to find out. CRY HAVOC, AND LET SLIP THE GODS OF WAR.


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War of Gods is the highly anticipated conclusion to the critically acclaimed, award winning epic urban fantasy series, The Paternus Trilogy. From Africa to Asgard, to an invisible island in the Pacific and the Bone Road of a forgotten world, Fi and Zeke must come to grips with not only their newfound abilities but also who they are – and accept what they are becoming: wield War of Gods is the highly anticipated conclusion to the critically acclaimed, award winning epic urban fantasy series, The Paternus Trilogy. From Africa to Asgard, to an invisible island in the Pacific and the Bone Road of a forgotten world, Fi and Zeke must come to grips with not only their newfound abilities but also who they are – and accept what they are becoming: wielders of ancient and dangerous powers, warriors, and maybe even heroes. But the end of worlds is coming, and time is short. Titans will clash. Gods will battle. Monsters will swarm. Can Peter and the Deva possibly defeat their age-old enemy in the face of overwhelming odds against them? There’s only one way to find out. CRY HAVOC, AND LET SLIP THE GODS OF WAR.

30 review for Paternus: War of Gods

  1. 4 out of 5

    Petrik

    ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Bloody magnificent. Urban fantasy novel just doesn’t get more epic than Paternus: War of Gods. This has unquestionably become one of my favorite indie books. I’ve read 58 books so far this year, and Paternus: War of Gods is the sixth novel to receive a full 5 out of 5 stars rating from me this year. Evidently, 2020 seems to be the year where urban fantasy novels with a contemporary setting continue to surprise me; I thought the probabili ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Bloody magnificent. Urban fantasy novel just doesn’t get more epic than Paternus: War of Gods. This has unquestionably become one of my favorite indie books. I’ve read 58 books so far this year, and Paternus: War of Gods is the sixth novel to receive a full 5 out of 5 stars rating from me this year. Evidently, 2020 seems to be the year where urban fantasy novels with a contemporary setting continue to surprise me; I thought the probability of them working for me was super low, but Ethereal Earth by Josh Erikson, The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, and now this stunning final installment to The Paternus Trilogy proved me incorrect. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed Paternus: Rise of Gods and Paternus: Wrath of Gods, but Ashton triumphed over the previous two books—which were great already!—and completely exceeded my expectations with this one. “Cry havoc, and let slip the gods of war.” Paternus: War of Gods is the final book in The Paternus Trilogy by Dyrk Ashton, and Ashton successfully imbued the word ‘epic’ into his ambitious debut series. Clocking in at 235k words and 746 pages long, Paternus: War of Gods revolves around the preparation and the climactic Maha yuga (the final war between all Deva and Asura to decide the fate of the world) itself. It pleased me to find that there was still plenty of content regarding the world-building and revelations surrounding the characters before all hell breaks loose. Essentially, the first 60% of this book—despite some battles happing here and there—was about gathering armies and both sides preparing themselves for the upcoming Maha yuga to come; I truly appreciated this section. It’s been two years since I finished reading Paternus: Wrath of Gods, the recaps of the entire series and the list of characters at the front pages of this novel, plus this “calm before the storm” first half, allowed me to reacquaint myself with the conflicts and characters of the series. “We never know what life will bring. What course our lives might have taken if we’d made different decisions, from the smallest to the largest. If I had stayed, any number of things would have been different. Better or worse, we'll never know.” It has been a joy for me to witness Ashton’s rapid improvement as a storyteller. I’ve mentioned it before, I wasn’t a fan of the first half of Paternus: Rise of Gods, but Ashton has repeatedly demonstrated throughout the series that he’s an author that gets better with each installment. Zeke, Fi, Peter, all the Deva, and even the Asura have become characters that I’m very invested in. I felt that the first half of this novel was used effectively to maximize the development and personalizations of all the characters. The Twins, in particular, was a delightful riot; their well-written banter with every other character in this book was constantly entertaining. One out of many examples being: “This is called a gladius, right?” “It is,” says Kabir. Cain looks askance at how Zeke holds it and waves it around. “In your hand, however, it’s more of a sadius." I won’t apologize for that; I love good puns, and that one was brilliant. Also, the training montages were compelling; Zeke and Fi learning to harness their respective power were something I enjoyed, and the pacing of the story was splendidly executed. Every character was given distinctive voices to their narration; as I mentioned earlier, this doesn’t apply exclusively to the protagonists. One of the aspects of this book that astonished me was Ashton’s characterizations of Baphomet and the Asura; they amazed me even further than I already am. But get this, the characterizations and their interactions weren’t the only ones that received better treatments. Ashton’s excellent blend of mythologies/legends from around the world with his action were enhanced by at least tenfold from the previous installments. “Most modern human beings believe themselves to be true individuals, different unique, better and above all other lifeforms and the earth itself. They have lost connection with what they truly are, and can be… We are not and will never be alone, but exist in symbioses with all that surrounds us.” The main highlight of the novel for me, when it comes down to it, was definitely the jaw-dropping final war of the book and trilogy itself, which ended up filling the entirety of the last 40% of this huge tome. If you don’t like reading long battle scenes that went on for at least 200 pages long, I have bad news for you. There’s no escape; the arrival of the Maha yuga is unstoppable, and it demands every individual to observe this world-changing event. “Shit happens, my boy. There wouldn’t be any good stories if it didn’t.” Fortunately, I am a HUGE fan of well-written action sequences. It’s an all-out war, it’s blisteringly emotional, and it was insanely good. When I look back to the beginning of Paternus: Rise of Gods, there’s no chance of me predicting the scale of the series would ever soar into this level of global cataclysm. We’re speaking about total carnage and pure decimation caused by the clash of gargantuan titans, almighty gods, biblical figures, malicious monsters, and all manner of entities that numbered to hundreds of thousands here; War of Gods is an apt book title. As the Asura strives to void the existence of the world during this Maha yuga, Zeke, Fi, and the Deva face overwhelming odds that requires them to unleash every single inch of their abilities and more. There’s simply no scarcity of explosive powers unleashed in this Ragnarok-scale confrontations; the glinting ancient weapons of destruction rain deaths and carcasses, the vortex of flames brutally scours and incinerates everything in their unforgiving paths. Realistically speaking, some readers will argue that the war was too long, but I personally found it gripping and astonishing to see Ashton coordinate all the terrifically-researched mythologies into this unforgettable war. I don’t want to spoil you here—I’ve said too much anyway—but the bottom line is this: if you love massive battles, mythologies, engaging narrative, and satisfying conclusion, you have to read this book. “This world, your world, is the only one you have, and will ever be. All human possibility, every potential for all things, lies here and here alone, within you all. Prospects for the good, as well as the bad.” Never have I expected something as colossal as Tolkien’s War of Wrath in Silmarillion to ever be reenacted in urban fantasy, but here we are. Paternus: War of Gods is by far the most epic urban fantasy novel I’ve ever read so far. It will probably be a while before anyone—or Ashton himself—top what has been achieved for the sub-genre here. Ashton has wielded everything in his arsenal of storytelling craft to conclude The Paternus Trilogy in an incredibly explosive, memorable, and rewarding manner. I love fantasy, I love mythologies, I love wonderful characterizations, I love epic battles, and I love reading a gratifying conclusion to a series. Paternus: War of Gods has them all. This is urban fantasy at its utter best, do yourself an enormous favor and read it. If you haven’t started this series, let me ask you this: Why not? “The memories of our loved ones cling to us after this life is done, and memories are living things that bring us strength and comfort.” Series Review: Paternus: Rise of Gods = 4/5 stars Paternus: Wrath of Gods = 4.5/5 stars Paternus: War of Gods = 5/5 stars The Paternus Trilogy = 13.5/15 stars P.S: Kudos to John Anthony Di Giovanni for creating another spectacular cover art for this series. Seriously, the entire trilogy has been graced with some of the most gorgeous cover arts—not only in indie publishing—within the entire urban fantasy. Official release date: 23rd June 2020 You can pre-order the book from: Amazon UK | Amazon US The quotes in this review were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication. You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewing! My Patrons: Alfred, Devin, Hamad, Joie, Mike, Miracle, Nicholas.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dyrk Ashton

    Hello everyone! Just so you know, I won't be reviewing my own book in this space, that would be weird, but using it to post updates and announcements now and again. June 23, 2020: It's alive! I can't tell you how excited I am. I'm also incredibly relieved and a little dazed that it's actually happening. Thank you all from the very top and very bottom of my heart :) June 21, 2020: Just two more days, and The Paternus Trilogy will be complete! I also wanted to let all you audiobbookphiles (yes that Hello everyone! Just so you know, I won't be reviewing my own book in this space, that would be weird, but using it to post updates and announcements now and again. June 23, 2020: It's alive! I can't tell you how excited I am. I'm also incredibly relieved and a little dazed that it's actually happening. Thank you all from the very top and very bottom of my heart :) June 21, 2020: Just two more days, and The Paternus Trilogy will be complete! I also wanted to let all you audiobbookphiles (yes that's a real word... maybe) know that production for the audiobook is underway, and Nik Magill is returning as narrator and producer. It could be two or three months before it's live on Audible. Sorry for the wait, but I'll be sure to let you know as soon as it's up. Thank you all! DA April 22, 2020: Hello everyone! I'm very happy to announce that the Kindle edition of War of Gods is now available for preorder on Amazon. As promised, this one is truly epic - or at least epically long compared to the first two books in the trilogy. Book 1 came in at about 135,000 words, and Book 2 was about 156,000. This one is real close to 236,000. I hope you are all doing well during these difficult times. Be safe, and be well. December 28, 2019: Hi everyone! I hope you are all having wonderful holidays. It's with mixed feelings and only after much deliberation that I've decided to push the release of Paternus: War of Gods back by five weeks, from May 19 to June 23. The reason for this change is that the manuscript just isn't ready to submit to beta readers, which is the next major step before some rewriting and delivery to editors and proofers. At more than 50,000 words longer than book two, the sheer magnitude of finishing it and cleaning it up has proven more than I can handle in the time I had allotted. That’s the bad part of the news. The good part is I’ll now have time to make the book what I really want it to be and that I think you, the readers, deserve – and not completely lose my mind in the process :) Thank you for your patience, sorry for any inconvenience, and Happy New Year! June 10, 2019: The full cover reveal for War of Gods is live on Fantasy Book Critic! June 8, 2019: In two days, Monday, June the 10th, Fantasy Book Critic will be revealing the cover for War of Gods! I'm absolutely thrilled with it, and some folks have said it's the best yet. Looking forward to hearing what you all think :) January 6, 2019: Happy New Year! As a progress report on Book 3, War of Gods: I'm actually very happy with how the writing is going so far. The first act is complete (if you've been reading the series, you know each book has three acts), and I'm well over a third of the way finished with the first draft of the manuscript. I'm an obsessive outliner, so I know exactly where the story is going, I just have to keep producing the words to get there. Without being spoilery, a few tidbits from all the insanity that has happened in the book so far: Fi has managed to recruit herself a century of ogres, Zeke has come face-to-face with the Wendigo, and Baphomet has performed a particularly nasty black mass to summon the devil—much to Tanuki's chagrin. There's a whole lot more going on than that, but we're just going to have to wait to find out what it all entails :) The projected release date of late Summer still stands. One foreseeable effect on that would be if I do a Kickstarter to help cover production costs for a number of things, including hardback copies of all three books, and possible limited edition hardback and paperback box sets. More than a few author friends and fans have encouraged me to do this. The only problem is that Kickstarters take quite a bit of time and energy and doing one could push the release back a month or even two. I'd love to hear what you think about that if you care to respond here or send me an email at [email protected] That's all I've got for now. I hope everyone is well as we charge ahead into the new year. May it be your best year ever :) All the best, Dyrk

  3. 4 out of 5

    James Tivendale

    I received an uncorrected proof copy of Paternus: War of Gods in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Dyrk Ashton. Only a handful of days have passed since the hospital attack in Paternus: Rise of Gods but so much has changed for Fi and Zeke. These seemingly average teenagers have been whisked away from their normal lives to become key players in the looming war of ages. Alongside Peter (also known as Odin and the all-Father), the Prathamaja Nandana, Freyja, Kabir, Ganesh, and many more i I received an uncorrected proof copy of Paternus: War of Gods in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Dyrk Ashton. Only a handful of days have passed since the hospital attack in Paternus: Rise of Gods but so much has changed for Fi and Zeke. These seemingly average teenagers have been whisked away from their normal lives to become key players in the looming war of ages. Alongside Peter (also known as Odin and the all-Father), the Prathamaja Nandana, Freyja, Kabir, Ganesh, and many more in an all-star Gods and heroes of mythology line-up, they are making the final arrangements before the epic confrontation with Khagan and Kleron's Asura. "The end of the Maha yuga is coming in only a few weeks, and with it, possibly the end of the world." We join the action as Zeke and Pratha are off to Africa in search of the Twins of legend and Peter asks Fi if she'd like to go visit Yggdrasil, The World Tree. The Asura are also preparing for the final showdown with Khagan having quite a few tricks and surprises hidden up his Firstborn sleeve. Ashton's Paternus trilogy is a masterclass of Urban Fantasy. The scale and scope of the whole Paternus endeavour is phenomenal and War of Gods takes what I thought I knew of epic fantasy and multiplies the stakes, the action, the drama, and emotional wallop by ten. There are almighty showdowns that have been millennia in the making, the all-star line-ups on the side of the Deva and the Asura includes characters that make the majority of superheroes look dang average, and there were scenes that were so emotionally impactful that this humble reviewer was crying his eyes out on a park bench this morning. The final showdown here rivals that of John Gwynne's in A Time of Courage which was, until today, hands down the finest battle I'd ever read about in fantasy fiction. War of Gods is still delivered in Ashton's unique head-hopping third person present tense style, which took a while to get used to in the first book but now paints a crystal clear image of all that is going on in the heads of numerous characters on both sides of the war. Talking about characters, the dramatis personae is huge! The size of the ensemble at least doubles here. That is great though as some of the new additions and players who were minor characters previously have great standout moments and performances. (I want my own personal raven like Munin who can slip and has an adorable tiny sword!) Humour in fantasy is very hit and miss with me but Ashton injects it well when it is needed and it doesn't come across forced or overpowering. The below quote is an example that I think works well at adding a smile and a bit of brightness to the impending doom the story brings. "Fi delivers her own war cry, really just a loud yell, then grins. The theatrics are ridiculous, she knows, but it’s worth the looks on the faces of the soldiers. She knows exactly how they feel. It wasn’t long ago she reacted the same way. And they still haven’t met the ogres, Naga’s children, the habilis, or seen the big scary unicorns." The Paternus Trilogy is exceptional. Each entry gets stronger and as a collective, they have made my top-10 fantasy series of all-time list. The only self-published work that currently sits on that list. The only question is, what comes next for Ashton? How do you top such a phenomenal first trilogy? Like Khagan, I'm sure he's got something up his sleeve.

  4. 4 out of 5

    TS Chan

    A truly stunning and magnificent conclusion to an incredibly unique and fun urban fantasy adventure, Paternus: War of Gods cemented The Paternus Trilogy as one of my all-time favourites. Wow, what a crazy ride that has been! I've been reading a lot more urban fantasy of late, as I found that this fantasy sub-genre tends to be more fun and easy to read. The Paternus Trilogy certainly satisfied these criteria but it was a whole lot more epic than I would've expected urban fantasy to be. As a matter A truly stunning and magnificent conclusion to an incredibly unique and fun urban fantasy adventure, Paternus: War of Gods cemented The Paternus Trilogy as one of my all-time favourites. Wow, what a crazy ride that has been! I've been reading a lot more urban fantasy of late, as I found that this fantasy sub-genre tends to be more fun and easy to read. The Paternus Trilogy certainly satisfied these criteria but it was a whole lot more epic than I would've expected urban fantasy to be. As a matter of fact, the concluding climax in War of Gods (which was almost half the length of the book) was even more epic than some epic/high fantasy series that I've read. Not only does this trilogy have everything a fantasy geek would want, it would also bring unending delight to fans of mythology, as it certainly did for me.  Moreover, I personally think that mythology and fantasy pretty much go hand-in-hand because these are stories that lie within the realm of the fantastical. Every form of mythology relates about gods and creatures with powers that defy what humans define as science, and their ability to influence and bring good or harm to the people under their care. Paternus kept to this basic premise of mythology but yet still managed to somewhat turn them on its head with surprising effect. Ashton melded all the interpretations of mythology and lore told throughout the ages and in different cultures into in a cohesive account of creation and power that doesn't lack conviction at all even though it challenges your prior knowledge of world mythology. The result of that was one tremendously fun and engaging story that allows your mind to fly with the unmitigated imagination that was present within the pages of this incredible trilogy. The visual writing in these books worked really well to conjure all the epic sets into one's mind. The descriptions were effective without being lengthy and the action scenes packed such a powerful punch that it could send you to outer space, or through the fabric of the multiverse, etc etc. Okay, that's just a little clue about the crazy cool concepts that one could find in this non-formulaic urban fantasy that so utterly entertained me for a good part of a fortnight. I was mind-blown by the epicness of the final battle in War of Gods - it was simply phenomenal, and utter mayhem. The sheer scale of the battle was unbelievable. Couple that with the immensely destructive forces of the powers manifest in these mythic beings and artefacts, and the elated fist-pumping moments as well as heartbreaking deaths and sacrifices, and you have one resoundingly satisfying and emotionally powerful conclusion that you'll never forget. Of course, without emotional investment into the characters, the most well-written conflict and battle will not count for much.  That I felt such emotional payoff at the end of the story meant that Ashton did a great job with the characters - and there are so many of them.   Firstly, the characterisation of Fi and Zeke was elevated to a level of awesomeness that I could never have imagined when I first met them in Rise of Gods. The relevations continued to astound me as they went through the most extraordinary growth and development, which I might add was executed most believably. While I liked both of them, my favourite was the most adorable and dorky badass, Zeke. I was also more than adequately invested in so many of the other characters that my heart was in my throat during that epic final battle. Seriously, when I say that the stakes were insanely high during this battle, I still feel that I'm understating the fact. And even through all that, the humour did not diminish although it might let up a bit in the midst of heartfelt and grave moments. Although this was the longest book in the trilogy, it didn't feel as such because it was really well-paced, and I felt heavy-hearted at the notion of leaving this wonderful cast of characters behind when I'm finally done. Fantasy fans, you owe it to yourself to read this insanely imaginative, fantastically fun and enormously epic urban fantasy trilogy. I've mentioned about how the initial quarter of the first book felt a bit rough, and I'm so darn glad that I pushed through. The Paternus Trilogy is a powerhouse urban fantasy that explored the very edge of possibility of what this subgenre could offer, and it was glorious. Highly, highly recommended. You can purchase a copy from: Amazon UK | Amazon US You can find this and my other reviews at Novel Notions.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    5-stars all day long! The cover is great! If you like mass combat and well-researched mythological creatures and Gods set in our world, this is for you! A battle-filled roller coaster ride of Godly thrills and spills! There's so much going on it's hard to keep track of it all! As you can tell; I quite liked this book, LOL! The author has quite an unusual style of delivery that I have come to enjoy over the books of this trilogy. He openly points out that this is an unedited review copy but aside fro 5-stars all day long! The cover is great! If you like mass combat and well-researched mythological creatures and Gods set in our world, this is for you! A battle-filled roller coaster ride of Godly thrills and spills! There's so much going on it's hard to keep track of it all! As you can tell; I quite liked this book, LOL! The author has quite an unusual style of delivery that I have come to enjoy over the books of this trilogy. He openly points out that this is an unedited review copy but aside from some amusing typos I didn't spot much that needed doing to this. It starts off with a recap of the first two books, which was very helpful as there was quite a gap for me between reading them. I won't say more as I know some of you are reading Paternus Rise of Gods now, and would not wish to spoil it for you. I'll just say that book 1 sets the scene and after that, it goes from strength to strength. I didn't think it could be built up with much more background knowledge on mythology but I was wrong. The amount of research that must have gone into this trilogy is mindboggling! There is a section that I found a little hard to read where there is torture-murder-and-satanic summoning. Just as a warning that some of you might find that upsetting. At around the 42% mark Leshy "The old man of the sea" arrives. And... As you might expect from Mr Ashton, he is described as a "Giant sloth-like creature" of legend. At 42% the twins refer to the lord of snakes as 'Slinky' which I found rather amusing. At 52% the Gods are smoking dope and getting stoned! 70-71% The use of going back and forth in time isn't my favourite plot device but it is done very well here, tying things together nicely. There are a great many battles in this book. How the author keeps track of all the characters and achieves such cohesion pays tribute to his skill and knowledge. I'd love to see these books get recognition in the form of films. I think that they would work very well as Manga, or perhaps as a new Studio Ghibli project? So, if you enjoy mythology and like the idea of reading about images like this: I think you owe it to yourselves to give Dyrk Ashton's books a chance. This book doesn't release until June 23rd when I will add a somewhat shorter review on Amazon.co.uk and I would like to wish Dyrk Ashton all the best for publication day. Thanks for reading.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura Hughes

    One of the most epic, heartbreaking and satisfying conclusions to a fantasy series I've ever had the joy of experiencing. Basically, if you liked the first two books, you will love this incredible denouement with every square inch of your heart. Even more so than previous books in the Paternus trilogy, War of Gods is packed with awe-inspiring creatures of legend. You can't swing a Cat (or Dog) without hitting some insanely powerful long-lost figure of myth. Gods and monsters from all eras and acr One of the most epic, heartbreaking and satisfying conclusions to a fantasy series I've ever had the joy of experiencing. Basically, if you liked the first two books, you will love this incredible denouement with every square inch of your heart. Even more so than previous books in the Paternus trilogy, War of Gods is packed with awe-inspiring creatures of legend. You can't swing a Cat (or Dog) without hitting some insanely powerful long-lost figure of myth. Gods and monsters from all eras and across all continents finally unite to stand shoulder to shoulder -- and go toe-to-toe with their terrifying counterparts in the fiercest and most epic battle since Ragnarok. Rarely do I encounter stories that provoke an extreme enough emotional reaction to give me goosebumps, or make me cry or laugh out loud. This book did all of these and more. It's also a ton of fun from start to finish, just like its predecessors. This trilogy has everything I look for in a fantasy series: compelling characters, ever-escalating stakes, edge-of-your-seat action, and even the occasional bad pun. It's also impeccably researched and engagingly written, and manages to convey an incredible number of complex character relationships in ways that make the reader care deeply about the fate of every single one. (Hence the whole 'making me cry' thing, damn it.) Tl;dr, read this book right now. It's simply phenomenal.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rob Hayes

    Bear with me for a moment, I'm off on a ramble. When I saw the original cover for the 1st in the Paternus trilogy I thought... not a chance I'm reading that. I read the premise and thought 'Sounds odd. Don't reckon I'll try it.' And to top it off, it's urban fantasy which is really not my thing. Why do I start my review by saying all this? To really press home just how much this series was up against to make me like it. You see, the only reason I gave it a go at all was because I had some dealing Bear with me for a moment, I'm off on a ramble. When I saw the original cover for the 1st in the Paternus trilogy I thought... not a chance I'm reading that. I read the premise and thought 'Sounds odd. Don't reckon I'll try it.' And to top it off, it's urban fantasy which is really not my thing. Why do I start my review by saying all this? To really press home just how much this series was up against to make me like it. You see, the only reason I gave it a go at all was because I had some dealings with Dyrk online and a couple of years back we met at a con and he gave me a signed copy. So I gave his book a go... and I am so glad that I did! The Paternus trilogy is one of the most unique, spectacular, and jaw dropping fantasy series I have ever read. I could expound upon all the virtues of the whole series, about how it breaks all the rules and somehow manages to work, about how it ties mythologies from all over the world and across time together in a mind boggling network, about how it retains an emotional core throughout that makes you really care for the characters, even when they're ancient beyond understanding. But I've kinda already been through that in reviews of books 1 & 2, so instead I want to gush about how explosive this final entry is. About 60% of this book is finale. You know that bit in a film where all the good and bad guys clash in a series of spectacular conflicts. Well it starts at about 40% and doesn't stop until the final couple of pages. It sets a new bar for EPIC conclusion. And I have to mention the tingles! You know those sorts of tingles you get across your skin when Thor slams into the ground wreathed in lightning and shouts "Bring me Thanos!"... Well this book gave me those tingles... again and again and again. There are that many epic moments. I guess what I'm trying to get at is this book ends the trilogy in the most bombastic way possible. It delivers on everything books 1 & 2 have been building towards. It is equal parts jaw dropping and heart wrenching, and it nails the landing in a glorious outpouring of scintillating action, touching moments, and a whole spew of tropey goodness. I've probably gushed enough. 5 stars. This series was up against it for me from the start, but I was wrong to have ever doubted it and Dyrk.

  8. 4 out of 5

    kartik narayanan

    Paternus: War of Gods is an appropriately epic conclusion to a series that is already vast in scope. There are multiple reasons to like this book. The first is how - like the rest of the series - it manages to bring in most other cultures and their pantheons into the story. The series also makes them into characters that are mostly true to their origin. For example - Ganesh is wise, Indrajit is a master of maya etc. The book also manages to conflate multiple myths into a single narrative with com Paternus: War of Gods is an appropriately epic conclusion to a series that is already vast in scope. There are multiple reasons to like this book. The first is how - like the rest of the series - it manages to bring in most other cultures and their pantheons into the story. The series also makes them into characters that are mostly true to their origin. For example - Ganesh is wise, Indrajit is a master of maya etc. The book also manages to conflate multiple myths into a single narrative with common origins. So, from a story perspective, these myths and deities generally present a coherent structure that makes sense in that Universe. Read the full review on my site Digital Amrit

  9. 4 out of 5

    THE BIBLIOPHILE (Rituranjan)

    I first came across Paternus: Rise of Gods through the SPFBO, and bought it in my Kindle. And, when I got to know that there will be a sequel, I requested Dyrk for an ARC, and he was kind enough to include me in the list. The first book was the standard urban fantasy with a few mythological elements thrown in, the second book broadened the scope and included more of the myths and legends from across the world, and this third and final book has since evolved and grown into a different beast altog I first came across Paternus: Rise of Gods through the SPFBO, and bought it in my Kindle. And, when I got to know that there will be a sequel, I requested Dyrk for an ARC, and he was kind enough to include me in the list. The first book was the standard urban fantasy with a few mythological elements thrown in, the second book broadened the scope and included more of the myths and legends from across the world, and this third and final book has since evolved and grown into a different beast altogether. It has now become what I would call as epic mythological fantasy, one of the best books in the genre to come out after Gaiman's American Gods, but, more entertaining and action-packed than the master. This is the final book, and as the title suggests, it is the tale of the preparation for the imminent war that is to come. Dyrk takes us on a journey from the wildness of Africa to a mythical island in the Indian subcontinent, to the realm of Asgard. Dyrk writes with a powerful imagination, and his words brought Asgard alive in my mind. I could envision every nook and cranny of that world. And, the description/characterization of Ygdrassil, my god, it was FANTASTIC. I've never seen the world-tree portrayed like this ever, it's wonderful and jaw-dropping, the immensity, the magnificence comes alive in the pages. Although this book takes the readers through the preparations for the war and the end of an age, there's ample action in between before the great apocalyptic war begins. I love how Dyrk has Incorporated Hindu mythology into his grand tale, and it corresponds to my own view of the myths and beliefs as a Hindu. Dyrk also explains the magic and the divine weapons, and this is the best I've seen in any fantasy, because, he includes science and though it seems esoteric, it appears to be completely plausible. I loved the portrayal of Hanuman, that was quite clever I must say. What is best about Dyrk's books is that, he subverts the familar stories and twists them into something new, makes them powerful and yet also humane in some aspects. The characterisation was again well-done. Zeke and Fiona have grown a lot throughout the trilogy. Here we see them honing their powers and capabilities, and also conflicted about their own role in the world. Zeke deals with his split personality and his terrifying powers as an elemental, and Fiona trains as a Valkyrie. Khagan as the villain was absolutely terrifying, and sort of a cool maniac. He's also one complex asshole, who wants to be better by destroying the world in the process. Baphomet's character was quite intriguing, and I don't know how I feel about him. We also get to know about the origin of Peter, and it was quite an unexpected shocker. I wanted more of the Prathamaja Nanadana, and I would hope that Dyrk writes a standalone novel about her. She's the Kali I've always envisioned as a wrathful yet benevolent goddess. Every character gets equal focus, and it's quite the skill of Dyrk to manage a whole plethora of mythological beings in an awesome manner. The action is cinematic, and the Avengers battle in Endgame pales with the war in this book. It was terrifyingly wonderful to read about. Getting to witness the mythical godly beings/monsters in war was one hell of an experience. There was absolute CARNAGE. The action can be compared to the chaotic and bloody splendour of Malazan by Erickson. It was so well-executed. This is one of the few series which would do well on the silver-screen as well. I hope some big producer picks this up and makes the "real deal." This last book was epic, emotional, and wonderful in its own way. The ending was absolutely justified, and in quite a beautiful way. I can't wait to lay my hands on the paperback/hardback, and hope that Dyrk sells a million copies of this amazing book. (PS - there are a few errors in spelling, for e.g. Gomorrah is Gamora, worn is warn, and hope that those are rectified).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Esme

    It took me a long time to finish that one, but that was not at all because I wasn't enjoying myself. I loved this, I've loved this whole series. I think each one is more exciting than the last, and I shall have a longer review up when I get the chance. If you liked books one and two, you should really, really pick this one up ASAP!

  11. 5 out of 5

    C.W. Snyder

    Well, here we are. Ashton has managed some impressive feats with this series. From a somewhat rocky start to an incredible finish, I've had the pleasure of watching his storytelling prowess grow, and he's stuck the landing. War of Gods would not be out of place as an epic adventure movie. Combining the best aspects of Infinity War, The Battle of Helm's Deep, and gods only know what other research went into this book, it hits like a blockbuster, and never relents until the very end. It's impressiv Well, here we are. Ashton has managed some impressive feats with this series. From a somewhat rocky start to an incredible finish, I've had the pleasure of watching his storytelling prowess grow, and he's stuck the landing. War of Gods would not be out of place as an epic adventure movie. Combining the best aspects of Infinity War, The Battle of Helm's Deep, and gods only know what other research went into this book, it hits like a blockbuster, and never relents until the very end. It's impressive that the author was able to keep a 3-400 page battle from falling into tedium, and not just avoiding simple boredom, but pushing it into the realm of impossible to put down. Not to denigrate the underpinnings that made this a fun ride. From Fiona and Zeke's growth as both warriors and people, to a history and multiverse-spanning pantheon, he's managed to meld the aspects of a thousand disparate faiths into one that makes sense in context of the story. And one last item, not to be neglected: Here the subthreads of love and justice and hope spin together, and we're treated to a spectacle that isn't often seen in storytelling these days: A realist view of hope. I don't regret a moment of this series, and hope you'll pick it up, as well.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cameron Johnston

    Dyrk Ashton has nailed the third and final book in his Paternus trilogy. It's powerful stuff that's left me dazed and wondering how in the holy hells I can write a review to do it justice. Here is a book and series that deserves to be called EPIC fantasy. He's managed to pull together so many legendary characters and make it a satisfying story where everybody gets their chance to shine instead of sitting in the background. There is more gods and mythology in this book than in anything I have ever Dyrk Ashton has nailed the third and final book in his Paternus trilogy. It's powerful stuff that's left me dazed and wondering how in the holy hells I can write a review to do it justice. Here is a book and series that deserves to be called EPIC fantasy. He's managed to pull together so many legendary characters and make it a satisfying story where everybody gets their chance to shine instead of sitting in the background. There is more gods and mythology in this book than in anything I have ever ready that isn't some kind of dictionary. And you know what, it's damn good fun too. I admit I learned a few things along the way, but there is no need to look up every little reference, of which there are many if you want to take a sabbatical to deep-dive Wikipedia. If you haven't already, you should be reading this.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Wow. When I first decided to read book 1 in this series, I posted in a Facebook group that I was going to stat it. I knew the author was also a member of the group and he kindly sent me a dental health warning about it may rot my teeth if I read it. So I lol, and posted a gif of a set of chattering false teeth saying I have these available so I wasn’t worried. 😁😁😁😁 This is a wonderful book to read, complete which drama, comedy, romance, horror, humour,and a war story of all war stories. Pacing is fa Wow. When I first decided to read book 1 in this series, I posted in a Facebook group that I was going to stat it. I knew the author was also a member of the group and he kindly sent me a dental health warning about it may rot my teeth if I read it. So I lol, and posted a gif of a set of chattering false teeth saying I have these available so I wasn’t worried. 😁😁😁😁 This is a wonderful book to read, complete which drama, comedy, romance, horror, humour,and a war story of all war stories. Pacing is fantastic, storyflow excellant , the author has done a great job of merging mythology and fantasy in a modern day setting. Well this is a fantastic series to read, comes highly recommended to all my good read friends.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Adah Udechukwu

    War of Gods is a great end to the Paternus series. The novel is awesome. The war at the end was totally worth it. It was a 5 star battle. The flaw of the novel is that is long. I thought its length will be similar to Book 1 and Book 2 but i was so, so wrong. Overall the novel is good.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hiu Gregg

    Always a sad feeling when you finish a series you really enjoy. I'm sad to see the back of this one, but really enjoyed the journey. Full review to come!

  16. 4 out of 5

    The Nerd Book Review

    Alright so if you’ve made it to book 3 then you clearly enjoy Dyrk’s books. If you are here then you’ll love book 3 as well. It’s epic in scope and as full of action and info dumps as the first two books. If you’ve made it here and enjoyed the first two books then the term “Info dump” isn’t a perjorative here, it’s a perk. It took me way longer to read this novel just like the first two because of how often I heard a name or a piece of lore and ended up spending the rest of the night researching Alright so if you’ve made it to book 3 then you clearly enjoy Dyrk’s books. If you are here then you’ll love book 3 as well. It’s epic in scope and as full of action and info dumps as the first two books. If you’ve made it here and enjoyed the first two books then the term “Info dump” isn’t a perjorative here, it’s a perk. It took me way longer to read this novel just like the first two because of how often I heard a name or a piece of lore and ended up spending the rest of the night researching the history of a character instead of reading the novel. I will admit this at times made it hard for me to stay in that “movie in my mind” but by around page 300 I just decided it was time to stop doing that and really lose myself in the book and before I knew it I was on page 500 and then done. I don’t think I need to add too much more since this is book 3 and you’ve long ago decided you either enjoyed the style or quit in disgust 2 3/4 books ago.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lee Conley

    A review of War of Gods By Dyrk Ashton The hugely anticipated War of Gods, the third and final book in Ashton’s Paternus series, was a book I have been eagerly awaiting since he announced its completion. This series is now easily one of my favourite examples of urban fantasy, and its conclusion is rather breath-taking. The plethora of fantastic mythical creatures is one thing that has impressed me with the Paternus book’s and no less in War of Gods. He seems to have used every mythical creature and A review of War of Gods By Dyrk Ashton The hugely anticipated War of Gods, the third and final book in Ashton’s Paternus series, was a book I have been eagerly awaiting since he announced its completion. This series is now easily one of my favourite examples of urban fantasy, and its conclusion is rather breath-taking. The plethora of fantastic mythical creatures is one thing that has impressed me with the Paternus book’s and no less in War of Gods. He seems to have used every mythical creature and piece of folklore out there, and populated these books with a staggering cast of amazing creature characters. This book joins Fiona, the Deva and the remaining forces of good against the terrible Asura. We get all the answers to all the questions we have been waiting for. We finally discover more on the true nature of Peter, Zeke’s character arc comes full circle as his secrets are unveiled, and wow, his story is so so good. Fiona embraces her heritage and trains to stand shoulder to shoulder with her brothers and sisters in the final battle. All as the Asura, led by the formidable foe that is Iblis Thevetat, unleash a final master plan to destroy humanity and seize all the worlds for themselves in the final stages of the war to end all wars. Like the previous books, there is plenty of humour despite the harrowing and often heart wrenching events that happen in War of Gods. The huge cast of characters are well rendered and I found myself very invested in each and every one of them. I quite enjoyed the theological musings that bind the world together and weave various theologies together into one world. Ashton writes in present tense, which took a little adjusting from the more common past tense most fantasy is written in—I’ve had the same thoughts every time I’ve read a Paternus book—but as usual, I quickly adjusted and became engrossed in the story. Ashton is a bit of a maverick and a rule breaker with his innovative writing style, which I find both refreshing and a little inspiring—he proves if done right rules can be bent, and in this case with excellent results. As mentioned this has been one of my favourite series in recent years, masterfully crafted and insanely epic, I would recommend any fan of fantasy through to urban fantasy gives this a read—you will not regret it. I look forward to seeing what Dyrk does next. Thanks for reading, Lee C. Conley

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Bryant

    If you’ve just finished Dyrk’s second book Wrath of Gods and are starting right into this one, don’t bother combing your hair because he puts you right back on the roller coaster without time to catch your breath. In a triumphant and worthy conclusion to the Paternus trilogy, War of Gods is 700 pages that moves like lightning and is just as spectacular. As the conflict between the Deva and the Asura comes to a climax, Fiona and Zeke continue to learn more about their special places in the multi If you’ve just finished Dyrk’s second book Wrath of Gods and are starting right into this one, don’t bother combing your hair because he puts you right back on the roller coaster without time to catch your breath. In a triumphant and worthy conclusion to the Paternus trilogy, War of Gods is 700 pages that moves like lightning and is just as spectacular. As the conflict between the Deva and the Asura comes to a climax, Fiona and Zeke continue to learn more about their special places in the multiverse of gods and hone their skills to help save humanity. Once again Dyrk presents his unique narrative in the style of a modern day Beowulf or Odyssey, globe and world hopping to weave a remarkable tale of gods with an amazing thread linking the vast pantheons together. The results are heart pounding and the action is non stop, culminating in a final battle that makes Infinitely Wars look like a playground scuffle. A well written prologue features a synopsis of each of the first two books to bring you up to speed. This is perhaps the best recap I have seen in any series and puts you right back into it if it’s been a while since you finished book 2. In short, Dyrk brings a superb story merging with a wonderful group of characters that should not be missed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alec Hutson

    A bombastic and thrilling conclusion to a unique fantasy saga. Very enjoyable!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chip

    Okay, I don't get a ton of joy following a metric ton of characters...usually. In this instance, I really enjoyed it and googled just about every mythic beast/god/creature that came up along the way. The last 50% of this book is one hugely satisfying battle. Dyrk Ashton has a hell of an imagination. Highly recommended!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jesslyn

    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 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dustin

    4.5⭐️ Sensationally epic- the characters leap straight out of legend and shine individually and collectively. A fitting conclusion to an excellent, immersive series. Dyrk Ashton writes these huge, cinematic set pieces as well as anyone. I still remember the Toledo hospital scene from the first Paternus book. It was like watching a movie, it was so vividly rendered. War of Gods has plenty of these types of scenes and also some moving and intimate moments that I enjoyed. I’ll miss characters like Pr 4.5⭐️ Sensationally epic- the characters leap straight out of legend and shine individually and collectively. A fitting conclusion to an excellent, immersive series. Dyrk Ashton writes these huge, cinematic set pieces as well as anyone. I still remember the Toledo hospital scene from the first Paternus book. It was like watching a movie, it was so vividly rendered. War of Gods has plenty of these types of scenes and also some moving and intimate moments that I enjoyed. I’ll miss characters like Pratha, Ganesh, Baphomet, Peter and the rest. The author really has succeeded in bringing myth to life and I’m grateful for the chance to have read this series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Better than the highest, fastest super colossal roller coaster at Cedar Point! This third book in the Paternus series, using ancient gods and goddesses of mythology, is a roller coaster ride of magnificent proportions. Basically, the plot is simple pitting good versus evil. The book is divided into three units, each developed to continue the story of Zeke and Fi, the primary characters around whom many strange events occur. Dyrk Ashton is obsessed with mythological creatures who come to life in h Better than the highest, fastest super colossal roller coaster at Cedar Point! This third book in the Paternus series, using ancient gods and goddesses of mythology, is a roller coaster ride of magnificent proportions. Basically, the plot is simple pitting good versus evil. The book is divided into three units, each developed to continue the story of Zeke and Fi, the primary characters around whom many strange events occur. Dyrk Ashton is obsessed with mythological creatures who come to life in his story devices. Paternus is the father of all living creatures who is discovered in the first book but who takes a backseat to his children in this third book. One of his first born children is his arch enemy who is determined to end the world and worlds to annihilate everything in existence. His other firstborn children who are the good guys in the story are developed in such a way as to oppose and to defeat the evil Khagan. (Satan) You would think that a work based upon myths in an attempt to describe the end of the world would be an easy read. Saying it is a roller coaster ride is an understatement. Ashton uses every known mythological character in this giant read. Oddly enough, his skill is in making them believable, likeable, and recognizable. Before you know it, you find yourself attached to each one of them, even the most hated, cruel, and despicable evil entities. The hellish descriptions of Khagan are reminders of the long term punishments that sinners will suffer if banished to hell. In fact, this fantasy novel uses religious beliefs in many ways but explains them when doing so. Torture does exist in times past and in the present, but his chapters that develop this aspect of life that good is trying to defeat are especially painful and hurtful. The cruelty is difficult to process for empathetic readers. It did make me realize that I focus on Heavenly thoughts more than evil thoughts. I liked realizing that as this book is very thoughtful spiritually. It is a love story with kindness, gentleness, tenderness, and many tear jerking moments. The drama is in the battle scenes where the roller coaster ride takes you into the most thrilling, stupendous, peaks, curves, and drops imaginable. It is nonstop for a dizzying long ride that finally does slow down to a most fulfilling conclusion that can be imagined. I am amazed at the depth of knowledge of the author. He is the real Zeke no doubt in my mind. Another geek! His characterization of Fi, the female heroine, is absolutely incredible. Such a beautiful soul! Highly recommend! This is a masterpiece!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Wickersheim

    I will attempt to write this as Spoiler-Free as possible because I don't want to spoil anyone's reading pleasure -- and that is what this book provides. Reading Pleasure. And excitement. And heart-break. And thrills. And the list could really go on and on. This is a massive book with LOTS of characters and stories and action -- oh my there really is SO much action -- AND since it is the final book in a trilogy, it has an ending which (again, as spoiler-free as possible) is....fitting and satisfy I will attempt to write this as Spoiler-Free as possible because I don't want to spoil anyone's reading pleasure -- and that is what this book provides. Reading Pleasure. And excitement. And heart-break. And thrills. And the list could really go on and on. This is a massive book with LOTS of characters and stories and action -- oh my there really is SO much action -- AND since it is the final book in a trilogy, it has an ending which (again, as spoiler-free as possible) is....fitting and satisfying and extremely well done too. Cinematic in feel, reading this was like watching in my mind's eye all the GOOD parts of so many epic movies mashed together in one place -- Troy, Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans, 300, Gladiator (just to name a few)-- I can't even convey just HOW MUCH material is contained inside this book (let alone how much must be crammed inside the author's head!!). Despite having to work, I stayed up past 1am just to finish this wonderful novel because I had to know how it all ended and the book did not disappoint. If you're a fan of epic novels, mythology, urban fantasy or just well-written and exciting novels, you should definitely give this entire trilogy a very serious look. It is, in a word, magnificent!

  25. 5 out of 5

    William

    Paternus: War of Gods, is a very satisfying, epic conclusion to the Paternus trilogy. This final volume is thought provoking and heart wrenching. Dyrk Ashton does a marvelous job with world building, characterization, and plot. Becoming emotionally attached is paramount for me to become fully engaged. Ashton definitely hits it out of the park in this regard; running the full gamut of my feelings. Hopefully subsequent novels in this same universe are forthcoming. I already miss my newfound friend Paternus: War of Gods, is a very satisfying, epic conclusion to the Paternus trilogy. This final volume is thought provoking and heart wrenching. Dyrk Ashton does a marvelous job with world building, characterization, and plot. Becoming emotionally attached is paramount for me to become fully engaged. Ashton definitely hits it out of the park in this regard; running the full gamut of my feelings. Hopefully subsequent novels in this same universe are forthcoming. I already miss my newfound friends. As expected, being the finale, several battle scenes are present. Since the fabulous dramatis personae is so abundant, these were required so we could witness firsthand everyone’s fate. I appreciated being shown, not told, these critical moments. I cheered, screamed, laughed, and cried. This trilogy will be at the forefront of my mind for quite some time, pondering paralleled real world themes. Highly recommended for everyone seeking an intelligent, emotional, enthralling trilogy from start to finish!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Kelly

    ⚡ ⚡ ⚡ ⚡ ⚡ ⚡ 5 🌟 The finale of the Paternus series, War of God's lives up to the hype and then some. Dyrk had so many balls in the air at points I began to forget about some of them so they were exciting little "oh yeah, how'd I forget about them" moments in an already exciting read. At this point in the series, you are expecting the characters which shocked you in the first two books, but that doesn't stop him throwing surprises at you, and doesn't take away but adds to it as you become invested i ⚡ ⚡ ⚡ ⚡ ⚡ ⚡ 5 🌟 The finale of the Paternus series, War of God's lives up to the hype and then some. Dyrk had so many balls in the air at points I began to forget about some of them so they were exciting little "oh yeah, how'd I forget about them" moments in an already exciting read. At this point in the series, you are expecting the characters which shocked you in the first two books, but that doesn't stop him throwing surprises at you, and doesn't take away but adds to it as you become invested in them and their lives. A monster read which could be used as a doorstop for the most stubborn of doors, there is very little let up in the action as around 70% of it is all out action suiting the title. Only disappointment, with the family involved in this he missed a perfect opportunity for lots of protective big brother jokes, "that's my little sister, you better have her home by ten" 😂 if you have read the first two you will understand what I mean 😉 😂 So to conclude - this is out on the 23rd of June... What are you doing still reading this when you could be preordering already...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tim Putney

    Hands down the best fantasy/urban fantasy book (and series) I’ve ever read. Truly the most epic of epic fantasy. I can’t wait to read it again, to relive the power, the characters, the love, the heartbreak and all the unforeseeable twists and turns. Oh the battles! And all the mind numbing amounts of mythology and lore. I was in pure glee throughout the entire series, especially this final installment. I will buy this series for family and friends and pray for the day a huge coffee table art boo Hands down the best fantasy/urban fantasy book (and series) I’ve ever read. Truly the most epic of epic fantasy. I can’t wait to read it again, to relive the power, the characters, the love, the heartbreak and all the unforeseeable twists and turns. Oh the battles! And all the mind numbing amounts of mythology and lore. I was in pure glee throughout the entire series, especially this final installment. I will buy this series for family and friends and pray for the day a huge coffee table art book comes out with all the Paternus characters (in aspect and trueface). Do you hear me Dyrk?? Please PLEASE get an art book for this series. Do a kickstarter, I’ll be first to join! Everyone else do yourself a favor and read this series. I can only hope Hollywood can do this outstanding series the justice it deserves and requires.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Henry Weems

    Fantastic! You really get attached to the characters in this trilogy.More so than any books I've read in years. And I've read quite a few books in 65 years. Read this trilogy. You won't regret it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    René

    Damn fine piece of a book. Loved the end but in the end (too much ends ;) there was too much fighting. It was all intense and the book‘s title is War of the Gods, so the fighting is there for a reason. But I enjoyed the first two books a little bit more.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    Absolutely marvelously astounding! I have read thousands of books and the ones I consider excellent almost always have the power to pull a tear or three from me. Paternus: War of God’s has that power multiplied by these facts: losses, gains, a Grand Finale that exceeded my massive expectations and hopes and the sadness about it ending. Of course I won’t spoil it for you by going into details, but I will say this book, third in the series, is even better than the first two. Please read them in th Absolutely marvelously astounding! I have read thousands of books and the ones I consider excellent almost always have the power to pull a tear or three from me. Paternus: War of God’s has that power multiplied by these facts: losses, gains, a Grand Finale that exceeded my massive expectations and hopes and the sadness about it ending. Of course I won’t spoil it for you by going into details, but I will say this book, third in the series, is even better than the first two. Please read them in the order written or you will be cheating yourself out of many glorious hours of excitement and intense action. I sincerely hope that there will be a fourth book or perhaps a new series with some of the same friends, umm-I mean characters. In case you have any doubts, lol, I highly recommend Paternus! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this ebook from the author and this is my honest and freely given opinion.

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