Every story you have heard as a kid. Every mythological creature ever imagined. Greek, Egyptian and Scandinavian Gods. Samson, Baphomet and Lancelot. The Almighty God Himself. All of them are real, and in a constant war with each other since the beginning of time, hidden from the eyes of humanity. But when a seventeen-year-old kid is involuntarily involved, everything is about to change.
"Is it possible? After all this time? Years, decades, centuries. It has to be. Can it be a millennium? It's possible. Feels like an epoch. Could he live that long, locked away? Sealed in the cave, he's had no way to keep track of time."
This engaging novel is part Urban Fantasy, part Mythology. A story told through the eyes of numerous, compelling characters with a variety of backgrounds and different motives. The subtle use of language as well as the turns of phrase result in an evocative writing with functional prose. Ashton's talent though lies in the small reversal of scenes that create tension and uncertainty not only for the characters but for the reader himself also.
Paternus' only but significant problem is in the first quarter of the book. In the first one-hundred pages there's no action, no continuity and no direction for the story. It's obvious that Ashton tried to lay strong foundations not only for this novel but its successors as well, and he did succeed in doing so, but it took him more than what was necessary.
All in all, Paternus is a strong debut from a promising author, and I urge you to read it and not be discouraged by the first chapters. The rest of the book is well-worth your patience.