I really enjoyed the previous two volumes of Paternus. I enjoyed the characters of Fi and Zeke as the two "ordinary" teenagers that find themselves as decisive soldiers in the conflict against the Ashura. Now Fi is being trained as a Valkyrie and Zeke has gained the power of the Elements, becoming both individuals who can actually hold their own against the enemies who terified them just a couple of books ago.
War of the Gods is easily the longest of the books in the series, having over seven hundred pages worth of content that could have easily been split into two books. Not only does it involve the recruitment of many new gods from mythology and the preparation for the final confrontation, but it also provides one of the longest-lasting and epic battles in fantasy I've read since Battle Ground. Which, admittedly, came out this year but is still a pretty impressive battle.
It's a pretty big storyline to take in and a lot of characters meet their end in this book. I appreciate Dyrk Ashton deciding to complete his story in a manner that's decisive. Quite a few authors chicken out and either leave their story open-ended or pull their punches in the grand finale. Not so here. I actually was really upset with a few of the deaths and that's exactly the sort of reaction you want from your readers.
I think part of what I liked about this story was that Fi incorporates some element of diplomacy to her story. Rather than simply believe that every single member of the enemy must die, Fi believes that a few of them can be reached with compassion rather than vengeance. It doesn't extend to many of the enemy but its inclusion to any extent is something I appreciate.
The action is the best part of the book with some truly epic confrontations with godlike beings. The powers of each of the gods are widely varied and amazing. The Paternus world is one where the gods are more like superheroes, each with their special talents and fantastic abilities. My favorite is Pratha, a Kali-like goddess that serves as the second most powerful hero of the setting.
There's multiple twists and turns in this book that I didn't see coming. I also feel like the ending was exceptionally powerful. If you liked the previous two books then you won't be disappointed with this installment. I am already looking forward to what next new series Dyrk Ashton creates. If its anything like the Paternus trilogy, it is bound to be awesome. The mixture of mythologies, action movie tropes, and high melodrama makes an awesome cocktail that all fans of fantasy should be entertained by.