It's only been a few hours since Fi's life drastically changed from one moment to the next. Two days ago she was just a normal girl, living with her uncle and working part-time in the local hospice. Now she's on a plane, under enemy fire, and in the company of a batch of semi-Gods (including the father of all life on earth), fleeing from Lucifer himself. Her goal is simple: Survive until the gathering of the Deva. Will the ones that are still alive be proved to be enough against the ever growing (including the mysteriously resurrected) team of the Asura?
"There is much in a name. A single word that stands for your very being and marks your time in this life."
Let's start by saying that Dyrk Ashton's narrative style is unconventional to say the least. There are some do's and don'ts in (fantasy) fiction that even the most prominent of authors are bound to. Dyrk Ashton doesn't follow thοse rules, and therefore I'm not gonna comment on his prose, imagery, or the book's literary merit. Dyrk is telling a story in his own way, switching POVs in the same chapter when the story needs it, info-dumping when the reader has to know something, and utilizing half a dozen other unorthodox and bizarre techniques when he feels like it. The result is one of the greatest fucking stories I've ever read.
Almost every single book out there has some faults in it. Some of them are minor, others important. Out of all the fantasy books I've read in my life, there are maybe half a dozen of them that I've found perfect in every possible way, and that's up for debate. In Wrath of Gods, I couldn't find any significant problems. At least not something that wasn't the author's choice, therefore not a fault but an artistic preference. Most of them, as mentioned above, I didn't mind. The only thing that looked unnecessary and therefore nagged me a little bit was the combination of "What happened before" in the beginning of the book, with the repetition of past events and characters' backstories within the story.
The story itself was mind-blowing. After all the mythical figures of the first book I thought that Dyrk wouldn't be able to surprise me anymore, but I was proven wrong, and spectacularly so. When I reviewed the first book of the series, I complained that there wasn't enough action in the first quarter of the book, and Ashton more than makes up for it here. The action is constant and dramatic from start to finish, with some exceptional scenes reminiscent of cinematic set pieces.
All in all, Paternus: Wrath of Gods is an extremely enjoyable book, and I recommend it to those who want to take a break from grim and gritty books, and have some fun instead.
Paternus is out today! You can buy it HERE.