Paternus by Dyrk Ashton

So this is an urban fantasy where our protagonists find out that all our myths and legends are real. We have beings who are hundreds of millions of years old. As people have said it does sound a bit like American Gods but apart from the basic premise it’s not really. Most of the book is told from the viewpoint of two regular people, Fiona and Zeke, who through their work together in an elderly care facility get caught up in world changing events. 

After a relatively slow start this is a very fast paced book. I think it takes place in only one day in which an awful lot of things happen. There are so many gods/demons/beasts that it can be very hard to keep track of who’s who. The author does have a tendency to info dump but I quite liked it as it gave some info on myths and legends that I’d never heard of.

To be honest I would have liked more info as they all kind of blended into one apart from main ones that I was already familiar with. He also tends to mix POV’s from one sentence to the next which I found off-putting but you do get used to it and I didn’t really notice too much by the end. There was a part where so much was happening that I became somewhat numb, kind of like the final sequence in Man of Steel where it was basically just buildings exploding, and kind of wished it would finish up so I could take stock and see where we were. 

Other than that though I was thoroughly engaged throughout, I liked the characters though since it all happened over such a short period of time there was not much room for reflection and growth. The premise is done really well and it feels like an epic fantasy in an urban fantasy setting which I have not really encountered before.

4 stars out of 5

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