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Fi and Zeek are young adults who face the typical obstacles to a budding romance and life in general. Fi is completing an internship at a nursing home while living at home with her stuffed shirt uncle and Zeek is preparing for a conference and working at the same nursing home and madly in love with Fi. Fi is the only person able to take care of the dementia-stricken and invalid Peter. Fi and Zeek stumble through their relationship when suddenly the nursing home is invaded with evil looking creatures who mangle and eat the residents.
Mythological beings on all sides (good and evil) invade the world of Fi and Zeek to the point that nothing surprises them any longer. The question lies in the outcome of the 3rd holocaust, who will win? Good or evil? Regardless, the creatures and beings believed to be mythological are real and at war.
Dyrk Ashton, the author, is an amazing story-teller creating an action-packed adventure by blending mythological creatures and myths into the present world and bringing them to life. One senses the story is not going to be boring even given the slow start. One does not expect, however, to be so totally immersed into the action and story that one is caught off guard momentarily to find oneself so thoroughly engaged.
Ashton builds the action around the development of the characters, in some cases, the character development is done almost instantaneously – such as the first time we meet Clarion. There are several twists and turns, but not so much that one loses interest or connection to the story. The story flows smoothly and each twist is handled with aplomb. This is an epic journey in many ways, one the listener has no choice but to go on once they are snared in the story. Thrilling to the end, one cannot help but wait for the next book to know who wins and who else will meet their mortal demise.
The narrator provided an excellent performance in the narration of the book. Although the book was a total of 15 hours, Nik Magill did not once lose his place or the voice of the characters. His talent helped to draw the reader into the story and captivate them into staying as well as the work of Ashton. His light rhythmic voice made listening to the story pleasant. He never went campy nor did he become shrill as some tend to do during epic length books.
Paternus is a very good book, one I would listen to again without hesitation and would appreciate more the second time around now that I understand how some of the pieces fit together. At first, I admit to being lost because I didn’t realize there were two worlds that were going to be blending together into one. I struggled to see the connections but once things started to fall into place, this book quickly became a favorite of mine.
There were no production or quality issues with this book. Everything was smooth and clear.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author
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8 of 9 people found this review helpful
This book is very good. It starts a little slow with the introduction of characters, but once the action starts it's hard to put down. Loved the alternative explanation of the origin of mythological creatures. It sets up the larger story very well and I can't wait for the next book in the series.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Urban fantasy isn't normally my bag, but this felt more like historical myth and legend manifesting itself, for real, in modern day... everywhere. I expected a US heavy story, but I was wrong. Many wonderful locations, people's and, more importantly, monsters, demons and gods(!) punctuate this epic throughout.
A smashing debut that promises a potential full blown 5* to follow this 4* story and performance. In fact, I'd say 4.5* if I could.
Very real characters meet apparently real mythological beings - the research for which is evident and incredible.
I'll look forward to the sequel.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Intrigued by the blurb, I started listening to this audiobook immediately and - mind blown – this book was brilliant! It’s a unique blend of urban, contemporary, mythical fantasy, and it features the most incredible beings – called the Firstborn.
The Firstborn are from our myths, legends, folklore and fairy tales from across the world and spanning back through history. They include the Japanese racoon dog Tanuki, the half man / half bull Asterion from Greek mythology, Bodvar Bjarki the bear from Norse mythology, the occultist goat figure of Baphomet, and even Merlin the wizard from Arthurian legends. There’s also Gods, demons, vampires and werewolves.
These Firstborn are old, some as old as the beginning of time, and – as much as possible – live out of sight of humans (or mtoto as they are known to the Firstborn). Being around for so long, it’s to be expected that a few Firstborn have rubbed each other up the wrong way, picked sides and had a few wars. And it’s time for another battle, perhaps the biggest of them all…
This story is told from multiple points of view, but the main story is told through the characters of Fi, a seventeen-year-old who lives with her odd English uncle and his huge dog, and works at a hospital for the elderly. Zeke, her handsome colleague who plays guitar to the old folk. Peter, the mysterious patient who Fi is looking after at the hospital and Fi’s uncle Edgar. We also hear from some of the creatures. Each non-human character is fascinating and the humans are likable and believable.
The author’s descriptions of the appearance of the creatures and their backstories are vivid and mesmerising, the action flows effortlessly, the fight scenes and violence is truly epic, and the blossoming, awkward relationship between Fi and Zeke is perfect as it is subtle and realistic. There’s also humour and this book made me laugh out loud at a few points (which is no mean feat).
The narrator, Nik Magill, was brilliant. His voice is captivating and I felt he portrayed all the characters distinctly and naturally, and I was completely absorbed by the story.
It is clear that a ton of careful research has gone into this book, and the scope of myths/legends/fairy tales/folklore that the author depicts is huge, and the way they are all tied together is clever. I was fascinated by all the mythical creatures from different cultures, times and religions. I can’t wait to read the next book and find out what happens next!