Latin and Biblical Greek
From pater (“father”).
paternus m (feminine paterna, neuter paternum); first/second declension
- Of or pertaining to a father, paternal, fatherly.
- Related through the father, or his side of the family, paternal.
- Of or pertaining to one's forefathers, ancestral.
- Of or connected with one's origin or birthplace, native.
The gods and monsters of old really did exist. Some still do.
Now, all across the globe, they're coming out of hiding and hunting their own. The final battle of the most ancient war has begun.
Fiona Patterson and Zeke Prisco are suddenly swept up in these cataclysmic events when a group of very strange and frightening men arrive at the hospital for the aged where they work, looking for a catatonic old man named Peter.
In their attempt to save him, Fi and Zeke unwittingly embark on an adventure of myth and magic beyond imagination, space and time.
Thrilling, cinematic, funny and frightening in turns, Paternus is the critically acclaimed debut novel by Dyrk Ashton, and the first book in the Paternus Trilogy.
It's been described as contemporary fantasy adventure, urban fantasy, and mythic fiction, and compared to works by such diverse figures as Neil Gaiman, Joss Whedon, Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Anne Rice, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Roger Zelazny, Clive Cussler, J.R.R. Tolkien, Grant Morrison, and Alan Moore.
The audience is Adult to New Adult, as opposed to Teen or YA, though savvy 16 or 17 year olds might survive without permanent damage.
“Humankind has had its groundbreaking inventions, mighty wars, great nations and saviors’ births by which you mark your timelines of history. We Firstborn have also seen events that might seem resounding and important, and they were. Earthquakes that tore continents apart, volcanic eruptions and meteor strikes that shook the world and turned day into everlasting night. We have endured bitter glacial periods, mass extinctions and wars countable only by Father himself. Grand civilizations have risen, prospered for millennia then crumbled to dust. And yet, even the eldest among us gauge our lives in relation to four major occurrences: The Cataclysm, The First and Second Holocausts, as well as, of course, The Deluge.
“Now, if any of us survive, there will be this...”
The second book in the Paternus Trilogy is expected to be released late 2017 (title to be determined).
chapter 1 of Book 2
The newest edition of Paternus, with the new cover, also includes the first chapter of Book 2. If you have already read Paternus and would like to read the first chapter of Book 2, you can download it by entering your email here. It's okay if you have already signed up for the mailing list, contact information will not be duplicated.
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