Latin and Biblical Greek

From pater ‎(“father”).

(Classical): /paˈter.nus/

paternus m ‎(feminine paternaneuter paternum); first/second declension

  1. Of or pertaining to a father, paternal, fatherly.
  2. Related through the father, or his side of the family, paternal.
  3. Of or pertaining to one's forefathers, ancestral.
  4. Of or connected with one's origin or birthplace, native.


Paternus is the debut novel by first time author Dyrk Ashton. It's been described as contemporary fantasy adventure, modern or contemporary mythic fantasy, and mythic fiction. The audience is New Adult to Adult, as opposed to Teen or YA, though savvy 16 or 17 year olds might survive without permanent damage.

Available on Amazon in print and eBook formats, including for Kindle Unlimited, as well as in audiobook format on Audible, Amazon and iTunes.


“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, my children, if any of us survive, there will be this...”

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