Saturday, August 20, 2016

Paternus


5 STARS

Gods, monsters, angels, devils. Call them what you like. They exist. The epic battles between titans, giants, and gods, heaven and hell, the forces of light and darkness. They happened. And the war isn’t over.

17 year old Fi Patterson lives with her stuffy English uncle and has an internship at a local hospital for the aged. She doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life, misses her dead mother, wonders about the father she never knew. One bright spot is caring for Peter, a dementia-ridden old man whose faraway smile can make her whole day. And there’s her conflicted attraction to Zeke -- awkward, brilliant, talented -- who plays guitar for the old folks.

Then a group of very strange and frightening men show up for a “visit”...

Fi and Zeke’s worlds are shattered as their typical everyday concerns are suddenly replaced by the immediate need to stay alive -- and they try to come to grips with the unimaginable reality of the Firstborn.

“Keep an open mind. And forget everything you know...”


THAT was one hell of a day. One hell of a ride! And one damn good book. Holy shit... I have to say I'm somewhat relieved to finish this book, one, because I NEEDED answers, but mostly because I have gotten NOTHING done since picking it up. I could not stop. And my poor child had to remind me that we do, in fact, need food daily despite my insane need to keep reading, responsibilities be damned.

I have read one other book this year that had me engrossed from beginning to end, only one aside from Paternus, and that's out of 45 books since January. (The other book was The Shining in case you're interested to know...)

Paternus is fantastic. I'd say I need book two immediately, but my mind needs a break from epic-ness... That was a lot to take in, but it is so well laid out and easy to follow (and by now you should know I'm easily lost and confused when reading intricate plot lines). You don't have to be an expert on myths and legends to get every reference, Ashton lays it out for you and uses his characters to show the significance of what's happening. 

Typically I have an issue with 'the big reveal' moment when characters stop to explain all those unanswered questions in a big lecture on the history of characters and the current situation. It's my least favorite part of books and sometimes I find I really just don't care, but not this time. By the time I started getting answers I was ready for some downtime and a little fireside chat. For me, it was perfectly timed and very well written. No overly long explanation or obvious/too revealing/unbelievably simple revelations. 

I Loved Paternus. Definitely looking forward to book two, just let me book a weekend stay-cation and a long term babysitter in preparation first, because I know I'm going to lose myself again in his work.

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