Paternus: Rise of Gods - Fantasy Novel Hardbacks

Created by Dyrk Ashton

PLEASE NOTE: DELIVERY and SHIPPING FEES Reasonable effort will be made to combine add-on orders for shipping, and to combine add-on orders with pledge level rewards. This may result in significantly reduced actual shipping costs. If actual shipping cost is significantly less than what you paid, refunds will be made with delivery (rounded up to the nearest dollar and not including packaging and handling costs). Items will be shipped together in Feb/Mar 2020, except War of Gods ARCs. The eARC will be delivered in April. The paperback ARC should arrive by the date of release, May 19, 2020.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Paternus War of Gods Paperback ARC update
11 days ago – Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 08:53:55 AM

For anyone who back a level with the Paternus: War of Gods Paperback Advance Release copies or picked it up as an add-on

Hi folks - very sorry to report that IngramSpark, the printer for the paperback ARCs of Paternus: War of Gods, is saying they are still backed up due to COVID restrictions and have not even shipped the books yet. I had promised to get them out to you before the release, which is tomorrow, June 23, but it's not going to happen. In fact, I have no way of knowing when it will. It could possibly be two or three more weeks before I even get them in the mail to you.

Needless to say, at this point they are going to be more of a collectors item than a real ARC. If anyone would like a refund of the ARC price and any additional shipping that it may have cost, please send me a message or email me at and I will be happy to oblige.

Again, very sorry for this, and I hope you all are well.

All the best,


War of Gods ARC Paperbacks, and undelivered packages
about 1 month ago – Thu, Jun 04, 2020 at 06:52:16 AM

Hello everyone! I hope you are all safe and well during these difficult times.

A couple of things:

1) Paperback ARCs: For those of you who pledged for the paperback advance release copy of War of Gods, book three of The Paternus Trilogy - they have been ordered from the printer! That's the good news. The not so good news is it could take up to 22 days for them be printed and shipped (and the book is being released on June 23). I'm very sorry about this, but covid and current events are having an effect on everyone and everything these days. I could very well get them sooner than that, we shall see. Whenever they come, I will pack and ship them right away.

If you pledged for these paperback ARCs, please double-check that I have your current address. If you suspect that I might not, please email me at and I will update it on my list.

2) Packages not received: If you still have not received your pledge rewards in the post or heard anything for your postal service or customs, please contact me and we will figure something out.

Since my last update about this, a few people have received their packages, others have not. One package to the Netherlands was actually returned, marked that VAT wasn't paid. The only thing the backer and I could figure out was that it sat in customs for the requisite 30 days or so and was then sent back. The backer had received no notification, even though customs had his address, phone number and email address. We've marked this one down as a covid induced mistake due to staffing issues, or some such thing.

So anyway, those kinds of things might be happening with your package as well. Open communication is key, and I'd love to hear from you.

Thank you all again for your support :)

All the best,


eARCs for Paternus: War of Gods have been sent!
about 1 month ago – Sun, May 24, 2020 at 05:00:11 PM

Hello everyone, I'm happy to announce that the Advance Release Copy eBook bundles for Paternus: War of Gods have just been sent out to all who pledged for a level that included them!

They were sent via the digital downloads tool in BackerKit. I don't know how long it will take for your email notifications and link to download your files will take. If you don't see it within a few hours, please check your spam folders.

Please keep in mind that this is an "Uncorrected Proof," which means there are still some proofing corrections to be made as well as tweaks to prose. All of those will be addressed prior to the official release date of June 23.

Thank you all! I hope everyone is well and enjoying your weekend :)

All the best,


Response to "Received your package yet?", and eARCs!
about 2 months ago – Sun, May 17, 2020 at 08:04:30 AM

Hi folks - thank you all for helping out with this. 

So far it looks like 10 backers still haven't received their packages, all of which were sent on approximately March 26. The breakdown is as follows - Netherlands: 4, Denmark: 2, Sweden: 1, Norway: 1, and 1 each for UK and NZ. I'm also hearing that backers are still receiving books this week. Considering the number of shipments made and the COVID madness, I suppose that percentage is not all that bad, but it still makes me feel terrible for these backers.

I've spoken to a couple of other US based specialty booksellers and they are having the same issue, though they do say that the packages are eventually arriving. What I'm hearing is being done is they are asking customers to wait 90 days, which would be June 26 in our case, then to contact the seller and let them know if you still haven't received the books. Then they work something out right away. How does that sound to you all?

eARCs: On a more positive note, all of you with an eARC in your pledge are only a week away from receiving your Advance Release Copy eBook bundles for Paternus: War of Gods! The files will be loaded into BackerKit for electronic delivery on Saturday, May 23 (one month before the release date of June 23).

This book is a beast, too, at 237,000 words. Book 1 was 136K, Book 2 was 155k. The initial response from beta readers and editors has been extremely positive (phew!), so I hope you like it.

Just as a heads up, this will be an "Uncorrected Proof," which means there may still be some proofing corrections to be made as well as minor tweaks to prose. This is a common practice with traditional publishers, but I'm doing it mostly to cover my butt in case it still has typos or I decide to reword a few sentences. Otherwise, it is definitely the final book.

Thank you all! I hope everyone is well :)

All the best,


Received your package yet?
about 2 months ago – Sun, May 17, 2020 at 08:03:39 AM

Hello everyone! Very sorry that some of you haven't received your international packages yet. Between COVID and customs (who are blaming COVID also), this has become a bit of a nightmare. I know of at least a half dozen folks who haven't received their packages yet. From what I'm hearing, it's mostly in Norway, Denmark, NZ and Australia so far.

If you haven't received your package, please respond here so we can get a better picture of the problem.

One thing to keep in mind is that the US postal service can't track anything beyond when it leaves the sorting facility in Illinois, so using that to try and track packages outside the US doesn't work. You won't see anything beyond Illinois, even if the package is on its way or already arrived.

A couple of folks have spoken to their postal and/or customs service and found that their packages were stuck in customs. Some say their postal service and customs blamed COVID and told them to wait. Others were able to go pick up their packages.

Though the US tracking code doesn't work officially outside the US, I've heard from a few folks, including in India, who said they were able to use the code when speaking to their postal service and/or customs and indeed track down their packages.

Beyond that, there is always the possibility that a package has been lost. The big question now is, how long do we wait? I'd love to hear what you all think.

Thank you! And very sorry this is happening :(

All the best, Dyrk