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:

Quick update - We have stuff!
6 days ago – Sat, Feb 15, 2020 at 07:47:31 PM

Hi folks! Just a quick update to let you know things are moving right along.

  • All Rise of Gods paperbacks have been received and await signing
  • Bookmarks are here and signed
  • Posters are here, and they are gorgeous
  • Limited edition alternative cover paperback proof copy has been received, approved, and full quantity ordered
  • Hardbacks are being printed as we speak. A few more quick steps to go through, but it's happening!
  • Beta copies of Book 3, War of Gods have gone out to readers, and all is on schedule
  • All packaging for shipping has been received - it's a lot of stuff!


Some pics, which don't do their subjects justice by a far cry.

Thanks everyone! I hope you all are well :)

All the very best,


Project update, and ART!
28 days ago – Fri, Jan 24, 2020 at 08:26:54 PM

Hello everyone!

I just want to report that we are on schedule for delivery of the Paternus: Rise of Gods hardbacks (and everything else) in February/March. There will be some steps in the printing and proofing process, but I will let you all know when packages are ready to go out.

The interior formatting is finished, and I want to share the signature page and a sample chapter header, which I think look fantastic. (Any fuzziness in the images is due to the screen grabs, not the interior file itself :)

AND - Ed Binkley has completed the illustration of The Prathamaja Nandana! I squeed a little when I saw it, just couldn't help myself. I hope you like it too :)

That's all for now. I hope you all are well, and have a fantastic weekend.

All the best,


Change in delivery dates for War of Gods ARCs, and some Paternus eBook deals
about 2 months ago – Sat, Dec 28, 2019 at 09:38:26 PM

Release date change

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having wonderful holidays.

It's with mixed feelings and only after much deliberation that I've decided to push the release of Paternus: War of Gods (Book 3 of The Paternus Trilogy) back by five weeks, from May 19 to June 23, 2020.

What this means for anyone who backed a pledge tier which included the eARC (eBook Advance Release Copy) or ordered the paperback ARC is that the delivery of those has been pushed back as well.

  • eARCs will still be delivered a month in advance, as promised, but that will now be on May 26 at the latest.
  • Paperback ARCs will be mailed on or about June 4, depending on production and delivery time from the printer. 

None of this has any effect on the delivery of the hardbacks or other Kickstarter items. In fact, it will help me get those fulfilled in a timely manner.

The reason for this change is that the manuscript just isn't ready to submit to beta readers, which is the next major step before more rewriting and delivery to editors and proofers. I hate to do it, but at more than 50,000 words longer than book two, the sheer magnitude of finishing it and cleaning it up has proven more than I can handle in the time I had allotted.

That’s the bad part of the news. The good part is I’ll now have time to make the book what I really want it to be and that I think you, the readers, deserve – and not lose my mind in the process.

Thank you for your patience, and very sorry for the trouble. Let slip the gods of war… just a little later than we’d hoped…

Now some just plain good news:

Books 1 and 2 are on sale in the US and UK

Paternus: Rise of Gods is just .99, and Paternus: Wrath of Gods is just 1.99 through the 31st.

If you know anyone you think might enjoy them, now might be the time to give ‘em a nudge :)

Rise of Gods:

Wrath of Gods:

Thank you all, and have a very Happy New Year!

All the best,


Heads Up - Charging Credit Cards for Shipping & Add-on Orders
2 months ago – Fri, Dec 20, 2019 at 09:08:01 PM

Hi Everybody!

Just wanted to give you a little heads up that cards will be charged for add-on items you purchased or any additional funds you may owe, including shipping, through BackerKit tomorrow, Saturday Dec. 21.

If you need to review payment information, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at

Meanwhile, so far everything is moving along smoothly for production of the hardbacks and other items, including the delivery of eARCs and paperback ARCs of book three, Paternus: War of Gods, prior to its release on May 19. I'll keep the updates coming, including more stages of the artwork by Ed Binkley.

Thank you again! I hope you all have wonderful holidays :)

All the very best,


Big last day today, and hardcover art!
2 months ago – Wed, Dec 18, 2019 at 07:37:11 AM

Hi everybody! You've all been such a fantastic group of backers, I hate to bug you again - but I've got a couple of bonus features that might ease the pain, so be sure to scroll down. I don't think you will be disappointed :)

Today is the final day to complete the survey, purchase add-ons, and pay for shipping. Surveys will be locked down tomorrow morning, Wednesday, December 18, at 9AM.

You should have received an email in the last couple of weeks with a special link to your personal BackerKit survey. If you have any question as to whether yours is completed, you might want to double-check.

After you respond to your survey, you can still go back later and change your responses at any time before the survey closes and get our final counts.

If you need to review your information or pledge status, change your survey responses, purchase add-on items, or update your shipping information, you can click the link in your survey email again, or request your survey link under “Lost your survey?” on the BackerKit project page,

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey has been sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at

Local Pickup: If you’re having any trouble locating the local pickup option, it is one of the options under “Country” in the address section. Which is kind of weird, I know.

If you have any questions at all, BackerKit has a great help link, but please feel free to contact me if you need anything at all. The quickest way for me to receive it and respond will be if you email me at

Now the really fun stuff:

Today is also the final day to enter the #KINGSGONEWYLD for Worldbuilders raffle. For each $10 you donate, you get an entry to win this copy of Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames, signed, doodled and otherwise vandalized by 218 fantasy and science fiction authors, including some of the biggest names in the business. It's a really cool thing, and for a great cause. All proceeds go to charity.

and... ART!

This is the latest draft of Ed Binkley's illustration of The Prathamaja Nandana for inside the Paternus: Rise of Gods hardcover. I absolutely love it. And it's all thanks to all of you! We're still working on some details, and the next phase will be to add color. (This is being shown exclusively to you and my newsletter subscribers. You can talk about it anywhere you like, but please don't share the image :)

Thank you all! You are the BEST.

Yours Truly,