The Lore of Prometheus
Author: Graham Austin-King
Publisher: Fallen Leaf Press
Release Date: November 30th 2018
Buy the Book (affiliate link): Amazon UK
Hello everyone!! I’m back with another blog tour, but this is very special as it’s the WINNER of BBNYA 2020. I joined very late last year and The Lore of Prometheus was the book I was given to read. I’m so excited to finally share my thoughts with you all after so long.
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John Carver has three rules: Don’t drink in the daytime, don’t gamble when the luck has gone, and don’t talk to the dead people who come to visit.
It has been almost five years since the incident in Kabul. Since the magic stirred within him and the stories began. Fleeing the army, running from the whispers, the guilt, and the fear he was losing his mind, Carver fell into addiction, dragging himself through life one day at a time.
Desperation has pulled him back to Afghanistan, back to the heat, the dust, and the truth he worked so hard to avoid. But there are others, obsessed with power and forbidden magics, who will stop at nothing to learn the truth of his gifts. Abducted and chained, Carver must break more than his own rules if he is to harness this power and survive
What I Loved
There is so so much to love in The Lore of Prometheus, apart from a bit of a slow start, I ended up loving it all the way through. Once I started it was very hard to put down. This book is so entertaining, full of unique, interesting characters that you can’t help but love, laugh and really sympathise with. It can also be quite dark and very intense! It is far from boring and I really urge you to read this if you are looking for a different kind of fantasy that will keep you fully captivated.
We follow former soldier, John Carver on his journey trying to escape his past and also get out of some pretty serious trouble. I didn’t really know what to expect when I first started this, I was a bit intimated by the war talk as it’s not something I’ve not read about before. However, as we meet and learn more about John, I completely immersed myself with him and the environment. I ended up finding it extremely interesting and needed to find out more. With his past quickly catching up to him and the wrong people finding out he is the miracle everyone has been looking for, he’s about to get into a lot more trouble.
Mackenzie is a nurse and to say her life has been turned upside is an understatement. Her life collapses around her as she is dragged to hell and back. Her captors are only after one thing, her special power. A power she doesn’t even really know she has. I do love a good POV and this book does it brilliantly in my opinion. I honestly couldn’t read the book fast enough to find out what happens to them both.
It is completely action-packed and full of moments that are quite dark, especially the forms of torture that the characters have to endure. This is just a warning if this is a tough topic for you. I was still completely intrigued as the descriptions of the Middle Eastern setting and dark, dingy rooms really pull the reader in.
I wasn’t sure about John Carver’s character at first, I’ve never really read from the perspective of a former soldier struggling with PTSD. It was completely new for me but once I started to get more into the story I really started to connect with him and see who he truly is. His sense of humour stood out to me massively throughout the book. It made me both happy and sad to see him keep his old personality but also see the broken man he has become. I think his character is written extremely well, with a lot of sensitivity. I would definitely love to see more of him.
His squad or ‘visitors’ were a really nice touch to the story and John’s character. I loved how they interacted with all the characters even though they are just part of John’s imagination. I must admit it was hard to read sometimes as John’s squad had been through a lot. We really get to see how it has impacted them all.
Mackenzie is probably my favourite, just because her character is so intriguing as we aren’t given that much detail about her to start with, unlike John. I really sympathised with her and I was repulsed by everything she had to go through. I loved her character development throughout the book as I am very much a character-driven person. She is definitely inspiring as she tries to stay strong through everything, she certainly doesn’t let anyone think she was weak.
Overall, The Lore of Prometheus is an incredibly fast-paced, exciting and completely immersive fantasy. Once you start reading you won’t be able to pull your eyes away until the very last page. The characters are unique and so intriguing you will be asking for more once you’ve finished. If you are a fan of urban fantasies and looking for something new and unique, I can’t recommend this book enough!
Buy the Book (affiliate link): Amazon UK
About the Author
Graham Austin-King was born in the south of England and weaned on broken swords and half-forgotten spells. A shortage of these forced him to consume fantasy novels at an ever-increasing rate, turning to computers and tabletop gaming between meals. He experimented with writing at the beginning of an education that meandered through journalism, international relations, and law. To this day he is committed to never allowing those first efforts to reach public eyes. After spending a decade in Canada learning what ‘cold’ really means, and being horrified by poutine, he settled once again in the UK with a seemingly endless horde of children. To date he is the author of five novels, drawing on a foundation of literary influences ranging from David Eddings to Clive Barker.
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