Welcome to my stop in The Lore of Prometheus book tour, as part of the BBNYA tours organised by @The_WriteReads tours team. All my opinions are my own.
The Lore of Prometheus won BBNYA 2020 so congratulations to Graham Austin-King!!!
Title: The Lore of Prometheus
Author: Graham Austin-King
Publisher: Fallen Leaf Press
Trigger Warnings: PTSD, depression, vivid recollection of death and killings, death, kidnap, torture, amputation, fire/burning alive, murder, military environments, bullet wounds/gun violence, blood, gore, being tied up and kept prisoner, drugging, hallucinations, medical procedures, and violence.
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.
The Lore of Prometheus wasn’t what I expected, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading it. It felt much more like a fantastical thriller which is a genre that I had not considered before, but I will certainly be trying to find more of.
The characters are such an integral part of The Lore of Prometheus, and I felt they were extremely well developed. I liked how we learnt about them throughout the book rather than us being told immediately what had happened to them. I think this kept me intrigued in the book, even when the plot wasn’t moving along quite so fast. The characters kept me engaged in the plot as their personalities were quite different, and while you could see their flaws, you could also see the strength they had. The only thing that I wished we could have found out more about was the bad guys’ motivations, as that was never really explored, and I would have loved to have learned more.
As The Lore of Prometheus is a slower moving fantasy, I found myself getting a little bit bored towards the beginning, but as I began to get more invested in the characters, I began to get more pulled in. So much so that I managed to read most of the book in one sitting. As the plot is quite military based, I did feel a little bit out of place, but I found that Graham Austin-King made it easy to understand, and the introduction of humour and sarcasm kept it moving along and allowed me to understand as I read.
The Lore of Prometheus has a mix of both first and third person, and while it took me a short time to get used to it, once I did I thoroughly enjoyed it. It meant that we were inside John’s head and could see his mental anguish and PTSD as it played out across the page. I wondered whether this would mean that I didn’t feel as connected to Mackenzie as I did John, as her story is told in the third person, but I was proved wrong. I got just the same sense of who she was, but it was told differently, which kept me intrigued.
The only thing that I would have loved was for the ending to have been slightly longer, as it felt very quick considering how long it had been building up to it. Especially as I am still left with questions about how it happened and how the characters got to the point of the epilogue. I think if Graham Austin-King had explained this a little bit more, I would have been more satisfied.
After reading The Lore of Prometheus, I will definitely be checking out some more of Graham Austin-Kings works, as I thoroughly enjoyed this. I highly recommend that you give this book a go if it sounds like something you would enjoy. If you are going to pick it up, please do make sure to check the trigger warnings that I have placed at the top of my review, as some parts of this story may be triggering for you.
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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