Review: The Lore of Prometheus - Graham Austin-King (Blog Tour)
"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."
I received The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King to read and review as part of the BBNYA tours organised by the @The_WriteReads tours team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest. Thank you so much for inviting me on the tour and make sure to check out all of the fantastic bloggers on the tour! I've included more information about BBNYA at the end of my review!
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This is my first tour with The Write Reads and although The Lore of Prometheus is not a genre I tend to go for it sounded so intriguing I had to read it and I'm so glad I did! I always try and stray from the genres I'm used to reading every now and again because I love finding hidden gems like this!
Our protagonist is Jonathon Carver (known as Carver) and we follow him as he is trying to adjust to normal life after fifteen years spent in the army. Struggling with PTSD and being able to see his old dead squad members, he's finding it harder to adjust than he expected. After running into some financial issues, Carver turns to an old friend and finds himself back in the war zone not realising that this time he is the one being hunted.
Carver was a really fun character to read. He is brilliantly sarcastic, good at his job but also too trusting of the wrong people. He carries a lot of guilt for what happened to his old friends and it is easy to tell that he carries that burden with him all the time. The descriptions of PTSD were so well done by the author and added a really interesting layer to the story especially with how it relates to his powers.
Plus, as a life long greek mythology nerd I have to say that I loved the parallel with the story of Prometheus. In mythology, Prometheus was the one who stole fire from the Gods for humanity and it was a cool resemblance in this story of humanity trying to steal powers from god-like people for their own selfish pursuits.
Even though The Lore of Prometheus is a short book it is packed full of action with a fast and suspenseful pace. It's definitely different to anything I've read before which made for a good change.
The Lore of Prometheus is an exciting story filled with betrayal, experiments and powers beyond your wildest imagination. Perfect for the fans of Wolverine and The Old Guard!
Thank you so much The Write Reads, BBNYA and Graham Austin-King for having me on the tour! Thank you for reading my thoughts, you can also find me on my Twitter and Instagram! Let me know if you have any recommendations of what I should read next.
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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