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The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King – #BBNYA ARC Review

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Hello, fellow bookworms. Today I’d like to share my thoughts about The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King. An action-packed urban fantasy novel. My thanks to the organisers of the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) for the eBook in exchange for a candid review as part of the judging process.

Quote from The Lore of Prometheus

“The flat looked like nobody lived there, which was true: nobody did. I haven’t lived in a long time; existing doesn’t count.”

My Overall Rating: 5/5

Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 4/5 – World Building: 5/5

What’s The Lore of Prometheus about?

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The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King – #BBNYA ARC ReviewMy Rating:
Title: The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King
Series: Standalone Novel
Published by Fallen Leaf Press on 30 November, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Gildart Jackson
Length: 11 hours 27 minutes
No. of Pages: 287

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.


Source: ARC

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

Review Format: eBook, Audiobook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Audible* ¦ Book Depository*

Trigger Warnings: war, torture, PTSD, death

I don’t usually choose to read books with military aspects or stories based around wars. However, being on a judging panel means reading genres outside of your usual choices. We were asked about our triggers and any subjects we would not read, e.g. torture, abuse, rape, etc, to ensure our mental health wasn’t affected. The Lore of Prometheus was one of the finalists that landed in my inbox to read for The Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year 2020.

What did I like about The Lore of Prometheus?

Graham Austin-King has written an award-winning fantasy trilogy, Riven Wyrde Saga. However, he’s still a new-to-me author. I must admit to having some reservations about reading this book. Stories with war settings or military aspects aren’t my usual genre of choice. However, I quickly found myself devouring this story!

Graham’s writing style was fantastic.

The prose used in this book was intelligent, beautifully crafted, and easy to read. It’s obvious that Graham spent time doing his research for this novel. I felt completely transported into every scene. Every aspect had a feeling of credibility, of believability – terrifyingly so at times. Scenes were well-described without slowing the plot or being too heavily descriptive.

Graham’s main protagonists and supporting cast are all complex, multifaceted people with personalities that made them feel real.

I didn’t connect or like every character in this book. Hell, some characters frustrated the hell out of me while others scared me to my core. However, every character produced an emotional response from me.

I thought the plot in this book was well constructed and thought out.

There are lots of surprises, heavy emotions and action that kept the intensity level consistent. However, it never felt overwhelming. The plot feels like a James Bond thriller, with story threads running in the forefront as well as in the background. Threads develop and plots are revealed throughout which kept me trying to guess what would happen next.

I experienced a whole range of emotions while reading The Lore of Prometheus.

My blood boiled with rage and frustration at the consequences of war, at the disregard some have for their fellow humans. I felt a lump in my throat and tears misted my eyes at the emotionally poignant scenes. My poor old heart thumped with adrenaline; both in fear and in shock at the more horrific and brutal scenes. However, rest assured, dear reader, there are moments of lightness in the sea of evil. There are lighter moments and banter sprinkled throughout this story that had me smiling. 

Was there anything I didn’t like?

I loved reading The Lore of Prometheus as my high rating testifies.

The book finishes with an epilogue that ties up a few loose ends. However, I’m hoping that Graham is busy writing a follow-up as I want more and am still left with a few questions unanswered.

Basically, what I’m saying is…

I really enjoyed The Lore of Prometheus and couldn’t stop reading. It’s got everything that I look for in a 5-star story. Adrenaline pumping action scenes. Some social commentary about the effects of war on military personnel and civilians alike. A unique and gripping storyline that’s sprinkled with dark humour.

Content Warning:

This book contains scenes of graphic violence and includes themes of abuse and torture.

I’d recommend The Lore of Prometheus to adults enjoy books with gritty plotlines about survival in extreme circumstances. Especially those who enjoy discussing the fine line between genius and insanity.

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About Graham Austin-King

Author - Graham Austin-King

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.

Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my thoughts about The Lore of Prometheus. Have you read this one or any others by Graham Austin-King? Drop a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

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