The Lore of Prometheus
Author: Graham Austin-King
Pages: 287 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published: November 2018
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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
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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The Lore of Prometheus was such an entertaining read. I went into it, having forgotten the synopsis, so I was pleasantly surprised by the magical elements. It started off as a military/war fiction book, something I have never read before. And even then I was intrigued with what was going to happen to the main character John Carver.
‘You’re like a diamond lost in amongst a thousand chips of glass. With my help you can become something amazing.’
Carver used to be a soldier in Kabul, until an incident sent him home. The author builds up intrigue behind this incident, as it is clear Carver has a reputation and people know him as the Saviour of Kabul. To earn money to get himself out of debt, Carver gets sent back to Afghanistan to sort out security for someone. I found the sections of the book set in Adghanistan fascinating, as I don’t often read fantasy book set in the real world, or if they are, it tends to be England or America. I thought the story building was fantastic. Carver clearly suffers from some form of PTSD from the incident in Kabul, and I liked the way this was handled by the author and our other main character. Mackenzie appears in the story about a third in, and I instantly liked her. She is a nurse working in Afghanistan but finds herself abducted, and taken to a facility to encourage her to use powers, she didn’t know she had.
‘He’s a cancer on the world, and I’m going to burn him out.’
It’s hard not to say too much without spoiling, but I enjoyed these characters and this story. It felt different to what I normally read, but in a good way. There is a little bit of romance, however, it doesn’t overshadow the main story and it was a nice addition. I liked the themes of acceptance that appear throughout the book. The magic system was unique, in the way it was brought about. It reminded me of science-fiction films, or superhero films like Captain America, and the X-Men. The characters appeared human, despite their abilities, which is something I liked. I do wish there was a bit more of an ending, as it felt slightly rushed and I have a couple of questions I would like clearing up! I recommend this, if you are a fan of fantasy, as it was such a good read!
Let me know if you’ve read this, or think you will! It was a fun read!