Packed with magic and action!
Bookxpert Rating: 4.5/5
A huge thank you to the author Graham Austin King and the BBNYA team for having me on the 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.
John Carver’s special talent precedes him. The talent he became famous for while saving his life as a Army personnel in Kabul all those years back, which he denies could ever happen, but people still gossip about. Now he is back in the heat and dust of Afghanistan on an assignment to protect the life of a businessman. But is it the businessman or his own life that he must be more worried about?
I loved The Lore of Prometheus. It started off seeming like a non-fiction book, with the bad situation in Afghanistan and John Carver actually making improvements to the security arrangements of the businessman. Even that kind of storyline would have made me happy, but what followed made the story a hundred times better. It suddenly transformed into a thrilling fantasy story, with characters seeming straight out of the X-Men movie.
The story was very well planned, and the execution was perfect. The characters and their powers were quite creative. We’re used to characters who can fly or have superhuman strength, who can control the weather, but none like the ones Mr. Graham has designed. I especially loved our main character John Carver. Usually with superhero characters, it’s difficult to make them relatable and superhuman at the same time, but Mr. Graham has managed to make Carver both.
One more thing I loved is that the female character, Mackenzie, didn’t get second rate treatment with the male character saving her. She had her own power and she was an equal partner of Carver in fighting off the baddies- I loved it when they took on the baddies.
I also loved the dry sense of humor that the author injected in Carver.
“Nice place you’ve got here,” I said as I put a wall between my sin and any bullets that might come down the hallway.
“We like it,” Richards grinned.
I’d like to claim the forced calm was a British thing, but really, it’s a king on institutional stupidity, something you’ll run into just about anywhere in the armed forces. When things go to shit, we act like it’s nothing and make jokes about it. The Americans are more or less the same. Our jokes are better, of course. And we’re better looking too.
I loved this book, and it is definitely a must-read for especially all who love fantasy, X-Men, Avengers, superhero types of stories. It’s got the perfect amount of suspense and action, with the characters being very relatable.
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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.