I received this book 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.
The third book I really wanted to read of last year’s participants in BBNYA is place 1: the Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King.
- Author:Graham Austin-King
- Date of Publication: 30th November 2018
- Publisher: Fallen Leaf Press
- Also available as audiobook on audible
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.
taken from goodreads
This book is not my typical read. First of all it is set in today’s world and it is not a comedy, YA or a romance novel. The book is really hard to fit into any genre. Surely you could say it has many fantasy elements but then it is also kind of an action thriller in post war Afghanistan.
I can easily understand why the novel won last years BBNYA. It is thrilling and captivating. And once I started reading it it was hard to stop doing so. Still it is no book for the soft hearted as there is torture in it and it is quite brutal in some places.
Nonetheless the two protagonists, Graham and Mackenzie have really really grown on me and I really enjoyed their character arc. I would definitely read a second book with the two in it to continue with them on their journey.
Information on 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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