Book Review – The Lore of Prometheus

Thank you to The Write Reads and the BBNYA 2020 for the opportunity to read and review this book.

I was fortunate to be part of the BBNYA panel team in 2020, but this was not one of the books I read during the year. So, I was happy to be able to read and review it this month.

I can certainly see why The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King was the winner of the BBNYA contest last year.

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Here’s the summary for The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King:

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.

My Thoughts

The Lore of Prometheus was action-packed, disturbing, and clever.

John Carver has been running from himself since getting back from Afghanistan. And now desperation is taking him back over there. But what awaits him is so much worse that even he can imagine.

Mackenzie is strapped to a wooden board, naked, and broken. All in the name of magic. The only problem is, she doesn’t have any idea what they want from her. But, they are willing to break her to get it.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I even liked this book. But, I had to keep reading to see what would happen to Mackenzie and Carver.


In my book club The Literary Escape Book Club, we visit a different destination each month through our books.

We have not yet visited Afghanistan, so I was happy to do so this month through The Lore of Prometheus.

Afghanistan/Kabul – Hot, dry, dusty Kabul. John Carver is not thrilled to be back here!

“Kabul works on a system of bribes. It’s not so much the grease that keeps the cogs turning, but rather the grime that stops the machine falling apart entirely.”

Favorite Quotes

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from The Lore of Prometheus:

There are two rules for driving in Kabul; do it fast, and always assume you have the right of way.

She was beyond thinking, beyond rage. She had become vengeance, and vengeance knows no mercy.

I don’t fancy escaping from here in the buff, and this is already the least fun I’ve ever had naked with a woman.

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.

Website: https://grahamaustin-king.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrayAustin


BBNYA (Book Bloggers Novel of the Year Award)

I received The Lore of Prometheus to read and review as part of the BBNYA 2020 competition and/or the BBNYA tours organized by the @The_WriteReads tours team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest. 

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  1. I love that you included favorite quotes! I always forgot to note down quotes I like from books and then they’re lost as soon as I finish.

    1. Thanks Jen. I usually read my books on Kindle and just highlight all the quotes I like. I had so many highlighted in The Lore of Prometheus though, lol. I had to weed out too many and just chose a few of them.

  2. Love the quotes you picked, Becki. They plunged me straight back into the story. I know the content and themes of this book won’t be for everyone but I agree that it’s a deserved winner of the BBNYA 2020 competition.

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