Prometheus steps out of the Underworld and into romance

45482837Prisoner of Shadows by Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Greek Mythology is second only to Arthurian Legend in my list of loves and makes up the second largest section of my factual and historical library of books.

So, when Sam Burns started writing this series with W.M. Fawkes I was seriously happy and, with book two now finished, I have to say it’s been a two for two top quality five star reads for me.

This book goes a bit further down into mythology and steps into the Underworld in a surprisingly different place – with the Titan Prometheus – he who brought fire to mankind after crafting them from clay and so set them on the path of independence from the Gods.

Needless to say, Zeus had a toddler-style temper tantrum and chained Prometheus to a rock in Tartarus while an eagle eats his liver, only for it to grow back overnight -nice! And that’s where this story begins.

Hermes is trying to avoid his father after the events of book one, although this can be read as a standalone, and so he frees Prometheus in the hope Zeus will be distracted getting him back. Not all goes to plan however and Prometheus ends up crash landing in the path of New York’s head vampire cop Julian.

There then follows an absolute gem of a narrative which sees plotting and double-crossing in the vampire world having a parallel with the interference and actions of the Gods while Prometheus and Julian fall into an unlikely relationship.

I loved Julian, he’s all about duty and doing the right thing and he has an inbuilt need to look after people, and while Prometheus is the original rebel, after five thousand years underground, he’s like a newborn baby in the modern world and utterly out of place.

The passion between them is wonderfully spicy but it quite quickly turns into more as Julian becomes involved in Prometheus’ fight to stay out of Tartarus.

I also loved, as with book one, that the authors pulled in another lesser-known member of the Greek Pantheon – in this case Prometheus’ daughter Aidos and introduces my favourite Greek Goddess Nemesis.

***Spoiler***

There’s also a wonderful subversion of the vampire origins myth to here have them created by Artemis to be her eternal hunt, immortal warriors placed on Earth to protect mankind against the machinations of the Gods, and it works really well.

The pacing in this book is so good, I was still awake at 3am finishing it off (having started it at midnight) because I couldn’t find a spot at which I felt capable of leaving it overnight!

As with the first book, there’s humour, steamy scenes, romantic scenes and fast-moving dialogue which pulls the reader deep into the world of vampiric New York.

Next up is another hidden gem from Greek mythology Thanatos, the God of Death and Glaucus and I’m interested to see which version of his origins they’re going to use!

#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review

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