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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Curse of Prometheus by Morgan St. Knight - 4.5/5 Stars

Today, I am reviewing the Urban Fantasy story Curse of Prometheus by Morgan St. Knight. The first novel in what I hope to be a long series, it explores the story of Medea, the sorceress from ancient Greek mythology who assisted Jason and the Argonauts…and was later abandoned by them. The book was well worth the read, grabbing my attention and holding me to it.

I give this book a 4.5/5. Here is my breakdown.

Characters: 5/5. St. Knight creates a rich array of characters drawn from ancient Greek myths and mixed with modern day humanity. From the sorceress herself to her half-Titan aunts to the nosy neighbors down the street, each person is well-portrayed and has an impact in the story. Motivations are clear and believable, and the internal struggles that Medea must endure are captivating.

And it really is too bad about Hercules.

Plot/Storyline: 4.5/5. Very well played and well done. Greek mythology is an often-used source of inspiration for writers – I even have a book based on it coming out myself – but St. Knight does a great job of making it her own. Her interpretations and characterizations are unique. As a testament to her skill, she did not once remind me of Percy Jackson (an excellent series itself), despite having some of the same elements. The plot is effective and efficient. Medea has a job to do, but it gets disrupted and she has to figure out why. The twists are well-timed and hard to see coming, but don’t leave the reader feeling blindsided or like the author was trying to trick him/her. An exceptional story that I can’t wait to continue.

Flow: 5/5. Never a dull moment! St. Knight pushes the action forward with continual danger for our heroine. She hardly gets a chance to breathe, and never one to relax, before more madness comes her way. The story gains speed as one continues it, until, by the end, you’re paging so fast you’re liable to get a paper cut (or whatever the digital equivalent is)!

Spelling/Grammar: 3.75/5. Once again, an author falls victim to the spelling/grammar section. This was good, much better than some I’ve seen, but there were enough errors that I noticed them. The most common ones that I remember as I write this are some mistakes in punctuation, particularly after speech/dialogue (missing periods, or periods instead of commas, that sort of thing). I don’t think it detracted from the story, but they were present.

Overall: 4.5/5. After participating in St. Knight’s giveaway and reading the synopsis of Curse of Prometheus, I was excited to receive a copy and check it out for myself…and I was not disappointed. I’m a fan of books just like this one – gritty but hopeful, with new interpretations of classic myths. It’s what I love to write, and it’s what I love to read. St. Knight has earned herself a fan in me, and I hope one in you as well!

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