Guest Review: Faithless by Graham Austin-King. Reviewed by Dyrk Ashton.

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Today’s Guest review is by author Dyrk Ashton. He will be reviewing the book Faithless by Graham Austin-King Thanks Dyrk, we look forward to more of your reviews!


Faithless by Graham Austin-King

Release date: June 30, 2017


Paternus by Dyrk Ashton






Dyrk Ashton’s review of Graham Austin-King’s Faithless.


Extremely atmospheric, tight, dark and wonderfully strange, Austin-King’s latest reminds me a bit of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising, but at the same time, it has touches of Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind and Collin’s The Hunger Games – but it’s also very different, blazing it’s own path in style, structure, setting and approach. It’s a unique story, beautifully written, full of exquisitely described settings and well wrought characters, exciting as it is dripping with lingering dread and brooding tension.


The author has obviously done some in-depth research on mining and smithing, and it shows. Even in this fantasy world, the day-to-day seems incredibly real and present.


One of my favorite things about this book is the POV structure with which the story is told. I won’t say anything else on that, other than, though there are a whole lot of good reasons to read this book, what Austin-King does here surprised and delighted me to no end.


Highly recommended. I’m very much looking forward to the next book in this exciting new series.

5 Dyrk-stars.






Dyrk Ashton is a Midwestern boy who spent some time in Hollywood. He teaches film, geeks out on movies and books, and writes about regular folks and their trouble with monsters. His debut novel, the contemporary-urban-fantasy-mythic-fiction novel, Paternus, is available in eBook and print on Amazon, and audiobook on Amazon and Audible.















Faithless by Graham Austin-King

Release date: June 30, 2017


The temples of the Forgefather have fallen. The clerics and defenders that could once be found across the nine lands are no more. Priests huddle in the great temple, clinging to the echoes of their lost religion. But the Father has fallen silent. There are none who still hear his voice.

The mines of Aspiration lie far below the temple’s marble halls. Slaves toil in the blackness, striving to earn their way into the church and the light. Wynn has been sold into this fate, traded for a handful of silver. In the depths of the mines, where none dare carry flame, he must meet his tally or die. But there are things that lurk in that darkness, and still darker things within the hearts of men.

When the souls bound to the great forge are released in a failed ritual, one novice flees down into the darkness of the mines. The soulwraiths know only hunger, the risen know only hate. In the blackest depths Kharios must seek a light to combat the darkness which descends.


“Graham Austin-King crushes this one. Dark Fantasy at its finest!” Michael R Fletcher, author of Beyond Redemption.


“Claustrophic, dark, thoughtful, and full of tension.” Anna Smith Spark, author of The Court of Broken Knives.

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 living in the north of England and Canada he settled once again in the south surrounded by a seemingly endless horde of children and a very patient wife who can arguably say her husband is away with the faeries.

Fae – The Wild Hunt is his first completed novel and draws on a foundation of literary influences ranging from David Eddings to Dean Koontz.

Visit his blog at where you can sign up for e-mail updates and be the first to hear about new releases.

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