Ben Bova’s timeless hero returns….at the nexus of myth and history!
“Orion has fought across time and space at the whims of his Creators, godlike beings from the future who toy with human history like spoiled children playing with dolls. Orion has been both assassin and hero, all the while striving to be reunited with Anya, the ageless goddess who is his one true love.
Now Orion finds himself in Britain in the years after the Romans abandoned the island kingdom. Minor kings and warlords feud among themselves even as invading hordes threaten to sweep over the land. There Orion befriends a young warrior named Arthur, who dreams of uniting his quarreling countrymen and driving the invaders from their lands. Along with a few brave comrades, Arthur hopes to the stem the tide of barbarism and create a new era of peace and prosperity.
But Orion’s Creator, Aten, has other plans for the timeline. Arthur’s noble ambitions interfere with Aten’s far-reaching schemes to reshape history to his own ends. He wants Arthur dead and forgotten—but Orion does not.
Orion will battle the gods themselves to see that Arthur fulfills his destiny. But can even he save Arthur from the tragedy that awaits him?
Orion and King Arthur is a thrilling new chapter in Ben Bova’s unforgettable cosmic saga.”
It’s been a long time since I read any of the Orion books. I fondly remember the first, Orion Among the Stars, though cannot say I like this 6th installment as much – even though it includes another favorite of mine, the King Arthur myths.
Aten, Orion’s powerful and not always nice Creator, throws him back to Camelot to cause Arthur’s death – creating, he hopes, a barbarian empire that will increase his hold on controlling the universe. Of course Orion isn’t so sure he wants to follow Aten’s rules (like he ever has??) and get’s his love (and another Creator) Anya, to help foil Aten’s nefarious plot.
Pretty straight forward plot and I do like the way Bova has woven Orion’s world in with Arthur’s – for the most part. But some of it comes off as too contrived and the dialogue rather forced. No big surprises or twists and I’m afraid new readers who haven’t read any of the other Orion series may not find the characters all that interesting.
The ending seems to suggest another Orion tale may be forthcoming. Hopefully something with a bit more substance.
Fans of Bova’s Orion series will definitely want to pick this one up, though I would recommend newcomers read at least one or two of the others in the series first.
Orion and King Arthur is a fun and quick read suitable for a summer weekend.