Orion and King Arthur

Orion and King Arthur

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Ben Bova's timeless hero returns . . . at the nexus of myth and history!

More than human, less than god, Orion has fought across time and space at the whims of his Creators, god-like beings from the future who toy with human history like spoiled children playing with dolls. From the frozen wastes of the Ice Age to far-flung interstellar empires, 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 dark years after the Romans abandoned the island kingdom. Minor kings and warlords feud amongst themselves even as invading hordes of Saxons and Angles 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 vainglorious Creator, Aten the Golden One, 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.
Defying his own creator, and risking his own immortal existence, 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.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2013, c2011
ISBN: 9780765368065
Branch Call Number: SF BOV
Characteristics: 373 p. ;,18 cm

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Jan 08, 2013

Surprisingly good book as I'm not usually a Bova fan (too corporate and status quoy for my tastes), but his take on the Arthurian legend was superlatively written. Highly recommended, although it drags where the story background on the main character, Orion, is repeat with some frequency.

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