Jordan is the third book of the Pendragon Legacy, following on from Lucan and Rion. It works well as a standalone novel, except for some rather strange concepts that were probably introduced more convincingly earlier (two-hearted dragon-shapers in particular). The story combines Arthurian legend with sci-fi, sending hyper-intelligent businesswoman Vivianne Blackstone out into space on a prototype spaceship with the mysterious, alluring, and not entirely truthful engineer Jordan McArthur at the helm, plus some scientists and stowaways.
The space-farers find themselves on a quest to find and unite certain missing artifacts. Rather jarringly, one artifacts in particular induces intense lust between the main protagonists, plus a touch of shared memories. The characters’ backstories are intriguingly drawn through the remembered scenes. But the plot becomes somewhat tortuous to a reader unfamiliar with “The Tribes” of earlier books.
Tension grows as the Tribes attack earth and the search becomes a race against time. Chaos, rather like that once cause by reading “War of the Worlds” on US radio, devours Jordan’s homeland, and the protagonists wonder if there’ll be anything left to save by the end of the tale.
The final scene is a delightful twist on space opera and good fun to read. I enjoyed the tale enough that, having found a stray copy of Rion at the bottom of a bookshelf, I shall probably read more. But this probably isn’t a series for readers too attached to solid historical or scientific interpretations of mythology.