Monday, October 19, 2015

Fall Reads: Doctor Who: Royal Blood


Doctor Who: Royal Blood
The Glamour Chronicles
by Una McCormack
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pub. Date: September 8, 2015
ISBN: 978-1101905838
Pages: 240
Buy Link: Amazon


I guess you can call me a Whovians because my love for the British science-fiction series Doctor Who, which is currently in it's 9th season on BBC America. (Well, technically this is the 35 season if you count the 1963-1989 seasons.) Now when I see any Doctor Who media-tie in novel, I just have to read it.

The newest book, titled Doctor Who: Royal Blood, was released to bookstores last month and is set in the current 9 season. The plot involves the 12th Doctor and his companion Clara landing near the city-state of Varuz, a medieval kingdom where the knights have lasers. Yes, I said lasers. The war-torn kingdom is ruled by Duke Aurelian, whom is preparing his men for one final fight to save his people. The Doctor is mistaken for a holy man and the Duke asks for his blessing in the war.

Out of the blue, the fictional Lancelot arrives in search the Holy Grail. The Doctor realizes that there is something really strange happening on this planet and he is determined to find out who or what is behind it.

When I had signed up to review to Doctor Who: Royal Blood, I wasn't aware this was part of The Glamour Chronicles series, so I'm not for sure which part this is in the series. For me, it feels more like a stand-alone novel. I didn't like for the constant change from the third-person narrative to the point-of-view of Lord Bernhardt. While the author did a decent job with crating the chemistry between the Doctor and Clara, the plot is badly cliched. I mean how many times is the doctor going to go to a medievil world, where there just happens to be something weird going on. Now, I'm not saying that this is a complete waste of time to read, but Doctor Who: Royal Blood could have been better written.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Una McCormack is a New York Times bestselling author. She has written two Doctor Who novels featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory: The King's Dragon and The Way through the Woods, as well as several audio dramas for Big Finish. She lives in Cambridge with her partner, Matthew, and their daughter, Verity.

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