“You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!” — The Doctor, Season 2, Episode 2

royal-blood

The last time i wrote a review for a Dr. Who book it was because i had gotten one for mariah from Blogging for books and honestly, I GOT HOOKED! so I got another Dr. Who book for myself this time and i have to say that i was so much more impressed with the one i got this time than the one i got last time.

I picked Doctor Who: Royal Blood By Una McCormack. She puts so much detail into this book i can see it becoming part of the tv series…. which BTWS i have also gotten hooked onto as well! Much to Mariahs surprise i have been binge watching like crazy!!!!

Synopsis:

“The Grail is a story, a myth! It didn’t exist on your world! It can’t exist here!”
The city-state of Varuz is failing. Duke Aurelian is the last of his line, his capital is crumbling, and the armies of his enemy, Duke Conrad, are poised beyond the mountains to invade. Aurelian is preparing to gamble everything on one last battle. So when a holy man, the Doctor, comes to Varuz from beyond the mountains, Aurelian asks for his blessing in the war.
But all is not what it seems in Varuz. The city-guard have lasers for swords, and the halls are lit by electric candlelight. Aurelian’s beloved wife, Guena, and his most trusted knight, Bernhardt, seem to be plotting to overthrow their Duke, and Clara finds herself drawn into their intrigue…
Will the Doctor stop Aurelian from going to war? Will Clara’s involvement in the plot against the Duke be discovered? Why is Conrad’s ambassador so nervous? And who are the ancient and weary knights who arrive in Varuz claiming to be on a quest for the Holy Grail…?

Doctor and Clara work well. There is a strong grasp of their relationship and some enjoyable dialogue. Unfortunately the two spend a lot of the novel separated and thus this interaction is absent for most of the book. Instead both are paired off with a character that is a bit dull. The Doctor spends most of his time with Bernhardt who seems to just tolerate him. For much of the story the Doctor is quite ineffective and it is likely that events may have proceeded in much the same way with or without his presence. For all “Whovians” this is a must read! Below, as usual is the buying link for amazon and as always, READ ON BOOKWORMS!

Amazon Buying Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Doctor-Who-Royal-Blood/dp/184990992X

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