When the Third Doctor takes Jo 'BloKarting' in the Australian outback, they are startled to find grotesque statues made of salt, depicting figures and animals in various scenes of distress. But in this future desert is everything what it seems?
By far the shortest (so far) of the Time Trips, Trudi Canavan has nevertheless managed to provide a real flavour of two of what are clearly her favourite subjects: her home country and the Third Doctor. And like a good rum and raisin ice cream, these disparate flavours have blended together surprisingly well. Anyone expecting an epic fantasy akin to Canavan's other works is likely to be disappointed, but someone looking for a good yarn will be in for a treat.
The story has been kept simple, necessary to provide a good adventure in so few pages, while the small cast has been sketched in nicely and time given to develop these a little where appropriate. Getting the dog's viewpoint on occasion is a nice touch that adds to the mix.
To say too much more would spoil the plot, so I'll simply say I found Salt of the Earth to be short, straightforward and good fun; an entertaining evening's read. Worth the relatively low asking price. I hope Canavan will find the time to write a longer Doctor Who, I think she could do it rather well.