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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (8 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184607990X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846079900
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.3 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the idyllic city-state of Geath, the Doctor and Amy become embroiled in an ancient civil war

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Una McCormack lives in Cambridge, where she reads, writes and teaches. She and her partner have no cats and many Daleks.


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The pre-industrial city of Geath comes as something of a surprise to Amy. Her preconception about alien planets is that they come complete with flying cars and rockets. The Doctor is surprised for another reason. Geath is famed for its hospitality towards strangers, but when they arrive at the city's gated entrance, the Doctor, Amy and Rory find it locked. However, our heroic trio gain access thanks to the always handy psychic paper.

Inside the city, the Doctor receives another bolt from the blue. Geath's fiercely democratic traditions have been usurped by the arrival of a king. And with the king comes a golden statue of a dragon. It soon becomes apparent that this dragon is the cause of Geath's new introspection. The dragon emits an illicit substance called Enamour: a spangly material that induces feelings of wealth and well-being in its owners.

Una McCormack's previous writing credits in terms of novels are tied-in with 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' (The Never Ending Sacrifice, Cardassia and Andor and Hollow Men). I found this `Doctor Who' novel to be an engrossing read despite its lack of action. The author's descriptive prose is elegant and the narrative flows nicely, if a little languidly at times. I enjoyed the characterisations of the three leading players, particularly the likeable Rory who has some nice moments in this story.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Aug. 2010
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An original Doctor Who novel, telling an all new story not seen on the tv show. Featuring the 11th Doctor, Amy and Rory. Set some unspecified time in between the sixth and eighth episodes of the show's most recent season.

It runs for two hundred and forty four pages of quite large print and is divided into thirteen chapters.

It's suitable for readers of all ages and the characterisation of the three characters is spot on, giving you no problems imagining the actors saying the dialogue.

The story sees the TARDIS arrive on a world with a pre-industrial society and the Doctor and friends visit the beautiful main city there. Only to find that all is not as it should be. The elected leader has lost their place to a King who got the position after allegedly slaying a Dragon. The city is rich in gold. Which isn't usually found there.

The lure of precious metal and threats from above mean a long and memorable night lies ahead for the time travellers...

It is rather nice to have a pre-industrial society in the story, as it's not something the books in this range have tried before. So makes this nicely different from the off. Whilst feeling at first a little like something out of the quick read range of Doctor who books this then does manage to get going quite nicely, by virtue of the fact that it's strongly character based. There are three main supporting characters, all of whom manage to be strong characters in their own rights and the plot then develops as a result of their actions.

With a few good twists and turns after that the story does keep moving and developing and manages to keep the reader nicely involved to the end. An above average entry in the range and well worth a look.
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'They called it Enamour. It turned minds, sold merchandise, and swayed elections. And it did its job far too well...'

In the city-state of Geath, the King lives in a golden hall, and the people want for nothing. Everyone is happy and everyone is rich. Or so it seems. When the Doctor, Amy and Rory look beneath the surface, they discover a city of secrets. In dark corners, strange creatures are stirring. At the heart of the hall, a great metal dragon oozes gold.

Then the Herald appears, demanding the return of her treasure... And next come the gunships. The battle for possession of the treasure has begun, and only the Doctor and his friends can save the people of the city from being destroyed in the crossfire of an ancient civil war. But will the King surrender his new-found wealth? Or will he fight to keep it...?

A thrilling fantasy adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television.
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The 11th incarnation of Doctor Who as played by Matt Smith leads his companions Amy and Rory to the preindustrial city state of Geath 'A byword for hospitality, craftsmanship and civilised conversation ... Revered throughout the universe for the beauty of its buildings, the wisdom of its people...and...for twelve and a half thousand years, it has been at peace with its neighbouring cities'. But something is wrong. The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive at the city gates at dusk to find them closed and guarded. The streets are empty of Geath's famously gregarious society and the houses glitter with beautiful, strangely seductive gold. A king sits on his throne, a great golden dragon at his feet, but this seemingly free wealth has an owner who wants it back. Screaming spirits in spooky corridors, knights, a storyteller and a wise woman make for a beguiling story that skilfully weaves a mediaeval style culture with starships and battling aliens.
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