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It must be relatively early on in the Tardis for Rory; not long after ‘The Vampires of Venice’, the events of which are fresh in his mind. The author has him exhibiting a lot of awe and wonder at his surroundings. There wasn’t much chance for this in the programme as he didn’t really go anywhere3 off Earth before his ‘demise’ in ‘Cold Blood’. It is, therefore, a nice touch for the author to play on this.
The initial stages of the novel are quite intriguing due to the setting being a mix of medieval and fantasy. Unfortunately this world lacks depth as we see very little of it apart from the city of Geath. The science fiction elements of the story take over quickly and things dully descend into an office meeting about administration and procedures. The fantasy style locale soon becomes irrelevant. There isn’t the subtle merging of science fiction touches that enrich the world in the way of ‘The Curse of Peladon’ or ‘The Androids of Tara’. Despite initial impressions this is a science fiction story rather than a fantasy or quasi-historical one.
Likewise, there’s also a quite spooky prologue, but the atmosphere of that is never recaptured, disappointingly.
Despite expectations the novel is light on dragons. Although it is an integral and vital part of the story, the ‘dragon’ is more of a plot artifice than anything. It is less of a dragon than that which appears in ‘Dragonfire’.Read more ›
This is an Eleventh Doctor novel, featuring the Doctor as played by Matt Smith, with his companions Amy and Rory.
The Doctor has taken Amy and Rory to Geath, a wonderful city known for the beauty of its building, the wisdom of its people, and the peaceful way of life. But something’s not right. The city is full of golden baubles, on a world where gold is not native. Where did it come from? And why is there a King, Beol on the throne, with his Teller, and a dragon, where Geath was always ruled by a Council? If the Doctor’s worried, shouldn’t everybody be?
This is a great story; it turns from what seems like it’s going to be a ‘dungeons and dragons’-type story rapidly to one of evolved civilisations, hostile forces, and the aftermath of terrible wars. Definitely well worth reading, this is a really good Eleventh Doctor story.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good story but not brilliantly written. My Grand daughter who loves Dr Who (as do I) got bored and we didnt finish it. We love a well written book but this didnt captivate us.Published 6 months ago by slatelady1
Once again, a well-written 'typical' Doctor Who adventure. I really enjoyed it, wanting to know what had created the dilemma behind everything. It also has a satisfying ending!Published on 11 May 2014 by Maria J. Dorman
This book was really good because once I started reading it I couldn't put it down.It was really tense, exciting.It was AMAZINGPublished on 9 Mar. 2014 by Kermit 67
Would highly recommend it to doctor who fan, enjoyed it a lot . Liked the beginning the most of itPublished on 19 Feb. 2014 by R.kennedy
'They called it Enamour. It turned minds, sold merchandise, and swayed elections. And it did its job far too well... Read morePublished on 14 April 2013 by kk
Doctor Who and The King's Dragon is the usual good vs evil. It basically tells of an alien artifact infecting a city with gold... Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2010 by Bryan
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