Top critical review
Atmospheric start, but tails off.
on 28 September 2012
A quiet English village cut off from the rest of the world, an alien masquerading as a leading figure of the community, an archaeological dig shrouded in mystery and danger - sound at all familiar?
Well, there are no Daemons but there are two potentially interesting alien spieces concerned with the village of Little Cadthorpe. Both could have been better. The Tahnn are seriously under used whereas the Weave are just a bit too silly to buy into the idea of them. Their conflict is reminiscent of the Sontaran/Ruton war but then, unfortunately, fails to go that way. Instead we get the Glamour chase itself which seems a little muddled.
I'm not sure what the nature of the 'Glamour' is or exactly what it is. A weapon? A healing source? A psychic field? An entertainment system? Appearing both scientific and magical, it is never adequately explained despite being the subject of the title. This is a shame because it makes the motivations of the characters a little vague if you don't know quite what it is everyone is after. In some ways that doesn't matter too much if you just accept it and enjoy the 'chase'.
What stands out about this novel is the extra thought put into the characterisation of Rory who was not that well developed in the TV series at the time this book was published. If anything he is the more proactive of the characters, even more so than the Doctor. This is nice to see for a change but it does seem to be a bit at the Doctor's expense. The Doctor has a lot less to do than normal and it is his 'silly' side that is given more time in the novel.
In my opinion it is one of the better books to be released in Matt Smith's first year but it is focussed more on Rory and other characters than the Doctor or Amy. If you want a book more closely related to the first Eleventh Doctor TV series it is probably best to go for one of the others released in this year.