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Doctor Who: Royal Blood by Una McCormack

Updated on September 22, 2015


I was sent a free copy of Doctor Who: Royal Blood by Una McCormack in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of Doctor Who: Royal Blood by Una McCormack.

“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.

— Una McCormack

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...

— Una McCormack

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…?

— Una McCormack

Una McCormack

Una McCormack began her career in writing after her online fanfiction was noticed by an editor from Star Trek books. She currently has novels published by Pocket Books. She writes tie-in stories, pitches ideas, and writes her own stories created from scratch.

Una McCormack lives in Cambridge, England, where she reads, writes, and teaches.Una McCormack graduated from Newnham College and has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Surrey. Una McCormack enjoys watching "Chuck", "Blake's 7", and "Doctor Who".

Una McCormack has written many books including:

  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Missing
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Never Ending Sacrifice
  • Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Brinkmanship
  • Doctor Who: The King's Dragon
  • Doctor Who: Way through the Woods (Dr. Who)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Hollow Men
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Worlds of Deep Space Nine #1: Cardassia and Andor
  • Star Trek: The Fall: The Crimson Shadow


First off as I wrote at the top "I was sent a free copy of Doctor Who: Royal Blood by Una McCormack in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of Doctor Who: Royal Blood by Una McCormack."

I was excited at the prospect of reading a Doctor Who book on one of the newer Doctors. Twelve has never been my favorite, I prefer doctors nine through eleven personally. However I was still excited to read Doctor Who: Royal Blood by Una McCormack.

I found myself somewhat disappointed by Doctor Who: Royal Blood by Una McCormack I guess that I got my hopes up to high. Now I do not want you to think that Doctor Who: Royal Blood by Una McCormack is a bad book because it is far from bad it is just not the amazing read I was hoping for. I found that it was bogged down by repetitiveness for instance in the first chapter I lost count of the number of times Clara asked the same question of the Doctor. Questions like, when are we going to be there, are we lost, and are you sure they don't know you. The last question was asked so many times that I almost put the book down.

The plot of Doctor Who: Royal Blood by Una McCormack is well thought out and well written though I would have prefered if Doctor Who: Royal Blood by Una McCormack moved at a faster pace. There were many times when the book moved at a snails crawl. I would have prefered to have been dropped into the center of the conflict instead of the slow introduction that Doctor Who: Royal Blood by Una McCormack gave to the plot. The new characters themselves were well written and fleshed out nicely I only wish that Clara and the Doctor would have stayed more real to the TV show.

Overall while I enjoy reading Doctor Who books knowing what I know now I would have skipped this one. If I had to rate this book on a scale I would give it three out of five stars, an average rating of neither goo nor bad standing.


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