REVIEW: Doctor Who: The King’s Dragon by Una McCormack

Title: Doctor Who: The King’s Dragon
Author: Una McCormack
Year of Publication: 2010
Genre: Media Tie-In
Format: Hardcover
Length: 244 pages
First Line: “They came only at night.”

Summary: 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…?

Review: The King’s Dragon was the first book I have read by author Una McCormack. Before this novel, she had previously written a 2nd Doctor short story featured in Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership. Besides that McCormack had penned a few Star Trek novels and essays.

This novel wasn’t fantastic nor was it completely terrible. It was just average.

The author writes the trio very well, especially Rory. If you ship Rory/Amy you’ll be in for a treat because there were a few make-out scenes between the couple.

The plot was also almost an exact copy of Beowulf so be prepared for that. Perhaps that was a big reason why I disliked this book. I love my fairytale retellings, but I am not a fan of Beowulf by any means.

Worst part: The Beowulf retelling/plot line.

Best part: The trio, especially Rory were very in-character.

Grade: C

Recommend For: Rory fans, Rory/Amy shippers, or those who do like the Beowulf story.

Other Books by This Author: Doctor Who: The Way Through The Woods and Star Trek Deep Space Nine: The Never Ending Sacrifice

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