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Publisher's Summary

David Warner reads a new novel featuring the 12th Doctor and Clara, as played by Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the hit BBC TV series.

"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.

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....

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?

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not usually a fan of medieval times fantasy

this story was engrossing and had quite a few well established characters. my only complaint was loosing track of whom was speaking. the narration switches from first to third person inexplicably at times, but i believe this is a source issue and not a problem with the narrator.

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  • K.
  • 10-02-17

Fun Fantasy/Sci Fi Romp

Not fully convinced by the 'Big Twist' but is was a fun journey as they say.
With a scale not practical to a TV show the story is fast paced fun that does finish a little too quickly.
Clara is on form, for fellow fans, though the Dr is very secondary in this adventure.
The switching narrative style suits the story well.

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  • WebbsWonder
  • 06-05-17

Holds the attention

Kept hold of the imagination, narrator is easy to listen to. Would recommend it to any who fan

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  • orkney buyer
  • 07-16-16

Doctor Who: Royal Blood Review

I like David Warner's narration of this story because it goes he does want to be a doctor who narrator.

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  • 03-19-17

Doctor Who world but a bit boring

I always like it when the author gets the characters right, and this story did that...
The unknowingly rude Peter Capaldi Doctor & the confidently quizzical Clara.
Also, it was an interesting idea for the storyteller to be one of the secondary characters. This created a good sense of intrigue.
However, this story didn't grab me. Found the overall storyline a bit boring. I probably won't listen to it again.