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"We need to reach out. We need to continue the line..."
On a windswept northern shore, the islanders believe the worst they have to fear is a Viking attack. Then the burning comes. Water will not stop it. It consumes everything in its path - yet the burned still speak.
The Doctor encounters a people under attack from a power they cannot possibly understand. They have no weapons, no strategy and no protection against a fire sent to engulf them all. The islanders must take on a ruthless alien force in a world without technology; but at least they have the Doctor on their side... Don't they?
...... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter one): The Doctor looked down at the board, sighed and gently knocked over the king with one finger.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 136): 'Argh, I am not going to die in metric!' he said out loud.
MY THOUGHTS: Penned by Jenny T Colgan, an author perhaps best known for her chick-lit novels, Dr Who: Dark Horizons is the latest Doctor Novel to hit the shelves.
Featuring the 11th Doctor as played by Matt Smith on BBC tv I think the author captured this Doctor's persona perfectly. Arrogant, egotistical, smug and too child-like for my liking - sadly there was only a slim chance that I was going to like the character.
The first 'Doctor' novel I've read, I was delighted to discover that as much as it was about aliens it was also about the 'human condition'. That thankfully, hardly a horned-helmet in sight, the Vikings were portrayed as a somewhat isolated community struggling to exist on a harsh, windswept Northern shore made harsher still by the arrival of the Arill, an 'Alien' entity attracted to earth by the electric impulses of human brains.
Perhaps a story more suited as a 'quick read' rather than a full blown novel. Quite puerile in many ways and yet at the same time peppered with quite graphic descriptions - I was surprised by just how 'grown-up' some of the content was - this is definitely not one for little ones.
All in all a disappointing read made all the more so by the poor sentence construction (not something I expected from an author of this calibre) and the typing errors that though only occasional were very noticeable.
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