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Monday, November 11, 2013

Review: Doctor Who: Magic of the Angels

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Doctor Who: Magic of the Angels
by Jacqueline Rayner

Plot Summary:

'No one from this time will ever see that girl again...'

The Doctor, Amy and Rory round off a sight-seeing tour round London with a trip to the theatre. That's when things start to go wrong.

The Doctor wonders why so many young girls are going missing from the area. When he sees Sammy Star's amazing magic act, he thinks he knows the answer. Sammy's glamorous assistant disappears at the climax of the act - but this is no stage trick.

The Doctor and his friends team up with residents of an old people's home to discover the truth. And together they find themselves face to face with a deadly Weeping Angel.

Whatever you do - don't blink!

A thrilling all-new adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television


This is a Quick Read adventure, but it packs in a very clever and entertaining story in just 110 pages!  The Angels are of course brilliantly scary monsters and the author uses them to good effect.  The idea of a magician using an Angel to create an ultimate disappearing act was a great one, and the danger that is always at hand when an Angel is loose made for some very tense moments in this story.  The time travel aspect was also well done when the reader realizes what has happened to the assistants who have disappeared.

The author also captured the banter and camarderie of the Doctor, Amy and Rory very well and it was nice to see that Rory had an important role in the story, that he was very suited for because he's a nurse.  I think the author made all the quirks of the characters work very well in the narrative and it made this a believable adventure for the trio.

It's too bad this is such a short read, but it does have some great moments - like the Doctor donning the Third Doctor's outfit! - and I would recommend this one to every Doctor Who fan!



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  1. Sounds neat. I've really not read any of the Quick Reads yet (and I've been TERRIBLE about reading any Who books since starting my new job this Summer) but this does sound neat so I'll definitely have to seek it out. :)

    1. I bought a few when I was in England cause they are so cheap! And it's nice to have a quick Doctor Who read to pass the time. :) The quality is sometimes iffy, but this one was a great one, so I'm glad you'll give this one a read!

  2. I've got to check out the Doctor Who books! This one sounds so cool, and I'm also glad that Rory got an important role in it. :) Great review!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

    1. I do love getting to read more adventures with Amy and Rory since they are not on the show anymore *sigh*!

  3. Eeeep, a DW book based around the Angels is ALWAYS going to be awesome <3

    Also, it's nice to see a female author of these books. Most of the New Adventures seem to be written by male authors.

    1. Oh that's true, I haven't really noticed that! I think Jacqueline Rayner did a great job with this, and I believe she's written more Doctor Who novels, so I need to check those out! (Although I did read The Stone Rose and I liked that one as well!)

  4. I didn't know Doctor Who short reads existed, but I'm so glad they do. That sounds like a quick adventure!