I’m always up for a Tenth Doctor story, so requesting this ARC was a no-brainer.
PLOT: This is a version of Cinderella, with all the details you expect to find in a Cinderella story, but a bit more menacing all around. And with zombies. And the Tenth Doctor.
MY TWO CENTS: It’s a short story, so (duh) it’s really short. This is set at a time when the Tenth Doctor is companionless, so he’s on his own when he stumbles into the plot. This allows him to quickly (but lightly) bond with the protagonists. He certainly acts like the Tenth Doctor, which helps the reader believe in the story. On the other hand, you just don’t get much time to bond with the other characters, and yet that seems okay.
BOTTOM LINE: A cute little story, but not super-special. The Cinderella connection is amusing, but it’s all just a pleasant diversion. If you’re missing Ten and want a little bit of a story, then go for it. If you’re looking for more character development, this won’t fulfill you.
TEACUP RATING: I give it around three out of five teacups. I’m not sure I’d want to reread it, but it doesn’t stop me from looking into other Time Trips stories.
ON SALE DATE: The Ebook version of The Bog Warrior and other individual Time Trips short stories are available now; the entire Time Trips Collection will be published in hardcover on March 3, 2015.
Note: Review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.