Royal Blood

Royal Blood
Royal Blood

Synopsis

“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 Twelfth 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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Notes

Royal Blood is a novel for a second series of twelfth Doctor novels
Also available as an audio reading.
The Doctor has previously encountered Glamour technology in Ghosts of India and the Glamour Chase.
The TARDIS “has a knack for finding places” where help is needed. (The Doctor’s Wife)
Guena mistakes The Doctor for Clara’s father. (The Caretaker)
Clara drinks hot chocolate with Guena; later, The Doctor jokes that she might have “accidentally sworn an oath” by accepting the drink. (The Aztecs)
The Doctor’s suspicion of Lancelot, a folkloric hero, mirrors his earlier suspicion of Robin Hood. (Robot of Sherwood)
The Doctor has had significant involvement with figures reminiscent of Arthurian legend in the past, notably in Battlefield and One Fateful Knight.

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