This book is the novelisation of the TV series, both written by the author of Catweazle, Richard Carpenter. If you haven’t seen or read Catweazle then you’re missing something fabulous. It’s a shame the same can’t be said about this book.
Carpenter has included a couple of elements that I find not terribly believable because they’re magic, although they do make some of the character’s actions work better. When a character believes they are doing the right thing and has magic on their side they go into battle with a different attitude and this comes through.
There is little of the inner voice of most of the characters, more with Robin than any other but it’s still glossed over. That could be because this is supposed to be the entirety of season one and with 158 pages there’s not a lot of room for extraneous words. It means we don’t find out much of the motivation for them unless Robin tells us. I think the other is that there is so much more happening on the screen that isn’t translated into word form, we don’t get the empathy that should be there, we don’t get the physical size or shape of people that would make some of comedic elements work and we don’t get the charisma that certain actors have in spades.
On the other hand, it is a nice little book. If you’re wanting to spend an hour or so in the company of something light then this is a good place to go. And if you’ve got younger people around they can read it too. Although there is a little blood and guts.