This is the second novel Una McCormack has written for Doctor Who, the first being Doctor Who: The King's Dragon (also 11+Amy/Rory). I slightly worried when I picked up this one because Doctor Who: The King's Dragon is incredibly similar to the story of Beowulf. I thought 'The Way Through The Woods' with a wolf on the cover would be her version of Little Red Riding Hood or something. But huzzah, it's not. And by the way, there are no wolves in the novel. Bad deceiving cover!
McCormack's 'The Way Through The Woods' had an excellent story. I was really intrigued by the mystery of Swallow Woods and the hundreds who disappear into the woods every fifty years. I read this novel much faster than my usual reading time. But around a little over half way through when the mystery starts to become unraveled and you find out what's really going on the book really starts to go downhill. It becomes less interesting and you are left with a feeling of 'that's it'? Although someone for a change takes the Doctor up on his offer on taking them to another planet.
The characterization in my opinion was rubbish in this novel. I thought it was great in Doctor Who: The King's Dragon but McCormack missed the mark in this one. None of them really seemed like themselves, they all seemed genetic.
I'd recommend this to Doctor Who fans of course. If you enjoy Amy I feel like you will get more from this novel.