Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
(A Sorcerer Royal Novel)

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This is a book that embeds uncomfortable issues within a familiar, comfortable setting. It’s a great adventure, and if the romance isn’t altogether satisfying (there is an HEA but it comes at the very end and very quickly), the rest of the story makes up for it.
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In this sparkling debut, magic and mayhem clash with the British elite...

The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, one of the most respected organizations throughout all of England, has long been tasked with maintaining magic within His Majesty’s lands. But lately, the once proper institute has fallen into disgrace, naming an altogether unsuitable gentleman—a freed slave who doesn’t even have a familiar—as their Sorcerer Royal, and allowing England’s once profuse stores of magic to slowly bleed dry. At least they haven’t stooped so low as to allow women to practice what is obviously a man’s profession…

At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers and eminently proficient magician, ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up. But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…
 

About Zen Cho

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Zen Cho was a 2013 finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and included in the Carl Brandon Society Awards Honors. Cho was born and raised in Malaysia and lives in England.
Author Residence: London, UK
 
Published September 1, 2015 by Ace. 374 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Jul 15 2015

...gently barbed upper-crust comedy mixed with magical thrills, modern social consciousness, and a hint of political intrigue. A decidedly promising start.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Aug 14 2015

Zacharias brings to mind another orphaned young wizard whose combination of grit and melancholy captured readers’ hearts, and ingenious, gutsy Prunella simply shines.

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Dear Author

Above average
Reviewed by Sunita on Sep 14 2015

This is a book that embeds uncomfortable issues within a familiar, comfortable setting. It’s a great adventure, and if the romance isn’t altogether satisfying (there is an HEA but it comes at the very end and very quickly), the rest of the story makes up for it.

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Good
Reviewed by Amal El-mohtar on Sep 03 2015

Absolutely everything about this book is delightful. I can't remember the last time...as I laughed, I gasped, I shouted rude words at offending characters, and just generally fell over myself with admiration for Cho's dextrous depiction of Regency manners and wit.

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