Book Review: Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

sorcerer-to-the-crownSummary

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…

Buy the book: https://www.waterstones.com/book/sorcerer-to-the-crown/zen-cho/9781447299462

My Review

This book is brilliant and completely not what I expected. I read this expecting a bit of regency romp with magic thrown in, but this is so much more than that. The characters are interesting and believable, the magic system is well thought out and the plot is incredible.

Zen Cho manages to inject realism into a world with talking caterpillars, sorcerers and the aristocracy. Her characters are multidimensional, she takes on the problem of racism and sexism in a regency context and manages to still inject humour.

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