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Sorcerer to the Crown (A Sorcerer to the Crown Novel) (original 2015; edition 2016)

by Zen Cho (Author)

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Member:GeoffHabiger
Title:Sorcerer to the Crown (A Sorcerer to the Crown Novel)
Authors:Zen Cho (Author)
Info:Ace (2016), Edition: Reprint, 384 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:fantasy, historical fiction, Regency, urban fantasy, magic, sorcerer

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Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (2015)

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This was a thoroughly fun and entertaining book to read. At first, the story started rather slow and it took me a while to get to know and like the main character of Zacharias Wythe, the Sorcerer Royal. As I continued reading I found that I liked the character of Prunella so much better, maybe because Zen Cho wrote her as such a stark opposite to Zacharias. But what I most loved about the story was Zen's dedication to crafting a world built on magic, with defined rules for how the magic was used and woven into the world. I highly recommend this book for anybody who not only has a love for the Regency Period of England - with all the ways of gentlemen and ladies - but for anybody who has a love for "urban" fantasy, though between Sorcerer to the Crown and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, maybe the term Regency Fantasy should be used. ( )
  GeoffHabiger | Jun 13, 2018 |
Updated: I have just upped my star rating from 4 to 5 because every time I think of this book (which has been suprisingly often) I have wanted more of it and to read it again. So apparently it has grown on me and I do think that I will end up rereading it when the next book is out.

yeah more regency fantasy, great book. highly entertaining ( )
  macthekat82 | May 22, 2018 |
What an enjoyable tale, great reimagining of the Britain Empire filled with Sorcerers and Fairy folk right along with the class clashes and Imperialism that marked the time. I really enjoyed the characters in this one and can't wait to read the sequel.... I'm hoping for more of Damerell and Rollo along with more Prunella and Zacharias, LOL! ( )
  RivetedReaderMelissa | Mar 22, 2018 |
3.5/5 stars

Sorcerer to the Crown was a good read, but I found parts in the middle kind of boring. I liked the beginning and the end, but the middle part was kind of meh. We are introduced to Zacharias, the new Sorcerer Royal, and we learn about the difficulties he has in his new position. We are then introduced to Prunella Gentleman, who lives and works in a school for gentlewitches. We follow them meeting, and how their lives intertwine. The introductions and meeting were great, and the ending where a showdown happens is fun, but the middle about the politics, and some magic stuff did not keep my interest very well.

I found the writing a little hard to follow, it didn't keep me engrossed. It felt a little clunky. The overall story was good and I enjoyed the acts to right injustices and inequality of gender roles. It was kinda cool to find out that women were way better suited to magic than men.

Overall, quite enjoyable. Would recommend if you enjoy slower reads with intricate politics and descriptions. Kind of a fantasy of manners. ( )
  jdifelice | Jan 20, 2018 |
Similar in tone and creepy-magic-ness to Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell but... also quite different in character and world-building. Much enjoyed. ( )
  zeborah | Jan 1, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425283372, Hardcover)

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…

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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.."--… (more)

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