Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal Novel #1) (Paperback)

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By Zen Cho
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When Fairyland cuts off England's supply of magic (leaving them at the mercy of the French, which is not to be tolerated) it's up to Zacharias, the new head of the Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers to get it all back. And keep the Society from falling apart beneath him. Oh, and stay alive. Prunella is faced with a whole other set of problems when she discovers the extent of her own magical powers in a country where women with a hint of witchery are ignored or locked away. Ready to overturn all the proprieties constraining Zacharias, Prunella adds a nice dash of chaos to his beleaguered quest. In this delightful (and pitch-perfect) take on Regency fiction, Zen Cho doesn't let anything slip through the cracks. She gives voice to great characters who are in a unique position to the see the disparities of their world, and Sorcerer to the Crown is both an ode to the fiction of Georgette Heyer and Susanna Clarke and a call to expand the context (historical, political) of nineteenth-century magical fiction. And of course, great storytelling too!

— Ruby


Magic and mayhem clash with the British elite in this whimsical and sparkling debut.

The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers maintains the magic within His Majesty's lands. But lately, the once proper institute has fallen into disgrace, naming an altogether unsuitable gentleman as their Sorcerer Royal and allowing England's stores of magic to 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, ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England's magical stocks are drying up, an adventure that brings him in contact with Prunella Gentlewoman, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, and sets him on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain--and the world at large...

About the Author

Zen Cho was born and raised in Malaysia, and currently lives in London. She was a finalist for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, a nominee for the Pushcart Prize, and her short story collection Spirits Abroad was a joint winner of the Crawford Fantasy Award. Sorcerer to the Crown is her first novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780425283400
ISBN-10: 0425283402
Publisher: Ace Books
Publication Date: July 12th, 2016
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Sorcerer Royal Novel