Review: Sorcerer to the Crown

Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal #1)
by Zen Cho 
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Ace


At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave, eminently proficient magician, and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers—one of the most respected organizations throughout all of Britain—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… 

My Thoughts

*I received a copy of this book from Ace for reviewing purposes. This in no way influenced my opinion. describes this book as Jane Austen crossed with Susanna Clarke and Ignatius Sanco. Their blurb sold me on this book. I'm a huge Austen fan, but I also love a good fantasy. Magic and political intrigue check my "I want to read that book" boxes. Not to mention, the cover is absolutely gorgeous! 

The award wining Zen Cho creates a mysterious, magical world that is everything you expect it to be plus much more. Zacharias Wythe is the main character of the book. He is the Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers. He's also a freed slave and faces many obstacles and prejudice from the other philosophers, not to mention somebody is trying to murder him. The society is in a bit of trouble when magic starts to dry up.

On his travels, Zacharias meets Prunella Gentleman. She's a fierce, kickass woman, who is also a very talented magician. The only problem is women in this era are taught to suppress their magical abilities. But Prunella wants to change that with the help of Zacharias. Mystery and intrigue also surround Prunella as she starts to uncover the truth about her past.

I love everything about this book. The characters are fantastic and dynamic. The story line is fast-paced and clever. I love the era that it's set it. The manners, the clothes, I love it all. I also love how Cho takes this already familiar world and builds upon it. The magical world that she built is as diverse as her characters. Cho is a gifted writer who has enchanted this reader. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. It's everything I've been wanting and more.