15 Mar 2019

ARC #Review: THE TRUE QUEEN by Zen Cho


Author: Zen Cho
Series: Sorcerer Royal #2
Source: eARC via Publisher
Publisher: Ace Books
Publication Date: March 12, 2019
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In the follow-up to the "delightful" Regency fantasy novel (NPR.org) Sorcerer to the Crown, a young woman with no memories of her past finds herself embroiled in dangerous politics in England and the land of the fae. 

When sisters Muna and Sakti wake up on the peaceful beach of the island of Janda Baik, they can't remember anything, except that they are bound as only sisters can be. They have been cursed by an unknown enchanter, and slowly Sakti starts to fade away. The only hope of saving her is to go to distant Britain, where the Sorceress Royal has established an academy to train women in magic.

If Muna is to save her sister, she must learn to navigate high society, and trick the English magicians into believing she is a magical prodigy. As she's drawn into their intrigues, she must uncover the secrets of her past, and journey into a world with more magic than she had ever dreamed.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

See my review of SORCERER TO THE CROWN!

The sequel to the ah-mazing SORCERER TO THE CROWN, THE TRUE QUEEN has magic, mayhem, and strong female characters that you root for the whole way through. I loved seeing the old characters, meeting new ones, and being introduced to more magic in this than we previously saw.

I loved seeing how British magic was different from Indian magic. It was such a good exploration of colonization and how that impacts what we are taught and understand. Just like with SORCERER TO THE CROWN, this is talked about on a high level, but not really explained in full detail, which I think is a bit of a miss, but overall I enjoyed that aspect.

THE BEST PART THOUGH. Muna and Henrietta's relationship. I was so grateful to see such on-screen chemistry between them. And while a lot of the book is pretty predictable (Muna has to "fake" being a sorceress while trying to get her memories back in a foreign land and falls in love), it was still amazing. I loved being able to see a lot of tropes that are in Adult Fantasy through a f/f lens.

Cho has created a masterpiece of Fantasy and I hope you pick it up. And guess what! If you haven't read SORCERER TO THE CROWN, you can still read this! There is enough explanation to get you through some aspects and the story focuses mainly on our new character(s) so you can learn more about them instead.

1 comment:

  1. Great review, and GREAT job with the reading. 44 books so far is amazing! I'm only at 27 right now lol


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