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    The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers has long been tasked with maintaining magic within His Majesty's lands. But lately, the once proper institute has fallen into disgrace. Zacharias Wythe ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England's magical stocks are drying up.

    When his adventure brings him in contact with a woman with immense power, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery.

    ©2015 Zen Cho (P)2015 Recorded Books Inc

    Commentaires

    "Full of delights and surprises. Zen Cho unpins the edges of the canvas and throws them wide." (Naomi Novik, New York Times best-selling author of Temeraire)
    "Inventive, dangerous, brilliant, unsettling, and adorable, all at the same time." (Courtney Milan)

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    • Joki
    • 08/02/2020

    Too Uneven

    I had a hard time getting into Sorcerer to the Crown. For me, I just didn't like any of the characters and felt very frustrated by their decisions. In one way, Cho creates a very British milieu, with all the Regency-period foibles one would expect from the period. But the writing is also very inconsistent, often times falling back on more modern phrasing that can be jarring when set against so much antiquated dialogue. Our main character is also very modern-feeling: yet another female who makes stupid decisions constantly and has to be rescued from them all the time (instead of using her brain). That was perhaps the most modern nod in the book - yet another female protagonist who is thoroughly unlikeable but with whom everyone inexplicably falls instantly in love.

    Story: Zacharias already has a lot on his plate: the young sorcerer was chosen to be head of the magicians in England - despite his lineage of being a product of African slaves. There are those who are ready to depose him for the color of his skin. But adding to his troubles is a drought in the supply of magic in England, making the country perilously defenseless (another thing to blame on the 'unnatural' state of a black head sorcerer in England). When he leaves to give a speech at a witch's school, he meets Prunella - half Indian, half British, and all mischief. Things are about to get much more complicated for Zacharias.

    My main problem with the book is this: Zacharias is willfully clueless and inept and Prunella is devious and manipulative. So most of the book was Prunella scheming to get Zacharias to do what she wanted while also having grand plans of....marrying someone wealthy? I disliked her character and the author did not convince me she was interesting, smart, or even worth following. The same with Zacharias, who bumbles through most of the book while dealing with being oppressed.

    A lot of the book is the counterpoint of the oppressed: Zacharias for his African descent and Prunella for her Indian heritage along with being a female. Yet it's oppression through a modern lens that just doesn't sit right for a book that attempts to be so meticulous about the period. I can't help but wish for an Austen-type heroine who has to think her way through problems and doesn't resort to blackmail, manipulations, lies, half truths, and trickery in order to push her agenda. She's also a trope-fest: mysterious past, dead parents, world-saving ability she doesn't know about and has to discover, unique snowflake, beautiful, and everyone falls at her feet because.....why? The book feels like it doesn't know what it wants to be: serious historical fantasy with a soapbox or frilly lightweight teen urban fantasy with a message about grrrrl power. Tacked in the middle of both is a very uncomfortable romance.

    I listened to the Audible version and the narrator just didn't feel right for the story. Her gravely voice full of gravitas didn't bring out the age and personality of the characters in a way that felt organic or realistic.

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    • Rasmus
    • 31/01/2020

    Lacking character motivations and skipping story

    While the world was enjoyable and fun to get to know there was a distinct lack of character motivations, especially for our main heroine. The actions they take come out of nowhere and there is next to no build up for big story beats. Many times I found myself wondering if I had somehowed missed 5 hours of book somewhere in the middle.

    It also took the book around 4 hours to get going.

    As I mentioned earlier, the main heroine doesn't really motivate her actions and I hate to say it, but she gives me the feeling of being a mary sue. Not as a author insert, but as a character that can do everything and anything without any significant effort or setback.

    If you're interested in a slower book with a story that doesn't revolve around a world ending event in an interesting world, give this book a try.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 09/04/2019

    Hilarious + well-developed characters. Great plot!

    Love love love this one. The heroine is feisty, ambitious, ruthless but also loyal and honourable. She's also hilarious.

    The entire story is witty and compelling. It took a while for the story to move but it was because setting up characters and relationships was done so well.

    This reads like an Austen novel but with magic and faeries and dragons. Also with such a global perspective.

    The performance is so good as well.

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    • Meikie
    • 11/12/2018

    Engaging, with strong characters

    I simply adored the story! The narrator really brought it to life, her voices for each of the characters were unique, I could listen to her all day. The story itself was amazing, intelligent and forthright. The depiction of the racism suffered by the lead characters was open and honest, but overall there was no bitterness. And finally, there's nothing I love so well in a story as good English - the author has my admiration, I would love to read more from her.

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    • Valeria Milotti
    • 16/02/2021

    Very fun but not great

    The book is well written, and some passages made me laugh out loud. Most of the characters were lovable (especially Zacharias) and the story was interesting. My main problem is, I couldn't really connect with Prunella: she's immediately very good at everything she does, much more so than people who practiced for years. In short, she's a Mary Sue.
    I would still recommend the book, though, because it is genuinely fun.