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The True Queen
The True Queen | Zen Cho
"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"--
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effani
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This was enjoyable, if a bit more predictable than I would have liked. I wish I had reread the previous book after all. Still, quite entertaining, and I'll look forward to when more books in the series come out.

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effani
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And now on to something better! It's been a while since I read the first one so I hope I don't have to remember it too well.

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quietjenn
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I loved the first book set in this world, but remember very little of it. This one started off a bit slowly for me, but now I'm fully feeling it!

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alisonrose
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This was such a fun read, definitely a strong follow up to Sorcerer to the Crown. I really liked Muna and Henrietta, and I also loved the bond between Muna and Sakti. I appreciate that the author gives us a fresh take on the fairy world too, because that‘s not easy to do these days. And some of the reveals were pretty fucking awesome. There was one little side arc that felt a little unnecessary but otherwise this was a great read. 4/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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“I wish I could explain to you the iniquity that lives in the heart of mortal man, but I confess it is beyond my own understanding.”

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alisonrose
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“They are a sanguinary people, the English,” the witch had said. “They are not content with quarreling with their neighbors, but must needs sail over the seas to trouble us too!”

[British History 101 😜]

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alisonrose
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“I shall make disgusting eating, I warn you!” shouted Sakti, struggling. “I have a bad disposition and everyone knows that turns mortal flesh rancid!”

[Me, if I ever come across a wild animal.]

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alisonrose
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I know Sorcerer to the Crown wasn‘t everyone‘s cup of tea, but I loved it. However, since I read it a while ago and admittedly don‘t remember much of the details, I also like that this is labeled as a “standalone sequel” so hopefully that won‘t matter 😆 #nowreading

jmtrivera I can't wait to hear your thoughts! 1mo
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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This sequel to Sorcerer to the Crown is a delightful return to Regency London and our favorite characters all make appearances, but as supporting players! I found the new MC Muna quite engaging and her storyline involving mystery & magic, and a trip thru/to Faery, complimented and contrasted nicely with the world of Crown—with new plot twists layered on top. It is also self-contained so while there will be a book 3, this is nicely wrapped up.

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bookishlyblessed
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#book3 finished during #24in48 and just over 21 hours down. Let's finish this thing!

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bookishlyblessed
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Starting my second audiobook for #24in48

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TuesdayReviews
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I had a backlog of reviews, so I decided to do an omnibus post with 5 short reviews. Curiously, each book disappointed me b/c I came in with expectations too high. Reviews of The Dragon Waiting by John Ford, Vita Nostra by the Dyachenkos, Monster Hunter Int‘l by Larry Correia, Raid by K.S. Merbeth & The True Queen by Zen Cho here - https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/2019/06/25/short-review-roundup-fa...

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dawn-pInk
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“ ‘I should like it of all things,‘ said Henrietta.”
Absolutely masterful. Loved use of old characters. I missed Prunella so much I was worried. I wasn‘t going to have enough of the have enough of the characters from the first book, but Muna so stole my heart, I ended up having just enough of them. 5 out of 5 on GR. A perfect sequel.

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suzisteffen
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I truly enjoyed this one, which goes beyond the cloistered world of English magic (and the sexist, racist, colonialist projects therein) to link a Fairy, England, and Janda Baik in a complex tale of a coup, something like a horcrux construction, talking portraits, and much more. ⬇️⬇️ #fantasy

suzisteffen While it‘s entirely frustrating to read about the internal English power struggles and sexist takes on women doing magic, it‘s also frustrating to read a verrrrrrry slowly burning relationship that requires other, fake relationships to make it “real.” I like these early 19th century court stories. A good balance to Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, among others. 🏳️‍🌈🐍🐉🐲🧙🏾‍♀️🧝🏼‍♂️👸🏾👸🏾 3mo
HOTPock3tt Sounds good! #stacked 3mo
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suzisteffen
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And another recent Kobo acquisition that I had preordered and am dying to read. (Honestly, I began. But I need to put it off so I can read print books *before* I hop the plane to the World Cup! Print books at home, ebooks while traveling ... ) #fantasy

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shanaqui
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I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the first book -- Muna is a bit flat for that, compared to Prunella and Zacharias -- but I did greatly enjoy checking back in on the world. The f/f subplot kiiiinda worked for me, but felt like it was missing some of the buildup.

Mostly I just love that Damerell and Rollo are basically married.

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shanaqui
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Life is being a bit bad at the moment in some ways, and predictably I am trying to fix it with new books...

It does help!

rwmg I hope the books fix it or at least tide you over 4mo
shanaqui @rwmg Thank you! They definitely brighten things up. 4mo
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khooliha
The True Queen | Zen Cho

Best of Both Worlds! I thought I remembered the wait for part 2, but looking at air dates that's basically impossible! Maybe I'm just remembering the wait between reruns, filtered through an anxious child brain. Anyway, the end of The True Queen (sort of surprisingly) becomes a book about getting the best of both worlds, just in a fantasy setting.
#startreksummermay

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GivenLemons
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I adored this book! It has all the things that made the first book wonderful, while still being very much it‘s own book! Charming characters and perfect amounts of drama and intrigue!

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khooliha
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On the one hand the story feels kind of small in spite of the stakes? But on the other hand it is a flat out delight to read. A delight!

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khooliha
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Waiting with held breath to see if a character is asexual. I so rarely get the opportunity for even this held breath, but I'm still hoping I won't be disappointed.

khooliha Okay, queer vibes are almost off the charts but we are running out of pages! C'mon book, I believe in you! 5mo
khooliha Luv 2 B right about queer vibes! 5mo
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Erie
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I've finished; it was just such an enchanting, genuinely fun fairy tale. I grew up inhaling Diana Wynne Jones and Patricia C. Wrede books, and nothing I've read in ages has reminded me so firmly of those as this book did. 10/10, would happily give to all of my fantasy-inclined loved ones.

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Erie
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I've decided to get back to reading like my soul demands of me, so hello everyone! Today's book is this glorious book, which I'm enjoying immensely. I'm only about a third through, but so far I adore it as much as the first one.

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khooliha
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Booooooo, I don't want to go to work tomorrow I just want to read the magic book, boooooooooo

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Currently pondering the age old question, do I reread or just plunge straight into book two? 🤔 (I usually plunge straight in but it‘s been a couple of years between publication)

lahousewyfe With a couple of years of space, I always reread. 5mo
Andydear Oof, i usually skim the ending of book 1 5mo
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bookwrm526
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AAAHHHHH so glad this book is finally here!! I loved it, so much, but now I want a book about Henrietta. This is my book I think should be a movie for the #popsugarreadingchallenge2019 because I think the whole series should be a movie (or a tv show)!!

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tmcqu33n
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It finally came! I splurged to match my British hardcover of the first book. (The first US cover was awful.)

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gingerandjazz
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Oh, Prunella, I‘ve missed you.

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RealLifeReading
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Whee! Some weeks back I found out I had won one of the books in Zen Cho‘s giveaway and it just arrived! This just made a lousy day so much better!

Suet624 💕💕💕💕 6mo
wordzie 🙌 6mo
JSW How awesome!! 6mo
batsy So cool! 6mo
MaureenMc 😍 6mo
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TuesdayReviews
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So after rejecting my NetGalley request, and after the release date, Ace sends me an #ARC. 🤔
(Don‘t get me wrong—I‘m still excited.)

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gingerandjazz
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A jug of wine*, a book of verse**, and thou

*iced tea
**YA fantasy?

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gingerandjazz
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#TheTrueQueen is out today and I‘m so excited to finally read it!!

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khooliha
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#MarchMadness part 3! I realized this morning that I should reread Sorcerer to the Crown, but I'm not sure where it has ended up in my move back to FL. (Note, this move was 2.5 years ago. I am On Top of Things, as always.)

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RealLifeReading
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The one on the left is the UK cover. The right is the US cover. Which one do you like more?

TrishB Left 👍🏻 6mo
Leniverse Left. 6mo
pilardib Right 6mo
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shadowspeak17 Left 6mo
violettemeier Left 6mo
KatieDid927 Both are great but the right is better. 6mo
BibliOphelia Left has cool colors & font, but right is more brain-pleasing (or whatever that‘s called in design lingo). 6mo
ScorpioBookDreams I‘ve got the left preordered to match my Sorcerer but I actually quite like the right! 6mo
BiblioLitten The right one. 6mo
stephothebesto Left - I like the bold graphics. Is preferring UK covers a sign that I should move? 😝 6mo
jessinikkip I love the one on the left!! 6mo
Kalalalatja The right one 👌 6mo
Susanita The right 6mo
99problemsbutabookaint1 I like them both! 6mo
AlaMich Right 6mo
Soubhiville The UK cover 6mo
Crazeedi Both!😁 6mo
jenniferw88 Surprisingly (I'm in the uk) I prefer the right one 6mo
Andrew65 Right. 6mo
Amberdfoy Right! 6mo
Lauram Left! 6mo
Jadams1776 Left! 6mo
Melissa_J I can‘t decide. I like them both. 6mo
j.rye Right! 6mo
Sharpeipup UK 6mo
Clare-Dragonfly Hmm, I like both! I think the US one grabs my attention a little more, though. There‘s more movement. 6mo
jmtrivera The right! 6mo
batsy I prefer the left for its elegance and simplicity. But it's true what @BibliOphelia says about the right one being more brain-pleasing; it's kind of a cosy, inviting cover. (The psychology of book covers is fascinating 🙂) 6mo
Hooked_on_books The left. Funny, I live in the US but often prefer U.K. covers. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Left. Again just because it matches her first book. 6mo
CouronneDhiver UK covers seem, generally, more appealing to me. 6mo
LeahBergen Left! 6mo
Dragon Left 6mo
Weisubei Left! 6mo
Jeg Left 6mo
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Susanita
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This finally comes out next week! I know I put it on hold somewhere...
#royalty #literaryluck

vkois88 Oh, I haven't heard of these. But I love the cover (except the snake 🙈🙈 lol) 6mo
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emtobiasz
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What a delightful sequel to Sorcerer to the Crown, featuring some familiar and some new characters. I think this one is a little less streamlined than its predecessor, but I found the main character more relatable. Thanks to #netgalley for the ARC and look for this starting March 12!

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RealLifeReading
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Very exciting! Out next month!

Melissa_J Looks like I better read the first book! 7mo
MaureenMc Yes, finally! 🙌 7mo
RealLifeReading @Melissa_J hope you like it! @MaureenMc hooray! 7mo
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ness
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🚨 I GOT APPROVED TO READ AN ARC OF THE NEXT SORCERER TO THE CROWN BOOK 🚨

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