Dueling gentlemen magicians, powerful witches, familiars, fairies, disrupted social structures, race, and politics all combine in this ultimately fun novel. Cho (pictured above) is a great world builder who gives a new spin on this sub genre. Magic is not just for old white men in this fantasy‘s version of regency England.
Funny, magical, adventurous - but Prunella and Zacharias were by far the best part! Because of the serious, old-fashioned writing style (which was masterfully pulled off), it took me a while to realise the book isn't as serious as it reads as; after that, I just fell in love with it. Looking forward to a reread ASAP.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a fun fantasy read that had a lot of wonderful things going on. Racial and gender inequality amongst London thaumaturges along with familiars and fairies and dragons, this was a very thoughtful book that packed a lot of story in but did a really good job not making the reader feel overwhelmed. I really liked this one. This was my #bookspinbingo No. 19 pick.
DNF. There's nothing wrong with the book, really. But i just don't care. I'm not invested in the characters. The plot is inferiorly reminiscent of Dr. Strange and Mr. Norrell. And, Good Lord, is it slow. Gave up after page 100.
And it was a bookclub pick, so i wanted to finish it so i could join in on the discussion. But it just isn't worth it....
Yes, yes, yes to everything about this book 🙌
British magicians, witches and sorcerers, fights against racism and sexism, diversity, a little bit of romance, and a lot of intrigue are the foundation of the story, and I‘m here for it!
I can‘t believe it took me this long to read it, but I‘m so glad I did. Now I just need the second book.
.... he was left in peace to pursue truth—even if that involved the occasional ingestion of a dubious cabbage leaf.
The caterpillars were a problem, however. Fat, fuzzy and complacent, they sat upon his vegetables in veritable hordes, ignoring him until he addressed one directly.
“Good morning, sir,” he said.
The caterpillar paused the busy movement of its jaws to reply:
“Pleasant weather, this, eh?”
Book 4 #newyearwhodis
This is a book I‘ve wanted to read for a long time but never quite got around to picking up. I‘m so glad @BarbaraJean had it on her list! A delightful fantasy set in regency England with magic and fairy familiars. I loved Prunella as a strong female character who does what she wants regardless of societal expectations. I liked Zacharias also and his advocacy for the change in women‘s rights to magic was well done. ⤵️
Love fantasy that‘s a blend of historical fiction, magical fantasy, and social reality? Here, both MCs are POC and Cho blends her story with social commentary—against racism, classism, and ableism. She weaves these issues into the universe she creates, although her characters deal with their situation more magically than today‘s people of color would.
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#WyrdAndWonder day 23: comfort reading
Why yes, when I think about the fantasy that gives me the warm fuzzies it DOES typically involve smashing the patriarchy 😇
Zen Cho‘s effervescent alt Regency romps have a dash of romance, a spite of Fae, a disdain of dragons and joyously obstinate heroines I adore (plus Zacharias is a cinnamon roll). What‘s not to like?
This was a delight. I think this is what might result if Jane Austen was tasked with writing Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Take a similar setting and themes—a decline in English magic, quarrels within a society of English magicians, some back-and-forth with Fairy—but treat it with far more lightness, throw in some witty banter & a charmingly nonconformist female magician, make it 400 pages shorter...and you have Sorcerer to the Crown. Loved it.
April reads! I‘m in the middle of a few others, but doubt I‘ll finish any of them tonight. So here are my #AprilStats!
Favorites were Sorcerer to the Crown and The Little White Horse—both were an absolute delight! And Word by Word was lovely (daily readings). I still need to write reviews for most of these...😬
This had a lot of good aspects throughout; the characters and world - even being another imperialist Britain injected with magic - were engaging and new, despite with a lot of repetitiveness during dialogues and some of the context given being heavy handed. Will definitely be reading the sequel.
Loved this story of magic, treachery, and politics. Prunella and Zacharias were wonderful complex characters. The ending was not a great surprise but I enjoyed the journey so very much. I intend to find the next book and read it as well. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Sitting in my hotel room in Atlanta the night before the race reading. It is the 50th Anniversary of the Peachtree Road Race so I bought the shoes to commemorate it. Also, the books I purchased today. Enjoying my trip!!
I love everything about this book. Had to force myself to slow down this second reading, as it only took me a day the first time. Took me two days this time. The voice is one of my absolute favorites, the protagonists are two of my favorite fictional characters. I have ridiculous high hopes for the sequel. 5 out of 5 on GR.
Well...this is awkward. Everyone I know who has read this loves it...like LOVES it and I feel like I'm missing somsthing or...got the wrong book? I was bored the whe damn time! Its like another Cruel Prince situation where I have no idea ehat I'm missing while 99% of readers would have themselves buried with this book.
I just...meh about the whole cast (though props for the diversity), the magic, the world. I just...dont get the point?
Goodness this book was so delightful. I am in love. The setting, the world building, the characters all were fantastic. The twists and turns and way she wove everything together was riveting. I can‘t wait to read more by the author, this book was such fun. Highly recommend.
Reread! Now I'm ready for The True Queen. Prunella is a delight and the ending is cute.
9th #WyrdandWonder read! Not on my #TBRbingo card at all, but is from the list of 22 I picked for this month. (Did I mention someone bet me I can't finish all 22? Dangerous, I hate not taking bets, though if I want to win I need to read faster!)
@TCLinrow thank you so much for the everything in my #sffs package! I ❤ everything, especially the tote bag (When in doubt, go to the library), candle (infinite tbr), and books! I'm probably going to start the tagged one today as I've just finished one of my other books!
Also thanks to @Avanders for organising!
I really enjoyed this! If you liked Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell, or if you like the idea of JS&MrN but found the footnotes tedious, pick this up!!! Very Jane Austen-ish, a bit slow to start, and I still haven‘t decided if I truly like Prunella, but overall a good read! 4 🌟‘s
I got concerned for a few minutes so I bought another book just to make sure I still had no self control. Phew
I‘m only a dozen or so pages in and I‘m already in love with this book. This is the second book I‘ve read in the last few months that I stumbled upon purely by accident, but which felt like it was written specifically and entirely for me alone.