Book: Sorcerer To The Crown by Zen Cho, Narrated by Jenny Sterlin
Published September 2015 by Recorded Books|13 hours, 9 minutes
Where I Got It: I own the audio book
Series: Sorcerer Royal #1
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Magic and mayhem collide with the British elite in this whimsical and sparkling debut.
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…
I really liked Sorcerer To The Crown. It was hard to get into, especially at the beginning, but by the end of the book, I was really glad I stuck with it. I loved Prunella, and she was such a cool character. It’s interesting, because you’d think she wouldn’t have a huge role in the book, but she turns out to be pretty important. I’m hoping there’s more of her in the next book.
I think the one thing that kept me going with this book was the fact that I listened to. I originally tried to read it in print, got a few pages in, and decided to give the audio book a try. I’m glad I did, because I really liked the narrator. She really brought the humor and time period to life, and I think if you like Gail Carriger’s books, you’ll really like this one. There’s something something about the history and magic and humor, though her books are quite different from this one.
There were times where I wasn’t paying attention, but I suppose that’s what happens when I’m listening at home while I’m cooking or something. At least it didn’t fade into the background the way The Reader did when I listened to that recently.
Still, it was fun to listen to, and there were quite a few times when I couldn’t help but laugh. And there were some really interesting things about the book as well- Zacharias has a lot of enemies, and there are a lot of people who don’t think he should be in the position he’s in, just because he was a former slave, and because of the color of skin. And when you add in Prunella, who’s at a school because women are seen as unsuitable for magic. I think some of that got lost in the audio book, though maybe those were the points where I wasn’t completely paying attention.
I like that it’s set in an alternate Regency England. Can this type of fantasy stay around for a while? It’s a nice change from the medieval Europe fantasy that seems pretty normal for fantasy, and it’s nice reading something different. I think that might be why I liked it so much. Plus, even though there is a sequel (which needs more Prunella, because she is absolutely amazing), it’s pretty self-contained. It makes me curious to see where things are going to go, but there is enough going on in the book that there’s so much she could do with another book.
I also really liked the narrator. I liked her enough that I think I want to at least see what else she’s narrated. Her narration, like I mentioned earlier, is what kept me going with the audio book, especially since I struggled with the beginning.
4 stars. I really liked Sorcerer To The Crown, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.