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FREE DOWNLOAD å Sorcerer to the Crown ☆ Magic and mayhem collide with the British elite in this whimsical and sparkling debutAt 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 Magic and mayhem collide with the British elite in this whimsical and sparkling debutAt his wit’s end Zacharias Wythe freed slave eminently proficient magician and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural. It's never a good sign when it takes well over 150 pgs to get the story startedreallytruly notThis book dragged Nothing really worked for me Nothing If I could get that time back I would I want it back so much THE PREMISE aka not a bad start The British elite conuest consist of magicians called thaumaturges who are racist sexist and all have all sorts of petty bullying behavior They are all jerksAnd they are all pissed Why The new Sorcerer Royal Zacharias Wythe inherited the position based on his magic talent and intellectoh and he happens to be a former freed slave The nerve of himDespite none of them seemingly owning slaves they are pissed that he manages to conduct magic despite being so inferiorAnnnnnnnnnnd then there's the other elephant in the room We are a laughingstock a nation of hundreds of enchanters and nothing to enchant with So there's another reason to hate Zarcharias The magic is drying up and the Sorcerer Royal can't magically fix it Oh And there's one other reason to hate him Nothing disgusted a thaumaturge so much as a witch He visits what passes as a school for witches and finds one far stronger than he ever expected Essentially everyone hates Zarcharias but they hate Prunella Gentleman even because she's dark AND she is a woman AND she's a insanely powerful witchIn additionokay I'm bored That's all the summary I want to do The premise does sound good There's so few YA books with people of color at the forefront and it has a strong female lead to boot Soyou may be asking what went wrong Glad you asked THE WRITING aka are we there yet No What about now She was no great reader and her choice was written in so laborious a style that that she found herself rereading the same page several times without absorbing any of the sense It took AT LEAST four times as long to say anything in this book FOUR TIMESWhy Because the author is attempting to this pseudo old timey British Victorian language super posh formal and rigidand good lord It took FOREVER There was so much bowing and kowtowing politic rhetoric and pleases and thank yous that I just couldn't stand it It was maddening THE FEMINISM aka put a ring on it I understand Miss Gentleman will venture to find herself a husband and only desires assistance in gaining access to the best society Essentially Prunella spends the first half of the book as an obstinent young woman She can do magic She knows what she wants and she will get it in a time where women were NEVER expected to do anything but suppress any and all individualityIt may take her seven or eight sentences to make her point but by gosh she will burst through that glass ceilingThen Prunella flipped like a dimeThe inconsistency bothered me so much Don't get me wrong I am all for a strong female lead who also wants to get married My issue comes from the way it happened One minute she's all for education and empowerment and literally the next page she's asking if she can find a husband and settling down claiming it's all she wanted all along No character development no explanation no hint at all that she even wanted to get marriedIt was matchmaking time and woe be the stuffy English jerk who stood in her way It seems impossible these days to find any truly pretty girls; it makes even a dark little thing like Miss Gentleman seem a phoenix which brings us to my last point THE STRUGGLE aka everyone was a needless jerk because reasons Magicians are obstinate creatures but they can be persuaded and they esteem power above all things Okay so I'm all for a book that rips down stereotypes and empowers people I love it when the underdog climbs to the top and shows up all the naysayers and disbelieversbut that didn't happen The book set everything up with Zacharias despite being brilliant at the bottom of the pack He spent his entire childhood dealing with rampart racism and is now expected to lead a bunch of racist ahole magicians Then there was Prunella arguably lower than the low despite having ungodly powers She dealt with rampart sexism and racism and decides to rise above itEverywhere we looked was society showing its ugly sideand amazingly powerful andor perfect characters who must fight to the topIt could have been the language or the setting very dry despite the magicbut I just didn't care enough to want to see it fixed The author didn't create a world that could be changed easily without decades of hard effort and I don't want to stick around for thatWhen I read something I don't want to read 100 pages of this jerk saying so and so can't do blank because of her womanly weaknesses only to see her prove him wrongTHEN he finds the next issue to latch on to and to be proven wrong again and again ang againIt was frustrating to read and disappointing that throughout the book we were just hitting our heads at literally the same exact issues Over And Over For hundreds of pages Overall aka thankgawdthistortureisover I didn't feel connected to any of the characters The ones that were likable were so high falutin with their words that I couldn't stand them The feminism felt like a joke a character flips her personality like a switch and conveniently the plot gains several feet of progressionAnd the whole world was so frustratingly obstinate that I celebrated as soon as the book was overYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading

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Ings 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. Delightful books are delightfulI am completely utterly enamoured with Sorcerer to the Crown Zen Cho’s first novel A wonderful and charming book that pays homage to Regency romances and Fantasy novels at the same time that interrogates some of the problematic aspects of those genres in regards to race and gender It’s like this book was written for meZacharias Whyte is a freed slave and a talented magician who just so happens to have recently become Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers of Britain His fellow magicians are not exactly happy about it because Zacharias is not only a black man and not exactly a gentleman but also the events surrounding his mastery of the Sorcerer Royal’s Staff that only answers to the One True SR are shrouded in mystery WHAT exactly happened that night everybody wonders And so the magicians and sorcerers whisper and gossip and plot behind Zacharias’ back because that is the polite thing to do as we know Microagressions are always the way to go too And Zacharias knows everything about thoseWithin the story there is a truth universally acknowledged thatEngland’s scarcity of magic was a matter of common knowledge among the magicalWhat with the magic no longer freely flowing from fairyland and the number of familiars declining to the point where no magician has even seen a familiar in ages The familiars are magical creatures from fairyland that devote their lives to the service of a magician at a Great Cost who is then considered a sorcerer This is the Right and Proper way of doing things of courseBut ANYWAYS the lack of magic is terrible and the magicians have been anguishing over that and trying to hide it from the Government because magic and the status uo are directly connected and even though the Sorcerer Royal should be independent from politics this is really Zacharias being completely naïve and a fool for believing that POWER is as uncomplicated as thatAnd here is the funny thing about this so called scarcity of magic because if you move your eyes away from London and the Unnatural Philosophers and the gentlemen and look at other places – like the school for gentlewitches where “inconveniently magical daughters” are sent to learn restraint because women’s bodies and little brains simply can’t cope with magic as everybody knows – you will see magic abounds really But inappropriate magic doesn’t count“Shameless impudent meddling females who presumed to set at naught the Society’s prohibition on women’s magic and duped the common people with their potions and cantrips”HAHAHA This book it is awesome Because that’s the setup and we know that something awesome is going to happen to disprove that Like have a myriad of different women from all over the world doing amazing things from heroism to villainy – the women are the ones to move the plot along and to sort out all the problemsZacharias Whyte SORCERER ROYAL secondary characterAND THENEnter Prunella Gentleman WOMANAn orphaned mixed race half Indian WOMANWho has magic in her little finger than many gentlemen in their entire bodies Who knows how to wield such magics in ways that are preposterously dangerous completely outrageous and incredibly coolPrunella who has something like a thousand familiars OK I exaggerate but this is an important point because of the ways that it’s all connected to history power and familyPrunella Gentleman who has the guts and fortitude to do anything to get what she wants And those who dare stand in the way and tell her she can’t because of her genderPrunella is all like I shall do what I please SIR saves EnglandPrunella had once thought life in London would be all flirting and balls and dresses hitting attentive suitors on the shoulder with a fan and breakfasting late upon bowls of chocolate She sighed now for her naïveté Little had she known life in London was in fact all hexes and murder and thaumaturgical politics and she would always be rising early for some reason or otherPrunella incorrigible busybody Who meets Zacharias and then nothing will ever be the same again And I just love the dynamics between Zacharias and Prunella and even though the romance is an obvious but super welcomed development the subtlety of it is delicious especially in how Zacharias is anything but ambitious while Prunella could easily run the universe An example of an interaction between themYour amoral ingenuity in the pursuit of your interest is perfectly shocking” said Zacharias severely “Yes isn’t it” said Prunella pleased“Said Prunella pleased” Prunella Gentleman you are my patronusWhen talking about the book and its inspirations and influences Zen Cho most commonly mentions Susannah Clarke and Georgette Heyer’s regencies but there is one work that I thought about the most when reading Sorcerer to the Crown In many ways I think this book is in direct conversation with another sensational read from earlier this year Uprooted by Naomi Novik especially with the way that both novels examine the relationship between power and class between power and the social strata which inevitably places women in a subordinate position within the status uo Both books uestion and subvert this really well and look at the ways that women create and wield magic Both books converse with feminism and with topical issues within SFF and they are both incredibly light delightful charming and friendly in ways that we don’t usually see in mainstream FantasyThis has been an incredible year for reading so far Sorcerer to the Crown is another favourite and a strong top 10 contender

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Sorcerer to the CrownPhilosophers 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 upBut when his adventure br. I picked up Sorcerer to the Crown because I heard it was strikingly reminiscent of one of my favourite fantasy books the wonderful Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Suasana Clarke Such a thing is this book’s greatest asset and also its downfall Perhaps my rating of this would have been slightly higher had I read first Though when reading all I saw was how the book had drawn from a much better book Cho’s setting and world building are adeuate but again I was imagining them in relation to Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell Both books deal with English magic during the time of the Napoleonic wars and the regency period Magic is seen as improper in the stuffy society of the early nineteenth century; it is frowned upon and drastically misunderstood Is it too similarIn Clarke’s novel Stephen is the black house servant of Sir Walter Pole He has descended from slaves and though not part of the system he is very much a second class citizen Zacharias Wythe from Cho’s novel is a black sorcerer in a society that deems him inferior I feel like Cho has essentially read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and asked herself a uestion what would happen if Stephen was also a magician And this is the book that answers the situation An African sorcerer is at the head of the English magic society in an all too familiar worldCho attempts to write in dated prose; she attempts to infuse modern prose with that of Austen Clarke did the same with an absolute brilliant level of execution She even produced a typical three volume novel to add to this effect Cho’s attempt is sloppy with distinctively modern words and phrasing being set against older expressions The result is uneven writing that dances between being accessible to younger readers and being a pastiche All in all it just was not written with the same level of skill and attention to detail that Clarke displayed Clarke is just SO much better Sorcerer to the Crown certainly isn’t a terrible book but for me it will always exist in the shadow of a much greater book one that I wanted to stop reading this one for The parallels are far too strong Perhaps all this is merely coincidental and the writers just had similar ideas for the setting of a novel though even so Clarke handles her book with skill Her characters are charming and very complex individuals I love the way she based her two magicians on Wordsworth and Coleridge with magic replacing the arguments they had over poetry If you have read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell then you will possibly hate this for its bland attempt at similar ideas However if you have not read it you may find some enjoyment here