Sorcerer to the Crown

Zen Cho

2016 Winner

British Fantasy Award Best Newcomer

2016 Nominee

Locus Award Best First Novel

2016 Nominee

British Fantasy Awards Best Fantasy Novel

28 July 2016
384 pages


Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho is a delightfully fun and compelling Regency romp filled with love, danger and a pinch of fairyland magic.

'An enchanting cross between Georgette Heyer and Susanna Clarke' – Naomi Novik, author of Uprooted

In Regency London, Zacharias Wythe is England's first African Sorcerer Royal. He leads the eminent Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, but a malicious faction seeks to remove him by fair means or foul. Meanwhile, the Society is failing its vital duty – to keep stable the levels of magic within His Majesty's lands. The Fairy Court is blocking its supply, straining England's dangerously declining magical stores.

Ambitious orphan Prunella Gentleman is desperate to escape the school where she's drudged all her life, and a visit by the beleaguered Sorcerer Royal seems the perfect opportunity. For Prunella has just stumbled upon English magic's greatest discovery in centuries - and she intends to make the most of it. Together, Zacharias and Prunella might just change the nature of sorcery, in Britain and beyond.

'Inventive, dangerous, brilliant, unsettling' – Courtney Milan, author of The Duchess War

Winner of the 2016 British Fantasy Society Award for Best Newcomer
Shortlisted for the 2016 British Fantasy Society Award for Best Novel
Shortlisted for the 2016 Locus First Novel Award

An enchanting cross between Georgette Heyer and Susanna Clarke, full of delights and surprises
Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown is inventive, dangerous, brilliant, unsettling, and adorable, all at the same time. It shatters as many rules as its characters do. Historical Britain will never be the same again, and I can’t wait for the next book
A warm, funny debut novel by a brilliant new talent