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The True Queen di Zen Cho
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The True Queen (edizione 2019)

di Zen Cho (Autore)

Serie: Sorcerer Royal (2)

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"In the follow-up to the "delightful" Regency fantasy novel (NPR.org) Sorcerer to the Crown, a young woman with no memories of her past finds herself embroiled in dangerous politics in England and the land of the fae. 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. If Muna is to save her sister, she must learn to navigate high society, and trick the English magicians into believing she is a magical prodigy. As she's drawn into their intrigues, she must uncover the secrets of her past, and journey into a world with more magic than she had ever dreamed"--… (altro)
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Titolo:The True Queen
Autori:Zen Cho (Autore)
Info:Pan (2019), Edition: Main Market, 384 pages
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The True Queen di Zen Cho

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    Tooth and Claw di Jo Walton (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: Both books feature dragons crossed with high society English customs!
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I received a free ebook copy of The True Queen from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5*

I'm sorry to say that I wasn't as charmed by The True Queen as I was by the first in this series, Sorcerer to the Crown. Zacharias and Prunella, who I loved in the first installment, do not feature very much in this. Instead, we follow a character with memory loss who is on a dangerous adventure. Not a bad story, but I felt more stressed than enchanted.

Points for historical queerness, though a bit vaguely stated. ( )
  kittenelephant | Jul 29, 2021 |
As was the case with the first installment of this series, I wanted to enjoy The True Queen much more than I did. Sadly, I found this book even less engaging than Sorcerer to the Crown.

The pacing is off and the tone is inconsistent (I'm here thinking largely of one climactic scene towards the end, which seemed copied and pasted in from a far less frothy book.) While the main POV character, Muna, is less irritating than Prunella in the first book, Muna is largely a reactive character and I didn't find myself hugely invested in whether or not she saved the day. The romance is unconvincing and clumsily shoehorned in.

(Minor note: I found it a bit odd that, while most of the book is set in England, English characters refer to characters of South/South East Asian origin who are in England as "natives." Native to...? Perhaps Cho felt that there was no term she could use that was accurate, period-appropriate and not offensive to present-day sensibilities, but like much of the book it seemed as if that detail hadn't been thought through.) ( )
  siriaeve | May 1, 2021 |
I was already pumped as hell for this book just knowing it was the sequel to the wonderful Sorceror the the Crown, and that it would have fairies and sisters and the kind of hijinks and shennanigans Prunella was born for, magnified by her position as Sorceress Royal. So realising that it's also GAY was just *chef's kiss* ( )
  elusiverica | Aug 15, 2020 |
Another magical Regency comedy of manners in this indirect sequel to Sorcerer to the Crown. Muna - a castaway cursed to lose her memory and her magic - is sent to Prunella to keep Janda Baik safe from an angry English raja. But her sister Sakti disappears on their journey through Fairy, and Muna arrives in England alone to find the Fairy Queen is threatening to go to war over a stolen necklace. As Muna struggles to find her feet in a Society that is by turns sexist, racist or trying to capitalise on association with an exotic foreign witch, she realises she will need to take matters into her own hands if she is to get her sister back.

I wanted to love this far more than I did - I think I wasn't quite in the right mood for it, and found the whimsical tone and daft comedic turns irritating rather than amusing. The plot is also rather more obvious than in Sorcerer, with many developments so telegraphed that I eventually realised I'd enjoy it more if I read it as out and out farce than as a mystery. That said, there's lots to enjoy; Zen Cho has a deft turn of phrase and the lowkey f/f romance and throughline of sisterly love are entirely charming.

One I plan to revisit when I'm in the mood for frothy silliness.

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I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ( )
1 vota imyril | Jan 17, 2020 |
The book is a sequel, but you could read this without having read the first one since the main POV from the first book is barely in this one. Two sisters, one with magic and the other without travel to England from Janda Baik. They have no memory of their past but with a knowledge of languages they must have been the children of someone important. The sisters are trying to figure out who cursed them, and the trail leads to England. While traveling through Fairy to get there quickly the sisters are separated. Muna arrives in England at the school of the Sorceress Royal and pretends to have the magic that Sakti has. English society doesn’t approve of women using magic especially high-born ones and this causes no end of friction that Prunella is in charge of all the Sorcerers in the land. Muna wants to get her sister back from Fairy and Fairy wants to go to war with England over a missing magical amulet. Everything braids together by the last part of the book and works out well for everyone.

Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley
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  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jan 6, 2020 |
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"In the follow-up to the "delightful" Regency fantasy novel (NPR.org) Sorcerer to the Crown, a young woman with no memories of her past finds herself embroiled in dangerous politics in England and the land of the fae. 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. If Muna is to save her sister, she must learn to navigate high society, and trick the English magicians into believing she is a magical prodigy. As she's drawn into their intrigues, she must uncover the secrets of her past, and journey into a world with more magic than she had ever dreamed"--

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