Cho, Zen. Sorcerer to the Crown. 2015. 384p. Ace Books/Penguin Putnam, $26.95 (978-0-4252-8337-0). Gr. 10 – up.
The Napoleonic Wars rage and Great Britain faces a shortage of magic as the newly elected Sorcerer Royal Zacharias Wythe struggles to gain respect and support from a society that can’t look beyond his dark skin or his mentor’s mysterious death. But then Zacharias meets Prunella Gentleman, an orphan whose remarkable magical ability seems doomed be wasted in a world where women are not permitted to practice magic. Together, Zacharias and Prunella set out on a quest to upend Britain’s magical hierarchy and alter the nation forever.