Hardcover, 371 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Ace
This is one of the books I received through AceRocStars last year, and I just had a chance to finish reading it. I enjoyed this book. Not as much as other titles I’ve read recently, but certainly enough to see why it got high praise when it published last September. There were two main reasons that disappointed me. First, the ending felt very contrived. *Spoiler* The two main characters declare their deep love for each other even though there was no previous romance between them.* Second, the pacing was off. Probably because this is a debut, and I allow debuts leeway because I’ve seen the pattern of authors’ evolutions. So no big there.
What really drew me into this story was the social commentary on both women’s roles in society and how minorities were treated in the past. I thought it played into the plot well and was carefully written to reflect the past and the present. Of course, the characters themselves carried most of the burden of portraying and discussing this matter, and I must give props to the author for giving these characters a great depth of personality. And because writers take great care choosing the appropriate words, I wanted to point out that the vocabulary chosen for both dialogue and exposition fit the world and time period wonderfully. I felt like I was part of a different time almost.
Zen Cho is an author to keep on your radar for future books as I am looking forward to seeing Zen’s writing evolve into something amazing.
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…
Reviewed from an uncorrected proof provided in exchange for an honest review through the AceRocStars Street Team.