Zen Cho’s The True Queen is the sequel to her Sorcerer to the Crown; but whereas that book was working very much in the Regency-England-with-magic genre, this one is going a bit further afield.

Specifically, its main characters are from Janda Baik, and merely visiting England by way of Faerie. So when we see the characters and institutions of the first book, they’re seen through fresh eyes. And too, the concerns of the book are larger than the concerns of England, and the Sorceress Royal is merely an ally to be courted rather than the biggest mover and shaker.

Mostly, though, it’s a book about family—and especially sisters. It works well and is a solid sequel, and I’m looking forward to the next novel in this setting. Highly recommended.


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