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At the start of 2015 did you hear about Pan Macmillan acquiring a trilogy by debut fantasy novelist Zen Cho? Yes Sorcerer to the Crown has just been released to an epic amount of rave reviews comparing the book to Jonathan Starnge and Mr Norrell and authors Jane Austen and P G Wodehouse.

And fantastic news for Doodled Books collectors - Zen Cho has exclusively signed, lined, dated, numbered and doodled first edition books for your collection.

Senior commissioning editor Bella Pagan bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Sorcerer to the Crown and its two sequels.

Pagan said: “Sorcerer to the Crown is warm, clever and witty. I just adored the characters, their dilemmas and the lively world Zen Cho has created. It’s very special and I just can’t wait to share this wonderful book with as many readers as possible.”

Set in a richly imagined and constructed world, complete with its own richly detailed history SORCERER TO THE CROWN  is a deeply engaging story and definitely one to watch!



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. And now the government is demanding to use this scarce resource in its war with France.

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.

At his wits' end, the last thing Zachariah needs is a female magical prodigy! But together, they might just change the nature of sorcery, in Britain and beyond.


Product Description


An enchanting cross between Georgette Heyer and Susanna Clarke, full of delights and surprises (Naomi Novik)


A warm, funny debut novel by a brilliant new talent (Charles Stross)


Compulsively readable and wickedly funny, this magical marriage of Jane Austen and P. G. Wodehouse delivers love, laughs, and a thoroughly modern sensibility, and will keep you reading long into the night. I loved it (Lavie Tidhar)


Fabulous! If you like Austen or Patrick O'Brian, or magic and humor like Susannah Clarke, or simply a very fun read, you will really, really, enjoy this (Ann Leckie)


A delightful and enchanting novel that uses sly wit and assured style to subvert expectations while it always, unfailingly, entertains. I loved it (Kate Elliott)


I would marry this book if I could

(Justine Larbalestier)


Zen Cho is spectacular, a confident and exciting new voice (Paul Cornell)


Magic, manners and dragons in Regency England . . . a mix of Jane Austen, P. G. Wodehouse and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and all its own thing. Glorious (Aliette de Bodard)


A comedy of manners ... a classic, gently barbed upper-crust comedy mixed with magical thrills, modern social consciousness, and a hint of political intrigue. A decidedly promising start (Kirkus Reviews)

Book Description

A treat for fans of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell and Georgette Heyer - a Regency romp with a pinch of fairyland.

About the Author

Zen Cho was born and raised in Malaysia and now lives in London. She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer for her short fiction and recently won the Crawford Award. Sorcerer to the Crown is Zen Cho's debut novel.

Product details

  • First Edition First Printing

  • Hardcover: 384 pages

  • Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (10 Sept. 2015)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1447299450

  • ISBN-13: 978-1447299455

  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm


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