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Review: The True Queen by Zen Cho

Having just finished Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, I knew I needed to dive right into The True Queen. What Cho excels at is delivering us charismatic characters, non-stop action, and excitement.


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.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The True Queen takes everything I fell in love with from Sorcerer to the Crown further. We are welcomed even more into the fairy lands, meet even more fascinating creatures, and get to see even more Prunella. Even more so, we are treated to Cho’s signature characters with the addition of Muna and Skati. There’s even a f/f romance within the book, even though it’s very light, similar to the romance within Sorcerer to the Crown.

I had hoped to make you see reason…but there is a most unwomanly spirit of independence in you

While you can definitely read The True Queen without needing to read Sorcerer to the Crown you lose out on a little history between the characters. You may think that the journey to having a Sorceress Royal had been an easy one, when in fact it was a challenging story about defying prejudices.

What I enjoyed about Muna’s perspective is that she comes from a society where there are frequently women witches. So when seen in English society not only do they see her for being Indian, but also dismay at her magical powers. Her society offers a different perspective on the value of women’s powers and talents. Not only that, but Muna’s presence expands the magical world of these novels and allows us to explore new facets.

Throughout The True Queen there are characters you can’t help but adore, as well as a mystery about who these two sisters are. Granted we’re trying to get Sakti back and navigate English society, but what really hooked me was trying to figure out who they are.

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5 thoughts on “Review: The True Queen by Zen Cho

  1. This book is on my TBR. It’s good to know that this is a companion novel that can be read without reading the other. I don’t want to miss out on the history details though, so I’ll find the first book before reading this.

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