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The True Queen

(Sorcerer Royal #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,360 ratings  ·  497 reviews
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 wom ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 12th 2019
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Sarah The story makes sense on its own, but half the characters are from the first book so it might be more enjoyable to read them in order.
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Miranda Reads
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
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2.5 stars

She drew in a terrified breath, but before she could scream, she was plunged into darkness.
She drew in a terrified breath, but before she could scream, she was plunged into darkness.Muna, and her sister Sakti, awake on a beach in Janda Baik, an isolated island steeped in magic.

While they cannot remember a thing, they do know something is wrong.

They are cursed.

One sister has wild, untamed magic and the other has none.

Despite Sakti's magic, she is disappearing. Already
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When an author is building a sequel, the path of least resistance is to figure out what the reader wants (or thinks they want) and give it to them. The better option, though, is to write the book readers didn’t know they wanted. That’s what Zen Cho delivers in The True Queen, the standalone sequel to her popular and acclaimed Regency-era fantasy novel Sorcerer to the Crown.
Rather than pick up with the further adventures of Prunella and Zacharias Whyte, The True Queen tells the story of two sist
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S.A. Chakraborty
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to get an early copy of this book and tore through it this week. What a delightful, fun fantasy about sisterhood! Thoroughly recommended; I loved getting to return to the this world.
Sherwood Smith
The short version is, if you enjoyed the first book in this series, there is every reason to expect that you will love this one equally.

We open with Muna and her sister Sakti waking bewildered on a beach in Janda Bail. Mal Genggang takes them in, training Sakti while Muna helps in the kitchen. Unfortunately both of them are cursed, and end up having to travel to England, via the Unseen Realm, to get help.

Only Sakti disappears, leaving Muna to cope with England's new Sorceress Royal, as well as f
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
I'm undecided on the ultimate rating on this. I think it's between 3.5 and 4.0 stars. I didn't quite love it as much as Sorcerer to the Crown. I feel like it was a very good story and the characters were interesting, but they weren't quite as compelling as Zacharias and Prunella. The audiobook was good, and I feel like I buzzed through it in about 1.5 weeks (which is fast for me with an audiobook since I only tend to listen to the CDs in the car). The world-building from the first novel is sort ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

It has been three and a half years since I read Sorcerer to the Crown and I was initially a bit worried about how much I remembered of the story and whether it would impact my experience with this sequel. Happily, when the blurb to The True Queen became available, it appeared that the focus would be on a new set of characters.

Indeed, while a few familiar names from the first book will crop up every now and again, indubit


Ah disappointing. Predictable as feta. This bugged me, even if that wasn't meant to be a secret, maybe it should have been. And no, not the biggest fan of the relationships in this one.
First of all, on the one hand this was a good follow up to Sorcerer to the Crown, which took pretty much everyone by surprise several years ago. It was like a little breath of fresh air, a light fantasy full of people of color in a setting people of color don't normally inhabit in fiction (Regency England), taking on existing power structures and being all clever and wonderful. This book continues that tradition (this time with an emphasis on kindness, identity, and power structures).

At the same
Samantha Shannon
A sheer delight from beginning to end. Zen Cho perfectly conjures the opulence, absurdity and conflict of the period, and her magical societies are so wholly interwoven with history that you’ll start to believe there really was a Sorceress Royal – and that centuries ago, you really could travel through Fairyland from one side of the world to the other. ...more
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
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4.5 ⭐️ this is a highly underrated queer sapphic fantasy novel wtf I love it!!!! Zen Cho I love ur writing
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
as posted on The Book Smugglers :

I can’t believe it’s been four whole years since the delightful Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho knocked my socks off and charmed my cold, cold heart. Never mind, we have now been blessed with The True Queen, a companion novel set in the same world but featuring different protagonists which can be read as a stand-alone . BUT should it be read as a stand-alone, inquiring minds want to know? Of course not, why on earth would you do this to yourself?


Do you want a delightful and charming Regency-era fantasy novel with a diverse cast and a f/f romance subplot? A story focused on sisterhood? Dragons with manners? Then you need to read The True Queen, a loose follow-up to Zen Cho’s previous novel, Socerer to the Crown!

Muna and Sakti wake up on the beach of Janda Baik, knowing only their names and that they’re sisters. They quickly learn that they’ve been cursed by an unknown sorcerer — Muna’s lost her magic, and Sakti has started to fade away.
rachel ☾

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).

Representation: Muna (mc) Malay, Muslim & sapphic; Sakti (sc) is Malay; Henrietta (li) is a lesbian; P
Lady H
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is even better than the first, because while the first must necessarily plod through a bunch of exposition, this one jumps right into the action, even if said action is happening halfway across the world from London. The story revolves around the mystery of two Malaysian sisters who wash up on a beach in Janda Baik, with no memory of who they are or where they've come from. Taken in by Mak Genggang, illustrious witch, they eventually decide they need to go to London to discover the mys ...more
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: sapphic Malay mc, Malay characters, lesbian li, half-Indian character, side mlm couple

jane austen + magic + the drama of soap operas
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From TenaciousReader:

I have to be honest, this is a hard review to write. I loved the first book, Sorcerer to the Crown, and as such, I think my expectations for this one were pretty high.

I have seen it mentioned that this book can be read as a standalone, and I want to give my opinion on that a bit. It is set in the same world as The True Queen, but focuses on a new set of characters. The story is such that it can feel self contained and really does not
★★★★✰ 4.5 stars (rounded up to 5)

Now this is what I call a great companion novel.

“Relations are a terrible burden to a girl with magical ability.”

It's not easy to describe this series. A mad fantasy romp? A comedy of manners? A fantasy of manners? A pastiche 18th– and 19th-century literature? Fun quests?
I strongly recommend reading Sorcerer to the Crown before embarking on this one. I actually think I enjoyed this novel more because I started this knowing more about Zen Cho's style and magical
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-release
Review from Tenacious Reader:

I have to be honest, this is a hard review to write. I loved the first book, Sorcerer to the Crown, and as such, I think my expectations for this one were pretty high.

I have seen it mentioned that this book can be read as a standalone, and I want to give my opinion on that a bit. It is set in the same world as The True Queen, but focuses on a new set of characters. The story is such that it can feel self contained and really d
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Thank you to Pan Macmillan and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.

The True Queen is the sequel to Sorcerer to the Crown, one of my all time favorite books. I know many think this is a companion novel as the book focuses on different characters based on the synopsis but beware that you are best to read this after having read Sorcerer to the Crown. In ways it deals still with the backlash of what happened in Sorcerer to the Crown and we get a lot of relationships and c
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
3.5 stars

This is a light, fun fantasy very much in line with its prequel, Sorcerer to the Crown. I’d forgotten most of that one, which was fine because this is a new story with a new set of protagonists, though with some overlap in characters. It begins with sisters Muna and Sakti, who wake up on a beach in Malaysia with no idea who they are – but who soon learn that they’ve been cursed. Muna makes her way to Regency England, but Sakti is stolen away to the Fairy Court, leaving Muna responsible
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you haven’t read Sorcerer to the Crown, you should definitely read that first before jumping into The True Queen, not because the books can’t stand alone, but because they’re both so delightful you owe it to yourself to read them both. (We named our cat, Prunie, after Prunella Gentleman from Sorcerer to the Crown!) In this follow-up novel, Muna and Sakti are sisters who washed up on a beach with no memory of where they came from. They’re taken in by a powerful magician, but even her magic can ...more
I feel like this book just taps into everything I love: historical romps, romcom tropes, dragons, fun fantasy worldbuilding, excellent comedy, and great female characters. This was as On Brand for me as its prequel and I loved it to bits.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bright and sparkly and SO much fun. I loved it even more than Sorcerer to the Crown (and although they're set in the same world, you can certainly read this one first). ...more
Liz Mc2
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I thought the first part dragged a bit and most of the plot developments could be seen a mile away, but I did not care because Cho's world is so delightful and well-realized. I stayed up too late finishing this on a night when I needed distraction. I liked seeing more of Mak Genggang and having a Malaysian heroine. Muna is great, both ordinary and extraordinary. Partway through I realized that men had barely any page time and the book is all about sisterhood and friendship, and I found that refr ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Not sure this works as a standalone, so if you haven't read Sorcerer to the Crown, it might seem a bit disjointed. As someone who read the first novel in the series (trilogy? duology?) four years ago and didn't think to go for a refresher before picking this one up, I was a bit lost. And disappointed.

Characters from the first book show up pretty early on in this one and the bulk of the plot takes place in England, at the same Academy that is in large part the setting of the first novel. Moreove
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
Henrietta smiled. Having started she could not seem to stop, and there seemed no call to try, for Muna smiled back.

On my blog.

Rep: Malay mcs, wlw mcs, black side character, half Indian mc

Galley provided by publisher

I read Sorcerer to the Crown back in 2015 and I don’t think it’s that much of an exaggeration to say I’ve been waiting an age (3 years and 2 months) for this book. And it was totally worth the wait. I’m going to say it right now: this is probably one of the best books I’ll re
Katherine Fabian
Oh, what an absolutely beautiful book. Immersive, captivating, funny, and filled with such heart from the first page to the last. A book you can fall into and trust to catch you — I’m so glad I read it and I know I’ll be rereading it over the years.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I struggled a little halfway through this but the last third more than made up for it. This was just as good as it's predecessor and I am hoping that Zen Cho keeps going with this series.
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, fantasy
I found this as delightful as its predecessor with the added benefit of also being gay!

Zen Cho is really out here doing the damn thing, with the "damn thing" being writing things exactly to my tastes.
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I'm a Malaysian fantasy writer based in the UK. I've written a novel called Sorcerer to the Crown about magic, intrigue and politics in Regency London; a sequel about cursed sisters, anticolonial witches, dapper dragon dandies and murderous fairies called The True Queen; and a short story collection called Spirits Abroad. Plus some other stuff! I've won a British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer, t ...more

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“You like the gentleman, then?" said Muna.
"I don't dislike him," said Henrietta unpromisingly.
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