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The True Queen

Berkley. (Sorcerer to the Crown, Bk. 2). Mar. 2019. 384p. ISBN 9780425283417. pap. $$15; ebk. ISBN 9780698409514. FANTASY
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Cho returns to the world of her debut novel, Sorcerer to the Crown, in a story that relegates the Sorceress Royal to the background while bringing to the forefront Malay witch Muna and her best friend Henrietta. Muna's search for her lost sister takes the women from the ballrooms of England to the court of the Fairy Queen of the Djinn, a capricious and malevolent dragon who punishes her courtiers to cover up for her lack of true power and guilt of usurping her sister's throne. As Muna and Henrietta dive deeper into the machinations of the Fairy Court—and outrun its dangers—Muna discovers she's much more than she ever thought she might be and Henrietta accesses her inner fortitude in the nick of time. This Regency-based fantasy starts slowly as new characters and underlying mysteries are introduced. And the patience of those who immerse themselves in this world will be rewarded. Once Muna discovers her truth, the action kicks into high gear and doesn't let up until the satisfying conclusion.
VERDICT Recommended for fans of the first book in the series and Mary Robinette Kowal's "Glamourist Histories" series as well as fantasy readers looking for a heroine's journey, with dragons.

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