Sorcerer to the Crown - Zen Cho

This is a book about the triumph of difficult women, and I mean that in the absolutely best way possible.

Zacharias Wythe is a most reluctant and unwelcome Sorcerer Royal, dealing with the politics of the power hungry and those who simply think him incompetent of any sort of intelligence or civilization simply due to the color of his skin.  Unfortunately, politics and power grabs among sorcerers seems to involve attempts against the life of the Sorcerer Royal, which are most inconvenient, especially considering the various rather delicate situations Mr. Wythe is attempting to handle.

Then into all of this comes the inconveniently magical Prunella Gentleman, no matter that women simply do not practice magic, even untrained she has the power in her blood to put most of England's sorcerers to shame.  Add in some international politics, warmongering, faerie in-laws, and various disregards of social convention, and things accelerate dangerously until they can be taken quite firmly and unexpectedly in hand.

Advanced Reader Copy copy courtesy of PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW via Netgalley; differences may exist between uncorrected galley text and the final edition.