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Wonderful read, my favourite book so far this year. England is running out of magic, but sexism and racial prejudice in 19th century British magical circles stand in the way of a solution. But two sorcerers can save the day if they're allowed.
Zaccharias, the black African mage, is Sorcerer to the Crown but has no respect from his fellow magicians. Indeed, he's suspected of murdering his own mentor. Prunella's Indian ancestry and magical abilities — women doing magic are strongly frowned upon — make her an outcast. The two together revolutionise British magic.
Here's the book blurb:
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.