Book Review: Regency London meets rich fantasy in Zen Cho’s The True Queen

Washed ashore on the island of Janda Baik, sisters Muni and Satki have no memory of their former lives. Mak Genggang, the region’s foremost witch, knows a curse when she sees it and in the mortal Muna and the magical Satki, it’s clear as day to her what has happened. Unable, or unwilling, to answer the young women’s questions about their past, she sends them to Britain, where they will live under the protection of the controversial Sorceress Royal, in her academy for female thaumaturges. But the fastest path to the school goes directly through Fairyland, a dangerous place ruled by the powerful Queen of the Djinns and, by the time Muni emerges in London, Satki is nowhere to be found…

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