Machiavellian political schemes and sorcery unite in this lively novel set in Regency London. Zacharias Wythe is the first African-born Sorcerer Royal and among his colleagues are those determined to oust him. Prunella Gentleman is an orphan with unexpected gifts, and a single-minded social climber. Cho throws her characters in a good deal of trouble and clearly relishes the witty language of the time. Her plot is satisfyingly fast paced, demanding duplicity and nerve from Zacharias and Prunella. Good clean fun! Refreshing escapism for adults and ideal for post-Potter teens.