A reluctant medium discovers the ties that bind can unleash a dangerous power in this compelling Malaysian-set contemporary fantasy.
Jessamyn Teoh is closeted, broke and moving back to Malaysia, a country she left when she was a toddler. So when Jess starts hearing voices, she chalks it up to stress. But there's only one voice in her head, and it claims to be the ghost of her estranged grandmother, Ah Ma. In life Ah Ma was a spirit medium, the avatar of a mysterious deity called the Black Water Sister. Now she's determined to settle a score against a gang boss who has offended the god--and she's decided Jess is going to help her do it.
Drawn into a world of gods, ghosts, and family secrets, Jess finds that making deals with capricious spirits is a dangerous business. As Jess fights for retribution for Ah Ma, she'll also need to regain control of her body and destiny. If she fails, the Black Water Sister may finish her off for good.
About the Author
Zen Cho is the author of a short story collection and two historical fantasy novels, Sorcerer to the Crown and The True Queen. She is a winner of the Crawford, British Fantasy, and Hugo Awards, and a finalist for the Locus and Astounding Awards. Born and raised in Malaysia, she now lives in the United Kingdom.
"Cho has humor and flair to match Pratchett and Heyer plus her own marvelous style.”--Karen Lord, awardwinning author of The Best of All Possible Worlds
Additional praise for Zen Cho and the Sorcerer Royal series
“A sheer delight from beginning to end. Cho perfectly conjures the opulence, absurdity and conflict of the period.”--Samantha Shannon, author of The Bone Season
“Cho continues to confront class and gender roles in an alternate Regency England while showcasing entertaining prose and characters. A delightful historical-fantasy novel that will capture readers in its layered story line.”—Booklist
“Complex and rich – the sort of book that if it was a Masterchef dish, all the judges would be asking for more.”-- Genevieve Cogman, author of The Mortal Word “Just finished this beauty – intricate, inventive and joyful.” --Vic James, author of The Gilded Cage
"Absolutely everything about this book is delightful...witty, wise and wonderful."--NPR
"Simultaneously manages to tackle questions of race, gender, and social justice while being a thumping good read."--The Independent (UK)
"Inventive, dangerous, brilliant, unsettling, and adorable, all at the same time."--Courtney Milan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of After the Wedding
"Cho's entertaining, fantastical debut brings past and current issues of diversity and social class to light with charm, wit, and magic."--Booklist (starred review)
"A captivating debut that, aside from examining both gender and racial prejudice, tells an entertaining story with wit and consummate skill."--The Guardian (UK)
"A winning combination of magic and thrill."--The Washington Post