Monday, September 14, 2015


Zen Cho

            In Sorcerer To the Crown, we first meet Zacharias Wythe, the Sorcerer Royal, when he was a small boy, on his first visit to the Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers. After a brief insight into the rude reception that Zacharias received from the English thaumaturgy that day, we are jettisoned forward, 18 years, until just a few months after Zacharias took up the staff and became Sorcerer Royal.

            We learn about the crisis in English thaumaturgy with which Zacharias must deal, as Sorcerer Royal, namely the decline, or weakening, of British magic. We also learn more about the Wythes and their adoption of this talented “dark skinned” boy.

We travel with Zacharias, to England’s magical border, as he investigates the magical decline. And, we are with him during his “chance” meeting of Prunella Gentleman, at Mrs. Daubeney’s School For Gentlewitches, a school designed for teaching the inhibition, or restraint, of magical abilities in young women (because, of course, women’s constitutions are so weak that they must be incapable of handling magic). Zacharias’s life will never be the same again!

            Sorcerer To the Crown is a well-written, sweet, magical tale about magic.

            This book, quite simply, is magical!


Sunday, September 13, 2015

William L Wilks - In Memoriam

My husband, William L.Wilks, passed away on February 24, 2015. Bill received his bachelor's degree in English from Yale University, his law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law, and his Master's in Law with highest honors from the George Washington University National Law Center. After serving as dean of the Dickinson School of Law, Bill moved to Houston where he was president and dean of South Texas College of Law for six years. He remained at South Texas, as dean emeritus and professor of law, until his death.

Bill was an avid reader. If not for his influence, I would probably not be reviewing books today. Although I have always written my own reviews, Bill would always proofread them for me. But his influence on this blog goes even deeper. He was, quite simply, my muse!