Malaysian author Zen Cho just brought home the Best Newcomer award for her novel Sorcerer to the Crown at the British Fantasy Awards at FantasyCon 2016.

There were four other contenders for the prize; namely The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, The Vagrant by Peter Newman, The Heir to the North by Steven Poore and When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner.

Sorcerer to the Crown was also nominated for the Best Fantasy Novel category but Naomi Novik’s Uprooted nabbed the win.

Currently based in England, Cho is also the writer of Crawford Award-winning short story collection Spirits Abroad and editor for the Cyberpunk: Malaysia anthology. Both are published by Buku Fixi.

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Sorcerer to the Crown is set in Regency-era London and follows Zacharias Wythe, England’s first African Sorcerer Royal as he tries to uncover the mystery of why England’s magical stocks are drying up. The novel is set to be the first in a trilogy of historical fantasy books.