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The Accidental Sorcerer (Rogue Agent #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,708 Ratings  ·  293 Reviews
Gerald Dunwoody is a wizard. Just not a particularly good one. He's blown up a factory, lost his job, and there's a chance that he's not really a Third Grade wizard after all. So it's off to New Ottosland to be the new Court Wizard for King Lional.

It's a shame that King Lional isn't the vain, self-centered young man he appeared to be. With a Princess in danger, a talking b
ebook, 535 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Orbit (first published 2008)
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
The Accidental Sorcerer is set in a magical fantasy world that closely resembles our own if you were to take several different periods and mash them altogether. Some people look like British tax agents, others like Elizabethan nobles. Some are dressed in flamboyant, brightly-coloured polka-dot pantaloons and ridiculous shirts, while others dress like bluestockings from the 20s. It's lots of fun. Technologically, it's also mixed: there're automobiles for driving, and magical portals for long-dist ...more
Dec 03, 2013 Steph rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
It's not a bad story. I enjoyed the plot and I might even read the sequel if the mood strikes me.

Then why the rating? Because every conversation that was not between the desert people or in the last 10 pages of the book was a constant barrage of characters insulting each other, getting offended about trivial things, acting beyond-stupidly obstinate, and being generally rude to each other, often without cause. Sure, everyone enjoys reading a bit of cleverly written repartee, but if your characte
I enjoyed the book, the world and some of the characters. Other characters turned me off and I found completely unbelievable. I was really annoyed by the sudden changes in one of the secondary characters towards the end and I cannot explain it further without giving away major spoilers. I also didn't understand some of the relationships between different characters.

Not only were there sudden shifts in characters there was also a shift in the tone of the book going from a funny bumbling sorcerer
Mike (the Paladin)
This one had been on my "to be read" for a while and it turned up available at the library in I downloaded it. I have just purchased a book that I've been waiting a year for so getting through this one was more of a priority than it's story in some ways. I was in a hurry to get to the read I'd been anticipating.

It opened okay. It was "obviously" going to be (at least partly) a comedy of errors type book. The hapless hero who means well but things always go the wrong way and catastroph
Shanna Swendson
Jul 16, 2012 Shanna Swendson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book when I was reading the publisher's blog, looking for posts by an editor I was going to meet at a conference, and saw information about upcoming releases, which included a book called Witches Incorporated. I tend to notice anything that involves something to do with magic combined with the "incorporated" concept (since I have a book called Enchanted, Inc.), so I zoomed in on it, learned it was a sequel and backtracked to learn about the first book. It took me a while to find tha ...more
Jan 28, 2009 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Accidental Sorcerer by K E Mills
Published by Orbit, January 2009
489 pages
ISBN: 9781841497273

One of the great things about comedic fantasy, for me, is that sometimes initial impressions can be deceiving. What reads as light can actually contain deeper thinking, and what at the outset seems to be fluffy can actually be quite harsh. However, set in the context of a Fantasy, satirical jibes can be made without being a polemic. For example, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld stories are perhaps the pin
Barbara ★
Pseudo-wizard Gerald Dunwoody is a weakling, a whiner and a marshmellow. After getting fired from his third (or was it his fourth) job, he accepts a position in a far off country as the Royal Court Wizard to King Lional of New Ottosland. His first task transforms a lion into a pussycat and gives crazy King Lional seriously deluded ideas of grandeur. He decides to invade the neighboring country with dragons and magic. Thus ensues a debacle of immense proportions that puts Gerald and Reg smack in ...more
Aug 27, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basic Plot: Gerald Dunwoody goes from government bureaucrat to Court Wizard, and from barely a level three in power to beyond level one after an accident at a staff factory causes his potentia to fully realize itself. Now he's caught between a desert and a mad king...

I have to confess, it was the second book in the series that first caught my eye, something about witches, but I couldn't bear to read the second book in a series before the first, so I grabbed this one, despite not being entirely s
Jeff Miller
Jul 13, 2011 Jeff Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe closer to five stars.

This novel was recommended by Maureen at "Aliens in this world"

The plot of a intelligent but somewhat bumbler that discoverers he has more magical talent than expected and goes on to his potential is certainly not a new plot. But when done right can be enjoyable. That is the case here of Gerald the third rate magician in a government job who has had problems in previous jobs not totally his fault is the setup for this novel. As t
Mar 06, 2011 Thara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad book but not a great one, either, thus the two stars. My biggest gripe is that the tone was so erratic. I'm not sure what Mills intended her theme to be - a journey of self-discovery, the megalomania of despots, the supremacy of religion - it all ended up in her book. It started out as the story of a lovable but bumbling wizard, turned into political intrigue, then there was some torture, some good-guy reveals....The story was just too short to handle it all. Tolkien managed it, but th ...more
Aug 04, 2009 Mieneke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2009

What a great, funny read!! I bought this book, because I knew K.E. Mills was a pseudonym for Karen Miller whose Kingmaker/Kingbreaker duology I loved and I was intrigued by the fact that she chose to write such a different style under another name, instead of her own.

And I'm mighty glad I picked it up! I had a fab time with this story, it made me laugh out loud several times. The sense of humour in this book reminded me of that of Terry Pratchett and Tom Holt, in that it's not your run-of-the-mi

May 29, 2010 Zivan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one was a bit of a disappointment.

It starts with a lowly third grade wizard, trying to prevent a magical accident in a wand factory that is being run into the ground out of greed. He is then blamed for the accident by the same manager who caused it.

This is where the book starts and that's how it continues. anyone in authority is a pompous bastard, and poor little third grade wizard tries to stop it all going pare shaped and despite himself actually succeeds, but is eaten by guilt for not do
Can Gerald get into any more trouble?

As a compliance officer (on probation) for the Department of Thaumaturgy, Gerald Dunwoody heads to Stuttley’s Superior Staff factory for a snap inspection. Seems that the safety statements, that are supposed to be witnessed and signed, haven’t been sent in for the last two months, which is a breach of regulations. But while there, an accident occurs, and Gerald is being blamed.

Fired, he slips a little into a depression, sure that he won’t find another, not fo
Aug 23, 2010 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Accidental Sorcerer is the tale of a likeable loser wizard who discovers, through accident, enormous powers, and then has adventures...

If that sounds a tad... unoriginal, then that's because it is. This is cheerfully shallow pulp fiction. It's energetic, fun to read, fast moving, funny in places, and well put together. It's competent, though never outstanding.

Our main hero is accompanied by an acerbic, sarcastic sidekick bird (I tend to think it is an owl), befriends an acerbic, sarcastic, p
Dec 24, 2011 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this review on my blog and realized it never made it to GR.

The Accidental Sorcerer by K.E. Mills (pseudonym for Karen Miller) has strong characters that are fully part of their entirely fictional fantasy world. Which is especially interesting because I don't think the world is given a name.

I think that indicates how strong a fantasy setting it is. In this book, the first of the Rogue Agent series, three different countries are in play: or rather, primary protagonist Gerald Dunwoody moves f
This book was another pleasant surprise. I was engrosed in the story and highly entertained. It's a traditional fantasy set in the 1800s on a different world where wizards are an accepted part of society. Gerald, the hero, is a 3rd rate wizard with a pechant for messing things up. He works for the ministry of magic as a lowly inspector. When he goes to inspect a wand factory, a huge industrial accident takes place and somehow, he avoids being fried and instead keeps the town from blowing up. Nob ...more
Jun 21, 2010 Cris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dragons, magic
The story starts with a light, comedic tone and shifts very abruptly about half-way through. Someone expecting humor along the lines of Asprin's Myth series, or Pratchett's Discworld will be disappointed I think.

But the darkness doesn't start early enough, and isn't consistent enough, to appeal to fans of Martin's Fire and Ice series or the Kushiel series.

The setting was a mish-mash of technologies and magic. The changes in conversation and setting from magic portals and the manufacture of magic
This was so much better than the reviews led me to believe. It was also way more violent than I expected.
Gerald Dunwoody is a Third Grade Wizard, so not much in the way of magic. Then through a series of events he finds himself in possession of a lot of power, but no one outside of his bird Reg, and his best friend Markham believe him. Plus, because of the aforementioned events, he is the laughingstock of the wizarding community. He seeks employment elsewhere and gets tangled up in the twisted
Le he bajado la nota porque es muy lento, pienso que se podía contar lo mismo en menos páginas. Reseña en:
Jul 15, 2016 EJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book is like watching dogs playfully wrestling each other. You coo at their cuteness, laugh at their antics. Then, they started tearing each other off, blood and gore spreading everywhere. You don't know how it happened and you didn't sign up for this.
I though this was going to be a light-hearted fantasy novel that'll cheer me right up. It definitely did not.
The combination of comedy and dark themes was definitely not as smooth as I expected it to be. It was abrupt and I felt jarred
I did enjoy this.
Though it took me a while to get into it. I wasn't sure if this was the book's fault, or if it was that I was on vacation and do not understand the concept of sitting by the pool and reading. (Which my husband found hilarious because when I am not on vacation, all I want to do is sit on the couch and read.)

I did find it a bit repetitive at times in regards to the dialogue. Or I should say it felt that way.

However, all in all I did like it.

I felt the characters grew throughout th
Dec 30, 2014 Aelvana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gerald Dunwoody was a Third Grade wizard working as a safety inspector, until a routine inspection ends not only his career but also his former magical talents. With his name tarnished beyond repair, he accepts a job as royal wizard to a king in a backwater country where no one has ever heard of him. But his new post isn't exactly what he dreamed it to be. The king has ideas about Progress. And as Gerald's friend Monk warns, a king with ideas is a dangerous thing. . .

The twisting plot took me b
Dec 03, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though the book cover says the author is K.E. Mills, it is actually a pen name for Karen Miller. Not sure why Ms. Miller needs a pen name as it is not much of a secret. Anyway, after reading her Star Wars Novel, Wild Space, I went looking for another book written by her. Since this was a first book in a series, it looked entertaining and it involved magic and wizards, I decided to give it a shot.

Gerald Dunwoody is a low level, third grade wizard working for Department of Thaumaturgy. He is
Aug 17, 2014 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh, fantasy
I was so hoping this wouldn't be a disappointment.

It was.(view spoiler)
Sep 05, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Not my favorite. I had trouble getting into the book. I was well over half way before I could read more than a few pages at a time. The bird, Reg, is probably the most interesting character but none of them really caught my attention. The book was much better towards the end (over 300 pages in) and I might give the next one a try based on the end of this book but I'm not even sure of that.
Mar 14, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite an interesting book. I liked the characters and there were a few surprises throughout the book, plot wise. I'm not sure I liked Reg all that much, honestly, but I did like most of the other characters. I thought the fighting between the characters and not quite trusting each other, for the most part, seemed to fit that they had barely met each other.

The story seemed to move along at a decent pace and left enough unanswered at the end for tying into the rest of the series. I did think that
Jan 22, 2016 A.M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Imagine a world where the English civil service policed magic. They would decide what class of wizard you were after testing, and armed with your certificate and rating you could apply for jobs; magical ones like a safety inspector for the magic board. But it is a very elitist class kind of system divided on influence and magic ability. That’s what our hero Gerald Dunwoody is doing in Ottosland when he’s sent to a staff manufacturing company. They haven’t sent in their safety reports for months. ...more
May 16, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, magic, dragons
I found this book of my bookshelf and I have no clue how it got there, but I'm glad it did.

A blend of fantasy and humor, The Accidental Sorcerer is definitely not high-fantasy but it was very much enjoyed by this reader.

Gerald Dunwoody is an inept wizard (something like a grade 3) who screws up at his other jobs and is desperate for new employment. He is your typical underdog. There are no other wizards in his family (his father is a tailor) and he is not as wealthy as the other wizards. So ther
Aug 29, 2009 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
This is another book I couldn't get into. I forced myself to read 44 pages, just one more chapter, and then decided that life was just too darn short to spend time reading something -for pleasure- that wasn't giving me any pleasure.
Feb 24, 2014 Ellenw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up sort of by accident (I was headed to lunch on my own and I decided I didn't really like the book I'd brought with me. Luckily, there was a Barnes & Nobel nearby)I'm so glad I did! I've always liked the covers of Karen Miller's other books* but they've never really interested me. This is more my line- silly, fun, fast-paced but there's a real heart in it. The last quarter gets a bit more serious than I think the overall tone prepared me for and the surprise twist wasn't but t ...more
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"K.E. Mills" is a pseudonym of "Karen Miller"

I was born in Vancouver, Canada, and came to Australia with my parents when I was 2. I think. Dad’s an Aussie, Mum’s English, go figure. Talk about Fate and Destiny. But three passports come in handy.

I’ve always lived in Sydney, except when I didn’t. After graduating with a BA Communications from the then Institute of Technology (now University) a few y
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