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The Accidental Sorcerer (Rogue Agent #1)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  3,163 ratings  ·  265 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
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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
Steph
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
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Shanon
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
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Mike (the Paladin)
This one had been on my "to be read" for a while and it turned up available at the library in audio...so 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
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Shanna Swendson
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
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
Kat
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
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Mark
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
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Jeff Miller
Maybe closer to five stars.

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

http://suburbanbanshee.wordpress.com/...

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
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Thara
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
Mieneke

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

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Zivan
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
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Gina
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
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Robert
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
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Marie
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
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Anita
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
Cris
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
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Aelvana
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
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Matt
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
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Rachel
I was so hoping this wouldn't be a disappointment.

It was.(view spoiler)
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Jessica


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.
Rachel
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.
Ellenw
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
Jack Skully
I started this book as a light read. The beginning started off interestingly and bright becoming a bit darker and grave towards the final third. There were some amusing lines in the book, particularly lines by characters Reg and Mellisande.

One problem, I had with the book was how easily the characters were going along with something that screamed danger; the justifications were weak to say the least.

Overall, the book is well-written with just the right amount of humor. I look forward to reading
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Penny
Don't even bother. This book is awful.
Rea
This is one of those fantasy titles that have been looking at me from the shelves in every bookstore I’ve visited over the past couple of years. Looking at me and calling my name. I resisted the temptation for a long time as I wasn’t sure whether it was really the sort of fantasy title appeals to me, but in the end I gave in and decided I’d give it a go.

In a nutshell, it’s not a bad story with some very good ideas, but the way that it’s told doesn’t really appeal to me.

Why not? Well, the main th
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Marilag
It's been a while since I've read a book where I loved and hated the main character at the same time. Yes, I mean it. I simultaneously cheered him on and wanted to throttle him in most cases. Gerald Dunwoody is a weak hero. Gerald Dunwoody is also a strong hero. He more than developed throughout the story, though I sometimes did wish that he would have stopped being so absorbed in his own self-pity. I liked him overall, for a Third Grade Wizard *g*

There were a few things that had frustrated me--
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Jill
Overall, I thought this was a very well written story. Although somewhat predictable, it had a reasonable pace and kept enough of the unexpected turns to keep this reader interested. I do think she is a very good author and can tell a wonderful story, and this is no different. It's still too early in the series for me to make an opinion on the series as a whole, but I do feel that the first book of her Kingmaker, Kingbreaker series was better. This is a worthwhile read though, especially for the ...more
Katie
Ok, so I haven't exactly read this, but I just couldn't get much farther.

While browsing at Frugal Muse I was taken with the concept, and I started reading the first few pages. The first page so delightfully merged the mundane life of the civil servant with a quirky wizarding world that I decided to give the book a try.

Ever since then I have been reading in starts and stops. Now that I'm done with grad school I wanted to start consuming books the way I used to, particularly Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Th
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Luke
The first in the Rouge Agent series by KE Mills, aka Karen Miller.

Accidental Sorcerer is set in a vivid world where magic and wizardry are commonplace elements of society. Wizards are not aloof in ivory towers, but people with jobs and worries the same as everyone else.

The book follows the adventures of Gerald Dunwoody. A Third Grade wizard (lowest rank of wizardry) who works as a Thaumaturgical Inspector. (kinds like a health and safety inspector, but for magic)

After being unjustly implicated
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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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Other Books in the Series

Rogue Agent (4 books)
  • Witches Incorporated (Rogue Agent, #2)
  • Wizard Squared (Rogue Agent, #3)
  • Wizard Undercover (Rogue Agent, #4)
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