The Accidental Sorcerer (Rogue Agent #1)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Published by Orbit, January 2009
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The twisting plot took me b ...more
Gerald Dunwoody is a low level, third grade wizard working for Department of Thaumaturgy. He is ...more
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I bought these two books on a whim - damn you, 3 for 2 at Waterstones! - because the titles and blurbs didn't take themselves too seriously and I hadn't bought a book that wasn't a classic/rec'd in I don't know how long. NOW I REMEMBER THERE'S A REASON FOR THAT.
First, there are no sorcerers in this, only wizards. While it may seem petty to remark on this, because words like those are synonyms in this world, in alternate real ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
There were a few things that had frustrated me-- ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more