Wizard Squared (Rogue Agent, #3)
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Wizard Squared (Rogue Agent #3)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  1,013 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Melissande and co. are shocked to receive a visit from a Monk Markham who comes from an alternate version of their own world.

The second Monk has created a portal that allows travel between realities, and he′s come to them for help. The Gerald in his world has turned into a raving tyrannical despot as a result of actions taken during their version of the Kallarapi crisis. M...more
464 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by HarperVoyager
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D.L. Morrese
The third book in the Rogue Agent series pits our hero, Gerald, against himself -- or at least another version of himself from a different trouser leg of time, as Pratchett might say. Wizard Squared is an enjoyable read but has many of the same flaws as its predecessors. I feel it could have benefited from another round of editing and revision. About the first 150 pages, which tell the tale of the alternate Gerald and the decision he made that the original Gerald did not, could and probably shou...more
Tobinsfavorite
Why do I keep giving these four stars? This is why!
The overall pacing of these three books has been very satisfying. We're still learning things abut the main characters, and it still feels just right. The affection the friend have for each other feels genuine, and so do the actions their friendship causes them to take.
I have no idea why I thought this was a trilogy, but it's not, and as annoyed as I am that there are open-ended questions I must wait to have answered, I'm really looking forward...more
Nathaniel ΘΣ
Dec 29, 2011 Nathaniel ΘΣ rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nathaniel by: Blue
Shelves: owned, fantasy, 2011books
The storyline of this book concentrates on the idea of parallel universes and it’s so different from the previous books that I wondered if the author was in one. It was rather confusing at the beginning because it completely rehashed the ending of the first book to such an extent that I wondered if something had gone wrong somewhere. The first two chapters are pretty much copied from book 1 albeit with some minor differences towards the end which made for really boring reading. Not exactly the b...more
Unwisely
I admit I kinda OD'd on this series - three books in short order is a lot, and it's easy to get tired of something when you have a lot of it in a short period of time. (Like, say, Dulce de Leche ice cream. I mean, hypothetically.)

Anyway. I generally enjoyed this book when I was actually reading it, but I also had very little urge to pick it up. (I actually started it before A Red Sun Also Rises, which I finished first even though I didn't really like it.)

More Gerald and Monk and Bibbie, plus evi...more
Mark Webb
This review forms part of my contribution to theAustralian Women Writers 2013 Reading Challenge. All my 2013 AWWC reviews can be foundhere.

Wizard Squared is the third book in the Rogue Agent series by K.E. Mills. You can read my review of the first book in the series,The Accidental Sorcerer,hereand my review of the second book,Witches Incorporated, here. Those reviews cover a lot of my general thoughts on the world building and general background, so I'll keep this review shorter and focused on...more
Mike Moore
With this book, the series graduates from a rueful and guilty pleasure to something that's actually pretty good. Part of it is that things go horribly wrong and people have to live with the consequences. Part of it is that Black Hat Gerald actually kicks butt, which I've been wanting White Hat Gerald to do since book one, so that's kind of satisfying. The "instant evil" nature of the black magic books was a little strange, but once I started imagining that the books were written by Nietzche and...more
Jeff Miller
This is the third book in an immensely enjoyable fantasy series that is both funny and serious.

If you are going to use the parallel world trope where a virtuous character is evil in another universe it takes some effort to not make it seem trite. Thankfully this trope is not only done right, but done with flair.

In the parallels world Gerald makes a decision that puts him on the road to evil and corruption. It rehashes the battle in the first book between Gerald and the villain King, yet this tim...more
Denae
So creepy and well done. I was quite scared of the other Gerald, and quite fearful of that other place. I have to say I didn't care to read such a detailed summary of the same happenings in that other place, even if they were mostly from new characters.
Monk! I like him, and was so devastated when (semi-spoiler) he died. I am glad there was more of him in this book, although I think I still like Gerald's pov best. I have to say I liked Sir Alec a lot more in this book, and his fears about Gerald...more
Kirsty
After loving the previous two books in this series, I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, I was left disappointed, as this book was ultimately more irritating than entertaining. As with The Accidental Sorcerer and Witches Incorporated, the story took forever to get into its stride, which was surprising considering that Karen Miller has amassed some considerable writing experience up to now. There were a great many dialogue-heavy scenes between the main characters that containe...more
Sbuchler
Genre: Fantasy

I vacillated between giving this 4 and 5 stars: this was an incredibly well written book – but I found it an extremely difficult read. The characters suffer a lot, and there’s no sense that things are going to get better for them – the world just keeps throwing awful situations at them where there is no option that lets the characters still like themselves at the end of the day. The point-of-view characters feel soiled by the choices they’ve had to make, and as a reader I feel comp...more
Jo
I've been looking forward to reading this book for some time, as I greatly enjoyed The Accidental Sorcerer and Witches Incorporated, the first two books in this series. I enjoyed it, but not quite as much as the first two.

The premise is, of course, one that has been used many times before, but it is used very well in this book. The way the main characters work together is something I have enjoyed since the beginning, and that, too, is done well.

However, the book moved a bit too slowly for my tas...more
Paper Droids
K.E. Mills’ Wizard Squared is the third of The Rogue Agent series, preceded by The Accidental Sorcerer and Witches Incorporated and follows the adventures of Gerald Dunwoody, Monk Markham, Reg, Princess Melissande, and Bibbie Markham. I picked this particular book because after reading The Accidental Sorcerer, the main character Gerald stole my heart with his uncertain and well-meaning ways, and he was a somewhat unique hero in all the books I’d been reading at the time. The sequel Witches Incor...more
Tim Hicks
THis was not what I hoped for after plowing through two previous books.

I suppose I should not have been surprised that right after Our Hero discovers he's The Most Powerful Wizard There Ever Was, we get an "... except for THIS guy."

There's a good 150-page novella here. All Mills had to do was cut out:
* everything that involves the incredibly annoying Reg speaking
* all the scenes where the young Incs are squabbling (half the time it's Go Faster, other half Go Slower)
* all the sighing and moanin...more
Siriusstar Desrosiers
First, I must say if you are looking for a light fantasy, look elsewhere. Despite its presentation this book is anything but light! There are a few moments that recall the fun of Witches Incorporated, but they fade quickly into a much darker, bleaker story. I *think* the author may have been attempting to make the evil Gerald into a over-the-top, scenery- chewing camp villain, but the 'real' characters are far too good for that to work. It becomes much too genuinely sad and dreary to find any hu...more
Melbourne on my mind
Plot summary: What if Gerald had made different decisions in The Accidental Sorcerer? What if he was now a master of dark magic, unable to be defeated and with the wizarding world under his thumb? When Monk Markham finds himself confronted with a Monk from a parallel universe where exactly those things have happened, he must decide whether to help.

Thoughts: I spent the first chunk of the book horribly confused, because surely this was stuff I'd already read in The Accidental Sorcerer? And yes, i...more
Sarah
The third book in the Rogue Agent series keeps the energy of the previous two books going nicely. This books is an unique third book in a series -- instead of introducing a new storyline, the book revisits the story of the first book, when Gerald faces down the mad King Leonard. But in this world, Gerald takes a different path and becomes the rogue agent everyone has always feared.

And then he learns how to move back into their world.

The only problem this book faces is the dreaded "muddle in th...more
Jenna
I had high hopes for this book since I liked the first two in the Rogue Agent series so much, but this novel came as somewhat of a shock for me. While the previous two books were more about adventure and magic with a dab of depressing situations, Wizard Squared was from start to finish a completely dark and harrowing story, with very little to comfort the reader that "all will be well" or "there is some light within the darkness." Nope. Instead all we get is horrible situation after horrible sit...more
Rayndrop
the first part of the book feels like the author changed her mind about how she wanted to end the first book of the series. just when i'm getting annoyed, she ties it all together in a pretty, twisted bow that promises a package of mixed emotions. I hate the bad guy and love the good guy, who happen to be the same one, but not really. Confused? Don't worry; the author makes it pretty clear. As in the first book, the ending is bittersweet. There's a great big serving of sorrow with a side of reli...more
Derek
K.E. Mills is an accomplished writer. As Karen Miller she has written some good books. When I read the first book in this series, "The Accidental Sorcerer" I enjoyed it. It was very entertaining, but I wasn't counting down the days for Witches Incorporated to be released. Again, I read it, and enjoyed it. But I wasn't hooked. I actually owned this book for a good two months before I finally read it.

The first two books in this series are good, but they don't hook you. This book finally sets the h...more
Melanie
Gerald and friends encounter interesting twists of a darker nature. The alternate world was intriguing but depressing.
Darren
Too much bickering, and Reg has become even more annoying than in book two. If that's possible. Did not finish.
Barbara
Too grim for my taste and a sharp change of style from the first two books.
Jake Hill
After reading the end of the book, I almost regret having ever started this series. I may have got the second book first by accident and then only recently found book 1 and 3 but the series had been great up until the last chapter. The fourth book won't be quite the same anymore. I'm sure it'll be good but I won't be able to read it the same ever again =( Why did she have to do that? There could've been another way.
Luke
The third book in the fantastic Rouge Agent series by KE Mills (aka Karen Miller)
Wizard Squared explores the alternate universe, delving into what Gerald may have become, had he succumbed to the lure of black magic.
A well written fantasy novel that has some great laugh out loud moments, particuarly those involving Reg, a talking bird with a mysterious past.
Well worth a read!
Deb Rainey
I enjoyed this book as I have the others in the series. This was a darker tale, devoid of much of the humor in the previous books. It was also hard to get into as the climax to the first book was retold with nothing to explain why but a one line "quote" from one of the characters about parallel universes. It was still good writing and a revisit to well loved characters.
MJ
the more I read these books the more I enjoy them. I love how fully realized the characters are, and the flights of humor and fancy mixed with the drama. completely enjoyable.
Greg
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Karen Desmond


Not as funny as the previous books. This was more difficult to read as there seemed to be a lot of talking without a lot happening sometimes. I did find the incessant arguing specially Reg and the girls quite irritating sometimes. I think if Reg was my bird she might have ended up as barbecued.
Jeanna
Bit slow in the begining as the ending of the first book is rehashed before embarking on the new story but once it gets going, its fantastic. I've very quickly become a huge fan of KE Mills and look forward to reading everything else she's writen under Karen Miller.
Trace
I was really looking forward to reading this book as I enjoyed the other two so much.
But what happened, an alternative reality with an Evil Gerald. Do wish the author had stuck to her original format for the characters, this book really spoiled that for me
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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...more
More about K.E. Mills...
The Accidental Sorcerer (Rogue Agent, #1) Witches Incorporated (Rogue Agent, #2) Wizard Undercover (Rogue Agent, #4) The Rogue Agent: The Accidental Sorcerer, Witches Incorporated, Wizard Squared

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