The Accidental Sorcerer

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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 bird who can't stay out of trouble, and a kingdom to save, Gerald soon suspects that he might be out of his ...

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Overview

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 bird who can't stay out of trouble, and a kingdom to save, Gerald soon suspects that he might be out of his depth. And if he can't keep this job, how will he ever become the wizard he was destined to be...

THE ACCIDENTAL SORCERER is the first novel in the Rogue Agent trilogy, from one of fantasy's newest stars.

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Karen Miller (The Riven Kingdom) launches a trilogy, her first venture as Mills, with this droll tale of magical bureaucracy. Gerald Dunwoody, a Third Grade wizard and lowly safety inspector for Ottosland's Department of Thaumaturgy, inadvertently blows up a factory while trying to save it. Summarily fired, Gerald takes a job in almost bankrupt New Ottosland as royal court wizard for King Lional the 43rd. To prove his powers to the doubtful king and his put-upon sister, Prime Minister Princess Melissande, Gerald turns a cat into a lion and transforms the dowdy princess into a literally bewitching fashion plate, but preventing war between New Ottosland and Kallarap and making a highly illegal dragon for the king may be beyond his will and abilities. Miller's whimsical prose keeps the plot jumping and the readers laughing. (Jan.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316035422
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Rogue Agent Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 354,390
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

K.E. Mills is a pseudonym for bestselling author Karen Miller. Karen Miller was born in Vancouver, Canada, and moved to Australia with her family when she was two. Apart from a three-year stint in the UK after graduating from university with a BA in communications, she's lived in and around Sydney ever since. Karen started writing stories while still in elementary school, where she fell in love with speculative fiction. She's held a variety of interesting jobs but now writes full-time.

In addition to writing the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker books, Karen is the author of the hugely popular Godspeaker trilogy. Find out more about the author at www.karenmiller.net.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Engaging without being drippy.

    I found the characters to be engaging and real - like people I know. Hidden talents, hidden aspirations, classy yet disregarded. Smart without always NEEDING to show it. I want to read the sequel, NOW. Romantic without being excessively sex-driven. I think it would be a fun play or movie.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2009

    good fantasy - fun characters

    Quite an enjoyable story. The characters are offbeat and evolving throughout this book and the 2nd (Witches Incorporated). The 2nd book was a little slower to read - but it picked up speed as the story came together. I'm looking forward to the 3rd book! Great job Ms. Mills! I'm looking forward to book three and new inspirations.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    New writer making a name

    This was a great way to start a career. The characters are believable, if a bit naive at times, and are hilarious. The plot draws from different cultures to bring us an old fairy tale with some really unexpected twists around each corner.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2009

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    Karen strikes again.

    This is a great story. And i can't wait for the sequel to come out. Karen has really out done herself again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2008

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    fabulous fantasy

    Twenty-three-year-old Gerald Dunwoody was a Grade Three Wizard at Ottosland's Department of Thaumaturgy. His rank means he is at the bottom of the food chain and soon learns a lesson about pyramidal hierarchies as sh*t rolls down hill. Someone has to take the fall for the PR and budgetary nightmare of blowing up a factory so though he followed orders and since he accidentally did the deed, his superiors claim they are clean and blame the moronic rogue at total fault for the accident. He loses his good government job, the lowest form of public debasement known to the people.<BR/>---<BR/>Although he is depressed as he assumes he stinks at being a wizard since no one breathing loses a bureaucratic job, his companion, Reg the magical raven believes otherwise. Reg thinks Gerald is a super mage lacking proper training. Meanwhile Gerald obtains a second government job as the court wizard in the remote isolated kingdom of New Ottosland. It is ruled by King Lional, who has big plans to expand his kingdom assisted by his new mage. Gerald just wants his employer to be the usual royal egomaniac, who rules over nothing while his loyal subjects play make believe that his domain is a country. Instead his regal ambitious boss demands his new employee turn into a lethal sorcerer. With Reg as his mentor advisor, Gerald begins his new job knowing there is the threat of being fired again with no other exile placement available.<BR/>---<BR/>Somewhat tongue in cheek, THE ACCIDENTAL SORCERER, the first book of the Rogue Agent saga, is a fabulous fantasy starring an individual who seems so inept that he has to take a position in as remote a land as one will find in the Mills universe. Only his friend Reg believes otherwise as even Gerald assumes he stinks at wizardry 101; his new employer may have grandiose schemes but figures Gerald is an idiot or he would not be in the end of the world. Fans will relish Gerald¿s escapades as K.E. Mills provides a strong opening act with this wonderful coming of age (though he admittedly has a long way to go) fantasy tale.<BR/>---<BR/>Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2013

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    Professor Gerald Dunwoody is a Third Grade Wizard. Just not a ve

    Professor Gerald Dunwoody is a Third Grade Wizard. Just not a very good one. After blowing up a staff factory and losing his job, Gerald is desperate to prove that he can be a competent wizard. Now it's off the New Ottosland, as the new Court Wizard to King Lional.

    Along with his companion, a talking bird that wasn't always a bird, Gerald soon discovers that King Lional is not what he appears to be. With a princess in trouble and a kingdom to save, Gerald suspects that he may be out of his depths. Armed only with a power he doesn't fully understand, Gerald finds himself in the fight of his life. How it ends is anyone's guess...

    The Author, K. E. Mills, does a terrific job giving her characters personality and depth. As the story unfolds I find myself being drawn into its world and becoming invested in its outcome and the well being of its hero.

    Well-written with just the right amount of humor. This book was fun to read and difficult to put down. I look forward to reading the remainder of this series and well as other books written by this author.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys snarky humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Pleasantly Surprised

    I read this on a whim, because I wanted something light after my last read, and I got it. The world created is interesting and the characters have lots of personality. It was just the right mix light and fun..and horrible darkness. Towards the end it was pretty exciting. The writer did a good job building each chapter and dropping hints. Overall..it was a good read.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    Yawn

    Slow. Bad humor. Little to no action. Save your money.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    Great book

    At first I had a bit of trouble getting into this book, just because of some of the wording. To me it reads very British. Nothing wrong with that, just not used to reading it. Right away I liked Gerald and Reg. They are quite a pair. I love the feel of the wizardry in the modern world, sort of. The kingdoms and camel trains threw my picture of the modern world off but yet they had telephones. Regardless, it's a great world. I had no trouble, once I got used to the writing, getting into this book. I enjoyed every bit of it. There's plenty of drama, a bit of adventure, a evil bad guy, the squeaky clean good buy, and humor. It's all blended together nicely.

    It didn't keep me on the edge of my seat but it didn't bore me either. I look forward to more books in this series and suggest you read this great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2009

    Original Idea, Characters Starting to Repeat

    Karen Mills has written a few other series before this book and I have enjoyed them, but as I read through The Accidental Sorcerer, I noticed she tended to reuse the same female protagonist. Strong, independent, always wants her way, throws a fit if she doesn't get her way and all the men cave, usually quite unconventional about doing things. I have no problem with strong, independent women who show initiative and quirkiness - but using the exact same template for every series and having them always get their way gets a little old by the end of the book/series. Otherwise, the world she has created is very fascinating and I enjoyed the flow of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    A most amusing, light book.

    The bumbling sorcerer is a delight.

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  • Posted January 3, 2009

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    Great Book

    The book was very entertaining.

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