I really enjoyed this story. It was easy reading and the story kept my attention. The characters were well written and they story line at times was very exciting. This story is like Harry Potter for adults. I would recommend this book, even if you don't like fantasy, it is a good read.
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 the middle of chaos.
After a while, Gerald and his bird sidekick, Reg, grow on you. Even the King's sister, Melissande becomes likeable when compared to the barmy King. His madness is immediately apparent and rather scary.
A real slow read as Gerald's whiny poor-me attitude is aggravating as hell. But if you can persevere, the story has merit. It's a totally enjoyable read with madmen, holy men, dragons, talking birds, sorcerer's (both good and evil). With a little bit of everything thrown into the mix including a surprise ending.
It's like two different stories stuck together.
K.E. Mills has a gift for descriptive writing. Her characters were all physical presences in the story. She also manages to write realistic sounding dialog.
I just have to finish books I start, as a rule. However, the writing in this book was incredibly heavy-handed. The characterizations are very heavy, there's no subtlety involved. This is _not_ a bad read, particularly if you haven't read some of her other works and so don't have high expectations. If you're in for a quick fix of magic and mayhem, then perhaps consider it. If you've got anything better though, leave this one on the shelf. I have picked up the next book in the trilogy to see what mess they will get into next, but I hesitate to start it.
This is an oddly good story. Yeah, it's about magic and sorcery and magicians and stuff like that--but it's also about trying to get a job, dealing with an unreasonable boss, trying to get along with some nasty co-workers, and just bringing home a paycheck. Mills has a winner here!
From back cover: 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.
An interesting story about a 3rd grade wizard and his friend who is an enchanted bird. I am now looking for the second book (Witches Incorporated) to find out what happens. I recommend this long story for those of you who like reading a book and wondering.. What's next?