The Accidental Sorcerer Paperback
by K. E. Mills
Part of the Rogue Agent series
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.
Career disaster strikes again. Luckily, an influential friend manages to get him a posting.
So it's off to New Ottosland to be the new Court Wizard for King Lional.
His back-up, an ensorcelled bird with a mysterious past, seems dubious.
But it's New Ottosland, or nothing. Unfortunately, King Lional isn't the vain, self-centred young man he appeared to be.
With a Princess in danger, a bird-brained back-up, and a kingdom to save, Gerald soon suspects he might be out of his depth. And if he can't keep this job, how can he become the wizard he was destined to be ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 19/12/2008
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781841497273
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Review by wyvernfriend
Gerald Dunwoody didn't ask to be in the job he's in, it was the best he could do, he's a government inspector of magical manufacturing companies. Stuttley's Superior Staff factory hasn't returned safety inspection paperwork in months and he's sent in to ensure that things are ok. It should be routine.And then everything blows up, quite literally, he tries to rescue things but it all looks like his fault and he's out of a job. Little does he know that the explosion has changed his life forever, and it's possible that the assumption that he was a third grade wizard may be a little mistaken.His friend Monk finds out about a posting in a far-off kingdom, Court Wizard for King Lional. However there are things that don't quite add up and his life is in serious danger.It's a wry book with a self-mocking tone, I liked the characters and found it a good enough read that when I came across book 2 in a bookshop shortly after reading it I snapped it up.Gerald is an interesting character, suddenly faced with the fact that he has more power he thinks about the ethics of using it. He is a man caught by his power and the knowledge that if he doesn't use it he will condemn others. It's written with a mostly light touch (you can't do a torture scene lightly) and with a slightly self-effacing apologetic main character that I completely empathised with.
Review by lewispike
This book is a fun romp through the British psyche in some respects. Rather bumbling in so many ways and slightly officiously Jobsworth, Wizard Third Class Gerald Dunwoody manages to blow up the most respected magical staff factory in the country when he's there for a simple complaint about paperwork. He is fired, and in desperation takes a job as Royal Court Wizard to a far away county.There his fun really begins - the king is barking mad, his sister is rather cocooned from the world and won't really listen to the truth about him, and the younger brother is daft.Gerald tries to negotiate his way around all these things, and despite making several (ok, several dozen) mistakes, and being tortured for 9 days solid manages to do the right thing, although there is a fair degree of collateral damage - which is better portrayed than reviewed because central characters recognise many of the deceased and mourn them.It's romps along too as an adventure story, and has a fair number of jokes hiding in there too.K.E.Mills is a pseudonym for Karen Miller according to the "about this author" blurb.
Review by LRitte
I just couldn't get into it. Everything seemed a little too wordy and political.