The Accidental Sorcerer

I have just finished reading a fantastic book.  I want to be eloquent when reviewing this book because it deserves praise, but I’m not very good when it comes to book reviews and using literary jargon.

The book is The Accidental Sorcerer, Book One in the Rogue Agent Series, written by K.E. Mills, which is a pseudonym for the fantasy author Karen Miller.  What is the point of a pseudonym when the information linking the real person to the pen name is available?  Pseudonyms are about anonymity, you write under a different name so as not to gain attention, it seems a bit pointless.  Anyway, Karen Miller seems to be a fairly successful fantasy author, I actually discovered I have one of her other books, The Innocent Mage, but don’t ask me what I thought of it, the beginning was so dry, I got bored and stopped reading, which is sad because the blurb on the back of the book sounded good.  I’ll give it another chance some time.

So the Accidental Sorcerer, I’ll give you the blurb on the back of the book (what is the official term I can’t remember), since it’s what made the book sound so appealing to me.

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.  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…?

This booked appealed to me because it sounded different and unusual.  I think I was in the mood for a disastrous character, one who caused havoc unintentionally but had good intentions at heart.

I loved the book;  I loved its style and the characters voices.  Gerald Dunwoody is a kind, selfless, naive wizard, he sees the good in all people, and Gerald doesn’t really cause disaster but rather ends up being in the wrong place at the very wrong time.  Actually Gerald isn’t hapless, just unlucky.  What makes this book fun is the women who surround Gerald.  He himself isn’t a very abrasive, confrontational person, but his bird Reg is, and his employer Princess Mellissande, and when Reg and Mellissande butt heads, it fabulous to read.  Mellissande is an argumentative, no nonsense kind of person, and Reg is a snarky opinionated bird who doesn’t censor what she says, two very explosive characters butting heads with Gerald in the middle, it is as much fun to read their fights as it is to ‘see’ Gerald squirm.  Other characters are just as likable, such as Gerald’s best friend Monk Markham, and Prince Rupert who’s as hapless and dotty as they come.  He’s one of my favourite characters, he is this affable Prince who’s absolutely batty over butterflies.  I loved Rupert’s misadventures with his flesh eating butterflies.

I loved the cheekiness of this book, I love the quarrelsome natures of the two main female/ bird characters, I loved Gerald’s good nature and his moral dilemmas, and like I said I love Rupert.  I loved the book because you really can’t predict where the story will go next.  The Accidental Sorcerer is a fantastic, exciting, sassy, funny read I highly recommend it to fantasy fans.

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