K.E.Mills: Rogue Agent #2

13 04 2009

KE Mills - Witches Incorporated

Witches Incorporated
ISBN-13: 978-0732286057 (HarperVoyager)
Trade Paperback 01-Apr-2009

“A mess. Well, that was one way of putting it. Monk Markham. His Sister. Princess Melissande. That bloody bird. And unpredictable potentially lethal Gerald Dunwoody’s stubborn friendship with all of them.”

Following the debacle in New Ottosland (in Rogue Agent #1), Gerald is on his first assignment following initiation into Ottosland’s secret service. He’s not to contact his friends while on assignment. No-one’s to know he is more than a 3rd grade wizard.

The girls (Reg, Mel & Bibbie) are just starting out as “Witches Inc” and end up on a case where they bump into Gerald.

The interaction between the girls is quite comical – maybe next time I will laugh out loud – was a close thing! – a big smile anyway.

“If this business has taught us anything, it’s taught us that we’ve not begun to plumb the depths of his abilities” – Sir Alec

It’s an action packed romp throughout. Highly recommended reading. I eagerly await the next installment of this ‘barely controlled mayhem’ – the adventures of Gerald Dunwoody and his friends.

The quoted snippets are from the book.





K.E.Mills: Rogue Agent Series

5 04 2009

KE Mills - Accidental Sorcerer KE Mills - Witches Incorporated
1) Accidental Sorcerer
2) Witches Incorporated

The Accidental Sorcerer
ISBN-13: 978-0732287634 (Voyager)
Paperback 01-Sep-2008

Witches Incorporated
ISBN-13: 978-0732286057 (HarperVoyager)
Trade Paperback 01-Apr-2009

The Accidental Sorcerer: For the life of him, Gerald Dunwoody can’t seem to keep a job or a roof over his head. When disaster strikes again it looks like his days of being a wizard are over for good … until his friend Monk, genius of the government’s secret research department, helps him to get appointed as Royal Court Wizard to the King of New Ottosland. His offsider, Reg, an ensorcelled bird with a mysterious past, isn’t so sure this is a good idea. But Gerald’s choices are limited. It’s New Ottosland, or starve.

But once Gerald arrives it quickly becomes clear that King Lional isn’t the vain, indolent young man he first appeared to be. And with the passing of time, it becomes even clearer that Lional’s plans may not, in fact, be in Gerald’s best interests.

Witches Incorporated: Gerald is deep in training for his first official assignment – a case of espionage with international consequences. Melissande, meanwhile, has gone into business … she’s opened a new witching locum agency. A one-stop shop where magical problems are solved – for a reasonable price. Managing her own business should be a breeze after negotiating the tough tides of New Ottosland politics. The future is looking good. Good, that is, until Witches Incorporated is offered a job that puts Melissande on a collision course with Gerald. Before long, any kind of future is looking increasingly unlikely.

The Author:
K.E.Mills is Karen Miller. Miller says she is writing under this pen name because it’s not epic historical fantasy, and instead of being a self-contained multi-volume series, it’s a series of self-contained adventures featuring continuing characters. Plus the tone is a bit different to her other work. karenmiller.net

Verdict:
Book 2 has just been released, and I look forward to reading it.

Book 1 was very-hard-to-put-down. It was also a quick read. The above blurb from Karen’s website covers the subject well. The Accidental Sorcerer is a good tale, and it left me with an “Introduction to an open ended series” feeling. The story escaped cheezyness/cringe-factor and was action packed to the end. Definitely a different tone to her other work. Recommended reading.