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Wizard Squared (Rogue Agent) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2010
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About the Author
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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So what happens?
For the first 50-100 pages, it argue argue argue, bicker bicker bicker, with a tidgen of teenage love angst.
For pages 100-150, they get an unexpected surprise from a visitor from another universe, while still arguing and bickering.
For pages 150 to 350, it's argue argue argue, bicker bicker bicker.
For pages 350 to 490, it's Alternate Gerald's an evil guy, the heroes of our universe cross over to save "Good" Gerald, amidst argue argue argue, bicker bicker bicker.
For pages 490-500, there's an improbably and very sudden complete defeat of "Evil" Gerald by "Good" Gerald, although I think it's done in a way that still allows the "Evil" Gerald to return for a subsequent novel.
Overall, too much arguing and bickering, and too little real plot, and very little real action. The finale was one of the biggest letdown's I've ever read. There was potential for hundreds of pages of fighting between Good and Evil Gerald. But no. It's over in a couple of pages. And the victory by "Good" Gerald seems unlikely given how powerful "Evil" Gerald is depicted to be.
Overall it's not a good book. I think I'm generous giving it 3 stars.
Part of the problem seems to be that Mills doesn't know how to pace the books without the bickering. She uses dialogue to slow the pace down so that it's not just one awkward action after another. This is -- well not a good thing, but better than leaving it bare. What would be EVEN BETTER, though, would be action, followed by thought, followed by dialogue, followed by gesture, followed by description, followed by a different kind of action, followed by a different kind of dialogue, followed by ... you know, WRITING. And it would be nice if these characters had more than one way to interact with each other.
Bickering under pressure when there's no other outlet for tension is very human and understandable -- and would be believable in moderation. But these characters do nothing BUT bicker, so it loses its power to show tension, or to show any other kind of relationship. You hear them saying nasty things to each other and looking ugly, and then hear them thinking to themselves how much they care for each other. Neither believable nor interesting. And the endless bickering is killing my engagement with the characters. I despise people who bicker like this, and especially people who do it in front of others, and this endless bickering is killing my respect and sympathy for the characters. It's also killing my pleasure. I wouldn't spend time with PEOPLE who bicker in front of me. Why would I spend time with characters who only do that?
Mills needs to learn another way to pace her stories and manage her characters' relationships.
You potential readers can see the cover, with its blurb: "Gerald by name. Evil by nature." You may think you'll be getting a subtle exploration into the ways that Gerald, once the quintessential Little Guy, gradually becomes corrupted by the tremendous power he now possesses. If so, I'm afraid I must disabuse you. It's actually about an eeevil Gerald from a parallel universe, who became eeevil when he read some forbidden grimoires. Seriously. A parallel universe. In fact, a lot of the first third or so of the book is text from the last quarter of the first book.
That's just the premise. As for the actual plot, there isn't much. I'll try to avoid spoilers by saying simply that Good Gerald defeats Evil Gerald by doing something which was utterly trivial for him to do (three words) and should have been barely a hiccup for Evil Gerald.
Originally this was marketed as the Rogue Agent "trilogy," but the end of this one says there may be more. If so, I guess I'll pass. It's a pity; I liked Gerald and pals when I first met them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did manage to finish the book. It was tough going here and there but I was waitinnnnnnng for some action. So it was an interesting concept and some of the characters had depth. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Gerry Mc
Half of this book is a reprise of the ending of the first book in the series. No explanation until you get late in the book as why.
This has nothing to do with the book. I could not download it and could not cancel the order.Published 22 months ago by Brian Kareis
In another Ottosland, in a parallel dimension, the events of The Accidental Sorcerer didn’t play out quite as we know them. There, Gerald didn’t make a dragon to battle Lional. Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by Ciara Ballintyne
I hate writing reviews. I couldn't leave stars without leaving words. This book is a fun read, but you should read the others first. And Reg, WTH?Published on October 19, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I read the whole series, so that says something--it held my interest at the time. Not the best fantasy series I have read, but I would read it again, for escape.Published on June 15, 2013 by Ben Rich
I enjoyed this book, mostly because it was the conclusion to the trilogy...! Not the best written book but quite engaging nonetheless..! Quite predictable but fun all the samePublished on July 30, 2012 by N.V. Buratovich