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Wizard Squared (Rogue Agent) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2010

3.2 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the Rogue Agent Series

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About the Author

K.E. Mills is a pseudonym for bestselling author Karen Miller. Karen Miller was born in Vancouver, Canada, and moved to Australia with her family when she was two. Apart from a three-year stint in the UK after graduating from university with a BA in communications, she's lived in and around Sydney ever since. Karen started writing stories while still in elementary school, where she fell in love with speculative fiction. She's held a variety of interesting jobs but now writes full-time.

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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Product Details

  • Series: Rogue Agent (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Reissue edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316035439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316035439
  • ASIN: 0316035432
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,226,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really can't begin to express how disappointed I was with this book. I'd already read enticer from Book 2 and so had a pretty good idea of what Book 3, this book, was about. It sounded pretty good. The ultimate show down between the two most powerful wizards for 10,000 years.

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.
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If it was another author I would give it a 4 instead of a three, but I know the author can and has done much better. This was almost entirly a recap of the first book revisiting Gerald to his dragon making, only he goes power hungry instead of restraining himself. the first half of the book is almost identical to the last half of the first, and the plot seemed some what predictable. the book did have its moments, and did not turn me off the series in the least, but I know the author is much more capable than what was displayed in this book.
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Mills is a good enough writer to engage you in this world and with the characters. The characters are reasonably well-drawn, and the situations and conflicts interesting and moderately original -- at least enough to keep me reading. BUT THE BICKERING! The characters bicker endlessly, and as the series progresses, more of each subsequent book is filled with bickering and less with action.

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.
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It's hard to express how disappointing this was. The second in the series wasn't as good as the first, but that didn't bother me too much--lots of trilogies sag a bit in the middle.

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.
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I like it. I don't know how to give 4.5 stars, but it deserves this. Not perfect mind you, just very good. The characters really lived. The examination of megalomania was not too heavy handed. The scene descriptions were well done (I don't like it too precise, leaves less room for imagination/ personal perspective) and the ending was very good. Intriguing, but not excessively so. It felt like she eliminated loose ends, but left the door to possibility wide open. Not all authors, especially in the Fantasy/SF genre, do this well. It was well done, kudos. To put it another way: if there were no more books in the series, I'd be fine, but if there is, I'm dying to read it. Neatly done. That's the way it is duckies!
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