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Publisher's Summary

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. So it's off to New Ottosland to be the new Court Wizard for King Lional. It's a shame that King Lional isn't the vain, self-centered young man he appeared to be. With a princess in danger, a talking bird who can't stay out of trouble, and a kingdom to save, Gerald soon suspects that he might be out of his depth. And if he can't keep this job, how will he ever become the wizard he was destined to be?
©2008 Karen Miller (P)2009 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By John Williams on 10-26-09

A good start to a new series

From Harry Potter to Harry Dresden there, is no doubt the genre of magic and wizards is currently in. That being said, I think this book stands out. The humor is subtle and the story is fantastic.

The only issue I had with this book is that it is clearly the setup for what could be a long series and the book spends a lot of time building the exposition of the characters. In many ways it feels like a prequel written after the first book to explain why the characters are they way they are.

One gets the feeling that Gerald will end up being some very strong type of wizard spy with untouched potential and the ability to kick butt and take names at a later date. In fact the author does a wonderful job of making realistic people who react in ways that you might not like, but you can understand.

I do not wish to give away the story, but you will feel for the characters. This book combines both a light hearted sine of play and a very dark reality. I tend to be one of those annoying people who while watching a movie or reading a book will make guesses as to the upcoming plot twists (or I was until friends made me stop) but this book took me by surprise many times in ways that made me hit my forehead and say, why on earth did I not see that coming.

My overall opinion is that is if you like the genre in particular if you like the Dresden novels, you will like this book. I would have purchased the sequel already, but audibile as not yet picked it up. I hope they do soon as I will forgo waiting for my next book credit to obtain more of this story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By A. Epps on 05-18-10

Excellent yarn, very well read!

Excellent voice characterization, a good tale, with very interesting characters. Made my drive back and forth to work much more enjoyable for the last couple of weeks. Only down side is I now need to get the next book to find out what mischief Gerald gets into next.

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