For the kids, the aunts, the partner, the friends, the cat?
K.E. Mills, aka Karen Miller. She’s a Sydneysider, but I have decided to forgive her that solecism.
She dedicated a book to me, the daft woman, so I will forgive her anything. She is one of the most versatile writers under the sun – dodging between media tie-ins for Stargate and Star Wars, to standard fantasy (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker duology), to gruesome no-holds-barred swords and sorcery (try Empress of Mijak, called Empress in the UK, the first book of the Godspeaker trilogy), to humour with a streak of the deadly serious about it.
Karen’s greatest strength is characterisation, particularly dialogue and speech rhythms. You can hear her characters speak as you read the page.
Her semi-comedic stuff is a series, Rogue Agent, not a trilogy, so each book has a beginning, middle and end, but the characters pop up again in the next book, which is just as well because you won’t want to say goodbye to them. The snappy, witty dialogue and repartee forms the basis of the comedy, funny because it reflects the characters – from the articulate bird Reg, to the bumbling, well-intentioned Gerald Dunwoodie, to his friends – and some pretty nasty enemies. Reg is as memorable as, say, Nanny Ogg or Granny Weatherwax.
The first book is called The Accidental Sorcerer; the second is Witches Inc. The world reminds me a little of that of Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, with Reg being a sort of acerbic avian Jeeves … no medieval fantasy this!
I love these books. Need cheering up, but like excitement too? Then try the Rogue Agent series.
The Accidental Sorcerer
Rogue Agent – Book 1
RELEASED: 01-Jan-2009 (which means it will be available before Christmas)