This is the second in a series of books in which computer programmer 'Wiz' Zumwalt finds himself in a world of magic. It begins two years after the events of "Wizard's Bane". Wiz is now newly married to Moira who he met in that book, and a member of the council of the North.
Rick Cook often writes books which poke fun at the fantasy genre, usually by combining it with another type of writing and exploiting the incongruities by having, say Gods and private detectives in the same story. Here the incongruity is between the worlds of computer nerds and "Lord of the Rings" style high fantasy.
Although the five books in the series can all stand on their own, there is some ongoing development of characters and situations through the series, and a lot of scene-setting was done in the first volume. So the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and if you are going to read them, start with either "Wizard's Bane" which is the first book on its own, or "The Wiz Biz" which is a double volume combining "Wizard's Bane" and this book.
The full series is:
Wizard's Bane ............. } Combined as "The
The Wizardry Compiled } Wiz Biz"
The Wizardy Cursed ..... } Combined as "Cursed
The Wizardry Consulted } and Consulted"
The Wizardy Quested
Most of these books are hysterically funny, and this book certainly is. While "Wiz" tries to study at first hand the effect his new magic is having on the lives of ordinary folk in the magic world, and facing treason and kidnap attempts, his wife, the Moira, goes to a medieval re-enactment meeting in California to try to recruit some more programmers for "a very special job". An example of the lines in the book, on programmer learning that the job pays in gold, responds that his putative employer must be "either a libertarian or a drug smuggler."
Don't bother with this if you like to take your fantasy too seriously, but otherwise it's very good fun.