The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry, C.M. Waggoner

I wanted to scroll through a bunch of reviews before I wrote my own because I wanted to see why people weren’t hugging this book to their chest and spinning in circles in a Julie Andrews-esque fashion.

I think historical fantasy is probably one of my weaker genres, and I was incredibly pleased to get sucked into this one. While I feel the world-building is great, this one was definitely more character-driven. So many varying characters and so many females getting along! *swoon* And that they get to perform magic? Eek!

Aside from the “what” at the end of a lot of Winn’s sentences, which occasionally slowed me down, I was pleasantly pleased that it was a historical book written in modern language that made this a smooth read.

I loved watching Delly’s evolution throughout the book and all the ladies that brought that to fruition, mainly Winn. And for some reason, when I was reading Winn, I was picturing Brienne of Tarth, and I was more than happy with that image in my head. Buttons was the icing on the cake. This was a fantastically quirky book that is fun and clever. Because I’m not one for half stars, I’m rounding up to five. Super fun read!

The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry is available on Amazon for $11.99.

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Dellaria Wells, petty con artist, occasional thief, and partly educated fire witch, is behind on her rent in the city of Leiscourt—again. Then she sees the “wanted” sign, seeking Female Persons, of Martial or Magical ability, to guard a Lady of some Importance, prior to the celebration of her Marriage. Delly fast-talks her way into the job and joins a team of highly peculiar women tasked with protecting their wealthy charge from unknown assassins.
Delly quickly sets her sights on one of her companions, the confident and well-bred Winn Cynallum. The job looks like nothing but romance and easy money until things take a deadly (and undead) turn. With the help of a bird-loving necromancer, a shapeshifting schoolgirl, and an ill-tempered reanimated mouse named Buttons, Delly and Winn are determined to get the best of an adversary who wields a twisted magic and has friends in the highest of places.


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