The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry

C.M. Waggoner

fiction fantasy
adventurous lighthearted fast-paced

400 pages | first published 2020

A charming historical fantasy with a tender love story at its core, from the author of Unnatural Magic.

Hard-drinking petty thief Dellaria Wells is down on her luck in the city of Leiscourt—again. Then she sees a want ad for a female bodyguard, and she fast-talks her way into the high-paying job. Along with a team of other women, she’s meant to protect a rich young lady from mysterious assassins.

At first Delly thinks the danger is exaggerated, but a series of attacks shows there’s much to fear. Then she begins to fall for Winn, one of the other bodyguards, and the women team up against a mysterious, magical foe who seems to have allies everywhere.

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adventurous 100%
funny 62%
lighthearted 37%
mysterious 37%
hopeful 25%
dark 12%
tense 12%


slow 37%
fast 37%
medium 25%

Strong character development?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 12%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 87% | No: 12%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 12% | N/A: 12%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 100%

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