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 95%
funny 80%
mysterious 35%
lighthearted 30%
hopeful 20%
dark 15%
emotional 10%
tense 5%


medium 52%
slow 28%
fast 19%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 66% | Character: 22% | Plot: 11%

Strong character development?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 10% | No: 10%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 84% | No: 15%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 77% | It's complicated: 11% | N/A: 5% | No: 5%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 4% | No: 4%

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