Book Review

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

Book Title: The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry


Author:  C. M. Waggoner

Goodreads Link: Click here

Release Date:  1/12/21

Star Rating:

 Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I just enjoyed the hell out of this book. That’s it … C. M. Waggoner is officially on my auto-buy list!

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.
– Goodreads

Set in the same world as her first book, Unnatural Magic, this was an excellent return to a world full of magic, wizards, thieves, necromancers, trolls and assassins. Excellent world building, and character development makes this charming book a must read.

Our main character ‘Delly’ is a delight. Tough talking, but also incredibly kind, the author makes her a very well-rounded individual. She navigates the world struggling with the specter of a lifetime of poverty, and the terrible insecurity that comes of dealing with a drug addicted parent. She’s charming, funny, foul-mouthed, impulsive, annoying and you can’t help hoping every one of her dreams come true, even though the life she’s lived so far barely allows her to imagine a better life.

That she finds such a wonderful potential love match is a delight. I love the way that same-sex relationships exist in this world without issues. No one ridicules them, no one harasses them. It’s lovely.

If you read the first book by Ms. Waggoner then you will love this one too. Like I said, I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with. I feel like she left the door wide open for sequels to this novel in the future and I’m hoping that’s what we get.

Song for this book: A Better Son/Daughter – Rilo Kiley

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