The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry || Review

Title: The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry
Author: C.M. Waggoner
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Age: Adult
Page Count: 371
Publication Date: January 12, 2021
Publisher: Ace
Themes: Magic, Cons, Romance, Mystery, LGBTQ+
Content Warning: Drug use and discussion of, death


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.

Thank you to NetGalley and Ace for an eARC of this title.

The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry was not what I expected. It is a very unique story about magic, lies, adventures, cons, and so much more. I honestly really enjoyed the world that was built. It was a Victorian era type of location filled with magic users of all kinds and some fantasy races as well. I found the magic and world super interesting and really wanted to dive into this one.

Unfortunately, I really struggled with the writing style of this story. This is definitely not an objective problem. I sometimes struggle with the way certain books are written and this one just didn’t jive with me. The book was written with a lot of slang and in a very conversational way, which I can see so many people loving. If the writing style was different, I know I would have devoured this book, but I just found it really hard to read.

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who likes magic, sapphic relationships, historical fiction, and a little bit of necromancy.

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