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The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry (edição 2021)

por C. M. Waggoner (Autor)

Séries: Unnatural Magic (2)

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Título:The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry
Autores:C. M. Waggoner (Autor)
Informação:Ace (2021), 384 pages
Colecções:Reading List 2022, A sua biblioteca

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The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner describes itself as historical fantasy taking place in the fictional city of Leiscourt, following a poor fire-witch/con artist hired to protect a noblewoman. Ms. Waggoner is an American author, this is her second novel.

Dellaria Wells, Delly, is a hard-drinking thief, about to be evicted from her apartment in Leiscourt. Delly is also a talented fire-witch, but has no idea how to hone her skills. Delly fast-talks herself into a good paying job, protecting a young rich lady from assassination.

Delly thinks that this will be an easy job, but soon her and the team of lady witches/bodyguards she’s working with realize that they might have gotten in over their heads.

This book is not up my alley, you witches, lesbians, romance, an all female cast … not things I’m interested in. maybe that’s why I sought it out – it sounded interesting even though not the typical book I’d read. Besides, I thought in need to make more of an effort to read books somewhat outside my reading likes, not much mind you – a few steps outside the periphery will do. Many times I quite enjoy them and venture even further.

The first thing that struck me when I started reading The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner is how beautifully it was written. The storyline was a delight, combining comedy and action with the mundane all told by an unreliable, yet witty, narrator. I enjoyed the author’s unique and quirky style of writing, crafting her words earnestly, but never taking herself seriously and somehow always managing to get her point across.

I did feel that the last quarter of the book dragged. There wasn’t much there to keep me interested and focused mainly on the romance between Delly and her fellow witch from high-birth. Once the mystery was solved, the book launched into another, unexpected direction. The pacing was slow throughout the book, which was absolutely fine and worked for the vast majority of the narrative.

I did enjoy historical fiction paired with the fantastical. I have read several books in that vein and frankly enjoyed most of them, if not all. This is one of those genres that deserves its own category for the simple, and quite selfish, reason that it would be easier for me to find. ( )
  ZoharLaor | Feb 17, 2021 |
More than anything I find myself describing The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry as "comfortable" and "charming." It is an adventure without real fear, and a romance that makes me smile quietly to myself. It's wonderful escapist fiction that asks little of its readers, but provides great entertainment - and offers queer romance without trauma or othering. Oof, I needed this one. ( )
  London_StJ | Jan 27, 2021 |
Waggoner, C. M. The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry. Ace, 2021.
The first thing that attracted me to The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry was its intriguing title. Unfortunately, that title was a false lead. What kept me reading, though, was the novel’s unique, profane, slangy, slightly old-fashioned style. C. M. Waggoner seems to have learned the lesson taught by Charles Dickens that if you give your characters an individualized voice, people will remember them. The novel is set in a fictional preindustrial country where magic is quite common. Landladies can make you break out in pustules if you are slow to pay the rent. Our heroine Delly is a fire witch who grew up in Dickensian poverty and has lived by her wits running con games and defending herself with her ability to set would-be attackers on fire. Her life becomes much more dangerous when she takes a job as a bodyguard for an aristocratic family. So high marks for character, world-building, and style. Less original are a lesbian romance and drug crime plot. Finally, one bright spot, a zombie mouse. Four stars with reservations. ( )
  Tom-e | Jan 17, 2021 |
This story takes place in the fictional city of Leiscourt and stars a youma woman named Dellaria Wells. Delly is a fire witch, a con woman, and down and out. She needs money to make her rent when she sees an ad for Female Persons of Martial or Magical Ability to guard a Lady of Some Importance.

Getting hired on seems like a way out of her current financial difficulties. She is part of a crew consisting of two ladies with magical talent, a body scientist and her daughter Ermintrude who turns into a pig, and a high class girl who is part troll and is also skilled in martial arts.

Delly takes one look at the crew and decides that Winn Cynallum, the part troll girl, is her ticket to future financial security and determines to seduce her. But her courtship is interrupted by someone actually attempting to murder the lady she's supposed to be guarding. She uses her magical ability to burn the spider-like creatures who stage numerous attacks.

The bulk of the book concerns catching the villain and bringing her to justice. She is joined by the rest of the guards since, while she missed killing the lady, she did kill Ermintrude. Delly is mostly concerned with the reward that has been offered for bringing the villain to justice. She needs the money to help her mother get off the use of the latest drug of choice - red drip. Unfortunately, in order to track down the villain they have to turn into producers of red drip themselves because the villain is an addict and involved with the production of the drug.

Despite the ample use of dialect (which I hate), I enjoyed this story which was part mystery and part romance and featured an interesting main character and the girl who falls in love with her and helps her become her best self. I liked the various kinds of magic in the story and the general world building. ( )
  kmartin802 | Dec 13, 2020 |
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