The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry
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 fro ...more
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So as soon as I saw the author’s name and this hypnotizing cover, I clicked the request button so fast ( I think I might have broken my mouse! No, I’m not talking about my computer mouse: I’m mentioning my house mouse who serves as a muse when I’m writing horror scripts!) I got so excited to start the new book of the series!
I rarely DNF so late in the game, but I'm struggling to get through this one and really just don't care how things wrap up. The early part of the book was fantastic- pseudo-Victorian fantasy with magic and a quirky, bisexual thief turned body guard? So fun! And it was...until it wasn't. From about 25% on it was just so incredibly dull, moving at a snails pace without any real mystery or conflict to drive the plot forward. I like the idea of this slow burn sapphic relationship between t ...more
"Oh is there breakfast?" Delly said, enormously relieved. "I thought that perhaps it was just toast and tea and self-denial, for the gentler classes."
Perhaps you've been waiting on a sign on whether or not you should pick this book up. Well this is it. I'm telling you to preorder this book RIGHT NOW because it is 100% worth it. I loved this so much I can't even put it into words, and the only thing I'm con ...more
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 th ...more
I don't know if it was the writing, the pacing, my mood or what, but despite being one of my most highly anticipated reads of 2021, this fell flat. I can't believe I pushed through until 70% and DNF'd, and that I didn't push through for the rest, but after a several-day slog where I was skimming more than reading, I had to call it quits.
Victorian writing—much less pseudo fantasy Victorian writing—is a hard sell for me, and I'm not certain if I would have requested this or put it on my ...more
"'Oh, is there breakfast?' Delly said, enormously relieved. 'I thought that perhaps it was just toast and tea and self-denial, for the gentler classes.'"
4/5 stars: ★★★★☆
In The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry, Delly, an untrained fire witch barely scraping by in life while trying to care for her drug-addicted mother, takes up a position as a personal bodyguard in hope of turning her life around wit ...more
From the world to the assorted group of females, I loved this story. Part investigative mystery, and part mag ...more
This is a murder mystery set in a fictional equivalent to Victorian London. The made up street slang and the way characters talked annoyed me a little bit but that’s entirely personal preference.
Overall it’s good but not great and I had fun reading it.
I did receive an ARC of this for free from Ne ...more
Its plot staled. Fell flat. It never found the high-flying, suspense-climbing, drip-induced kick a story about a group of mismatched women who combat dangerous magic and mysterious assassins needed. For a w ...more
Delly is a complex character. She’s vulgar, unr ...more
Delly's trying to work an angle to score money when she sees the notice looking for "Female Persons, of Martial or Magical ability, to guard a Lady of some Importance, prior to the celebration of her Marriage." Fast-talking herself onto the team means a bi ...more
I receive a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...more
This was an interesting read with a cast of characters that I really enjoyed, but the invented language and convoluted sentence structure were definite detractors that may prevent many people from giving this book a chance.
Dellaria Wells is a petty thief and fire witch living in a poor area of Leiscourt who manages to talk herself into a position guarding a wealthy bride going into seclusion prior to her wedding. The group of lady bodyguards include a body scientist (necromancer), a cloven l ...more
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 ...more
The synopsis of this book, plus the cover, had me really believing this was going to be the book for me. Ladies in love? And they are body guards sent on a drug busting mission? Sold! But alas, this one didn't live up to my expectations. The first 50 pages of the book, I was worried that the writing was going to be far too confusing fo ...more
This book was so much fun! I had a great time reading it, and I found the characters compelling and fun to read about from the beginning all the way to the end! I loved the relationship between Delly and Winn, and I was rooting for them the whole time!
I clicked on four stars, but really it’s more of a 3.75, and there are a few reasons for that. First, I found some of the language a little bit difficult to follow. It definitely ...more
The premise of this book was solid and honestly rather interesting. I really enjoyed the plot of this book. The writing style and pacing is what sis this book in for me. I felt like this book was dragging out just for the purpose of making it longer which ...more
The first chunk of the book was super engaging (though the narrative voice took me a second to get ...more
At first I was uncertain of what to expect from this book but as I read on, I got the more adventure fantasy vibe from the story and could not stop reading. The unlikely desire to join a band of misfit ladies to undergo the ultimate con artist missions involving the most complicated forms of wizadry (black magic). Delly is definitel ...more
Like the first book this is a very character driven story. It’s focused on a street rat of a fire mage named Dellaria, who generally goes by Dell. Her mother is an addict and D ...more