Friday, November 27, 2020

The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry by C. M. Waggoner

Dellaria Wells is behind on her rent again.  She needs money so she becomes part of a team to be sure the young woman they are transporting to her wedding arrives safe.  Doesn't sound like a big job but it's not as easy as she thought.

Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published the 12th of January.

Dellaria finds one of her companions attractive.  Winn is attracted to her, too.  Things start going wrong right away.  One of the group is a shapeshifter and they find her dead.  They stick together and hope to find the sister who killed her younger sister.

There are all sorts of magical things in this story.  There's a dead mouse who comes back to life with the spirit of wizard  in the body.  When it starts decomposing the old lady boils it down to bones.  The bony shape still has the wizard's spirit in it and it even talks.

Nothing is going well with their job or their quest.  They visit an old house that has several locked rooms and begin lockpicking to see what's behind them.  

They find themselves in the drug business on their quest for the truth.  It's a scheme for getting information.

It's a fantasy all the way and I enjoyed the odd quirks and the unknowns they run into.  This story will keep your attention...

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