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The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry (edició 2021)
de C. M. Waggoner (Autor)
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The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry de C. M. Waggoner
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Did not finish book. Stopped at 10%. The writing style just didn't hook me.
I have mixed feelings about The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry.
I picked it up because it looked light and funny, and it was amusing, but not so much funny. It’s a book largely written in a fantasy-style slang and takes some adjusting. The first third of the book requires slow, deliberate reading until the reader learns what some of Delly’s slang, the world-specific and magic-specific terminology, and what things are just verbal mannerisms. If I’d been listening to the audiobook, I think this would have gone more smoothly as I could rely on the narrator’s tone for some interpretation in the early parts. As it was, it ended up as more of a slow read than I would have liked, and that put a damper on he whole thing.
Normally I’d complain about the romance in a fantasy book, but I think this one was well balanced. The book’s description was a little different on my edition, and it made clear that Delly was set to get householded (married) to someone wealthy… or at least have a good romp and acquire some expensive gifts she could pawn. I really didn’t think the romance was too much, altogether. Fantasy was the day job, romance was the night job. Really, like most of our normal lives. And Winn was likable enough, not swooning or distracting.
The fantasy elements of this book was fascinatingly constructed. It is equal parts alchemy and magic, a good combination that at times made things seem just slightly fantasy-steampunk. Dialect choices aside (which weren’t bad once I figured them out, but I’m in enough of a slump that it was a chore) I thought the world was pretty good. Even the supporting cast was interesting.
It does feel like there’s more story here, almost as though C.M. Waggoner has a sequel in mind, or at least other stories in this world. The whole plot with a fine lady and assassins mentioned in the book description only takes up a small part of the novel, with the larger story based around vengeance, justice, and busting up a drug ring. It’s all still interesting, just not quite what I expected.
As I said at the beginning of this review, I am on the fence. Some days I liked the book, some days I didn’t. I think when I was able to sit down and read it for longer spurts, it fared better. Story-wise, I recommend it to folks who like books like Just One Damned Thing After Another (which I do!) so I don’t regret picked it up. Just know that it’s a bit more than it appears.
Thoroughly enjoyable cast of characters. I would read more set in this world.
This was a good read, lots of humorous and quirky characters. The other thing thing that bothered me was the language. The author was meticulously keeping the MC's language in a slang/cockney form and while I admire the skill shown in doing that it wears on the reader pretty quickly. I kept having to put the book down and pick it back up again when my annoyance wore off. Would still recommend and read more by this author.
I was so excited to find out that this took place in the same universe. I liked the story a lot, I just ate it up. I enjoyed the characters too. Buttons though was my favorite of course. I was excited to see my himbo again, I loved him so much. I also was intrigued by the plot. I would read more by this author.
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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.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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