The ruthless lady's guide to wizardry

by Waggoner, C. M.,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Sparks fly in this enchanting fantasy novel from the author of Unnatural Magic when a down-and-out fire witch and a young gentlewoman join forces against a deadly conspiracy.

Sparks fly in this enchanting fantasy novel from the author of Unnatural Magic when a down-and-out fire witch and a young gentlewoman join forces against a deadly conspiracy.

Dellaria Wells, petty con artist, occasional thief, and partly educated fire witch, is behind on her rent in the city of Leiscourt-again. Then she sees the "wanted" sign, seeking Female Persons, of Martial or Magical ability, to guard a Lady of some Importance, prior to the celebration of her Marriage . Delly fast-talks her way into the job and joins a team of highly peculiar women tasked with protectingtheir wealthy charge from unknown assassins.

Delly quickly sets her sights on one of her companions, the confident and well-bred Winn Cynallum.The job looks like nothing but romance and easy money until things takea deadly (and undead) turn. With the help of a bird-loving necromancer, a shapeshifting schoolgirl, and an ill-tempered reanimated mouse named Buttons, Delly and Winn are determined to get the best of an adversary who wields a twisted magic and has friends in the highest of places.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Waggoner brings new characters to the historical fantasy world introduced in Unnatural Magic (2019). Dellaria Wells, Delly for short, is a streetwise, charmingly garrulous con artist and fire witch. Her verbosity tends to get her into trouble, but all she really wants is enough coin to pay her rent and get her wayward mother into a sanatorium in the country. A permanent and fiscally sound lover would also be nice. To alleviate her financial woes, Delly signs up for a lucrative position with a group of martially and magically talented women to guard a Lady of Some Importance. While escorting their charge across the country for her forthcoming nuptials, Delly becomes attracted to one of the guardians and is delighted to find her equally interested in return. Things are looking up for the charming swindler until she begins to suspect someone in their party is out to commit murder. Clever romantic banter, an inventive, Cockneyish dialect, monstrous mechanical spiders, and an undead wizardly rat named Buttons will have readers clamoring for more of this enchanting world."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Waggoner makes a delightful return to the vibrant, Victorian England--inspired world of Unnatural Magic for a rollicking standalone fantasy featuring a scrappy but endearing heroine. Dellaria Wells is a no-good guttersnipe who runs petty cons in order to keep a roof over her head and look after her even more no-good mother. She's also an uncommonly talented fire witch. When Delly joins a misfit team of female bodyguards protecting a wealthy woman in the weeks before her marriage, she thinks it will be easy money--until horrifying necromantic mechanical spiders are sent to attack her boss's carriage. The culprit who unleashed them slips through the team's fingers, leading Delly and the other bodyguards on a hunt to bring her to justice (and, more importantly to Delly, to collect the reward money their boss is offering). In between a grisly murder, several extortions and explosions, and encounters with an extremely unsettling zombie mouse, Waggoner finds plenty of room for wry humor and a refreshingly wholesome relationship between Delly and fellow bodyguard Winn Cynallum. With this winning ensemble adventure, Waggoner again proves her skill at crafting immersive, historically flavored fantasy. Agent: Jennifer Udden, New Leaf Literary. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Witches -- Fiction.
Swindlers and swindling -- Fiction.
Bodyguards -- Fiction.
Lesbians -- Fiction.
Magic -- Fiction.
Rich people -- Fiction.
Monsters -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Romance fiction.
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 371 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781984805867
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