Year 16, Book 95

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

This book is a historical fantasy that takes place in what seems like Victorian England, but which is some alternate fantasy universe. It took a little bit for me to get into because the characters speak in a dialect that is supposed to evoke that sense of place. The book is about a group of women with various magical powers who are brought together to serve as a body guard for a rich young lady until she is married. They continue to band together to address a different mystery in the latter half of the book. I kept thinking the two parts would be more connected than they actually were. I didn’t love it. I thought it had some decent world building, but I wasn’t super excited by the plot and the central love story left me cold. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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