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

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

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In a world where magic is strictly regulated and controlled by the male-dominated Arcane Society, a young woman named Agnes defies societal norms and pursues a path of wizardry, challenging the deeply ingrained gender prejudices that restrict women from mastering the arcane arts.

Despite facing numerous obstacles and prejudices, Agnes, with her unwavering spirit and determination, embarks on a journey of self-discovery and magical training, mastering spells, potions, and other arcane arts. Along the way, she encounters a cast of eccentric and intriguing characters, including a shapeshifting familiar, a cunning thief, and a wise old witch.

As Agnes delves deeper into the world of wizardry, she uncovers a hidden conspiracy that threatens to shatter the foundations of the Arcane Society. With her newfound powers and newfound allies, including a close female friend who shares her passion for magic, she must decide whether to play by the rules or forge her own path to change the world of magic forever, challenging not only the gender-based restrictions but also the very essence of the Arcane Society's power dynamics.

LGBT Themes:

The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry subtly explores themes of same-sex attraction and the challenges faced by individuals who defy societal expectations of gender roles and relationships. Agnes's journey to becoming a powerful sorceress is intertwined with her own personal growth and self-discovery, as she grapples with her feelings for another woman in a world that often views such relationships as taboo.


In a world where magic is reserved for men, Agnes, a young woman with an unwavering spirit, defies expectations and embarks on a journey to become a formidable sorceress. Guided by the enigmatic Shadow Guide, Agnes navigates a world of spellcraft, potions, and ancient secrets, all while challenging the rigid rules of the Arcane Society and forging her own path in a world that seeks to suppress her power.

Accompany Agnes as she confronts prejudices, discovers hidden truths, and uncovers a conspiracy that could transform the landscape of magic. Witness her transformation from an underestimated outsider to a powerful sorceress, ready to reshape the world in her own image, challenging not only gender norms but also the very foundations of the Arcane Society.

Relevant Tags:

Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Magic, Witches, LGBT

Awards & Recognition:

  • Several Locus and Nebula Award nominations
  • Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy Debut (2023)
  • The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry book by C.M. Waggoner
  • A captivating tale of a young woman's journey to become a sorceress in a world where magic is reserved for men and societal norms restrict women from pursuing their magical potential
  • Embark on an adventure filled with spellcraft, potions, and hidden conspiracies, while exploring themes of female empowerment and same-sex attraction
  • A must-read for fans of fantasy, historical fiction, female empowerment stories, and LGBT+ representation

Additional Notes:

  • The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry is available in paperback and audiobook.
  • The book has been praised for its strong female protagonist, its intricate worldbuilding, and its exploration of themes of gender equality, self-determination, and the power of love.

Title: The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry

Author: C.M. Waggoner

Genre: Fantasy, Historical

Pages: 384

Publisher: Cornerstone

Release Date: July 2023


  • Weight: 270 grams
  • Size: 128 x 198 x 26 mm
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