Book Quibbles: Rat Queens, Vo. 1: Sass and Sorcery

Did you seriously pack candy and drugs for dinner?

In a fantasy land lives the Rat Queens, a four woman fighting group, booze guzzlers, and battle maidens for hire. They are crude, open about their sexualities, and best of all, great friends.

The book contains a lot of swearing and gore so if you’re not into that the book won’t be for you.

Let’s get down to the introductions:

There’s Hannah, the magical Elvin mage. In a way she could be the “leader,” she speaks out the most and has the most power.


Violet, the Dwarven sword master who is going against her family’s wishes and getting into trouble. Also she has a beard that she shaves. She’s not afraid and knows how good she is


Dee, the atheist human who got tired of her parent’s religion. More introverted than the others, Dee still kicks ass.


And there’s Betty, a Goblin thief who loves shrooms and makes a great drink.


The main plot of the story is the Rat Queens and other fighting groups are starting to ruin their town with their constant battles (the Rat Queens are the worst) when the chief of police sends them out on different quests. But an assassin starts killing off the groups and the Queens need to figure out why and by who.

It does veer off from time to time. Each girl gets her own time away from the others so we get to know them more on a personal level. From romantic to family relationships, each Queen has their own problems. There is an invasion that threatens the town and a big fight happens that was pretty awesome.


I love this book and can’t wait to continue on with the series. I think the drawings are great, the characters are great and have distinct personalities. Even side characters are more than just side characters. It’s memorable.

It’s great to see female characters acting real. They swear, drink, do drugs, and read. From time to time they seem to go off the rails too much. Betty starts to see that they fight way too much and could calm down. It is true. They put themselves out there constantly, which is why someone wants them dead. They just don’t know when to tone it down. You can stop a robbery without destroying half the town.

Not that it’s a big deal, but they look real. They are drawn real. I’m not one to mention body types, but it is nice to have girls that represent a normal body.

I love this book, I finished it pretty quickly. Like I said, if you aren’t for swearing or gore it’s not going to be for you. I’ve just been getting into comic books lately, but for anyone else I highly recommend it. It’s not too long and the general audience agrees as well. 4.27/5 stars on Goodreads.

If you want to see some strong female characters that kill monsters and go drinking afterwards, read Rat Queens.




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