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Guts and Sass: An Anti-Epic by M.E. Traylor is the story of when semi-suicidal vet Hannah Roverton gets transported to a Magical Land, thus abandoning her cat, her sister, and her therapist. Except actually, it’s not. Welcome to a land embroiled in war and invasion with a pinch of magic, meet pirates, shapeshifters, and chicks with swords. Now throw your expectations out the window. Got no heroes, no glory, and it ain’t no lie.

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Guts and Sass deconstructs many popular fantasy tropes in an attempt to write a story with all the tropey goodness, without the sickly sweet stickiness of stereotypes. Guts and Sass begins when semi-suicidal veteran of the Colombian drug war Hannah Roverton begins making dream friends with an anthropomorphic body of water, then unceremoniously gets herself killed, catalyzing her literal transportation to a Magical Land. She finds herself on a ship of pirates on a mission, discovers there is an invading horde, and tends to think she's been kidnapped by a bunch of rabid D&D fans. Guts and Sass explores several lifeways in depth, including feudal agriculturalist monarchy, hunter-gatherer, and semi-domestic pastoralists. The story also explores third gender, gender crossing, and transgender, as well as a variety of sexualities.

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  • Bi the Way: Two thirds of the men on the ship are unselfconsciously bi.
  • Casual Kink: Litin, one of the healers on the ship, is an empowered, self-confident masochist.
  • Fantastic Medicinal Bodily Product: The Lridrisy, a species of giant shapeshifting cats, have blood with potent healing properties.
  • Healing Potion: Rethor is a potion condensed from the blood of Lridrisy that catalyzes impossibly fast healing. Raw Lridrisy blood also has this property, but it is not as strong until distilled into Rethor.
  • The Horde: The Drifalcand are an unorganized, pantheistic, orgiastic invading horde.

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