CHASTITY: Which author/book/series you wish you had never read?
I read A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury mostly due to all the hype around them. While neither was awful, I’d have far rather I spent all those pages on something else.
TEMPERANCE: Which book/series did you find so good, that you didn’t want to read it all at once, and you read it in doses just to make the pleasure last longer?
Master of One by Danielle Bennett and Jaida Jones. Aladdin meets faeries meets mirror magic meets Power Rangers. I really hope there’s a sequel as this was such a fun, action-packed adventure.
CHARITY: Which book/series/author do you tirelessly push to others, telling them about it or even giving away spare copies bought for that reason?
I actually did this for real (and by accident) with My Grandmother Sends her Regards and Apologies by Fredrik Backman. I wanted a hardback to replace my paperback and then forgot that I’d ordered a copy. I gave away the paperback and spare hardback.
DILIGENCE: Which series/author you follow no matter what happens and how long you have to wait?
I’d kill for a sequel to The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. I know there’s a sort-of-sequel coming out this year, but I’ll be forever waiting for a direct Maia-centred follow-up.
PATIENCE: Is there an author/book/series you’ve read that improved with time the most, starting out unpromising, but ultimately proving rewarding?
The Toby Daye series by Seanan McGuire. I thought the first couple of books were interesting but relatively run of the mill urban fantasy. I got really invested at some point during the third book, An Artificial Night. From then on, I’ve loved every one of the massive series.
KINDNESS: Which fictitious character would you consider your role-model in the hassle of everyday life?
Sam Vimes from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books. He’s world-weary and had a rough time of it but he tries to do the right thing.
HUMILITY: Which book/series/author do you find most under-rated?
The Tales of Inthya books by Effie Calvin are lovely queer fantasy romances with fantastic worl-building and compelling characters.
Similarly, The Tales of Verania by T J Klune is a hysterical queer fantasy series. Both need more attention.