Things Emily enjoys: anarchism, backlist, baking, baroque prose, birds, book history, bread, cocktails, conmen, crafts, crime, death and dying, Dungeons and Dragons, experimental fiction, fantasy, the feminine middlebrow, gender-bending, genre-bending, ghosts, the grotesque, heists, historical fiction, horror, the Jewish diaspora, Judaism in general, knitting, labor history, leftism, lesbians, magic, manga, Mitfords, novellas, the paranormal, pastry, purple prose, revolutions, Russia, science fiction, sewing, socialism, speculative fiction, the supernatural, tarot, textiles, weird-the-adjective, Weird-the-genre, wizards, witches, women.
Emily tends not to enjoy books with covers of dramatically-lit women either turned with their back to the camera or pictured from the neck down (unless they are about lesbians). In 2020, between long droughts, she exclusively but inadvertently read books that contained cannibalism.
I can say with absolute certainty this is the best comic I have read in years. I love the solid, expressive drawing; the incredible variety in character and environmental design; the worldbuilding that takes standard fantasy conventions to a logical conclusion and integrates them, somehow; and the irrepressible charm and appeal of every! Single! Character! Such a loving tribute to D&D, though you don't need to have played it to enjoy this series.