We have a lot of OTPs (One True Pairings) here at Tor, but today, we’re here to talk about our ULTIMATE OTPs. We asked our staff to tell us about their favorite TDA ships and they delivered. Check them out below!
Samantha Friedlander, Marketing Assistant (she/her)
My favorite TDA OTP would have to be Esther and Cye from Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey. Their chemistry leapt off the page and was one of the many reasons why I loved this novella!
Yvonne Ye, Ad/Promo Assistant (she/her)
The Stormlight Archive: I ship Kaladin/therapy, and if you’ve met the man, you’ll understand why
Alternatively! For the Teixcalaan duology by Arkady Martine, I ship Three Seagrass/Mahit Dzmare because I support beleaguered bureaucrat 4 beleagured bureaucrat :))))) If your OTP doesn’t have email work sessions together, do they even love each other?
Andrew King, Marketing Coordinator (he/him)
My TDA OTP is a match made in magic hell and it’s Talasseres Charossa from The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood and John Gaius from Harrow the Ninth. Tal is a rogue with a thing for garbage wizards and John Gaius, the Emperor Undying, is the garbage-ist wizard of all. This pairing is literally cursed, but so potent it must be true.
Anna Merz, Publicity Assistant (she/her)
I would like to start this off by saying I for one ship the Marketing and Publicity teams at TDA xoxo
But also I mega ship Samson and Abitha from Slewfoot. A wholesome Monster/devil love of flower crowns, bees, and revenge.
Christoper Morgan, Editorial (he/him)
The first is Wheel of Time: Perrin and Fail. This may be unpopular. This is the story of someone who was so humble and correct, then they met their partner. The one that was going to push them to greatness come hell or high water. Then that partner got abducted. And Our boy Perrin goes on the war path to find her, and during that time he reaches the very depths of his willingness to do violence and how much of himself he is willing to sacrifice. Their relationship was all about how they each gave up everything to make their partner great.
The Second is Lady and Croaker in Black Company: Ok. So this is a story about how some random history nerd fell in love with an evil sorceress that was married to an abuser that she hopes never wakes up. Their relationship was rocky as hell. The history nerd would draw pictures of her in his journal. HOWEVER. Eventually, this evil sorceress realizes that she isn’t so much evil and may be just selfish but she also loses the ability to do magic? And then her history-loving boyfriend realizes that he could just… give up on mortality and see all things that were forever, and also make sure his evil sorceress girlfriend will have access to magic forever, but he has to become a giant tree man. SO HE PICKS BECOMING A GIANT TREE MAN so that the person he loves can go on being what they love.
Becky Yeager, Manager of Ad/Promo & Marketing (she/her)
Kadou and Evemer from A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland
One is a prince. The other one is a bodyguard. Could I make it any more obvious? Prince Kadou is kind, thoughtful, and anxious. Evemer is loyal, honorable, and reserved. Together they are everything I want out of a couple: a perfect balance of sweet and oh no, he’s hot. They bring out the very best in each other as they contend with conspiracies, a counterfeit crisis, and the periodic assassination attempt. If slow burn and pining are your cup of tea, then look no further than A Taste of Gold and Iron.
Rachel Taylor, Marketing Manager (she/her)
Definitely Caethari and Velasin from A Strange and Stubborn Endurance by Foz Meadows. Arranged marriage trope? Queer romance? Yearning? WHAT MORE COULD I WANT?!?!?!
What is your SFF OTP? Let us know in the comments?