Thursday, September 26, 2019

Daemons Discuss - Podcast: Take 57! | Chapter Discussion about the All Souls Trilogy; Chapter 31 of Shadow of Night

Take 57 - The One With Red Wine and Onions

Description: The day in/day out of Emperor Rudolf's Prague is wearing on us, however we couldn't have asked for a more satisfactory "goodbye" than this chapter! There's drama (school play), there's romance (in Rudolf's mind!), and there's action (the great escape!). Oh and of course, we finally get our sights on the missing book, Ashmole 782. Enjoy!

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For newcomers to the series:
  • Our Daemon Guides to the All Souls Trilogy are available for download: ADOW, SON, TBOL 
  • If you'd like a ready-reference from the author herself, be sure to download the All Souls Real-Time Reading companion (free e-book at online booksellers via Penguin and Headline books). For a more in-depth view of the trilogy, The World of All Souls is available at all major book sellers, as well as the continuation volume into this world, Time's Convert.
  • Deborah Harkness usually conducts a real-time reading on her Facebook Page (starting in September), and shares her posts across social media. Check out her website for all of her social media links, and of course all that she has to offer her readers! Be sure to sign up for her newsletter while you are there!
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  • (08:36) Main discussion - see topic below - Sponsored by Elizabeth Kroll
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  • (1:29:54) Last thoughts/Outro. 
Chapter 31, Shadow of Night
  • We start the wagon, we crash the wagon! ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿš™
  • We talk about Matthew’s changes since taking blood from the heart vein - he’s settled, and we decided he was just hangry
  • Diana’s scar collection has grown at this point!
  • We’re not sure we’d want to do regular info dumps with our partners. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ
  • Gallowglass and Pierre are notified that Benjamin is back in town. Neither of them are happy about this...
  • Rudolf’s festival is coming up, and we are all weary of Prague. We understand Matthew!
  • Riding and jousting indoors? ๐Ÿ’ฉ
  • We don’t believe Rudolf is an intellectual (based on this novel, anyway).
  • Let the masque begin! ๐ŸŽญ
  • Matthew is not amused with this spectacle. Diana enters in a fantastic fashion!
  • Rudolf as Zeus - he’s … er, something. We recommend listening to him on the audio books!
  • It’s over, now Rudolf grants Diana a reward! At what cost, though?!
  • Gallowglass explains what was happening during Diana’s entrance. Conclusion: humans are pretty dumb.
  • After days of waiting, they are finally invited to Rudolf’s!
  • Culinary ditch! This time we explore the anatomy of a green bean casserole.
  • Matthew, Diana, Pierre and Gallowglass head to the castle
  • Matthew holds court on one end of the table, and Rudolf holds court on the other.
  • Pistorius rudely starts probing Diana’s head. He does some mind-talking
  • We first learn that Gallowglass smells like sea-salt and mint.
  • Gallowglass takes care of Pistorius ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
  • Dinner's done. Time to check out the curiosities (including the book) ๐Ÿ“–
  • Diana gets yet another necklace. ๐Ÿค‘
  • Diana makes the connection between Benjamin and the necklace, and we try to make sense of it.
  • “Little French Salamanders” - we want to beat Rudolf! ๐Ÿคฌ Diana handles it more diplomatically.
  • Matthew stops giving a shit, he starts burning bridges with Rudolf.
  • Enter Edward. He’s a wreck! He’s got the book.
  • Diana has to look at the book with Rudolf breathing down her neck.
  • The moment of PREUNION ( © ZOE!)
  • We see the new pages: A tree, the alchemical wedding, and an ouroboros with two creatures -- fighting? Hooking up? Unclear.
  • The book’s smell…even worse than the red wine and onions.
  • Matthew knows what this smell is. Eventually Diana gets it.
  • Edward loses his sh!t! He explains that they are bound to the book.
  • Enter Gallowglass, exit the de Clermont clan!
  • The grand escape!
  • FIN
A Bezoar from Rudolf's cabinet of curiousities

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