Monday, July 13, 2020

Daemons Discuss - Podcast: Take 71! | Chapter Discussion about the All Souls Trilogy; Chapter 3 of The Book of Life

One view of a the library at Château-Dauphin (Deb's inspiration for Sept-Tours in the book series)

Take 71 - The One With the Quorum

Description: Family Meeting. Time: 4 am. Place: The de Clermont library, Sept-Tours. RSVP: N/A. Be there, or else. That sums it up, doesn't it? We learn that we STILL need to learn a lot about vampires (geez, Matthew)! This is a long one, but we had some things to say . . . stay tuned during Save It For the Show. We saved plenty for the show. This is another long episode, guys; it's just going to be that way for a while since 2020 continues to surprise and (DISMAY🤬) delight.

We we ponder if confronting Baldwin in this meeting would be as intimidating as it would be appearing in Royal Court.
John Dee performing an experiment before Elizabeth I, by Henry Gillard Glindoni. Photograph: Wellcome Library
SPOILER ALERT! We (The Daemons) approach this podcast with an assumption that the listener has read All Souls universe books, including the trilogy (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, The Book of Life), and  Time's Convert + snippits from The World of All Souls. If you haven't, and you don't mind, we certainly don't mind!  Please be advised, we will approach the television series (A Discovery of Witches) the same way as episodes are released in the US/Canada. 😊  Let's do this. *Note - this podcast is labeled 'explicit'

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 1. Show notes:

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!
  • To see what's available on the web as far as the All Souls universe fandom, check our links page.
TV "Sept-Tours" - Castle of Monselice, Veneto. Italy, 11th-16th century, photographed in 2016 (Getty, HF)
In this episode:
By the segment . . .
  • (00:15) Intro/🚨Warning/Patreon sponsorship
  • (04:41) Discusser emails/Speakpipe - Thank you Camille, Kit, and Lyndsey -Truncated emails can be read *HERE*
  • (10:11) Main discussion - Ch 3, TBOL
  • (1:05:24) Housekeeping - Thank you Camille, Olivia, and Patricia. Sponsored by Zoe Gibson
  • (1:10:46) Save It For the Show - Topic: All Souls -- what does that mean in the human world? 🚨 A discussion about race in the US. Sponsored by Leah Tedrow
  • (1:52:56) Promo break - scroll down, or click here to get a hold of us and/or become a Discusser -- information on joining our Facebook group also located on that page.
  • (1:54:53) Farewell -- until next time. 
Chapter 3, The Book of Life
  • We enter the library, and Diana is going in hot! 🤬
  • Couldn’t this meeting be an email, guys?
  • Banked strength - Baldwin and Matthew are more alike than we thought.
  • Meet Verin, Diana.
  • Baldwin just happened to be in the neighborhood, and 💥 BLOOD VOW!
  • Baldwin wonders out loud about the spells that Diana could’ve used to obtain Philippe’s blood vow.
  • Story time, Baldwin. Diana and Matthew time-walked!
  • We wonder if they are depending on legend lore vs. actually witnessing a blood vow being bestowed on a warmblood before?
  • Baldwin and Verin outline what actually being a verified TRUE de Clermont requires ...
  • We discuss the inconsistency in Fernando’s description between The Book of Life and Time’s Convert.
  • Jean notes Fernando’s sh*t stirring.
  • Meet Fernando, Diana.
  • Enter Gallowglass to provide clarity, and make some unintentional trouble between Verin and Baldwin.
  • Verin tells the story.
  • Diana is adamant that she doesn’t need Baldwin or Verin’s recognition. DAMN IT.
  • Matthew, you didn’t have time? Really?
  • Diana STILL has a lot to learn about vampires. 🧛🏻‍♂️
  • Verin offers to school her about the act of bestowing a blood vow.
  • Baldwin makes a starting offer.
  • A pedigree? New to Diana, us, but NOT MATTHEW 🙄.
  • Baldwin throws a low blow.
  • Matthew takes it from verbal sniping to physical threatening.
  • ASSASIN!!! 😳
  • Verin…ouch that stings!
  • Matthew … DAMN…
  • Of course a fight ensues 🤣
  • Diana saves Matthew with some witch wind 💨
  • Matthew does have the stones, Verin.
  • Baldwin: Who knows, maybe they’ll kill them, and we won’t have to worry about ANY of this😬
  • Meeting adjourned, and we learn that Gallowglass has been watching Diana for a long time.
  • Alain! Yay! 
  • He’s got the GOODS. And the $$$$!🤑
  • Philippe’s letter.
  • Diana’s cords have gone wild! 🐍
  • FIN
We'll call this book "Sept-Tours" Château-Dauphin is located in the Auvergne, France
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