Friday, August 14, 2020

Daemons Discuss - Podcast: Take 73! | Chapter Discussion about the All Souls Trilogy; Chapter 5 of The Book of Life

Welp! It's a thing that's happened before! Surprised? Matthew and Diana sure were.

Take 73 - The One With The Surprise Baby

Description: Vampires and witches having babies?! Meh, that's old news to Ysabeau. But it's new to Matthew and Diana ... and us, kind of! The secrets in this chapter have us all reeling, and it's quite a ride.This is a long one, so pack your snacks, because we have two segments with TV news! One recent, and another from about a month ago. This is a Daemon time-walk episode!

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.
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In this episode:
By the segment . . .
  • (00:15) Intro/TV NEWS!/Patreon sponsorship
  • (08:30) Discusser emails/Speakpipe - Thank you, Chloe, Barbara & Crystal
  • (18:45) Main discussion - Chapter 5 of The Book of Life. Sponsored by Sarah Dye
  • (1:19:22) Housekeeping - Thank you, Nadia, Sue & Crystal. Sponsored by Susanne Stevenson
  • (1:32:22) Save It For the Show - Month-old TV news! Sponsored by Shanon Milman Rodriguez
  • (1:39:32) 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.
  • (1:41:10) Last thoughts/Outro. 
Chapter 5, The Book of Life
  • Diana is experiencing what the head of the family does without the awe of the holder of the title. The result? Bitter!
  • Baldwin is doing all of the things that Philippe did as the head, but Baldwin doesn’t hold Diana’s regard like Philippe did.
  • Nathanial and Sophie are in Australia to stay with Agatha, and put on a good front for the Congregation.
  • Phoebe is backing Baldwin in his decisions.
  • Once again, busting into the rooms are NOT exclusive to Baldwin
  • Family pedigrees? Secrets?!
  • Sept-Tour has oubliettes…it was all the rage as a must have accessory in old-timey castles…
  • “Hi!”
  • That fancy vampire security!
  • Vampire law according to Godfrey
  • The answer is A SCION! Gallowglass (as always πŸ˜‘ ) spilled the beans
  • The lawyer Daemon is offended that no one wants to be the family lawyer!
  • The possibility of being a broke vampire. Not enticing!
  • Sire vs. Father
  • Rebel Marcus!
  • Matthew is kind of the voice of reason (what, what, WHAT?!)
  • The “terrifying creature” was he terrifying to Diana in SON?
  • The “official” pedigree … Benjamin was disappeared.
  • The story of Benjamin in the “official” copy.
  • Disavowment of a vampire = spellbinding of a witch
  • Benjamin was trading in seeeecretssssss….
  • Why didn’t Matthew just kill him?! Matthew wanted him to suffer.
  • Say what you want about Benjamin, he thought and stayed alive…ala Philippe.
  • A change in the ARC to the final version (we explore after the chapter).
  • Bloodrage, Marcus was unaware!😳
  • Hamish doesn’t want to see what’s in front of him, despite the stories Matthew told him in his house in Scotland, long ago (well, not so long ago, but it feels like it!)
  • Bloodrage vampire were culled. Their kids too!
  • New Orleans! Poor Marcus.
  • Ysabeau tells her story … 
  • Philippe’s pretty version of the story was the one told previously
  • The blood rage first showed in Matthew
  • Ysabeau feels like people know about the blood rage…
  • The return of the vampire murders (in our minds!)
  • Phillipe’s official story…we wonder how many vampires just hushed about it out of fear from Philippe
  • The puzzle will get put together eventually.
  • A 6 month old killer! πŸ‘ΆπŸ”ͺ
  • Benjamin, the witch and the BABY! Pull up a chair for a story, Matthew.
  • The blunt version of the vampire baby’s story as told by Ysabeau...
  • The blame game begins. Sarah, surprisingly, calms the situation down.
  • New scatter plans…🧳
  • Matthew has been looking for a cure this whole time!πŸ§ͺ News to Diana! News to US!
  • Marcus thinks a scion will fix this mess…
  • Marcus has a proposal for Matthew…
  • FIN
An Easter egg lives in this episode!
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