Category Archives: Books & Novellas

VoK 622: LOTR – The Fellowship of the Ring part 1


The Vassals of Kingsgrave once again explore Middle Earth in this new reread of The Lord of the Rings. Join us for the first 6 chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring, following the hobbits from Bag Eng to the Old Forest.

Hosts: Alix (Aiwendil), Tanja (scilens), Zach (Alias), Marie (Nymeria)

Credits:
Edited by Marie (Nymeria)
Check out the Alliance of Arda for discussions about race, sexuality, gender identity, and disability through Tolkien and his works.

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VoK 619: The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 12 – Order of the Phoenix Start)


The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to start the fifth book in the series, The Order of the Phoenix. Join Adam (drownedsnow), Matt (Varley), Marie (Nymeria), Michal (inkasrain), Zander (The Lord Baron), and Zach (Alias) as they cover chapters 1-6.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series including the Fantastic Beasts films.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Harry Potter Theme (Metal)
Loved Ones and Leaving by Nicholas Hooper 

Reclaiming Magic: ‘Harry Potter’ Fans Advocate for Trans Rights
‘Harry Potter’ Helped Me Come Out as Trans, But J.K. Rowling Disappointed Me
Opinion: Harry Potter’s Magic Fades When His Creator Tweets
Combatting Transphobia from a Clinical Psychology Perspective with Oak Reed

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VoK 615: The Witcher Saga – Blood of Elves (Part 1) (by Andrzej Sapkowski)



Join the Vassals for more swords and sorcery as we discuss the first half (chapters 1-4) of Andrzej Sapkowski’s “Blood of Elves”. Also, how does book translation work? Where’s #Greg?

Hosts: David/davidhhh, Bing/Shoeshiner, Kevin/NuncleKevin, Zach/Alias, Adam/DrownedSnow and Abby/DaceyMormont

Credits:
Edited by Kevin (NuncleKevin)

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VOK 612: LOTR ReRead Reunion – Counterfactual History


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Many of us are comfort-reading LOTR right now, so Bina007 decided to gather up the Vassals who hosted the LOTR re-read back in 2013 to discuss what would have happened if Faramir had attended the Council of Elrond rather than Boromir; if Sauron had never found the Ring; if Theoden hadn’t helped Gondor; what if Sauron won; and what if Saruman never went bad.

Thanks to Matt’s Air Con and Paul playing LOTR online this isn’t the cleanest of audio files but we thought The Listener would still like to hear OG Vassals Shellfish, Nadia and EastTexasDirewolf back on the airwaves.  Quotidian hosts include Matt/Varley, Bina, Brett/Whiteraven, Adam/Drownedsnow and Paul/SerDinnerRoll.

Spoilers for all things Tolkien duh.

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VoK 611: The Witcher Saga – Sword of Destiny (Part 2) (by Andrzej Sapkowski)



The Vassals discuss the second half of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Sword of Destiny including the short stories “A Little Sacrifice,” “Sword of Destiny,” and “Something More.” Your hosts are: David/davidhhh, Michal/Inkasrain, Marie/Nymeria, Bing/Shoeshiner, Bina/Bina007, Kevin/NuncleKevin, Paul/SerDinnerRoll

Credits:
Edited by Kevin (NuncleKevin)

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VoK 610: The Witcher Saga – Sword of Destiny (Part 1) (by Andrzej Sapkowski)


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The Vassals discuss the first half of the second book of The Witcher series – Sword of Destiny – in an episode that spoils the book but not the Netflix show.

Topics:
: 30 Intro and general reviews
09:45 The Bounds of Reason
41:25 A Shard of Ice
1:04:30 Eternal Flame
1:31:40 General discussion

Your hosts are: David/davidhhh, Michal/Inkasrain, Marie/Nymeria, Bing/Shoeshiner, Bina/Bina007, Kevin/NuncleKevin, Paul/SerDinnerRoll

Edited by davidhhh

Music credits:
Geralt of Rivia:
Original Music by Sonya Belousova & Giona Ostinelli
Toss a Coin to Your Witcher:
Original Music by Sonya Belousova & Giona Ostinelli
Lyrics by Jenny Klein, Sonya Belousova & Giona Ostinelli
Performed by Joey Batey

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VoK 609: Remember Cedric Diggory? aka The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 11)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to pick up the fourth and final part of The Goblet of Fire. Join Jock (munrojock2), Matt (Varley), Saad (saad164), Marie (Nymeria), Michal (inkasrain), and Zach (Alias) as they cover chapters 31-37 and complete the book.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series including the Fantastic Beasts films.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Harry Potter Theme (Metal)
Harry in Winter by Patrick Doyle

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VoK 608: A GameShow of Thrones #2 (ASOIAF Trivia)



What started out as a wholesome round of A Song of Ice and Fire trivia, quickly descends into drunken, isolation-induced mayhem. Vassals Michal (inkasrain), Matt (Varley), Adam (drownedsnow), Hannah (shadow_ baby), David (davidhhh), and Abby (Daceymormont) duke it out for supremacy. Listen at your own peril! 😜

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VoK 607: GRRM’s Thousand Worlds – “Bitterblooms” and “In the House of the Worm” (Review)


The Vassals (and Bastards) launch into George R. R. Martin’s science fiction universe. Join Amin, Duncan (aka Valkyrist), Michael (aka Mordion), and Zach (aka Alias) as they review two short stories from Martin’s Thousand Worlds series – “Bitterblooms” and “In the House of the Worm.”

Credits:
Edited by Amin and Valkyrist

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VoK 605: The Witcher Saga – The Last Wish (by Andrzej Sapkowski)


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The Vassals discuss the first book of The Witcher series – The Last Wish – in an episode that spoils the book but not the Netflix show.

Topics:
– How people got into the show and favourite short story
– 15 mins in – Intro to the world
– 18 mins in – The Witcher
– 33 mins in – A Grain Of Truth
– 42 mins in – A Lesser Evil
– 51 mins in – Question of Price
– 1 hr 4 mins in – The Edge of the world
– 1 hr 17 mins in – The Last Wish
– 1 hr 32 mins in – The Voice of Reason
– 1 hr 40 mins in – TV show and video game stuff

Your hosts are: Michal/Inkasrain; Abby/DaceyMormont; CreepyNuncleKevin; Paul/SerDinnerRoll; Bing/Shoeshiner; DavidHHH; Marie/Nymeria.

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VoK 604: Will Winter Ever Come? aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead FINALE (Part 107)


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Join the Vassals for the final episode of the reread! We begin with Bina007 delivering some nerd stats about who has hosted which episode. At 16 minutes in we move to a Dance With Dragons trivia quiz hosted by Pops88/Noah. And finally 24 minutes in we delve into a thematic discussion of Dance hosted by Khal Wadege/Michael.

The themes are:
– failing to rule the peace (24 minutes in)
– the journey to yourself (40 minutes in)
– what isn’t there – the others and the dragons (52 minutes in)
– all things prophesy (1hr 3mins in)
– Southern ambitions (1hr 10 mins in)
– Greyscale and Marwyn (1hr 19 mins in)
– The Grand Northern Conspiracy (1hr 29 mins in)
– The rising power of religion (1hr 46 mins in)
– The children of the forest (1hr 55 mins in)
– Thoros of Myr (2hrs 5 mins in)
The hosts are rounded out by Marie/Nymeria – Michael/Khal Wadege – Varley/Matt – Matt/Blu3arm0r and Jock/MunroJock2.

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series but for Game of Thrones, the TV show.

Music credit – Alpine Universe.
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VoK 601: Is Ron the Worst? aka The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 10)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to pick up the third part of The Goblet of Fire. Join Abby (DaceyMormont), Matt (Varley), Saad (saad164), Michal (inkasrain), and Zach (Alias) as they cover chapters 21-30 in the book.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series including the Fantastic Beasts films.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Harry Potter Theme (Metal)
Harry in Winter by Patrick Doyle

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VoK 600: The Dance of the Vassals VI aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 106)


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Welcome to the 600th episode of the Vassals of Kingsgrave! We begin with some chat from the VOK Curators  about the status of the fandom and what will come next for VOK in the absence of a new book. Your hosts are Casey/Blue-Eyed-Queen; Hashtag Greg/ClaudiusTheFool; Adam/Drownedsnow; Zack/Alias; Bina007, the Podcast Bard/Jed O’White Hart and a guest appearance from Nadia.

At 41m, we move to the penultimate episode of the reread but the final chapter episode!  We cover the final two linear timeline chapters of A Dance With Dragons – Dany 10 and Jon 13 – both taking place at an unspecified time in late July to – late August 300 AL.  To do so we reunite some of the hosts of the first two episodes of the reread – published back in August 2015 – Thomas/FTWard; Brett/Whiteraven; Michael/Mordion; Matt/Varley and Bina007.  And we also get two special songs from the Podcast Bard.

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series but for Game of Thrones, the TV show.

Music credit – Alpine Universe.
Picture credit – HBO’s Game of Thrones.

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VoK 598: Jon Snow’s Endgame aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 105)


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Join us for the penultimate chapter episode of this epic reread! It’s all Jon all of the time as we cover the events of August 13th to 17th 300 AL – Jon 10 (4 minutes in), Jon 11 (38 mins in) and Jon 12 (55 mins in) of A Dance With Dragons. The aftershow begins at 1hr28mins with Game of Thrones spoilers at 1hr29mins.

Your hosts today are Bina007, Nymeria/Maria, DrownedSnow/Adam, Inkasrain/Michal, Blue-Eyed-Queen/Casey and DrBlood/Sara.

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series but for Game of Thrones, the TV show.

Music credit – Alpine Universe.
Picture credit – HBO’s Game of Thrones.

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VoK 597: Pipe Down in the Peanut Gallery aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 104)


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As we approach the end of our epic re-read we take time out to wrap up the final TWOW preview chapters. We ended episode 102 with Asha being reunited with Theon in Stannis’ camp in Theon 1. So we begin this episode with the Theon chapter from TWOW that takes place a day later on August 10th We then cover the Alayne 1 (29m) and Mercy (54m) chapters, even though we’re not sure where they fit in the timeline. What this does is finish off the stories (so far!) of the remaining Winterfell kids.

Your hosts today are Bina007, Matt/Blu3arm0r, Varley, Abby/DarceyMormont, Jock/MunroJock2 and Michael/Khal Wadege.

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series but for Game of Thrones, the TV show.

Music credit – Alpine Universe.
Picture credit – HBO’s Game of Thrones

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[Theon] TWOW preview chapter text
[Alayne] TWOW preview chapter text
[Mercy] TWOW preview chapter text

VoK 596: A Seminar of Ice and Fire (Part 2) – The Dynamics of Faith



Sara aka DrBlood continues her seminar series examining A Song of Ice and Fire through various theoretical texts. This time, she and the rest of the crew consider whether or not the many central characters in this story have an “ultimate concern,” or an overriding purpose that demands total surrender as Paul Tillich describes in his text, The Dynamics of Faith.

Hosts: Sara (DrBlood), Adam (drownedsnow), and Zach (Alias)

Paul Tillich’s The Dynamics of Faith

This podcast will contain spoilers for all published book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. 

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Music by Alpine Universe and DrumurBoy

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VoK 595: Ice Skating Uphill aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 103)


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Join your hosts Bina007, Steven/SJLee, Matt/Varley, Matt 2.0/Blu3arm0r, and Michael/Khal Wadege as they wrap up the Winterfell chapters in A Dance With Dragons: A Ghost In Winterfell; Theon 1 and The Sacrifice. These events take place between August 1st and 6th 300 AL.

Music credit – Alpine Universe; Picture credit – Winterfell by Lino Drieghe © Fantasy Flight Games

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all of George’s published works, but not for Game of Thrones.  The aftershow starts at 1hr 34m and contains TWOW spoilers.

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VoK 593: Sacks and the City aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 102)


 

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In this short break from our regular programming, we cover the three TWOW chapters that give us the opening of the Battle of Mereen: Barristan 1, Barristan 2 and Tyrion 2.

Your hosts are Bina007, Matt/Varley, Zander/The Lord Baron, Hannah/Shadowbaby and Jock/MunroJock2.

Music credit – Alpine Universe

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all of George’s published works, but not for Game of Thrones.

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[Barristan 1] Text
[Barristan 2] Con summary
[Tyrion 2] Text

VoK 591: Bow Batons aka The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 9)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to pick up the second part of The Goblet of Fire. Join Marie (Nymeria), Michal (inkasrain), Adam (drownedsnow), Matt (Varley), Abby (DaceyMormont), and Zach (Alias) as they cover chapters 11-20 in the book.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series including the Fantastic Beasts films.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Harry Potter Theme (Metal)
Harry in Winter by Patrick Doyle

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VoK 590: And Seven Times the Man-Baby! aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 101)


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Join Sara/Dr Blood as she corrals her seven nerds – including Reread curator Adam/Drownedsnow; regular contributors Jock/MunroJock2; Matt/Varley; Dan/WitlessChum – and returning OGs – Brett/Whiteraven and Ser Patrick The Tall.  They cover The Kingbreaker/Barristan 3, The Dragontamer/Quentyn 4, and the Queen’s Hand/Barristan 4 from Dance.  These events take place between July 15th and 18th 300 AL.

Music credit – Alpine Universe and Horrible Histories

Picture credit – Dejan Delic on Deviantart

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all of George’s published works, but not for Game of Thrones.

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[Essay] The article Dan mentions on Dany as a tragic Shakespearean hero