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Episode 174: Ice and Fire Con 2015

Episode 174 for the week of May 17th, 2015, in which we cover our experiences at Ice and Fire Con 2015.

Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode has spoilers for all published books in George RR Martin’s ASOIAF series.  The audio quality for this episode was lowered by the onsite record.

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Episode 173: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

Episode 173 for the week of May 17th, in which we review the sixth episode in the fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode has spoilers for all published books in George RR Martin’s ASOIAF series.  The audio quality for this episode was lowered by the onsite recording.

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Episode 172: Kill the Boy

Episode 172 for the week of May 10th, in which we review the fifth episode in the fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. We are joined by returning guest host Aziz from History of Westeros.

Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode has spoilers for all published books in George RR Martin’s ASOIAF series. 

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Episode 171: Sons of the Harpy

Episode 171 for the week of May 3rd, in which we review the fourth episode in the fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. We are joined by returning guest host Aziz from History of Westeros.

Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode has spoilers for all published books in George RR Martin’s ASOIAF series. 

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A Hymn for Spring: Available Now

Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows was a book jam-packed with insightful analysis of the Song of Ice and Fire series, but it only barely scratched the surface of the huge and complex world that author George R.R. Martin has created. 
A second anthology, then, is not only desirable, it’s absolutely critical to unearth all that Martin has tucked away into the many dense folds of his narrative. 

Here’s how we’ve expanded A Hymn for Spring in order to make it the most comprehensive exploration of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros yet: 


    • Updated to cover the newly published Song of Ice and Fire material, including The Princess and the Queen, The Rogue Prince, and The World of Ice and Fire.

 

    • Four brand-new authors, who hail from some of the most authoritative Ice and Fire websites and podcasts, in order to provide fresh perspectives on the main series.

 

    • More than twice the size of A Flight of Sorrows, allowing not only for more essays on a wider range of subjects, but also for longer, more comprehensive analysis.

 

    • A huge swath of bonus material, including additional essays from theHymn for Spring authors – and their special guests – and sneak previews at the next big projects from the Tower of the Hand editors.

NEW AUTHORS

Steven Attewell, the mastermind behind Race for the Iron Throne, brings his political and historical expertise to bear on the effectiveness of Machiavellianism in the game of thrones and the economic gamesmanship of Lord Petyr Baelish. The founder ofWars and Politics of Ice and Fire, Jeff Hartline, makes readers fundamentally question their understanding of King Stannis Baratheon. And History of Westeros co-hosts Aziz and Ashaya offer the single most authoritative account of the history – and mythology – of Harrenhal, while Tower of the Hand/Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire contributor Jim McGeehin does the same for Robert’s Rebellion. 

RETURNING AUTHORS

Stefan Sasse, from the Boiled Leather Audio Hour and The Nerdstream Era, determines the effects that patriarchy and civil war have had on the Westerosi psychological makeup. A Podcast of Ice and Fire co-host Amin Javadi investigates the nature that songs and singers play in the various cultures of the Seven Kingdoms, and, even, in the nature of the narrative itself. And Tower of the Hand co-founders John Jasmin and Alexander Smith expand the focus to include both an exploration of how HBO’s Game of Thrones simultaneously improves and degrades Martin’s original story and a look at traditional games to help predict the success of all those who play the game of thrones.

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Episode 170: High Sparrow

Episode 170 for the week of April 26th, in which we review the third episode in the fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. We are joined by returning guest host Aziz from History of Westeros.

Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode has spoilers for all published books in George RR Martin’s ASOIAF series. This week’s episode was salvaged from two different recordings.

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Episode 169: The House of Black and White

Episode 169 for the week of April 19th, in which we review the second episode in the fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode has spoilers for all published books in George RR Martin’s ASOIAF series. This week’s episode combined two different recordings: there may still be one or two incidents of audio skipping remaining in the file

Upcoming conventions with APOIAF host appearances: Ice and Fire Con 2015 (Ashley, Amin), Anime North 2015 (Ashley, Amin), San Diego Comic Con 2015 (Amin, Kyle).  House Manwoody meetups are planned around the year.

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Episode 168: The Wars to Come

Episode 168 for the week of April 12th, in which we review the first episode in the fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode has spoilers for all published books in George RR Martin’s ASOIAF series. Upcoming conventions with APOIAF host appearances: Ice and Fire Con 2015 (Ashley, Amin), Anime North 2015 (Ashley, Amin), San Diego Comic Con 2015 (Amin, Kyle).  House Manwoody meetups are planned around the year.

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Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring Pre-orders

Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows was a book jam-packed with insightful analysis of the Song of Ice and Fire series, but it only barely scratched the surface of the huge and complex world that author George R.R. Martin has created.  A second anthology, then, is not only desirable, it’s absolutely critical to unearth all that Martin has tucked away into the many dense folds of his narrative.

Here’s how we’ve expanded A Hymn for Spring in order to make it the most comprehensive exploration of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros yet:

    • Updated to cover the newly published Song of Ice and Fire material, including The Princess and the QueenThe Rogue Prince, and The World of Ice and Fire.
    • Four brand-new authors, who hail from some of the most authoritative Ice and Fire websites and podcasts, in order to provide fresh perspectives on the main series.
    • More than twice the size of A Flight of Sorrows, allowing not only for more essays on a wider range of subjects, but also for longer, more comprehensive analysis.
    • A huge swath of bonus material, including additional essays from the Hymn for Spring authors – and their special guests – and sneak previews at the next big projects from the Tower of the Hand editors.

NEW AUTHORS

Steven Attewell, the mastermind behind Race for the Iron Throne, brings his political and historical expertise to bear on the effectiveness of Machiavellianism in the game of thrones and the economic gamesmanship of Lord Petyr Baelish. The founder of Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire, Jeff Hartline, makes readers fundamentally question their understanding of King Stannis Baratheon. And History of Westeros co-hosts Aziz and Ashaya offer the single most authoritative account of the history – and mythology – of Harrenhal, while Tower of the Hand/Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire contributor Jim McGeehin does the same for Robert’s Rebellion.
RETURNING AUTHORS

Stefan Sasse, from the Boiled Leather Audio Hour and The Nerdstream Era, determines the effects that patriarchy and civil war have had on the Westerosi psychological makeup. A Podcast of Ice and Fire co-host Amin Javadi investigates the nature that songs and singers play in the various cultures of the Seven Kingdoms, and, even, in the nature of the narrative itself. And Tower of the Handco-founders John Jasmin and Alexander Smith expand the focus to include both an exploration of how HBO’s Game of Thrones simultaneously improves and degrades Martin’s original story and a look at traditional games to help predict the success of all those who play the game of thrones.

A Hymn for Spring is available for pre-order today, with a release date of April 22, 2015.

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APOIAF Hosts in Cameo Roles for Game of Thrones Season 5

We are happy to announce that the four podcast hosts will be making cameo appearances in season 5 of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Mimi has been cast as one of Dany’s dwindling Dothraki followers: she ends up flipping a table during a Meereenese bar fight. Ashley has been cast as a wildling spearwife: she joins Davos and Shireen’s reading and writing club. Amin and Kyle have been cast as Prince Doran’s night shift guardsmen: they make sure he is well stocked in feathered hats and blood oranges, respectively. Many of the former podcast hosts will also be making appearances as wights.

 

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Episode 167: The Brothers Lannister

Episode 167 for the week of March 22nd, in which we are joined by Vassals of Kingsgrave regulars Duncan (Valkyrist) and Greg (Claudiusthefool). We cover the chapters 12 (Jaime II) and 13 (Tyrion II) of A Storm of Swords.

Notes: We discuss this interview excerpt with David and Dan covering Game of Thrones spoilers, GRRM’s response, and an earlier interview with GRRM discussing Tysha [second last question].

Chapter 12 – Jaime II (artist: jesicka309)
A Storm of Swords Drawing Project, Podcast of Ice and Fire

Chapter 13 – Tyrion II (artist: zeyik)
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A Hymn for Spring Free Essay

Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring, goes on sale on April 15 at Amazon. This new ebook will contain a dozen original essays about George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones, written by Tower of the Hand editors and contributors and a whole slew of special collaborators, including  Race for the Iron ThroneWars and Politics of Ice and Fire, the History of Westeros podcast, and our very own Amin Javadi. Pre-ordering is not yet possible, but when it is the link will be posted here and on our podcast store. For now, check out one of Amin’s essays (Songs and Singers of Ice and Fire) in the upcoming ebook.

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Vote for Vassals of Kingsgrave in the Podcast Awards

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Thanks to the loyal listeners of House Manwoody, the Vassals of Kingsgrave have been nominated for the 10th Annual Podcast Awards.

Voting closes on March 24, at 2100 EST. However, you can vote each and every one of those 22 days, starting with today.

Step 1: Go to this website: http://www.PodcastAwards.com/
Step 2: Select “Vassals of Kingsgrave” in the General category.
Step 3: Scroll to the bottom, and enter your name and email, followed by “Submit”.
Step 4: Go to your email inbox, and verify your vote.
Step 5: Have a Kit Kat. You’ve earned it! ;)

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So be sure to share, retweet, reblog, do whatever it is Tumblr does, and loose your ravens to every corner of the realm.

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Episode 166: Seattle Merlings

Episode 166 for the week of February 15th, in which we hear about Mimi’s recent trip to Seattle. We are joined by recurring guest host Amber, as Mimi dubs her into the Platinum Club™. We cover chapters 10 (Bran I) and 11 (Davos II) of A Storm of Swords.

Notes: Like almost all episodes of APOIAF, this episode contains spoilers for all published books in George R.R. Martin’s ASOIAF series. Congrats to Elle P for winning the draw for the CelebVM contest.

Chapter 10 – Bran I (artist: Dickon Manwoody)
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Chapter 11 – Davos II (artist: Lex)
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Episode 165: Valentine’s Day in Essos

Episode 165 for the week of February 8th, 2015. We are joined by Laura and returning guest host Cosmia to do a sequel of sorts to last year’s all male Valentine’s Day episode. We cover chapter 8 (Jon I) and chapter 9 (Dany I) of A Storm of Swords. We also answer a list of Valentine’s Day themed questions collected from our forums and twitter. In the aftershow, we talk about (spoilers) the recently released copy of GRRM’s 1993 letter outlining his initial ideas and outline for A Song of Ice and Fire.

Notes: If you can’t get enough ASOIAF themed Valentine’s Day questions, check out the latest ruling from the Supreme Court of Westeros. Thank you for nominating us for the 10th Annual Podcast Awards. Nomination results will be released on March 1st, at which point we will update on voting information if we make the final slate. For those interested, here is the free Dropbox signup link mentioned at the end of the episode (you may have to install it as well). Finally, our CelebVM contest is still ongoing until February 15th, post a comment for this episode or the last one to be entered for a chance to receive a video message from Ian McElhinney.

Valentine’s Day by Vaarsuvius

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