As Sophos and co. make a break for it, we discuss broken amphorae, what Sophos owes to other people, international trade routes, and how to tell your dad to shut up.
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Sophos begins his escape! With our new guest Blythe, we consider whose choices have weight, how to pronounce Eddis, young love, kingliness, lucky coincidences, and locally grown artisanal cults.
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Daily life continues in Hanaktos, and we discuss impossible choices, humility, authenticity, metaphorical wolves, storytelling, and the library in the sky.
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Sophos adjusts to a new life, and we talk about who’s in on this plot, Berrone’s thought process, murder (again), and the joy of poetry.
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As Sophos’s fate is left in the hands of … well, not his worst enemy exactly, we touch on botched plans, professionalism, whale watching, elitism, and how to give hints to your crush.
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Sophos discovers the perils of fake friends. We discuss self-image, Baby’s First Murder, Greek myths, slavery in ancient Greece, and slavery in the QT universe.
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Local Teen Loses Fight With Table! We discuss this shocking development, as well as unreliable narrators, sisters, epic poetry, timelines, even more gender, and Sophos getting too down on himself.
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As two dangerous Sounisian assailants end up in jail, we discuss flashbacks, narrative perspective, foreign visitors, and The Emperor’s New Groove.
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Short story time! An overambitious juggler gets more than he bargained for. Eugenides has a night out. Back in the real world, we discuss channeling the divine, Gen being nice, the origins of horse hate, surprisingly accurate likenesses on money, the Attolian DIY scene, and big small stories.
In our first Quarantine Episode, Eugenides is King of Attolia and also sweaty and in need of a bath, so he takes one with a bunch of other sweaty dudes. It's symbolic or something. Meanwhile, we discuss push-ups, godlike influence, scars, soldiers, and babies.
“I hope that now that you have remembered me, you won’t forget me again,” Laecdomon says. Well, we forget him every time. Discussion points: extreme competence, suspense or lack thereof, Arundhati Roy, minor villains, the word “demesne,” David Sedaris, and whether being good at swords makes you a king.
Costis and Gen have a religious experience. Gen gets a massive hangover. We discuss bringing in the emotional cavalry, Costis getting dragged, connections to 30 Rock, why this book would make a great sitcom, HONOR—and who on Earth could be targeting our sweet boy Costis?
The magus enjoys his exile. Irene and Relius find trust. Eugenides destroys some perfectly good drapes. Discussion points: different perspectives on Gen, who gets a first name, Sophos, scythes, and murder.
Eugenides drugs a sweet old lady to escape his curfew then suffers through a family reunion. We cover Erondites family vibes, Emily Wilson’s new translation of The Odyssey. Gen’s questionable health, how the loving power of friendship saves the day, and Attolia’s opinions on Costis.
In chapter 10, Eugenides defeats Erondites for good (or does he?) and looks very nice in his wife's pajamas. Discussion points: whether or not something's a twist if you know it's coming, the therapeutic value of issuing pardons, lethium (not lithium), smooth shooting, cloth of gold, and goats.
As our characters barrel through twenty scenes in this mammoth of a chapter, we discuss intrigue, godliness, justice, queerbaiting (?) and what these people are getting up to in the dark. Has anyone seen Sophos recently?
The attendants play pranks. Gen gets a lecture. Noelle has a definitely wrong idea about what nuns get up to in their spare time. Also on the docket: middle school, Undercover Boss, meaningful eye contact, and Costis the Awesomely Beautiful.
As Costis struggles through his first day in the incongruous dream sequence that is somehow now his life, we discuss the logistics of the Queen’s Guard, swords versus guns, fake jokes (real jokes??) and the Queen of Attolia’s never-before-seen sense of humor.
While Gen and Irene's negotiation goes, quite literally, over Costis's head, we discuss palace secrets, sneaky power, emotionally significant ink pots, and how Gen and Irene are kind of like your parents.
Costis starts to realize just what a piece of work Gen really is and clearly Gen’s reign is going super well. Chip joins us again, and we wonder: just what are all these people doing in the prologue? What’s the right way to pronounce all these new names? Is Attolia secretly jacked?
In the grand finale of The Queen of Attolia, our hero sacrifices a goat and we end up with more questions about the gods than when we started. Also featuring: Gen's humility (or lack thereof), mushy romance, the psychological impact of violence, and how hard it can be to say "I love you."
Chloe breaks an amphora, Kamet can't swim, Eugenides doesn't know how to talk to his fiancée, and Irene is skipping church. Treaty negotiations are going great. Also featuring: a brand new river, Beauty and the Beast, divine agendas, ambiguous feelings, and callbacks (forwards?) from Thick As Thieves.
While Eddis and Attolia bond over driving the Mede army from their shores, Eugenides has another nap and realizes that his happy ending may be more complicated than he'd thought. Discussion points: gender, paragraph breaks, passive aggression, and the power of love.
Attolia finally shows Nahuseresh she’s a BAMF and we consider getting matching tattoos of this moment. As Eddis and Attolia combine forces to oust the Mede we discuss Attolia’s hatred for Eddis, the pitfalls of gendered thinking, and the nature of gifts. And just where IS this book’s climax, anyway?
Attolia makes a life-altering decision. Nahurseresh does some murder. The Minister of War gets a concussion. Meanwhile, Noelle is a dumbass who can't remember what happens in this book and we heroically resist laughing at the word "titular."
While Nahuseresh has his moment in the sun, Gen’s night goes from great to less great and Attolia’s priorities drastically realign. We discuss POV shifts, Eddisian self-sacrifice, and all of Megan’s sneaky little hints. Also, after we finished recording we found an answer to the question we couldn’t figure out here—we think the chamberlain WAS looking for the Minister of War because he didn’t know the Minister of War was already with them, in disguise. Thoughts?
Gen accomplishes the first part of his mission and we analyze just why exactly he was able to pull it off, touching on the topics of deception, perception, feudalism, and agrarian economies. All according to plan …
While sneaking Sally– uh, we mean Eugenides, through the alley, we discuss moist men, Kill Bill sirens, wooden cannons, point of view, and whether or not anybody but Gen actually knows what the hell is going on.
Sounis’s navy goes up in flames, but the second cart of the series appears! We discuss Attolia’s connection to the Mede, the pluralization of cannon, and a side of Gen we’ve never seen before as we continue to gush about our fave themes of (you know it!) performance and the political vs the personal.
It's time to put on our war pants. In this episode, Chip's here to do two things: read our intro and f-ck with our renewed resolution not to swear. We also discuss strategy, martyrdom, trousers, and the emotionally cathartic value of boat-burning.
How can Gen live with the consequences of killing another person? Does Attolia actually have feelings? How many gleeful puns about Ambiades’s death can we fit in twenty minutes? Tune into this week’s episode to find out!
Is Gen an insider or an outsider? A nationalist or an internationalist? A pacifist or a killer? A moral hero or a sneaky little jerk? This episode, we get down into the river muck with these questions and more while Gen steals the Gift again, right under our noses.
Spooky maze? Check. Pile of skeletons? Check. Stolen beef jerky? Check. We've got everything we need for a cozy night at the temple. In this episode, Gen makes his first attempt at finding that pesky rock, and we wonder if it's really stealing if a god says it's okay.
240 days until Return of the Thief! In this episode, we cross into Eddis, get a history lesson, and talk about two invasions, two sets of gods, three countries that are maybe one country, and gender. We miss you, innkeeper lady from chapter 3.