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Race for the Iron Throne Featured on Vassals of Kingsgrave

The good people over at the Vassals of Kingsgrave podcast have a new episode out covering Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring and analyzing some of the essays within. My own essay, “Machiavellianism for a Purpose” is one of the essays discussed, starting at 4:57.

Have a listen!

Race for the Iron Throne Volume 2 is Here!


Apologies for my recent silence – I took a plane to California and my laptop didn’t make it and I’ve spent the last six days trapped in a Kafkaesque situation where FedEx’s delivery times slipping and inflexible IT systems meant that I flew from San Francisco to Santa Barbara and couldn’t re-route the package so had to resend it from SF to SB – but now that I have my laptop back I can once again communicate!

And the first thing that I have to communicate is that, after a long and arduous journey, Race for the Iron Throne: Volume 2 is done! Kickstarter backers should have already received their copies (let Marc know if you haven’t), but for anyone who’s looking for a belated holiday present or wasn’t able to contribute to the Kickstarter, the e-book will be submitted to Amazon tonight and should be available for purchase shortly.

EDIT: It’s now available on Amazon! So if you didn’t get a copy before, you can now. And either way, if you could leave a review, that would be greatly appreciated.

RFTIT Basement Tapes: Revolt From Below

A while back, my editor Marc Kleinhenz asked me to write a bonus essay in case some of the Hymn for Spring essays didn’t come in on time and we needed to bulk out the book. I decided to write an essay elaborating on some of my ideas about smallfolk agency in Westerosi history, and wrote about 3/4ths of it when the late-breaking essays came in and we didn’t need it.

And then I forgot I had written it for about two years…

So here’s a bonus essay!

Revolt From Below – The Impact of the Smallfolk on the Game of Thrones


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Kickstarter Fulfillment Update!

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Hey folks! As you probably have already seen by now if you’re checking your email, Kickstarter backers just got sent two bonus essays – including the now-complete Politics of the North essay, which weighs in at a whopping 15,000 words. But that’s not all: I’m very happy to announce that my editor’s been making sterling progress on the Race for the Iron Throne Volume 2 e-book, and it should be ready to send out to backers by the end of next week.

If you weren’t able to participate in the Kickstarter, don’t worry, you’ll have a chance to check this stuff out in a bit – the Politics of the North essay will find it’s way to Tower of the Hand after an interval, and the Volume 2 e-book will be going up on as soon as we can get it up.

Guest Post at Tower of the Hand: Politics of the Seven Kingdoms, Part I

The Doom of Valyria

by HotbrownDoubleDouble

During the Kickstarter, I unveiled a number of bonus essay series that would unlock at different levels of support, and since the crowdfunding was concluded, I’ve been hard at work on those bonus essays, so that I can have them ready for the forthcoming publication of Race for the Iron Throne: Volume 2.

Today, I’m happy to announce that the first of those essays is up on Tower of the Hand. (The second one, covering the internal politics of the North, is currently 12,00 words long and I can’t wait to get that out to you, but it’s not done yet…) In this initial foray into the series, I set forth how I’m going to tackle the internal politics of the different kingdoms of Westeros and the different factors that I think have shaped them.


Hands, Kings, & City-States is Live on Amazon!

Hey folks! My second book, Kings, Hands & City-States, is now live on Amazon!

If you didn’t have the chance to pick up a copy during the Kickstarter, you can do so here.

If you already bought a copy as part of the Kickstarter, PLEASE leave a review on Amazon. Reviews are a huge part of how people find books on Amazon and a positive review from you will help to make this book even more of a success, which will help me keep writing more of them!

Kickstarter Update!

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Hey folks! So, as you might have guessed, we didn’t get quite to the original goal of $15,000, but we got pretty damn close at $9,729. And given that we got that close, it would be a shame to have the project fail and no one get the rewards they wanted.

So I’ve started up a second Kickstarter with a more modest goal of $9,500 that will run for two weeks to make sure that people have enough time to redo their donations. If people who have already supported the Kickstarter can just re-donate what they were going to donate before, the project will be successfully funded, everyone gets the rewards they originally ordered, and everyone gets the bonus essays that got unlocked.

I want to be very, very clear: NO ONE WILL BE DOUBLE-CHARGED.

Obviously, if we only raise 2/3 the original goal, I can’t hit my original target of starting A Storm of Swords in 2015. However, every bonus essay that did unlock during the first Kickstarter will get written, although with less paid time to write them in, it’s going to be a little bit slower than I had originally hoped for. My overriding priority here is to make sure that everyone gets the rewards they wanted and that these books get published. Please help me do that.

Yours Sincerely,

Steven Attewell


Hymn for Spring is Live!

And you can now buy it and read my essays, which I have been waiting for people to read a long time now, plus some excellent work by Jeff Hartline, Stefan Sasse, Aziz and Ashaya, Amin Javadi, and so many more!

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A Hymn for Spring: Preorders Have Arrived!

Some news from Marc Kleinhenz:

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No, this is no April Fool’s joke – at long last, Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring is **currently up at Amazon** for pre-orders.

Our first ebook, A Flight of Sorrows, was an anthology 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 George R.R. Martin has created.

Furthermore, with Sorrows only being our first release, we learned a lot from the experience. We’ve listened to all the feedback – both internal and external – and brought it all to bear on Spring, which has helped to make it the most comprehensive exploration of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros yet.

Here’s how:

  • For A Flight of Sorrows, each author was asked to contribute 3,000 words; for A Hymn for Spring, that minimum has been bumped up to 7,000. This means, of course, that the new anthology is more than twice the size of its predecessor.
  • While half of the writers are returning, the other four are brand-new – an effort to help provide fresh perspectives on the well-trodden elements of the Song of Ice and Fire universe while also delivering original insights.
  • The 11 essays touch upon all the newly published Ice and Fire material, including The Princess and the Queen, The Rogue Prince, and The World of Ice and Fire.

The single biggest difference, however, was a simple challenge that I personally issued to each and every one of the authors: when a reader finishes each chapter of the book, she should have a profoundly different perspective on the source material, whether it be looking at a character in an entirely new light or overturning previously-sacrosanct beliefs regarding Martin and how he handles his narrative (much like how Miles Schneiderman did with the “death” of Jon Snow in Sorrows).

This anthology, I’m happy to say, nails the challenge. Steven Attewell, the mastermind behind Race for the Iron Throne, corrects the mistaken belief that the more ruthless players in the game of thrones end up being the winners. Jeff Hartline, the founder of Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire, fundamentally changes the reader’s understanding of King Stannis Baratheon. And Amin Javadi, one of the co-hosts of A Podcast of Ice and Fire, ensures that the role of both songs and singers will never be looked at the same way again.

There is, of course, lots more, including the most authoritative histories yet devised in either academic or fan circles: Aziz and Ashaya from the History of Westeros podcast delve into Harrenhal, while our very own Jim McGeehin does so with Robert’s Rebellion. ASOIAF superstar Stefan Sasse touches upon a myriad of topics, including the debilitating effects of both patriarchy and civil war on Westerosi society, while the TOTH co-founders expand the focus to include other sources beyond the text – Alexander Smith considers how HBO’s Game of Thrones both improves and degrades Martin’s original story, and John Jasmin looks to traditional, tabletop games to help predict the success of all those who play the game of thrones.

Finally, there are several bonus features that are currently being planned, ranging from additional essays (from an even wider selection of authors) to sneak previews at the next big projects from the TOTH editors. (Trust me when I say that you won’t want to miss seeing how at least one of them is going to tie back into the main site here, completely for free for all our wonderfully dedicated readers.)

Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring is available now for pre-orders. The ebook will release later this month, exclusively at Amazon, for $7.99. A print version will follow sometime at the end of this year.

In the meantime, be sure to check out our full-length sample here.

Hymn for Spring Update!

Ok…some of you may have noticed that 3/15 went by without our pre-order page going up on for Tower of the Hand: Hymn for Spring. This is an embarrassing but unavoidable delay driven by some things out of our control. However, the plan is now to have the pre-order page up by April 1st, so the show will go on. And just to personally reassure you, I can see the progress toward the book being published, and it’s accelerating by the day – this book is going to happen very soon and I think it’s going to be excellent.


So, by way of apology, there’s going to be a free sample up on Tower of the Hand on Tuesday, which you should check out. Also, there is an additional **free** sneak-peak available to anyone who’s interested in pre-ordering the book…which you can get if you email me through the About page.

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