Gauntlet Reading Club: The Jasmine Thron/Hearts of Wulin (Sundays in July and August)

For the months of July and August, the Gauntlet Reading Club will be reading The Jasmine Throne , the first book in Tasha Suri’s Burning Kingdom Trilogy, paired with Hearts of Wulin by Lowell Francis and Joyce Ch*ng.

Exiled by her despotic brother, princess Malini spends her days dreaming of vengeance while imprisoned in the Hirana: an ancient cliffside temple that was once the revered source of the magical deathless waters but is now little more than a decaying ruin.

The secrets of the Hirana call to Priya. But in order to keep the truth of her past safely hidden, she works as a servant in the loathed regent’s household, biting her tongue and cleaning Malini’s chambers.

But when Malini witnesses Priya’s true nature, their destinies become irrevocably tangled. One is a ruthless princess seeking to steal a throne. The other a powerful priestess desperate to save her family. Together, they will set an empire ablaze.

Session 1 will primarily be devoted to a discussion group for The Jasmine Throne, focusing on our reactions to the book and what we’d like to draw from it for our run. We’ll be drawing on the thematic inspiration of The Jasmine Throne rather than specific plot points, and will have a discussion on tone and content before play, as well as establishing Lines & Veils to provide a comfortable play experience.

We’ll be using Streamyard to discuss and play, but the sessions will only be recorded and posted publicly with everyone’s enthusiastic consent.

This game will take place under the Gauntlet Community Code of Conduct and the safety tools Script Change and X-Card will be in use. I will aim to get in touch with participants through either the Gauntlet Slack or email a week in advance of the game to confirm attendance and provide play materials. A seat has been reserved for Daniel.

Sunday, July 3, 2022 6:00 PMSunday, July 3, 2022 9:00 PM Session 1
Sunday, July 10, 2022 6:00 PMSunday, July 10, 2022 9:00 PM Session 2
Sunday, July 17, 2022 6:00 PMSunday, July 17, 2022 9:00 PM Session 3
Sunday, July 24, 2022 6:00 PMSunday, July 24, 2022 9:00 PM Session 4
Sunday, July 31, 2022 6:00 PMSunday, July 31, 2022 9:00 PM Session 5
Sunday, August 7, 2022 6:00 PMSunday, August 7, 2022 9:00 PM Session 6
Sunday, August 14, 2022 6:00 PMSunday, August 14, 2022 9:00 PM Session 7
Sunday, August 21, 2022 6:00 PMSunday, August 21, 2022 9:00 PM Session 8
Sunday, August 28, 2022 6:00 PMSunday, August 28, 2022 9:00 PM Session 9

Content Warnings for The Jasmine Throne: Some graphic depictions of violence, plant based horror (people turning into plants/plants turning fleshy), death of minors, forced drugging