Track 29: Royalty
Welcome to episode twenty-nine of the Mixtape Book Club Podcast.
In this episode, Ellen and Mal welcome author tricia_16 to discuss fics where either Dean and/or Cas are royalty. Fics include tricia_16’s King of My Heart, Of Stone and Trees by anyrei and queerwerewolf, and A Midsummer Night in Las Vegas by whelvenwings, among others.
You can find our Mixtape Book Club Ao3 collection here, containing the stories we’ve discussed on the podcast so far.
As always, Mixtape Book Club contains swearing and discussion of adult topics. Please listen at your own discretion, with attention paid to any little ears that might be nearby!
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Our Guest – tricia_16
Tricia writes mainly AU Destiel stories. You can find them AO3 under tricia_16.
Tricia’s other fics we’ve mentioned in this episode:
- Molting Expectations (163k words, rated E) – we discussed this fic in Track 2: Mutual Pining
- Light Me Up (195k words, E) – we discussed this fic in Track 17: Kid fics
- PRIDE (18k words, E) – we discussed this fic in Track 19: Pride
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Featured fics (timestamps in brackets)
King Of My Heart by tricia_16 (5:10)
Published 2020, total 127k words, E
When a fresh-out-of-the-closet Prince Dean is forced into an arranged marriage with the Princess of the Land Of The Angels, he’s sure he’s just signed away any and all hope of ever experiencing true love. But one knock on the castle door changes everything, and with The King and The Queen out of the kingdom and unable to interfere, Dean finds himself falling so hard and so fast for the first time in his life that he forgets to worry about the imminent return of his parents and what that might mean for him…
Of Stone and Trees by anyrei and queerwerewolf (31:35)
Published 2021, 48k words, E
The lands have been rife with demonic rifts, so in an effort to outnumber them, the King of the Druids and the human King decide it is time their kingdoms unite together to fight this foe. And what better way to unite than a wedding? Prince Castiel of the Eski Forest is to be joined with the eldest human Prince, Dean Winchester. Not that either of them are particularly excited about that…
A Midsummer Night in Las Vegas by whelvenwings (41:20)
Published for DCBB 2020, 60k words, E
With art by Deliciousirony
Dean is a Prince, and even in the 21st century he’s expected to make a good match (unfortunately for Castiel, marrying your local librarian and best friend apparently doesn’t count). The announcement of Dean’s upcoming arranged marriage to someone he doesn’t even know hits Castiel hard.
But late in the night during his bachelor party in Las Vegas, Dean leans over to Castiel and asks him a question. Castiel knows he should say no. But the next morning, Dean and Castiel wake up with matching rings on their fingers.
With an international incident only one mistake away, Dean and Castiel begin trying to get an annulment in secret – but slowly realise that neither of them wants to spend the rest of their lives apart.
Listen to our Track 16: Fairytales to hear us chat to whelvenwings about their fic, True As It Can Be.
Other Royalty Fics (55:30)
Thanks to all our friends in PB Discord for being so generous with recommendations!
- See the Sunrise by Carver Edlund & Zerda (36,818, T) – Dragon Cas
- All Things In Succession by everandanon (313,468, M) – a/b/o
- Cinderwings by bendingsignpost (181,619, M) – listen to us discuss this fic in our Track 16: Fairytales
- Prince Of My Heart by allmystars (302,742(wip), E)
- Letters to a Prince by saltnhalo (9777, T)
- Who is the Lamb and Who is the Knife? by fairychangeling (but orphaned now) (17,758, T)
- Once Upon A Time in a Disney Store by noxsoulmate (23,237, G)
- The Hunter and the Wildcat by GhoulsnHalos (40,472, E)
- Not Part of the Plan by Annie D (337,851, E) 8-part series
- In These Arms by peanutbutterjelly-pie (38,532, G)
- Sovereign by superhoney (87,974, E)
- Circles of Gold by superhoney (17,312, T)
- Rooted in Memory by superhoney (58,300, E)
- The Choice by RedheadedSuperhero (46,793, M)
- The Northern Totems by ShippersList (165,312, M) – 7-part series
- Womb Kindred by Annie D (33,056, E)
- My Liege Lord by jhoom (70,525, E)
- Your Majesty by songbvrd (40,264, G)
- To Raise A King by riseofthefallenone (192,180, E)
- The Last Thing I Wanted by nickelkeep (11,492, E)
- Eye of the Storm by nickelkeep (11,000, E)
- In Which Dean Frogs Up by almaasi (6326, G)
- Under The Falling Skies by Dean-Bangs-Cas-In-The-Impala (96,802, E)
- Outrunning Duty by GhoulsnHalos (62,115, E)
- lights in the shadow of heaven by OpheliaMarina (23,337, T)
- The Romance of the Daisy ~ a fairy tale by Maldoror_Chant (29,975, T)
- Splatter by Violentlyvanilla (90,441, M)
- The Courtship of Combat by bendingsignpost (18,250, T) – a/b/o
- His Shining Glory, James Castiel Emmanuel Novak, Sixth Prince of Celestine by A_Diamond (34,106, E)
- The Fifth Son by ArielAquarial (14,576, E)
- Ring a bell for the Righteous Man by 6or3dom (3003, E)
- What The Water Gave Me by UppercaseCharlie (31,797 (wip), T)
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What’s your favorite Royalty AU fic? Please let us know, we’d love to hear from you!
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