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Arthurian fantasy books

Here goes a bit list of new arthurian fantasy books you wil enjoy. As you know, arhurian fantasy novels are inspired by the legend of King Arhur and his epic sword, Excalibur.

What makes arthurian fantasy books special?

All books included in this genre have a common treat: they take elements from the arthurian legend. This influence inspires authors in different ways, some take the magical swords, others set their story in Camelot while other stories even show characters from the original story such as Merlin.

Such a legendary story has inspired many authors to write their stories. Novels in which the main elements of the arthurian legend come alive once again. Ready for some new arthurian fantasy books?

List of new arthurian fantasy books

Here goes an amazing list of new arthurian fantasy books:

The Sapphire Eruption by I.M. Redwright

The Sapphire Eruption (The Sword's Choice Book 1)
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  • Redwright, I.M. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 375 Pages - 01/16/2020 (Publication Date)

This is the first volume of The Sword’s Choice series,a YA arthurian fantasy saga that narrates the story of Noakhail. A boy chosen by one of the twin sacred swords to be the heir to the Kingdom of Fire, but who was almost murdered when he was just a baby. Now, living in the Queendom of Water, he will embark on a journey to visit all the four kingdoms so he gets stronger.

In this tale, magic swords choose the heirs to the crown, in a similar way to what Excalibur does.

Morgan by Lavinia Collins

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MORGAN: A Gripping Arthurian Fantasy - the complete trilogy
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  • Collins, Lavinia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 462 Pages - 11/19/2015 (Publication Date) - THE BOOK FOLKS contemporary women's fiction publishers (Publisher)

This is an arthurian fantasy trilogy that now you can get on a single volume both on Kindle and on paperback. Morgan is the half-sister of King Arthur, who wants to sell her into marriage to appease his enemies. It is time for Morgan to stand up for herself.

The Threat of Madness by D.K. Holmberg

The Threat of Madness (The Lost Prophecy Book 1)
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  • Holmberg, D.K. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 380 Pages - 01/03/2017 (Publication Date) - ASH Publishing (Publisher)

This is the first volume of The Lost Prophecy series, written by
D.K. Holmberg. The story centers on Jakob, an apprentice historian, and son of a priest; whose house is attacked, as a result he will embark on a journey far from his home while learning the art of the sword and also new abilities.

Meanwhile, a dark power rises in the north and with it, powers forgotten long ago will return once again. For some, the key to survive this madness is a lost prophecy, which few will be able to find.

Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper

Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising Book 1)
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  • Cooper, Susan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 209 Pages - 03/06/2012 (Publication Date) - Margaret K. McElderry Books (Publisher)

This is the first volume of The Dark Rising, a fantasy series written by author Susan Cooper.

On holiday in Cornwall, the three Drew children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in. They know immediately that it is special. It is even more than that — the key to finding a grail, a source of power to fight the forces of evil known as the Dark. And in searching for it themselves, the Drews put their very lives in peril.

Hope you enjoyed this list, here you have all the arthurian books on the list so you don’t have to choose only one:

MORGAN: A Gripping Arthurian Fantasy - the complete trilogy
The Sapphire Eruption (The Sword's Choice Book 1)
The Threat of Madness (The Lost Prophecy Book 1)
Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising Book 1)
MORGAN: A Gripping Arthurian Fantasy - the complete trilogy
The Sapphire Eruption (The Sword's Choice Book 1)
The Threat of Madness (The Lost Prophecy Book 1)
Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising Book 1)

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Best books for hair & beauty salon owners

Books and magazines are present in many places. It is a way of having your customers entertained, enjoying some reading while they are waiting for their turn. Of course, the kind of magazines and books you should have at your store will be different depending on the profile of the customers that frequent your business. For example, what are the best books for hair & beauty salon owners? let’s take a look.

List of best books for hair & beauty salon owners.

When you open a salon it is important to know how to deal with your customers. Books can help you with this, there are lots of Hair Salon management books that will be really useful. Here are some recommendations:

The Salon Building Bible

This is more than a book, this is a must-have business tool for first-time salon owners. In this book, you will find many useful tips about design, but it also focuses on start-up costs and will help you to plan your project. A great resource for everyone interested in building a salon.

Salon Buzz: Marketing and Management Ideas for Ultimate Success

This book will provide you many marking and management ideas so you can set yourself apart from other salons and define your brand. Also, it includes lots of social media strategies that will help to make your salon a success.

Make a Six Figure Income Doing Hair: How To Do It, Really

This book will tell you how to be a real professional in a salon, you will learn the best ways to work with clients and justify your pricing. If you know anyone who is about to graduate in the cosmetology school this will be the perfect gift.

Salon Client Attraction: Attract More Clients, Earn More Profits

An informative book that will provide you different marketing strategies in order to attract more clients. With this book, you will have a complete understanding of how to deal with your customers, so you make them come back.

Which books could your customers read?

Let’s focus now on hair & beauty salon customers. How can you have them entertained? You want them to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible, the better their experience the more they will want to come back for more.

As a result, if you have books or magazines in your salon you want these to make your customers stay calm. Here are some book suggestions that will keep hair and beauty salon customers relaxed and entertained.

It is important to know how to communicate with clients in a salon but also, knowing how to have them entertained is crucial as well. With these books, your customers will be turning pages like crazy, so hooked that they won’t even remember they are in a hair & beauty salon.

The Art of Racing in the Rain By Garth Stein

This adorable story centers on a dog, Enzo, who believes that he will be a human in his next life. As a result, he watches and learns from television as he wants to be as much as prepared as possible for his human life.

Enzo sees his owner, Denny Swift, go through marriage, career changes and other daily events. Narrated from the dog’s perspective, you realize how it’s like to be in such moments. A fair warning, this book might make you cry.

Twenty Love Poems: And A Song Of Despair by Pablo Neruda

Your most romantic customers will definitely choose to read this book. This poetry book is only 68 pages long, so it’s an easy read that also shows the original text in Spanish so you can also enjoy the original version.

The Little Prince By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

An enjoyable story for both adults and kids that have made this story being one of the most read books in the world. Adults will realize that The Little Prince touches topics such as love, technological progress, consumption and the decay of modern society.  Kids instead might not understand the book, but they will enjoy a fun read that will keep them distracted.

The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway By Ernest Hemingway

This is a collection of short stories. An ideal reading while you wait for your turn at the beauty salon because, being a short story, you can finish it relatively fast so your costumers won’t leave the salon without knowing how the story ended.


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The best Star Wars books

Looking for the best Star Wars books? With the arrival of The Rise of Skywalker Star Wars film franchise seems to come to its end, difficult to believe isn’t it? True, the last Star Wars films were not of the liking of all the fans so what if I told you there is another way to enjoy Star Wars? and no, I am not talking about The Mandalorian and the super cute Baby Yoda, (which is a great series) the way I meant was…reading! The Star Wars books are a great way to enjoy this universe full of jedis, bounty hunters and robots. But are Star Wars books canon? which are worth reading? let’s answer all these questions!

Notice that, in this case, the movies came before the books. That is, Star Wars is not based on a book series, instead, since the movies were so successful and it was such a rich world the story was expanded through Star Wars novels. For this reason, there were no Star Wars books before the movies.

What are the best Star Wars books?

There are lots of Star Wars books and there are some that are more worth reading than others. Since some of you will only want to read those books that are considered canon in the Star Wars universe I will make two lists, one with the best canon Star Wars books and another list with the non canon.

The best canon Star Wars books

These Star Wars books are canon and are considered the best novels. If you only want to focus on the best Star Wars series then these are a must read.

By the way, you can buy the book by clicking on the book cover, the link will take you to Amazon.

Here you have a list of the best Star War canon books in no particular order:

Battlefront: Twilight Company

An action adventure that follows a squad of soldiers who take part in the last galactic war between the light and the dark side. If you are a fan of the Battlefront videogames developed by Electronic Arts then you will love this title.

Lost Stars

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This novel written by Claudia Gray narrates the romance story of two original characters, Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree, during the Galactic Civil War. He is a Rebel pilot, while she is an Imperial officer, will the love win or will the duty?

A novel that proves that a Star Wars novel does not have to center on Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia or Han Solo to be awesome.

Dark Disciple

Dark Disciple

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Dark Disciple centers on ASajj Ventress, former Sith apprentice that now works as a bounty hunter. She, together with the Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos, will have to fulfill an impossible mission: defeating the Sith Lord Count Dooku.

Aftermath trilogy

Aftermath

The Aftermath Trilogy

Life Debt:

The Aftermath Trilogy

Empire’s End

The Aftermath Trilogy

This trilogy gets better book after book. Aftermath takes place after the sixth episode of the series, Return of the Jedi.

This story is set after the Battle of Endor, in which the Empire is defeated. Meanwhile, the Rebel Army, or the New Republic, hunt down the enemy’s scattered forces. In the remote planet Akiva a massive army is unfolding.

Thrawn series

Thrawn

Thrawn series

Alliances

Thrawn series

Treason

Thrawn series

Chaos Rising

Thrawn series

Thrawn series follows the story of Imperial Grand Admiral Thrawn. The plot centers on the campaigns of Thrawn, starting with The Destruction of the Elomin task force. In this series, lots of the most known Star Wars characters are mentioned, as are Luke Skywalker or Leia Organa Solo, since they are being chased by the Dark Jedi Joruus C’baoth to make them their apprentices.

Also, the Thrawn series introduces some of the most notable Expanded universe Characters such as Gilad Pellaeon, Mara Jade, Talon Karrde or Garm Bell.

If you want to read the Thrawn series in chronological order, it is the same as publication order.

Bloodline

Bloodline

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Bloodline is set six years before Episode VII, The Force Awakens. The story centers on Princess Leia as she is a member of the Galactic Senate. In this story, she will have to face different threads to the Republic which will finally result in forming the Resistance shown in Episode VII.

Catalyst

A story written by James Luceno. Catalyst is the prequel to the film Rogue One.

Lords of the Sith

This story focuses on Jedi Knight Anakin skywalker or, better said, on Sith Lord Dark Vader.

The best non canon Star Wars books (Star Wars legends list)

If you want to know which Star Wars stories are not canon it is pretty simple: if its release date was before April 2014 then it will non canon, 100%. They are also easily known for their name before they were called Star Wars expanded universe and now it is called Star War Legends

Despite the fact that some Star Wars books are no longer canonical that doesn’t mean they are not great, in fact, some fans refer to these “decanonyzed” stories as Old Star Wars canon, since they were in fact canon not so long ago. So here goes a list of the best non canonical Star Wars novels:

Darth Bane trilogy

If you are looking for Star Wars books about Sith? then the Darth Bane trilogy is what you are looking for.

X wing series

Bacta War

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Iron Fist

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Solo Command

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Mercy Kill

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A series of composed of ten novels narrating the story of the most elite fighting force, the X-Wing fighters, as they fight against the Empire. If you want space battles, here you have what you need. As always, the book covers are shown in publication order.

Shatterpoint: a Clone wars novel

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Shatterpoint is set in the midst of the Clone Wars and narrates a story about the Jedi Master Mace Windu.

Darth Plagueis

This novel narrates the story of Darth Plagueis, you don’t know who he is? maybe Palpatine’s words will refresh your mind:

Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? It’s a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise that he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life. He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.”—Supreme Chancellor Palpatine,

Which Star Wars books are canon?

Lots of fans get confused regarding which Star Wars books are canon. Such confusion is more than understandable seeing that some stories that initially were considered canon ended up being declared non-canon.

Such is the case of the original Star Wars expanded universe, which in 2014 not only was rebranded as Star Wars Legends but was also declared noncanon to the franchise. As a result, several Star War novels are not canon now, some call these old canon.

In this section I will focus on Star Wars canon books and also, given that some of these stories are addressed to kids, I will make two different lists:

Canon Star Wars books for adults

These Star Wars books are canon and they are targeted to adults.

Here you have a Star Wars book list in publication order:

As you see some are stand alone books while others are part of a series, I have included the series name also so it is easy for you to know in which order chronological order you should read such series.

Canon Star Wars books for children

The following Star Wars books are canon and they are addressed to children. You will realize that the book covers are childish and cartoonized, since these Star Wars novels have a young target audience.

The following list is in publication order:

Rise of the Rebels

Star Wars Rebels

Ezra’s Gamble

Star Wars Rebels

Edge of the Galaxy

Servants of the Empire

Rebel in the Ranks

Servants of the Empire

Imperial Justice

Servants of the Empire

The Secret Academy

Servants of the Empire

The Snare by Cavan Scott

Adventures in Wild Space

The Nest

Adventures in Wild Space

 The Heist (The Steal in the UK)

Adventures in Wild Space

The Darkness

Adventures in Wild Space

The Escape

 Adventures in Wild Space (prequel)

The Cold

Adventures in Wild Space: 

Join the Resistance

Join the Resistance series

The Rescue

 Adventures in Wild Space (prequel)

Daring Adventures

Forces of Destiny

Escape from Vodran

Join the Resistance series

 The Leia Chronicles

Forces of Destiny

The Rey Chronicles

Forces of Destiny

Attack on Starkiller Base

Join the Resistance

A Luke & Leia Adventure

Flight of the Falcon 

Lando’s Luck

Flight of the Falcon 

Pirate’s Price

Flight of the Falcon 

Spark of the Resistance

Journey to Star Wars

Resistance Reborn

Journey to Star Wars

If you want to know the timeline of these Star Wars books addressed to kids most of them are set before the Battle of Yavin, which takes place at the end of the original 1977 Star Wars movies.

There are some of these series that take place after the Battle of Yavin, which are the following:

  • Journey to Star Wars.
  • Join the Resistance.
  • Forces of Destiny.

🚀 What Star Wars books should I start with?

If you don’t know what Star Wars book read first I suggest you begin with Thrawn series or Lost Stars. They are canon and they are among the best star wars novels, so it is a safe place to start.

I am sorry this list does not include Star Wars graphic novels or comic books which are awesome and you will definitely enjoy them if you like this sci-fi saga.

Will you start reading these books? don’t forget to comment!

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Standalone fantasy books

In this list you will find the best standalone fantasy books, those for which you will not need to read some additional books in order to know how the story ends. The Fantasy genre is known for its long series, sagas that have several volumes in order to tell a story. Long stories are great, but fantasy readers also are able to enjoy shorter stories.

There are lots of great standalone fantasy novels, and here are our suggestions for you.

List of Best Standalone Books in Fantasy

Here you have seven of the best standalone books in fantasy. If you want to buy one of those you only have to click on their book cover (Wottaread is an Amazon Affiliate so we would get a commission for the sale):

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay: one of the best stand alone fantasy books with war and magic

Tigana

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This story has magic, politics, war… everything to be a great story. A tale of a land ruled by a despotic king and cursed by black sorcery that wants to be free.

Battlemage by Peter Flannery: a standalone fantasy novel with dragons

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In Battle Mage, humankind is besieged by cruel Black Dragons. Falco Dante is not a warrior, he will attend the Academy of War but his insecurities control him. Will he finally unlock the power trapped inside him or will fear win this time?

The Swordbearer by Glenn Cook: one of the most recommended standalone fantasy books if you like soldiers with magical powers

The Swordbearer

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A story about an ill boy that has the dream of becoming a hero some day. After scaping home he will find a magic sword, the one that will make his dream come true.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Elantris

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What before was a powerful capital where magnificent and powerful beings lived eventually transformed into a crumbling place where powerless creatures dwelled. Elantris had lost its power, and so did the Elantrians. In the new capital of the kingdom, Kae, the prince will be stricken by the same curse as the Elantrians and therefore he will be exiled to their very same city.

Is iElantris a stand alone book now that there is going to be a sequel? yes, the story narrated in Elantris is self conclussive, so there is no need to read the second volume to know how this book ends.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon 

If you like novels with different points of view then The Priory of the Orange Tree is what you are looking for. In this story, we will meet Ead, a court lady who is secretly loyal to a society of mages and who will protect queen Sabran. Tané is a woman who dedicated her life to become a dragonrider but who will make a choice that will change her life forever.

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

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A story of two sisters that are princesses in a world where those who die return as gods. You can also read The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson.

The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang

The Sword of Kaigen is a Japanese-inspired military fantasy in all its glory. Great duels, elemental magic and breathless moments.

If you prefer long series, you can check this list of the longest series in fantasy.

Hope you enjoyed this list of best standalone books in fantasy. Will you read any of them? don’t forget to comment!

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Starcraft books in order

ARe you seeking the best startcraft books? Gamers who love this epic videogame series will surely want to know more about the lore and the stories of the characters appearing in this saga. Here you have a list of the best starcraft books. Also, you will find a list of the Starcraft books in order so keep reading.

Do you intend to buy some starcraft novels? Then read this article first so you know which starcraft books are the best.

The best Starcraft 1 books

If you want to buy Starcraft 1 books, here is a list of the most popular series set in the events of the first videogame in the franchise:

The Starcraft Archive: An Anthology

Remember that if you want to buy this book (or any other on the list) just click on the book cover and you will be directed to Amazon to buy it:

This book countains the four original tales of Starcraft: Uprising, Liberty’s Crusade, Shadow of the Xel’Naga and Speed of Darkness.

One of the most insteresting stories in this series is Uprising, the plot centers on the well known character Sarah Kerrigan (Queen of Blades or the Zerg Queen) when she was still a human, telling us more about her origins and how she ended up being the leader of the Swarm. 

Queen of Blades by Aaron Rosenberg

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If you want to know more about Sarah Kerrigan you definitely have to read this novel after Uprising. 

Queen of Blades takes place during the second episode of Starcraft, that is, six weeks after Sarah Kerrigan is captured by the zerg. As you might expect, aside from the Queen of Blades, other important characters make their appearance in this story such as the Dark Templar leader Zeratul and the High templar protoss Tassadar.

There is a planned sequel for this novel, with the name of StarCraft: Heir of Adun, narrating the story of  Tassadar and Aiur history after the Invasion of Aiur. However, so far there is no release date for it.

The Dark Templar Saga by Christie Golden

Firstborn

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Shadow Hunters

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Twilight

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The Dark Templar Saga is a trilogy of books and serves as a prequel to the vents of Starcraft 2. This saga centers on the events in protoss history.

Starcraft Ghost: Nova and Spectres

Ghost: Nova

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Ghost: Spectres

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This series is based on StarCraft: Ghost a tactical action game for video game consoles. The story centers of Nova, an elite stealth operative and it takes place during StarCraft Episode I (Starcraft 1). Nova has become a popular character due to her appearance in Heroes of the Storm, the MOBA game developed by Blizzard.

Starcraft Ghost: Academy

A graphic novel series that serves as a sequel to  StarCraft: Ghost: Nova. This series narrates the struggle of teenagers training in order to become Ghost soldiers.

The best Starcraft 2 books

If you want to buy Starcraft 2 books, here are the best novels that take place during the events of the sequel:

StarCraft: Evolution by Timothy Zahn

This story takes place after the mission Nova Covert Ops included in Starcraft 2. It deals with the relationship between the three major powers of the Koprulu sector after the conflict.

Heavens Devils by William C. Dietz

Heavens Devils

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This novel centers on the terran marine Tychus Findlay and the terran marshal Jim Raynor. Heavens Devils will tell us how the friendship between these two characters began as they battle on the front lines of a fierce interplanetary war.

Devils Due by Christie Golden

This story also features the relationship between Jim Raynor and Tychus Findlay as it is the direct sequel to Heavens Devils.

Flashpoint (also known as Secret Missions) by Christie Golden

Flashpoint

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This book bridges the events that take place in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and its expansion Heart of the Swarm. The major characters in this novel are Sarah Kerrigan (who no longer is the queen of the Swarm) and Jim Raynor.

War Stories

War Stories

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A collection of short stories of different people (both Terran and Protoss). The way the story is written it lt looks like a compilation of journals, emails, chats, and tweets from the research staff of a top-secret government facility dedicated to shedding light on the mysteries in the  Koprulu sector.

Starcraft Artbooks

If you want to buy Starcraft Artbooks, here goes Wings of Liberty collectors art book, a 176-page book featuring artwork from Starcraft 2:

Starcraft books in order

If you want to read the Starcraft books in order, the best way to read them is the order based on the timeline. Of course, aside from the ones that are sequels to other books, you can always read this series in publication order (most of these series focus on different events so they can be read separately also)

Starcraft books reading order

Best starcraft books

Publisher:

  • Pocket Books

Reading order:

  • Heavens Devils
  • Devils Due
  • The Starcraft Archive
  • StarCraft: Ghosts: Nova
  • The Dark Templar Trilogy
  • StarCraft: Ghosts: Spectres
  • Flashpoint

The books that are not included in this reading order can be read wherever you want.  If you are a super fan of the series you will be probably waiting for Starcraft 3, but while this happens let’s know a bit more about the events that took place in SC1 and SC2!

Hope you enjoyed this list of best Starcraft books. Remember we did a similar list for Warcraft novels! Are you waiting for Starcraft 3? comment if so! Also, in case you like Warhammer 40, the definitely must take a look at this The Horus Heresy book order.

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