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These are the best gifts for a Game of Thrones fan

Season 8 of Game of Thrones is already here and we fans are dying to know how this amazing fantasy series will resolve. Of course, book fans will have to wait a bit more since… well, Winds of Winter has not been published yet. And as you might know already, according to this weird progression I found Winds of Winter might be published in 2026: This is why shouldn’t read Game of Thrones.

Anyway, what if you have a birthday party or you just want to make a present? If the receiver is a GOT fan, then let’s put it easy for you. In this list, you will find different alternatives to please every Got enthusiast, unless the birthday girl/boy expects a direwolf… I am afraid those are out of stock… do not despair, in this article you will find some Game of Thrones present ideas. Also, ever wondered what would happen if George R.R Martin didn’t finish GOT? see here to know what would happen.

Here are the best gifts for a Game of Thrones fan. You will find the link for every product in case you’d like to purchase it, of course before buying take a look at the alternatives since here only one example is shown, so there may be other alternatives that might be cheaper or might be a better choice for what you are exactly looking for:

Hand of The King Pin Brooch Replica

Hand of the King brooch

Those who carried this Brooch before didn’t have the best of lucks, even so, this brooch represents one of the most powerful positions in the Seven Kingdoms. Do you want to become the Hand of the King? beware the dangers of the palace.

“What’s the line? ‘The King shits, and the Hand wipes.'” Jaime Lannister

You can purchase this replica here.

Valar Morgulis coin

Valhar Morgulis Coin

In the books, as in the tv series, Jaqen H’ghar gave this black iron coin to Arya. Use this coin wisely and become one of the Faceless men, this bravoshi piece of iron could save your life someday.

 Arya crossed her arms against her chest. “Valar morghulis,” she said, as loud as if she’d known what it meant.
“Valar dohaeris,” he replied, touching his brow with two fingers. “Of course you shall have a cabin.”

If you like this replica you can purchase it here on Amazon.

Game of Thrones House Targaryen Tournament Banner

Targaryen banner

Do you know his/her favorite House? The banners are a great choice as a present. Here you have House Targaryen’s tournament banner, which looks both impressive and threatening.

With their house words being “Fire and Blood” this banner couldn’t represent better such philosophy. Speaking about Targaryens, have you already read the prequel of Game of Thrones? A novel that displays Westeros when the Targaryens reigned the Seven Kingdoms and dragons ruled the sky: Fire and Blood the last book by George R.R Martin.

You can purchase this banner here.

Game of Thrones – Longclaw Letter Opener

Longclaw letter opener

This series has a lot of famous swords, one of the most relevant being Longclaw, the sword carried by Jon Snow after Jorha Mormont gave it to him. Here you have a letter opener in the shape of Longclaw, a less dangerous Game of Thrones gift than a blade…

Did you want a real sword? Then no problem, a replica of Longclaw can be bought and it was already shown in this article: Nine must have items for a fantasy novel fan.

You can buy this Longclaw letter opener on Amazon, see here.

Game of Thrones Westeros Essos Antique Map

Map of Westeros and Essos

The lands of Westeros are vast and dangerous, this is the continent where most of the action of these novels takes place. At its right, separated by the Narrow Sea, stands Essos, where the Nine Free cities are located.

In this map replica, you will be able to explore in deepness all the secrets of these two continents.

Click here to purchase.

HBO Shop Game of Thrones Dragon Eggs Collectible Set

Dragon Eggs Game of Thrones

Want to feel like the mother/father of dragons? Then no better gift than this Egg collectible set. While this set is smaller than the ones shown in the show and also they might not hatch either, who knows? If you want your own dragon army then this is only the beginning. Remember the magic word “Dracarys!”

You can purchase these dragon eggs here.

 

Hope you liked these Game of Thrones present ideas, which did you choose?

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Fantasy novel characters becoming League of Legends Champions?

Hello Wottareaders! this is an article for both bookworms and gamers. What if some of our favorite fantasy novel main characters were Lol champions? which abilities would they have? would they be op?

A bit of introduction for non Moba Players

In Moba games, every player can choose a champion or a hero (the term differs depending on which game you play). These champions have diverse abilities, which can be cast (active abilities) or others that can’t be toggled (such as an attack aura, for example, providing higher damage to closer units). One of those abilities is more powerful than the others, and also costs more mana and has a higher cooldown. This last ability is called the ultimate.

Generally speaking, League of Legends champions have more than four spells.  However, in order to make this article less overwhelming let`s assume these characters only have four spells: three of them being regular abilities while the fourth one being ultimate.

Having mentioned the basics, let’s create some new champions!

Frodo Baggins – The Lord of the Rings series

Frodo League of Legends

Armored Hobbit: Frodo wear’s Bilbo’s Mithril shirt, providing him impressive additional armor allowing him to survive to lethal attacks.

Sting’s premonition: Sting glows blue when enemies are nearby, allowing Frodo to detect enemy champions who are approaching to him.

Lembas healing: Frodo always carries Elven bread with him, when he eats Lembas he recovers his full hp.

The One Ring:  The power of the One Ring grants invisibility to Frodo letting him escape from any battle untouched.

Harry Potter – Harry Potter series

Harry Potter League of Legends

Expeliarmus: this spell disarms all the enemies of Harry Potter in range preventing them to deal physical damage.

Invisibility cloak: Harry can hide himself and one of his allies under his invisibility cloak and won’t be revealed unless they move.

Felix Felicis: Harry Potter can drink this potion or give it to an ally, Felix Felicis increases the champion’s evasion to 90%  and doubles his damage for 5 seconds.

Patronus: Harry can cast his Patronus charm granting him and his allies area protection, enemy spells will not work as long as Harry Potter’s stag remains on the field.

Rincewind – Discworld series

Rincewind League of Legends

Runaway master: Rincewind’s philosophy is based on the “there is nothing worth to die for” principle. When this ability is casted Rincewind speed gets multiplied x3.

Accidental hero: he never meant to be a hero, even so, fate wanted him to be. When in combat, Rincewind’s attacks deal x2 damage.

Death evader: No matter how much Death tries, it can’t find Rincewind. When Rincewind hp is lower than 15% he gest invulnerable for 15 seconds.

The Eight spell: This wizzard’s incompetence is so that he can’t spell (hope Discworld fans get the reference). Rincewind can cast the Eight spell, a spell nobody knows what it does exactly. When casted a random ability will be cast instead: a ball of fire, time stop or dead corpses rising are some examples of abilities that have been witnessed when the wizard casts this ability on combat.

Percy Jackson- Percy Jackson & the Olympians series

Percy Jackson League of Legends

Swordsman: After his training in the Camp Half-Blood, Percy is a highly skilled swordsman. When attacked he will instantly counter attack his opponent.

Curse of Achilles: Percy Jackson can cast this ability that grants him immunity from physical damage.

Anaklusmos: Percy’s celestial bronze weapon can change of shape adapting to fight every enemy. Percy Jackson’s attack deal damage as if the target had no armor.

Son of Poseidon:  Percy Jackson has the ability to manipulate water, he can summon waves of water that deal damage and stun his enemies.

Geralt of Rivia – The Witcher series

Geralt of Rivia League of Legends

Alchemist: His collection of herbs allow Geralt to prepare a potion that makes him deal x5 damage while the attacks he the damage he receives will also deal x5 damage to him.

Monster Hunter: Geralt of Rivia is a master swordsman experienced in hunting and killing monsters. His blade is lethal, gaining a chance of dealing critical damage to enemies.

Witcher ritual: As a witcher, Geralt survived to the Trial of the grasses among other mutations and experiments increasing his physical capabilities. This is a passive that grants Geralt of Rivia bonus health regeneration, attack speed, and additional armor.

Sign master: Witchers can cast simple spells called signs, these abilities have proved to be very useful and versatile in combat. Geralt can use his signs of Aard, Igni, Yrden, Quen, Axi, Heliotrop or Somne.  This champion after using one of these signs won’t be able to use the rest of the signs until 120 seconds have passed.

 

Hope you had as much fun reading this post as I had writing it. Of course, these characters could have other abilities, this was just an example of abilities that these fantasy figures would be able to use during a battle. Also, if you don’t know which saga read next, just make this quiz to know!

Which other fantasy main characters would you like to see as League of Legends champions? just leave a comment!

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Nine must have items for every Fantasy Novel fan

Hello there Wottareaders! Book worms like us also usually like to collect stuff related to those novels we love, isn’t it? Here are some must-haves for every Fantasy novel lover (don’t know which fantasy saga read next? do this quizz!. Here you have nine must-have items for a Fantasy Novel fan.

I will include a link on Amazon in case you like any of these items. The items here showed are just an example, there are lot of replicas for different prices and alternative versions of the same items. So make sure you take a look before you purchase any of these.

Before we start, ever wondered how would your favourite fantasy main characters be if they were League of legends Champions? well, here you have the answer.

Here we go:

Harry Potter’s wand – Harry PotterHarry Potter's wand

This saga has a lot of memorable items, and it was difficult to make a choice. Harry Potter’s wand is still one of the most representative items of the series. Here is a replica of his wand, eleven inches long, its core a single feather from the tail of a phoenix, the same bird that supplied the feather for Voldemort’s.

You can purchase it on the following link.

Also, if you love Harry Potter you must know that there is an RPG Videogame coming soon!

Jon Snow Longclaw – A Song of Ice and Fire

Longclaw

The Valyrian steel sword that belonged to House Mormont until Jeor Mormont gave it to Jon Snow after Jon saved his life. This sword is probably one of the most iconical weapons in Game of Thrones in addition to Needle and Oathkeeper. You probably wanted a Direwolf cub (me too), Longclaw’s pommel looks like a wolf at least.

Purchase here.

If you are willing to read Game of Thrones, you better check this post first.

Marauder’ss map – Harry Potter

Marauders map

As stated before, Harry Potter has a lot of emblematic elements. Marauder’s map showed every corner of Hogwarts castle (except for the Chamber of Secrets as you well know)  while also identifying every person including animagi. Yeah, Fred and George probably thought Ron sleeping with someone called Peter Pettigrew (Scabbers) is what they call fun.

Use your Marauders map wisely, and make Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prong proud of your mischief. Don’t forget about tapping it and recite, “Mischief managed”  when you are done with it!

You can purchase it here.

If you like Harry Potter books, you might want to check these other books similar to Harry Potter, you will love them!

Cryptex-  The Da Vinci Code

Cryptex

This is an interesting and romantic gift, quite an original present for a fan of The Da Vinci Code. This is a mini replica of a Cryptex, a portable container used to hide secret messages which are revealed after unlocking it using the password. This model’s default password is “I love you”, a perfect present for Saint Valentine’s Day.

You can purchase it here.

The One Ring – The Lord of the Rings

The one Ring

This list wouldn’t be complete without the One Ring. The artifact that Sauron created in order to conquer the  Middle-earth. Fate wanted that an innocent creature, a Hobbit, became his new master. And so a new journey began.

You can purchase this replica here.

For all the LOTR fans out there, a new tv series of The Lord of The Rings is being produced by Amazon, check all the details in the following post: Amazon Lord of the Rings.

Wolf silver medallion – The Witcher

Wolf medallion

Geralt of Rivia’s silver medallion is a symbol of his profession as a Witcher. His is shaped in the form of a wolf, the animal that represents the order of witchers where he was trained, the School of the Wolf. This insignia is sensitive to magic, vibrating when a spell is cast or a magical creature is close.

You can purchase it here. This replica is not made of silver.

Did you know The Witcher is getting a tv series on Netflix?

Mocking Jay pin – The Hunger Games

Mockingjay pin

In The Hunger Games the Mockingjay becomes a symbol of revolution, or as Katniss says “something of a slap in the face to the Capitol!”. This is why Katniss Evergreens carries a Mocking Jay pin, as a symbol of Rebellion and the same time the reason President Snow banned this symbol. However, the Mockingjay will always be a symbol to face the oppression in Panem.

Purchase here.

If you haven’t read the novels and you only watched the movies maybe you’ll want to know if the movie adaptation was good enough? just check The Hunger Games Despite the movie.

Nice socks – Discworld

Discworld socks

Discworld’s satire couldn’t be better conveyed than they are in these socks. A parody of the fantasy genre at its best. If you don’t know about this series written by Terry Pratchett just check this post Introducing Discworld.

You can purchase the socks here.

 

Hope you liked these suggestions, what about you Wottareader which items you consider a must-have?

 

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Best online bookstores

Hello there Wottareaders! The Internet is a very powerful tool. For us, who love books and reading, it is a great way to find new books, to discover authors who otherwise we would never know about. Being able to buy books online is amazing, you can find that book you had been searching for so long and purchase it only with a single click. In this article, I will talk about the best online bookstores.

In these bookstores, you will find both ebooks for your eReader and printed books not only new but also second hand. Also, if you are looking for alternative ways of reading you might want to take a look at this article (click here),f you haven’t heard of Wattpad or Spritz you better take a look!

You will surely know some of these, I have not the slightest doubt you know the first one obviously. And also, before I list these online bookstores I must say that, of course, we shall never forget about our local bookstores! those wonderful places must exist forever.

Amazon

This company started out as an online bookstore… and still is. In this website you can find books of all kinds, almost any book you look for will be there, history books, nonfiction, second hand and of course the best selling novels.

What else can be said about Amazon that is not already known?  Allow me to highlight three things.

Firstly, the ease of finding out-of-printed books, as many people choose to sell them second-hand when they are no longer marketed as new. Secondly, it has one of the widest offers on books in other languages (usually at very cheap prices). And finally, we can’t ignore the large number of self-published writers who have decided to sell their books only to Amazon – a world of books you can’t find anywhere else!

On Amazon you can buy cheap books, not only you can purchase second hand books but also there a lot of ebook bargains for your Kindle. Also, let’s not forget about Kindle Unlimited. This is a service that allows you to read as much as you can. More than 1 million ebooks at your disposals and also audiobooks. And this for only $9.99 a month…

Barnes & Noble

This large North American bookstore specializes in all types of books, from kids to adult through textbooks. Although they specialize in books in English, you can also find some in Spanish and other languages. The offer is very wide and B&N is undoubtedly your best option if you are looking for something in English.

Barnes and Noble’s catalog is as wide as Amazon’s, here you Will find all those best selling books you are looking for. As you might know, Barnes and Noble has the largest  retail outlets in the United States, on which you can even get a coffee from Starbucks.

In addition, the whole service is very well taken care of, for example, shipping costs are free from $25. No wonder they continue to compete with Amazon!

Powells

It is the largest independent bookstore in the world and allows you to buy books at much more affordable prices, as it has second hand books (as well as new ones). This is one of the best choices if you are looking for half price books, no matter if they are the best selling novels. Finding the books is as simple as putting the name in their search engine, but you can also choose other editions by searching the ISBN. This bookstore is perfect if you’re looking for an edition that’s already out of print or if you just want to find bargain books.

In addition, it also allows you to sell online the books you no longer use. This way you can get extra money and give them a second life. If you want to buy cheap books Powell’s Books is the online bookstore you are looking for.

Alibris

Finally, we’re going to something more specialized. Alibris is an online bookstore that actually serves to put third parties in contact, in this case, independent booksellers. Therefore, it is a perfect place to find rare books, special editions or out of print. I recommend that you take a virtual tour and examine everything calmly, you will find small hidden and unique bargains. Plus, they have really cheap books, discount coupons and up to a section at $0.99!

 

Have you already chosen which is your perfect online bookstore? Of course, if you want to read online for free, you have other useful websites as the ones I posted on the article Reading online websites so take a look!

 

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This is why you shouldn’t read A song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones)

Hello there Wottareaders! I know what you are thinking, is the title wrong? how can I.M Redwright suggest not to read Game of Thrones when he’s all day suggesting books and sagas to read? has he gone crazy? I’m afraid not, the title is right: This is why you shouldn’t read A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones). Or at least, not yet 😊.

A song of Ice and Fire is already a success. I don’t mean it’s a bestseller saga, no, it is a social media phenomenon. People love Game of Thrones, so much that some even name their children as some of the most popular characters. And I don’t mean they name their kids Jon or Robb, which they may too, but the most popular GOT names are the most exotic, names such as Aria or Khaleesi. A brief pause here, how can Khaleesi, which is actually a title, be a more popular name than Daenerys? whatever. If you don’t believe it, just check this article .

With the upcoming season 8 of Game of Thrones this tv show is coming to its end, and then comes the following question: what about the books?

The novel: A song of Ice and Fire

Let’s not forget that this tv show is actually a movie adaptation of the novels. Or at least it was until season five, but now, the last season is about to be released (April 14, 2019, for those who didn’t know) while the next book in the series, Winds of Winter, has not even a release date. This is why I said in a previous article, that George R.R Martin could have published his prequel, Fire & Blood, after publishing Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, the last two volumes of this saga, which someday (maybe?) will have a release date.

True, George R.R Martin stated that the last books were going to be 1.500 pages long each, which is fairly long even for his standards. It is totally understandable that the writer takes his time to finish his manuscript, his story has a lot of characters and subplots and he wants everything to fit in. Of course, it is his story and he can take all the time he needs and wants, that is out of the question.

Having said that, just take a look at these terrifying release dates and you will understand why you shouldn’t read A Song of Ice and Fire, at least not for now:

  • A Game of Thrones. Release date: 1996.
  • A Clash of Kings. 1999.
  • A Storm of Swords. 2000.
  • A Feast for Crows. 2005.
  • A Dance with Dragons. 2011.
  • The Winds of Winter.Release date: who knows.
  • A Dream of Spring.Release date: who knows.

You see it don’t you? no? let me help, 5 years from A storm of Swords to A Feast for Crows, 6 years from this one to A Dance with Dragons. See the progression? now, if you do the maths, you might expect The Winds of Winter to be released seven years after, which would be 2018. But that did not happen, George R.R Martin didn’t publish Winds of… wait, wait for a second, we are forgetting something, didn’t he publish a book recently?

 

Fire & Blood book cover

Fire & Blood book cover

 

Fire &Blood

Publication date: November 20, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

2018! exactly! is the author doing it on purpose? don’t think so, but somehow, consciously or not, the progression is working.  Do you realize what this means? with such formula we don’t need to wonder anymore when the two remaining books are going to be published, we already know the answer! I’ll do the numbers for you:

  • The Winds of Winter. Release date: 2026.
  • A Dream of Spring.Release date: 2035.

We just hacked A song of Ice of Fire publishing dates! here you go, this is why you shouldn’t read this saga unless you don’t mind to read the last book in 2035 but that is, of course, your choice.

Hope you enjoyed this article, let’s hope George R.R Martin’s progression is not a real thing, please not, I am not watching the tv show until the books are released and I don’t want to wait until 2035. Please make a reboot if that happens.

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