The process is quite painful, causing the user to scream out throughout the ordeal. Removal of ones Gift is done when the Abbots deem a Dark One too out of control or too dangerous to the outside world.
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The Gift extends immediately south of the Wall, stretching from the eastern to western coasts of Westeros. The southern border is roughly at the same parallel as the southern tip of the island of Skagos slightly further north than the northern edge of Bear Island. The Gift is bordered to the south by the lands of House Umber , which are centered on their castle-seat at Last Hearth.
As the northernmost noble House of the the North and the Seven Kingdoms as a whole the Umbers often have to lead armies into the Gift to repel wildling raiding parties. The westernmost portion of the Gift is rough mountainous country, a continuation of the Frostfang Mountains whose main range is north of the Wall. The southern Frostfangs continue south through the Gift until tapering off into the North itself. While cold, the Gift still contains good, arable land, far away from the wars of southern Westeros. As the Night's Watch declined over the centuries, however, increasing wildling raids over or around the Wall have caused the lands of the Gift closest to the Wall to be largely abandoned.
Even the Gift as a whole is lightly populated, with vast open stretches of abandoned countryside, dotted by the occasional ruin of an old village. The closest inhabited village to the Wall within the Gift, in which common peasants actually live, is Mole's Town - which is located along the Kingsroad a short distance from Castle Black.
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A map showing the location of the Gift on the continent of Westeros. Bran's Gift is shown in green, the New Gift in red. The Targaryen Conquest did little to change this: nominally, the Gift is part of the unified realm of the " Seven Kingdoms " under the Iron Throne , but in practice the Targaryen kings respected the strict non-interference rules of the Night's Watch, allowing the Watch to continue to functionally control the Gift without royal oversight.
The Gift originally extended for twenty-five leagues seventy-five miles south of the Wall. This was doubled some two centuries ago when Queen Alysanne Targaryen, the sister-wife of King Jaehaerys the Conciliator , visited the Wall on the back of her dragon , Silverwing. Impressed with the valor, bravery, and loyalty of the Night's Watch, Alysanne urged her husband to extend the Gift. He did so by adding the "New Gift" to the existing territory. He hurt himself and the people around him on a daily basis. It was really unfortunate.
But, he got a second chance. He got "the gift of time". He got a chance to make things right before he was gone for good. And I think everyone would want that. But, unfortunately we can't really have that most of the time. And the point of this book, I think, is to rattle us and make us aware of that.
That time is slipping away, and that we won't get a second chance to make it right, we won't get extra time.. We need to make things right.. We need to be happy and live for a reason and not just watch our lives waste away. No matter how young or old. I don't have much to say except that Cecelia is a very clever writer. And she writes meaningful things, not stupid, sappy, pointless, romantic crap.
View 2 comments. I actually received this book as a gift last Xmas, but, it isn't the sort of book that I'd go and purchase myself, so I suppose I've been putting it off. I have seen Cecelia Ahern's works in the bookshops, but never, until now, read one of her works. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
It certainly wasn't amazing or anything, but it is evident that Ahern is a wonderfully creative writer, and instead of some cheesy romance like I was expecting, there were some real life issues in I actually received this book as a gift last Xmas, but, it isn't the sort of book that I'd go and purchase myself, so I suppose I've been putting it off. It certainly wasn't amazing or anything, but it is evident that Ahern is a wonderfully creative writer, and instead of some cheesy romance like I was expecting, there were some real life issues in her story, which can cause one to stop and think.
I loathed Lou, the main character throughout most of the book.
I thought he was a pretentious bastard, quite frankly. It was rather evident from the beginning that Lou only considered his own happiness important. But as the book reads on Lou is taught some valuable lessons, and nearing the end of the book I actually came to like Lou a little bit. This book certainly wasn't perfect but it was an interesting christmassy read, and I may even pick up another book from this author in the future.
View all 3 comments. The Gift — Cecelia Ahern Admittedly, I, like so many others before me, seem to associate Cecelia Ahern with lovely, girly books, especially with the gorgeous covers her books always have. This is far from the case. Her books are incredibly touching, the writing is clever and this book in particular is a fabulous example of how her books can be moralistic with a magical touch.
The Gift centres on the story of Lou Suffern, as told through the eyes of someone else.
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Lou is your stereotypical over-wo The Gift — Cecelia Ahern Admittedly, I, like so many others before me, seem to associate Cecelia Ahern with lovely, girly books, especially with the gorgeous covers her books always have. Lou is your stereotypical over-working business man; he constantly needs to be in two places at once, strives to always be bigger and better, and relieves himself with his womanising ways.
As a result, his family take a backseat and suffer, all the while standing by him waiting for things to change. Equally so, a thing of little importance can affect a multitude. Either way, a happening big or small can affect an entire string of people. I found myself submerged in her story telling straight from the opening chapter.
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During the beginning of the book, she describes the warmth and calmness of Christmas with beautiful imagery, and manages to get you to feel that warmth inside as you read along. The interesting thing about this book is that the protagonist is not necessarily likeable and can be difficult to empathize with, yet we, as a reader, find ourselves willing him to succeed in improving himself.
At the end of that chain dangles a clock, and on the face of the clock registers the passing of time. Enough time leaves us warm; when our time is gone, it leaves us cold. The issues addressed in the book are real life issues, and all of the characters were so realistic and believable. It was enough to bring a tear to my eye in closing chapter. But it can be shared. View all 4 comments. Aug 13, Sara rated it really liked it Shelves: chick-lit-sad-but-still-good , clean-romance , contemporary , magic. Ahern initial description of the quiet street on Christmas morning was sublime.
Overall, a sad book with plenty of moral View all 7 comments. Dec 16, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: listened-to-audiobook , male-pov , christmas , stand-alone-novel , read Cecelia Ahern 's The Gift is a lovely addition to holiday fiction. It leaves readers with a beautiful message about how precious and impactful the gift of time is. Not just time on this earth, but the time you purposefully set aside for those who give your life quality and purpose.
Nurture those relationships before you lose them.
The Gift is worth the read. Check it out! My favorite quote: "Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasur Cecelia Ahern 's The Gift is a lovely addition to holiday fiction. My favorite quote: "Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasures.