Cleopatra in Space Book Six:
Queen of the Nile
Art by: Mike Maihack
So I want to go over a few basics about this series. Elements that should be clearly understood. Strigoi are the undead Vampires that Dhampir guardians, like Rose is trying to become, protect their mortal Moroi Vampire charges from. Strigoi are immortal and, like I said, undead because they gave up that part of themselves by murdering the one they drank blood from. In a sense, they live to kill, if “living” is what you want to call it. The Dhampir guardians take them on and manage to kill them for good by one of three ways: beheading, a silver stake to the heart, and burning. Moroi, like Rose’s best friend Lissa, have the ability to use magic based on either air, water, fire, earth or, in rare cases, spirit. The Strigoi give this up , too, when they become monsters, and lose what I believe could possibly be a very powerful weapon, if the Moroi would just use magic to fight.
There is a major event in the very beginning of this book that sets the tone for how things are going to play out. Mainly, the Strigoi are teaming up to murder the royal Moroi families one by one. Because of the new threat against the royals, all the Moroi and Dhampir students at St. Vladimir’s Academy are grouping together with their family’s and their guardians at a ski lodge for the Christmas holidays. Interestingly enough, Rose’s mom makes an appearance as a guardian on duty, and I cant help but think, perhaps she’s worried about her daughter, too.
Lissa is on medication for depression, which I think is great. However, this definitely helps with her moods but leaves Lissa without the ability to use her spirit based magic. Spirit is a tricky kind of magic, very little is known about it. What is known is that it creates mental instability the more it is used. I think this is a really fascinating way to discuss depression and mental illness, because this is coming from a magic called “spirit” which isnt drawn from the outside world but from a person’s inner self.
Ultimately, though, this is just a great follow up to Vampire Academy. It’s fun, there is skiing and snowball fights… AND… lots of drama. Not to mention the wild ending. I may have cried for a second or that might have just been dust in my eyes… I’m sensitive, okay?
Anyways, I highly suggest this series! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!
*Sympathique plays in the background*
The shadows were not terrifying. They were the proof that light exists.
Imaginary Friend (Stephen Chbosky)
Handmade, leather-bound book
Possibly my favourite creation so far. This was made from upcyled blue leather, gold leafing pen, bronze decorations, and a mermaid pendant that I found at an op-shop.
I made the shell out of cardboard and made several layers to create a 3D effect, and I had to cut the mermaid shape out so that she nestled in nicely. This was one of my most challenging books, but I just love how it’s turned out. It’s also smaller than the others. The pages are a5, whereas the others are a4.
It doesn’t take violence to kill evil. It takes good.
-Imaginary Friend (Stephen Chbosky)
I was really happy with how the silver leafing pen turned out on this black leather. Sticking the leather down and trying to get those swirls to show up proved to be a challenge again, but once finished and the silver was on, it turned out really nicely.
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This book was made from upcycled green leather, a wooden tree cutout, Malaysian Jade cabochons, and an 18k gold leafing pen.
This one was a bit of an experiment and quite difficult. Because the tree cutout had some fairly thin branches and was quite delicate, getting the leather to stick down and having the symbol pop proved to be quite a challenge. It was then just as hard to try and put the gold leafing on and not go over the edges. It’s now one of my favourite pieces I’ve created, but I won’t be doing another one like it any time soon.
This is one of the first handmade, leather-bound books that I have created. It was made using traditional medieval cord-binding techniques which is where the ridges on the spine come from. A lot of modern books with ridges on the spine are actually fake and only for decoration, but both methods have their pros and cons.
Black, upcycled leather was used for covering it, with wooden swirls underneath to create an embossed look. I then used an 18k gold leafing pen to colour the swirls, and the centre gem is a lapis lazuli. This book has a latch on the side.