Diverse DIY

A craft using something from a refreshment or its packaging

I mentioned already last week that I am participitating in a Crafts Marathon that In my closet, a greek friend of mine is organising. She is sending us a task every Friday and we have a week from Monday to complete it and post a photo of it. The third week just finished last night and its task was to create something using a refreshment (either the liquid itself or something from its packaging). The idea of the task came from Alleycraft, another interesting blogger.

I was brainstorming about what to create. My mind was stuck at the craft of the second week, where I created sunglasses for our mascot Lukas, using the brown bottle of a common Swiss refreshment. Last week was quite warm in central Europe and I spent quite some time on our roof terrace, enjoying the sun and drinking a lot of water. Until one afternoon I was sitting with my husband, consuming a local refreshment, called Flauder, and we noticed the beautiful label on the bottle!

Flauder is a swiss sparkling water flavoured with elderberry flowers and lemon balm, produced in East Switzerland, in the canton of Appenzell Innerhoden. Its name comes from the local word for butterfly and the special about its label is that it has a nice picture inside, as the sparkling water itself is slightly yellow to transparent. Probably no surprise that I like this sparkling water, as you may have noticed that I like elderberry flowers.

So I decided to cut the cute picture from the label and make it into a postcard, typical of Appenzell!

In the process of creating it

I had a couple of white cartons cut already for postcards and after sticking the part of the label, I thought that it doesn’t look so interesting with the white background. So I complemented the background, trying to follow loosely the label’s scene. I used coloured pencils and sketched a few small details to make it more interesting. I have to admit I am not so good in drawing, but I think the result doesn’t look that bad. It is definitely something new for me, as I avoid drawing.

The finished card

Thank you Alleycraft for the motivation to overcome some personal barriers!

Crochet · Diverse DIY

Lukas is getting ready for holidays!

This summer I am participating in a Crafts Marathon that In my closet, a greek friend of mine is organising. She is sending us a task every Friday and we have a week from Monday to complete it and post a photo of it. The second week just finished last night and its task was to think of a song that comes in our minds when we hear summer and get inspired by it so as to create something. The idea of the task came from Iwanna be xara, another interesting blogger.

I was discussing the task with my husband during the previous weekend and we agreed immediately to the song that means summer for us! It is the song “Ab in den Süden” from the german reggae group Seeed. At least, we thought that the song was from them. It seems that if I look for the song in youtube, it appears that it belongs to a guy called Buddy and has really really awful videoclips, so here you can hear the song without any videoclip.

Anyway, back to the Crafts Marathon, we have been discussing for maybe even a couple of years now, that Lukas (our mascot) needs to enrich his clothes. So this was a good opportunity, to prepare Lukas for his holidays to the south of Europe!

What is the first things you need when you go for holidays to a warm country? Of course swimming suit, flip-flops, shirt, hat and sunglasses.

Lukas waiting patiently while his swimming suit is being prepared!

The first addition that he got is a new pair of shorts (his swimming suit, as technically he is not really waterproof) and a new shirt. These were easy, as I created the patterns for his clothes three years ago, before our move from the Netherlands. This time I decided to make them a bit more colourful than his old set, For his shorts, I chose a bright and summery orange shade from King Cole Pricewise, called Sorbet (3102), and for his shirt the interesting reddish shade Claret (1123) by Stylecraft Special DK. I usually use Stylecraft Special DK, but as they are getting more difficult to find them in Switzerland, I am trying other brands too. I combined both of them with a bit of Black (1002) by Stylecraft.

His summer shirt and swimming suit

Then he needed some flip-flops. Well, this was a bit tricky. Lukas needs his shoes so as to stand. Already from the previous pair of shoes I did for him, I used a bit of reinforcement so as to make him a bit more stable. So I crocheted two identical soles which i sewed together after including an equal size of carton in between. Surpisingly, the carton is not destroyed yet, after three years of use, but I wanted an improvement in the material I used. So I used pieces of hardened plastic from a packaging and cut it at the size of his soles. The tricky part was how to make the bands of the flip-flops. Lukas can’t hold his shoes and it is a common problem that sooner or later he drops them and if we don’t pay attention he can lose them. With flip-flops the problem would be even more imminent, as they don’t hold on a big surface of the foot. I solved the problem by using hair bands! I crocheted around it while creating the upper part of the sole (I used Black (1002) by Stylecraft) and then attached it two point to the back of the flip-flops, while attaching the two parts of the soles with the plastic reinforcement in the middle.

The three parts that are needed for each flip flop: two identical soles, the top one of which has the hair band attached and an equal sized strong plastic piece

Lukas liked his new flip-flops! Unfortunately his toes are a bit small, so he has to wear them in the middle of his four toes and they can have two modes:

  • the safe mode. It is the mode that they hold a bit better on his foot and he doesn’t risk losing them, but it doesn’t look so nice.
  • the fancy mode. It is the normal way of wearing flip-flops or sandals and he likes this way more.

Now it was time to prepare his sunglasses. In Switzerland, we have a refreshment that comes in a brown PET bottle. What better first material! I got a bit of help in this task from my husband. We cut a round from the bottle and we tried several widths so as to fit around Lukas’ head. Then we shaped it, so as to fit over the nose and around the ears and we used a white marker to make it look like sunglasses. In the end we painted the white part with a watercolour that we liked. This was a really funny process! We were laughing quite a lot!

Lukas’ sunglasses

What else should he pack for his holidays? He already has a hat and a backpack and he needs a passport! In order to make a notebook, all you need is some pages, a piece of carton for the outside, a needle and some thread. I used a dark red coloured carton (close to the shade european passports have) and I cut pieces of paper at a size so that folded they would fit in Lukas’ backpack. I sewed the paper and the carton together and voila!

And now that all the components were ready, Lukas had to have a bath and do a bit of sunbathing. We can’t wear the new clothes without washing first, right?

And now he is ready!!! Doesn’t he look more summery than before?

P.S. Lukas is a bought pattern, but his clothes I am making alone with my own patterns. If somebody is interested in them, I can share them.

Books

Temeraire series by Naomi Novik

My previous post was about one of the best greek fantasy series I have read. This gave me the incentive to write about another fantasy series, this time not in greek, that I read in the end if lady year and i enjoyed really a lot: the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik.

The idea behind these books is brilliant: how the world would have been if dragons existed. The author answers this question for the period of the Napoleonic wars and creates a really interesting story! Naomi Novik gives the historic facts a fantasy touch, creating therefore a really interesting alternative story.

In the Temeraire series, the existance of dragons is normal. There are several breeds and they are creatures with intelligence that communicate by talking the human language and collaborate with humans with different ways. For some nations they are like gods and they are worshipped and obeyed, while for other nations they are rare and scary, but they are definitely not evil by default and they are used for special tasks, due to the fact that they can fly. As the story takes place in the beginning of the 19th century, in an era during which Europe experienced extensive wars, dragons are used as aircrafts and constitute the official Airforces of the European nations!

The Temeraire series consist of 9 books. The main two characters of the series is William (Will) Laurence, a british naval officer, and Temeraire, a chinese dragon. In the nine books we follow their adventures around the world from Europe, to China and Japan in Asia, to Africa, to South America and even Australia. The strange duo meets a lot of other humans and dragons, make friends and enemies and gain experience that will form their ideas and lead them to take difficult decisions. In total an exciting alternative version of a major part of the European history. Most books move with fast rhythms with only a few exceptions. Some of them were so captivating, I could have skipped sleeping to see what happens next! I did read the first five of them within 20 days, and the whole of series in 40 days!

And now I am going to write my review of each book individually. In case you want to avoid spoilers or you don’t want to know which books were less interesting than the others, you have to stop here.

In the first book, His Majesty’s Dragon, Laurence’s ship captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo: an unhatched dragon egg. Unfortunately the egg hatches before they reach England, so as to deliver their treasure, and dragons are creatures that create special bonds with the first person that harness them. Laurence is the first one to harness the baby dragon and names him Temeraire, after a ship! As a result, Laurence’s fate is changed after this and from naval officer he ends up part of the British Aerial Corps, as captain of a rare in England dragon. During this book, this strange duo discovers themselves.

Already from the first pages of this book, I found it so captivating and I could not set it down! Temeraire is a really intelligent dragon, who learns fast, but finds it difficult that he is different from all the other dragons. Laurence is himself also different from all the other Aerial officers. He has not grown up with their mentality, and he is already a bit too old to change from the strict, noble upbringing. I really enjoyed that he was not pretending to be a hero.

In the second book, Throne of Jade, a diplomatic incident occurs when the Chinese find out that their noble gift, intended for Napoleon, ended up into British hands and is used as a common dragon. Temeraire is really of the royal dragon family in China and it is absolutely a disgrace that he is used as a common dragon, so an angry Chinese delegation arrives in Britain to reclaim him. Laurence and Temeraire, relactuntly, have to travel back to China, in a long and dangerous voyage. In this book there is less action compared to the previous one (a big part of it takes place on a ship afterall), while political games are played in every turn either in Britain or in China. We get to see how dragons are treated in China and Temeraire gets to meet his mom and his family and be treated as a royal. In the meanwhile he learns to write, gets a girlfriend and a really strong enemy too!

The third book, Black Powder War, is about the return of Temeraire and his crew back home. This time they don’t go by boat, but decide to follow the land route, as they receive the mission to collect three eggs from the Ottoman Empire on behalf of Britain. We follow their adventures as they cross all of China and Asia, to reach their capital of the Ottoman Empire. There they get treated strangely, as there is nobody that seems to know about their mission. More adventures and problems follow, as they try to cross over Europe to reach home in a chase against time , but central Europe is in war with Napoleon, who by now has reached Prussia.

I personally enjoyed this book more than the second one, but not as much as the first. Both the dragon and his crew add up experiences and they get some more unexpected friends in a group of feral dragons they faced in the mountains of Asia. Temeraire, who has a special ability in learning languages, expands his knowledge, gets to taste life as a feral, learns the fighting techniques of the Prussian Aerial Forces and observes the French Aerial Forces. He starts forming the dream of his life, that dragons and people will live in harmony in Britain and Europe, the way they do in China. All this knowledge will be useful in the future and I hope that his position in Britain will improve.

In the fourth book, Empire of Ivory, Temeraire and his crew end up in Africa. The English dragons have become sick and are slowly slowly dying. The doctors notice that Temeraire is immune and his crew remembers that during his trip to China he got sick and they suspect that he was cured by something found in the Cape town area and became immune. So Temeraire and his formation travel to Cape Town to try and find the cure. That leads to an incredible adventure, as inland Africa is ruled by a collaboration of dragons and humans. Each tribe has its main dragon that is a reincarnation of all the spirits of their ancestors.

It is so interesting to see that dragons play different roles in different parts of the world. In Britain they are only beasts, in China they are entities and in Africa they are Gods. This book is based less on historical facts. It is nice to meet again Maximus and Lily, the British friends of Temeraire, which I had personally missed in the previous books. The story escalates tremendoulsy and the book finishes with an absolute cliffhanger!

The fifth book, Victory of Eagles, continues at the point the previous one stopped. Temeraire and Laurence are punished for what they did in the previous book, but Temeraire is too precious to risk executing Laurence for treason. In the meanwhile, Napoleon has defeated all other European armies and finally decides to attack Britain. After his successful crossing of the Channel, Temeraire and Laurence become far too valuable to be wasted around in breeding the former and prison the latter, so they are called back to service. Well, Temeraire has already proved to have a strong character and have had ideas of his own, so he becomes the kind of leader he was born to be! Thanks to a misunderstanding, he organises the breeding dragons into a regiment and succeeds in a few victories against the French before the British army had time to realise where the French were. From there on, the war becomes more serious and the defense more organised and Temeraire achieves in realising some parts of his dream for the dragons.

As in the previous book, the story escalates all through this book, but the end is a bit of an anticlimax. Nevertheless, it is a new start for Temeraire and Laurence, even if closing the door behind them is at the same time sad. Since this book, there is another dragon with strong opinion in the group, Iskierska, but she is totally different than Temeraire. Nevertheless, she is funny, although annoying from time to time.

The sixth book, Tongues of Serpents, takes place in Australia, but the story itself here is less exciting and the rhythm much slower. It was all a bit too obscure for my taste and too bizzarre. I found this book the least interesting of the series.

In the seventh book, Crucible of Gold, Laurence and Temeraire find themselves in South American and the Incan empire. The plot gets an even more alternative route compared to history. I found this book interesting in the first half, up to the point the group reached the capital of Incas, but it became a bit boring from this point on. Excitement was building up with all the mishappenings during the trip from Australia to Cusco, but their arrival to Cusco doesn’t continue as interestingly. It rather gives the impression that the author did not have any good ideas for what could happen there, or maybe we really had to feel how boring it was waiting at the court of the Incan empress.

The eigth book, Blood of Tyrants, finds Laurence in Japan, suffering from partial amnesia. He doesn’t remember anything of what has happened during the last eight years, so he thinks he is still a naval officer. After several adventures, Temeraire finds Laurence and helps him to retrieve his memory. They travel once again to China and this time they end up in Moscow, accompanied by several Chinese fighting dragons, so as to help the Russians to fight Napoleon.

The story in this book moves fast! Incidents happen everywhere. Laurence has to escape from Japan, while he is not sure why he is there or where he came from. I read in several reviews that people didnt like the amnesia trick. Living with a parent who has days during which he has forgotten even strong emotional moments as my mom’s death, yes I believe it and I can understand it. In general, I liked this book. Once again, the story is interesting. We get to see how another nation treats their dragons: Russia seem to be the worse in Europe! 

The ninth book, League of Dragons, is the last in the series and I found it a really nice ending! A lot of war action and the end of the Naopoleonic wars are included in this book. Well, the outcome is not different from history, but the way reaching it is! I was so interested to see what Laurence and Temeraire would do after the war and I definitely like what they decided! It totally fits Temeraire!

I totally loved this series! Thank you so much Naomi Novik for an amazing story! I have always liked dragons, but they are usually presented as evil and mean. I wish the discussions about turning it to a tv series goes through. Do you think the series will be as good as the books, or do you think they will be disappointing?

Since my other hobby is crochet, I have created my own version of Temeraire, although to be honest he looks more like Maximus than Temeraire. What do you think?

My Temeraire (left) with his friend the Basel Basilisk (right)
Books

Τριλογία των Γιών της Στάχτης του Ελευθέριου Κεραμίδα

Today my post is about the best Greek books I read so far this year and my review will be in Greek!

Δεν γράφω πολύ συχνά στα ελληνικά, αλλά μερικές φορές επιτάσσεται! Επίσης έχω σταματήσει να γράφω για τα βιβλία που διαβάζω, όχι επειδή σταμάτησα να διαβάζω γενικά, αλλά επειδή δεν βρίσκω πάντα ενδιαφέρον να γράψω κάτι στο μπλογκ μου για αυτά. Κι όμως υπάρχουν κάποια που αξίζουν λίγο περισσότερο χρόνο. Σε αυτή την κατηγορία εντάσσονται τα τρία βιβλία των Γιών της Στάχτης του Ελευθέριου Κεραμίδα.

Το πρώτο βιβλίο έχει τίτλο Κοράκι σε άλικο φόντο και εκδόθηκε για πρώτη φορά το 2010 από τις εκδόσεις Πατάκη. Το διάβασα το 2014, χωρίς να έχω πολύ εκτεταμένη εμπειρία στην κατηγορία του φανταστικού, αλλά παρόλα αυτά με εντυπωσίασε. Έκτοτε περίμενα με αγωνία τα υπόλοιπα βιβλία της σειράς. Δυστυχώς λόγω της κρίσης στην Ελλάδα η έκδοση των υπολοίπων βιβλίων άργησε, αλλά το 2017 εκδόθηκε επιτέλους το δεύτερο βιβλίο με τίτλο Βέλη και κρόκινες φλόγες και το 2018 το τρίτο βιβλίο με τίτλο Δρυς με φύλλα σμαραγδιά από τις εκδόσεις Mamaya.

Έχοντας και τα τρία βιβλία πια στα χέρια μου, και με εκτατεμένη πια εμπειρία διαβάσματος βιβλίων φανταστικού, αποφάσισα να τα διαβάσω ως σύνολο. Και να λοιπόν η γνώμη μου για αυτήν την ελληνική σειρά φανταστικού.

Πρόκεται για μια πολύ αξιόλογη και αξιέπαινη προσπάθεια να δημιουργηθεί μια σειρά επικής φαντασίας στηριγμένη στην Ελληνική παράδοση και ιστορία. Το γενικό πλαίσιο της ιστορίας είναι μια τεράστια έκταση διαφόρων χωρών με κέντρο το Βασίλειο των Αιγλωέων που θυμίζει έντονα την Βυζαντινής αυτοκρατορίας (έκπληξη ε;) και γείτονες που στο σύνολό τους συνθέτουν μια γενική άποψη της Μεσογείου. Μοιάζουν οι Περαντινοί με τους Βενετούς και Γενουάτες ή είναι η εντύπωσή μου; Όπως και να έχει, αναμειγνύονται ωραία τόσο ιστορικές εικόνες όπως φανταζόμαστε την αυλή του αυτοκράτορα ή στις επαρχιακές ακριτικές πόλεις, με όρους όπως τελέσματα και βδελύγματα, που θυμίζουν έντονα την παλιά ελληνική παράδοση. Η επιλογή των προσώπων, που συνδυάζουν ανθρώπους με μάγους και ιδιαίτερα πλάσματα, είναι καταπληκτική!

Ο κόσμος στον οποίο εξελίσσεται η τριλογία

Οι βασικοί ήρωες της ιστορίας είναι τρεις:

  • ο Σεβαστιανός, ο οποίος είναι ανώτατο μέλο της Αιγλωικής αυλής και συνωμοτεί για τα δικά του συμφέροντα εκμεταλλευόμενος την διαφθορά που επικρατή στην Αυλή
  • ο Φιλάρετος είναι ένα περίεργο μωρό, που μεγαλώνει μέσα και ελαφρώς έξω από ένα Αιγλωικό μοναστήρι, αποκλεισμένος από τον έξω κόσμο, γνωρίζοντας μόνο τον πατέρα του και όχι την μητέρα του
  • ο Αργυρός, ένας ξένος μισθοφόρος στην Εταιρία, ή ήρωας στην Ναντάρ ή κάτι άλλο αλλού…

Στο Κοράκι σε άλικο φόντο στήνεται η πλοκή. Είναι ίσως το πιο αργό από τα τρία βιβλία, αλλά είναι σύνηθες στις σειρές φανταστικού. Οι χάρτες και η εντυπωσιακή λίστα των προσώπων (η οποία σωστά μεταφέρθηκε στο τέλος του βιβλίου στην αναθεωρημένη έκδοση), καθώς και η περιπλοκότητα της πλοκής ήδη κατατάσουν το βιβλίο συγκρίσιμο των βιβλίων ξένων συγγραφέων του είδους. Προσωπικά μου άρεσε ο τρόπος που οργανώθηκαν τα κεφάλαια: στηρίζονται σε μια χρονική περίοδο και τα υποκεφάλαια αφηγούνται τα γεγονότα που λαμβάνουν χώρα σε αυτή την περίοδο για τα διάφορα πρόσωπα της ιστορίας. Μικρό διαμαντάκι η παρουσία της Χρυσορρόης, του τελέσματος που προστατεύει την Αιγλωική Αυτοκρατορία .

Το Βέλη και κρόκινες φλόγες ακολουθεί τις περιπέτειες των τριών βασικών προσώπων, ενώ στην πλοκή ξεχωρίζουν μερικά ακόμα:

  • Ο Αργυρός καταξιώνεται στον επίσημο στρατό, αλλά όχι χωρίς δυσκολίες. Τον αγαπώ για τον ωραίο τρόπο που λύνει τα προβλήματα και στο τέλος όλοι (ή μάλλον σχεδόν όλοι) μένουν ευχαριστημένοι. 
  • Ο Φιλάρετος έχει αποκτήσει φίλους και κάτι χάνει κάτι κερδίζει. Τον αγαπώ που είναι ένας αγαθός γίγαντας που τώρα όμως ξέρει κάτι ακόμα για την πολυπλοκότητα της ζωής και δεν είναι πια αφελής. 
  • Ο δε Σεβαστιανός τρέχει γύρω γύρω στην αυτοκρατορία να σώσει όσα μπορεί από τις δολοπλοκίες και τις αυθαιρεσίες, τώρα που έχει καθαρίσει το μυαλό του…
  • Έχει προστεθεί ο Μελέτιος, ένας φαρμακός, κάποιος δηλαδή που φτιάχνει καταπότια και δηλητήρια. Έχει ήδη εμφανισθεί στο προηγούμενο βιβλίο, αλλά σε αυτό διαδραματίζει πιο σημαντικό ρόλο. Τον αγαπώ, γιατί φαντάζομαι πως αν ζούσα σε αυτή την εποχή, μάλλον κι εγώ φαρμακός θα ήμουν 🙂

Το δεύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς ξεπερνά το πρώτο σε τέχνη. Λογικό αφού και ο συγγραφέας εξελίσσει το γράψιμό του και η πλοκή δεν χρειάζεται να εξαντληθεί σε περιγραφές. Το μόνο στοιχείο που με στεναχώρησε, ήταν η απουσία της Χρυσορρόης, η οποία έχει αντικατασταθεί από τον Προφήτη. Ο Προφήτης, όμως, είναι απλά ένας ιδιαίτερος άνθρωπος, και όχι κάτι τόσο εντυπωσιακό όπως ένα τέλεσμα, ενώ παράλληλα, η παρουσία γυναικείων προσώπων υποβιβάστηκε έντονα. Υπάρχουν κι άλλες γυναικείες παρουσίες στο βιβλίο βεβαίως, αλλά καμιά τους δεν ξεχωρίζει. Αντιθέτως όλες τους μπαίνουν στα κλασσικά καλούπια των παραμυθιών, δηλαδή είναι είτε πριγκίπισσες, είτε εταίρες ή υπηρέτριες, είτε κακά θηρία.

Όμως έρχεται πόλεμος…

Το τρίτο βιβλίο Δρυς με φύλλα σμαραγδιά είναι ίσως το καλύτερο από τα τρία βιβλία της σειράς! Η πλοκή κλιμακώνεται, η μεγάλη μάχη έφτασε και το ενδιαφέρον κρατείται αμείωτο! Καθένας από τους βασικούς χαρακτήρες των προηγούμενων βιβλίων επιτελεί τον σκοπό του, ώστε να νικήσουν οι Αιγλωείς και να αποφευχθεί ο κίνδυνος που διατρέχει η αυτοκρατορία. Θα τα καταφέρουν όμως;

Ο Αργυρός, ο Φιλάρετος, ο Μελέτιος και επιμέρους πρόσωπα όπως ο Υέτιος, ο Λεωντής και ο Γελαστηνός βρίσκονται όλοι στο ίδιο σημείο! Μόνο ο Σεβαστιανός δεν είναι προσωπικά εκεί, αλλά αυτός πρέπει να μείνει πίσω να στηρίξει την οργάνωση του κράτους, όσο οι υπόλοιποι μάχονται στην Κουβρατία.

Το εντυπωσιακό σε αυτό το βιβλίο είναι πως οι περιγραφές των επιμέρους μαχών δεν επαναλαμβάνονται, αλλά καθεμιά είναι δυαφορετική, ενώ παρακολουθούμε τις εξελίξεις και από τις δύο μεριές των στρατών. Ο συγγραφέας μας μεταφέρει μπροστά στα τείχη της Ναρδικής, όπου βλέπουμε τον Φιλάρετο με κομμένη την ανάσα να πολεμά τα δεντρο-τέρατα. Ο Υέτιος έχει πληγωθεί, θα ζήσει; Πού είναι ο Βράχος και ο Αργυρός; Αντιδράστε γρήγορα πριν οι Κουβράτοι επικρατήσουν! Εντάξει υποστηρίζω τους Αιγλωείς (είναι άλλωστε οι δικοί μας οι Βυζαντινοί), αλλά και μερικοί ήρωες των Κουβρατών είναι επίσης συμπαθείς. Άλλωστε ποιος θα ήθελε να βρεθεί απέναντι από τον Φιλάρετο!

Το μόνο πρόβλημα του βιβλίου είναι πως δεν φαίνεται να ολοκληρώνεται η ιστορία. Πολλά θέματα μένουν ανοικτά! Τί θα γίνει με τον Αργυρό και το σκοπό της ζωής τους; Τι έγινε ο Φαέθωντας; Και ό Σεβαστιανός δεν θα βρει ποιος τον κυνηγά; Οι πριγκίπισσες δεν θα μάθουν τα σχέδια του πατέρα τους; Και τι είναι τελικά αυτή η Μεταξία; Γιατί όλοι οι βασιλιάδες των τριών κρατών έχουν κοκκινομάλλες ερωμένες; Στην Διωτία επικράτησε ο πρώτος πρίγκιπας; Και οι άτιμοι οι Περατινοί, τα μωρά που βρήκαν, το Σκιάχτρο ή πώς τον λένε; Τί θα κάνει ο Υέτιος με τις εμπειρίες που απέκτησε;

Όχι μόνο ένα αλλά δύο ή τρία βιβλία απαιτούνται για να απαντηθούν όλα τα θέματα… Δεν μπορεί να τελείωσε αυτή η σειρά! Κύριε Κεραμίδα πείτε μου πως θα συνεχιστεί!

Επιπλέον θεωρώ πως πρέπει να πω πως μου άρεσαν πολύ τα εξώφυλλα, όπου κυριαρχεί το έντονο χρώμα. Ο συνδυασμός τους με τον τίτλο είναι εντυπωσιακός. Ο δε χάρτης, έχει βελτιώθεί αισθητά από την πρώτη έκδοση του 2010 και αποτελεί πολύ χρήσιμο εργαλείο κατά το διάβασμα των βιβλίων.