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November 2021 – Death and Fortune

Our November theme is: DEATH AND FORTUNE! The two often go in hand in hand; those who seek great fortune dance with death. And sometimes, fortune can come in the form of death. 

Our featured book this month is a YA standalone.  Once upon a time, there was a horrible girl. Having stolen the life of a princess to avoid the terrible future presented by her adopted godmothers, Death and Fortune, the girl is only one heist away from freedom when she crosses the wrong god. Cursed, the girl must pull off her biggest job yet if she wants to save her own life. We were obsessed with this main character, her relationships with the other characters and how their plan comes together!

Our Illumicrate Edition comes with all exclusive: cover, full colour printing on the hardback, stencilled & sprayed edges and will come with a signed bookplate! As always, both the full box and book only subscriptions will come with a matching pin designed by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt.

Our fandoms this month are The Scorpio Races, The Hobbit, Under the Whispering Door and She Who Became the Sun! This box contains a fabric book jacket designed by @Pauhami AND it also contains the next in our Greek Mythology teacup collection;  this one is inspired by the main character in our featured book! This is our anniversary box and as usual we’ve gone all out to bring you a truly stunning book & collection of items!

At a glance:

  • YA fantasy standalone
  • All exclusive: cover, full colour printing on the hardback designed by the author (who also did the illustrations inside the book!), stencilled & sprayed edges and will come with a signed bookplate!
  • F/M relationship between demisexual MC and demisexual love interest, F/F relationship between side characters

Content warnings (provided by the author):

  • Body horror
  • Blood
  • Violence
  • Past attempted sexual assault
  • Past emotional and physical abuse
  • Animal sacrifice
  • Death
  • Body shaming
  • Underage drinking
  • Forced betrothal

Note: Most of these are pretty fleeting, low-key, or mentioned as happening in the past

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Illumicrate Exclusive: The Song of Achilles and Circe by Madeline Miller

We are so thrilled to announce, in collaboration with Bloomsbury, our stunning slipcase set of The Song of Achilles and Circe by Madeline Miller!

We’ve put this gorgeous set together to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of The Song of Achilles, and we could not be more pleased with how it turned out. The books are exclusive naked hardback editions in Royal size, with gold foiled covers, quotes on the spine, bound-in author letters and they are signed by Madeline Miller! The slipcase features matching gold foil designs to all three sides.

We think this is one of the most beautiful sets we’ve had the pleasure to offer you, and we are so grateful to have been given the opportunity to create this!

Important info:

  • The set is priced at £55 + shipping & VAT if applicable
  • It will be shipping in January
  • General sale will be Sunday 7 November at 4PM BST

We will be holding a presale open to our active subscribers. Details of when this is will be emailed out on Thursday 28 October (the actual presale will not be taking place on this date).

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October 2021 – Revenge is Sweeter

Our October theme is: REVENGE IS SWEETER!

Our featured book this month is a YA science fiction book with a China-inspired setting. In a world where boys pilot giant mechanical robots to fend off alien attacks, assisted by girls who often die during the battles, one girl refuses to play her part. Paired with the pilot responsible for her sister’s death, she gets her revenge and kills him through their psychic link instead of dying herself. Paired with a stronger pilot, she is determined to survive, to understand how the piloting system works, and to play it to her advantage. Because her revenge doesn’t end with the death of her sister’s killer.

Our Illumicrate edition has exclusive stencilled edges, art on the reverse of the dust jacket by @jhocaaa and a digital signature! It will be accompanied by a pin designed by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt.

Items this month are inspired by Kingdom of the Wicked, Witches Steeped in Gold, The Song of Achilles, Black Sun and Caraval! This box contains our next @rosiethorns88 mug!

The book at a glance:

  • Science fiction, first in a duology
  • Chinese-inspired setting & characters written by Chinese author, bisexual main characters, F/M/M polyamorous relationship between main characters 
  • Exclusive stencilled edges and reverse dust jacket art by @jhocaaa

Content warnings (from the author):

  • Scenes of violence and abuse
  • Suicide ideation
  • Discussion and references to sexual assault (no on-page depictions)
  • Alcohol addiction
  • Torture
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Illumicrate Archives: The Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee

We are so proud to present, in collaboration with Fonda Lee and Orbit Books UK, Illumicrate Archives: The Green Bone Saga! This incredible trilogy is ending this year, and we couldn’t let that pass without a special edition box to celebrate!

The box will contain exclusive naked hardback editions of all three books in the trilogy with exclusive new foil designs, and exclusive stencilled edges! The books will all be signed by Fonda Lee. As well as the books, the box will contain three items inspired by The Green Bone Saga, and we’ll be bringing you a reveal for one of these items at a later date!

Important info:

  • The box is priced at £75 + shipping & VAT if applicable
  • It will be shipping in December
  • General sale begins Sunday 10 October at 4PM BST

We will be holding a presale open to our active subscribers and anyone who purchased the following boxes: Illumicrate Archives: The Infernal Devices, Illumicrate Collections: From Blood and Ash, Illumicrate Archives: Raybearer and Illumicrate Collections: The Night Cicus. Details of when the presale takes place will be emailed out on 22nd September (the presale itself will not be taking place on this date).

Please note that, while we’re hoping to ship these out in early December, with the delays we are still experiencing as a result of the pandemic we cannot guarantee pre-Christmas delivery. Please do bear that in mind if you are considering ordering as a Christmas gift.

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Illumicrate Exclusive: The House In the Cerulean Sea and Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

We are so pleased to announce, in collaboration with Tor UK, our Illumicrate Exclusive set of The House In the Cerulean Sea and Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune (@tjklunebooks)!

These two standalones are huge favourites of the Illumicrate team, so we are thrilled to be bringing you gorgeous special editions! The books are in hardback demy format (this is smaller than Royal size, but a bit bigger than B format), with exclusive stencilled edges and full colour printing on the hardback itself, with designs by @Pauhami! (These will be kept as a surprise, but we promise you they look stunning!) The books are also both signed by TJ Klune.

The set is priced at £42 + shipping & VAT if applicable and will be shipping in October. General sale will begin Sunday 29th August at 4PM BST. We will also be holding a presale open to our active subscribers, and details of when the presale is will be emailed out on Thursday 19th August (the presale itself will not be taking place on this date).

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September 2021: To the Bitter End

Our September theme is: TO THE BITTER END! This month we’re celebrating those ride or dies, the teams that will not be separated, that strive for a common goal…no matter the cost

Our featured book this month is Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff! Our edition has all exclusive: cover, embossing on the hardback, and digitally printed edges! It is also signed by the author. This is absolutely one of our most stunning books this year, and we cannot wait for you all to see it! As always, both the full box and book only subscriptions will come with a matching pin designed by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt

Our featured fandoms are Percy Jackson, Throne of Glass, Strange the Dreamer, These Violent Delights and An Ember in the Ashes! There’s no @rosiethorns88 mug this month (instead it will be in October’s box) but we have replaced it with a suuuuuuper exciting item. We wont be doing a reveal for this item, but lets just say if you’re a Percy Jackson fan, you will not want to skip this box

The book at a glance:

  • Adult dark fantasy, first of a series
  • All exclusive: cover, foil embossing on the hardback, digitally printed edges, and signed by the author
  • M/F relationship (main pairing), queer relationships between side characters

Content warnings (compiled by the Illumicrate team, if you feel any are missing please do get in touch):

  • As this book includes vampires, most vampire-related content warnings will apply: blood, violence, murder, gore, death and death threats, mind control
  • Animal deaths
  • Suicide/contemplation of suicide
  • Explicit sexual content
  • Sexual acts between minors
  • Sexual assault
  • Child abuse
  • Death of a child
  • Homophobia (institutional, echoed by some side characters but not MC)
  • Addiction
  • Drug/blood use
  • Hallucinations
  • Blackmail
  • Imprisonment
  • Starvation/dehydration
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August 2021: Dark Academia

Our August theme is: DARK ACADEMIA! We’re bringing you a fandom neutral box this month, and we’re so thrilled with the items we’ve put together for you! We’ll be bringing you the first in a brand new collectible series, PLUS a reading journal! (This will be undated and can be started any time). We’re so excited to be bringing you another fandom neutral box, and can’t wait to do more reveals!

Our featured book this month is a YA horror standalone. When a student working in the library and her least favourite patron discover and open an ancient, hidden book, they accidentally release a demon who will do anything to remain freed. What ensues is a battle of wills, between a force with horrifying powers and influence, and two teenagers who are determined to win and to protect those they love. Will they succeed, and will they confront their growing feelings for each other?

Our Illumicrate Exclusive edition features an entirely redesigned cover, sprayed edges, foil embossing on the hardback and is signed by the author! It will be accompanied by a matching pin designed by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt!

The book at a glance:

  • YA standalone horror
  • All exclusive: entirely redesigned cover, sprayed edges, foil embossing on the hardback
  • M/F relationship between main characters

Content warnings

  • Self-harm
  • Child abuse
  • Parental illness
  • Blood/gore
  • Explicit violence
  • Possession leading to degradation of mental state
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EU sales VAT rates per country

From 26th June 2021, we will be charging sales VAT on all orders made to be shipped to the EU (European Union). The rate of sales VAT paid by the customer depends upon which country the order is being delivered to, and what the order contains.

VAT rates explained:

Reduced VAT rate: applies to orders of only books (either individually or in a set, with no items) and our Book Only subscription

Blended VAT rate: applies to the full box subscription and Archives boxes

Full VAT rate: applies to all  special edition boxes (with the exception of Archives boxes as noted above) and any items on their own

Country Reduced VAT rate Blended VAT rate Full VAT rate
Austria 10% 15% 20%
Belgium 6% 13.5% 21%
Bulgaria 9% (till 31 Dec 2021) 14.5% 20%
Croatia 5% 15% 25%
Cyprus 5% 12% 19%
Czech Republic 10% 15.5% 21%
Denmark 25% 25% 25%
Estonia 9% 14.5% 20%
Finland 10% 17% 24%
France 5.50% 12.75% 20%
Germany 7% 13% 19%
Greece 6% 15% 24%
Hungary 5% 16% 27%
Ireland 0% 11.5% 23%
Italy 4% 13% 22%
Latvia 12% 16.5% 21%
Lithuania 9% 15% 21%
Luxembourg 3% 10% 17%
Malta 5% 11.5% 18%
Netherlands 9% 15% 21%
Poland 5% 14% 23%
Portugal 6% 14.5% 23%
Romania 5% 12% 19%
Slovakia 10% 15% 20%
Slovenia 5% 13.5% 22%
Spain 4% 12.5% 21%
Sweden 6% 15.5% 25%
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July 2021: Never Enough

Our July theme is Never Enough! This theme is dedicated to those characters who always want more. More power, more answers, more victories, more adventure. And they will do whatever it takes to achieve their goal.

A girl, trained as a monk after stealing her brother’s identity and fated greatness, joins the rebellion against China’s Mongol rule. An enslaved eunuch general, fighting for the Mongols but loyal only to his commanding officer, is destructively merciless. Their two fates become intertwined as they battle to achieve their goals at the expense of each other. This is a truly glorious epic fantasy, and we were awed by the incredible scope of the storytelling and the authenticity of the many flawed characters. It’s truly not one to be missed!

Our July book features all exclusive: cover, foil embossing on the hardback, reverse dust jacket art by @glassbearer, stencilled edges! The book features a digital signature as well as a signed bookplate. As always, both the full box and book only option come with the matching pin designed by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt!

Our items this month are inspired by The Poppy War, Red Rising, A Darker Shade of Magic, Descendant of the Crane and The Picture of Dorian Gray! The next @rosiethorns88 mug is in this box!

The book at a glance

  • Adult epic fantasy, first in a duology
  • All exclusive: cover, foil embossing on the hardback, art on the reverse of the dust jacket by @glassbearer and stencilled edges
  • Chinese and Mongol characters & setting by Chinese author, genderqueer main characters, queer relationships

Content warnings (from the author’s GoodReads review)

  • Dysphoria
  • Pre-existing non-consensual castration
  • Misgendering
  • Internalised homophobia
  • Life-altering injury (amputation)
  • Ableist language
  • Non-graphic depictions of death by torture
  • Major character death
  • Offscreen murder of a child
  • Scenes depicting extreme hunger/starvation
  • Graphic depiction of a person burning to death
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Announcing: Illumicrate Collections: The Night Circus

We are so proud to present, in collaboration with Erin Morgenstern (@erinmorgenstern) and Penguin Random House, Illumicrate Collections: The Night Circus!

The Night Circus celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year, and we’re so happy to be offering a special edition box to commemorate that. The Night Circus is a book many of the Illumicrate team love, and we’ve been dying to do a box full of gorgeous exclusive items for it!

The box features an exclusive edition of The Night Circus with a stunning shiny silver cover, stencilled edges and foil embossing on the hardback. The book will also be signed by Erin Morgenstern, and feature an author letter on the front endpapers! – Swipe to see the book design!

As well as the book, the box will contain 5-6 beautiful, high value items. We’ve included some really gorgeous pieces, and the whole box is incredibly aesthetic. We can’t wait to bring you some reveals!

The box will be priced at £49 + shipping and VAT if applicable and will be shipping in September. General sale begins Sunday 27th June at 4PM BST.

We will also be holding a presale open to our active subscribers and customers who bought the following special edition boxes: Illumicrate Archives: The Poppy War, Illumicrate Archives: The Infernal Devices, Illumicrate Collections: From Blood and Ash and Illumicrate Archives: Raybearer. Details of when the presale will take place will be emailed out to those eligible on Wednesday 16th June.