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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.

Orders of only books (either individually or in a set, with no items, including the Book Only subscription) will be charged at the reduced VAT rate if one exists in your country. Subscription boxes will be charged at a blended rate, detailed below. Special edition boxes and items on their own will be charged at the full VAT rate.

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.

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Illumicrate Exclusive: The Brown Sisters trilogy by Talia Hibbert

We are so pleased to announce our Illumicrate Exclusive set of the Brown Sisters trilogy by Talia Hibbert (@taliahibbert)!!!

This is one of Team Illumicrate’s favourite romance series, and we couldn’t resist doing something a little different for us and bringing you a special set of these! The books are exclusively in hardback, with sprayed edges and feature digital signatures. Get a Life, Chloe Brown also features a letter written by the author!

The set is available now for now, priced at £50 + shipping & VAT if applicable. The sets will be shipping in August.

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June 2021: Out of the Woods

Our June theme is OUT OF THE WOODS!

Our book this month is a debut standalone fantasy inspired by Jewish folklore and Hungarian history. The only power-less woman in a pagan village, surrendered as a sacrifice, and the disgraced prince in disguise as a captain of the king’s holy order, must work together first to survive a perilous journey, then to try and prevent the prince’s brother from seizing the throne. If the plot is successful, it will mean a violent reign of cultural and ethnic cleansing. Together they could save a nation, if they don’t betray one another first. We loved this thought-provoking read with its rich fantasy world and perfect example of enemies to lovers romance. If you love Nina and Matthias of Six of Crows, you are going to adore this one!

Our Illumicrate edition features all exclusive: cover, reverse dust jacket art by @warickaart, foil embossing on the hardback, stencilled edges and is signed by the author! This is one of our most stunning books this year and we adore it! Both the full box and book only option will come with a matching pin designed by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt!

We’ve put a very aesthetic, woodsy box together featuring items inspired by Lord of the Rings, We Hunt the Flame, Among the Beasts and Briars, an officially licensed The Darkest Part of the Forest item and more! We’re pleased to announce this box will feature the next of our ‘Piece Your Own Story’ jigsaw puzzles! The latest @rosiethorns88 mug wont be in this box, instead it is in July’s.

The book at a glance

  • Adult fantasy, standalone
  • All exclusive cover, reverse dust jacket art by @warickaart, embossing on the hardback, stencilled edges and signed by the author
  • Jewish main character written by Jewish author, M/F relationship

Content warnings (taken from the author’s GoodReads review):

  • Gore, including graphic descriptions of dismemberment, amputation, mutilation, and immolation
  • Torture, including whipping
  • Self-harm, including self-amputation
  • Animal death (graphic; the animals are not pets)
  • Antisemitism
  • Cultural genocide and ethnic cleansing
  • Physical abuse by parents and parental figures
  • Graphic descriptions of vomiting
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Announcing: Illumicrate Archives: Raybearer

We are so proud to present Illumicrate Archives: Raybearer, created in collaboration with Jordan Ifueko (@jordanifueko) and Hot Key Books (@hotkeybooksya)! We read and absolutely fell in love with this unique, beautiful world, the amazing story, and brilliant cast of characters that Jordan has crafted. We knew right away it had to be our next Archives!

The box will contain exclusive editions of both Raybearer and Redemptor, with exclusive new covers, embossing on the hardback and ombre sprayed edges! The box will come with signed bookplates.

As well as the books, the box will include three items inspired by the Raybearer duology! We’ve curated some really lovely items in collaboration with Jordan, and we’ll be bringing you a reveal for one of them!

The box is priced at £45 + shipping & VAT if applicable and will be shipping in August. General sale begins Sunday 23rd May at 3PM BST.

We will be holding a presale open to our active subscribers and customers who bought the following special edition boxes: Illumicrate Collections: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Illumicrate Archives: The Poppy War, Illumicrate Archives: The Infernal Devices, Illumicrate Collections: From Blood and Ash. Details of when the presale will take place will be emailed out to those eligible on Thursday 13 May.

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May 2021: Change Your Stars

Our May theme is: CHANGE YOUR STARS! We all love those characters who see their fate and refuse to accept it. Who forge their own path through life, no matter how hard. Who never give up the pursuit of their goals and dreams.

Our book this month is an epic fantasy set in an Indian-inspired world. A princess, held captive in an abandoned, ancient temple plots revenge on the brother who banished her there. When the princess witnesses the hidden powers of one of the maids sent to clean the temple, she forces her into an uneasy alliance in order to escape and overthrow her brother. Together, they will set an empire ablaze. We loved the gorgeous prose and the dynamics between our two morally grey main characters!

Our Illumicrate edition will have exclusive stencilled edges and embossing on the hardback and come with a signed bookplate! Both the full box and book only option also come with the matching pin designed by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt

Our items this month are inspired by Girls of Paper and Fire, Spinning Silver, Skyward, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and City of Brass! This month we’ll be including one of our @pauhami booksleeves in the box!

The book at a glance:

  •  Adult fantasy, first book in a series
  • Stencilled edges, embossing on the hardback, signed bookplate
  •  Indian-inspired characters & setting written by Indian author, F/F relationship between main characters

Content warnings from the author’s website:

  • Explicit violence including immolation and self-immolation
  • Gender-based violence (this does not include sexual assault)
  • Homophobia and internalised homophobia
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Self-mutilation
  • Abusive family dynamics
  • Child murder
  • Body horror (plant-based, cosmic)
  • Forced drug use and depictions of addiction/withdrawal

 

 

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April 2021: Dearly Departed

Our April theme is Dearly Departed! This month is dedicated to those with an affinity for death be that a necromancer, assassin, zombie hunter or vampire.

Our featured book this month is a YA standalone fantasy. A blood mage, who has stayed hidden from the royal family that binds her kind to spirit guardians, accidentally reveals her powers and is thrust into the life she had managed to avoid. Desperate to escape, but not knowing who to trust and with danger lurking round every corner, she forms a reluctant alliance with her spirit guardian to save them both from an unwanted fate. We loved the spirit of the main character, and her chemistry with her love interests (that’s right, there’s 2!). Our Illumicrate edition features exclusive stencilled edges and character art endpapers designed by @lilith_saur and will come with a signed bookplate & author letter. It’s a truly stunning edition! Both our full box and book only options come with the matching pin designed by @stacey.mcevoy.caunt

Items this month are inspired by Gideon the Ninth, Nevernight, The Beautiful, Dread Nation and more! This is one of our favourite boxes this year, and we can’t wait for you to see it!

The book at a glance:

  • YA standalone fantasy
  • Stencilled edges and character art endpapers by @lilith_saur
  • Pansexual MC, M/F/F polyamorous relationship, F/F relationships, non-binary & asexual side character

Content warnings (Taken from the author’s Goodreads review):

  • Death (lots, major and minor characters)
  • Death of queer characters, but most main characters are queer
  • Parent death, on page and off
  • Violence
  • Blood
  • Gore
  • Mild body horror
  • Mild substance addiction (alcohol)
  • Enforced gender roles
  • Forced marriage and pregnancy (including rape, but the latter is off page, in the past, and not involving main characters)
  • Threat of rape/abuse of the main character