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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
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March 2021: Fighting Spirit

Our March theme is FIGHTING SPIRIT! 

Our chosen book this month follows a soldier and a princess both with divided loyalties. Should the soldier be loyal to the homeland she barely remembers, or the nation she was conscripted to fight for? Will the princess choose her desire to claim her rightful throne, or the opportunity to aid a colonised land? There are many battles to fight and with their budding feelings for each other complicating matters, which path will they both take?

If you like yearning, scheming and #WomenWithWeapons then this North African-inspired debut is absolutely the book for you. Our Illumicrate Edition comes with exclusive sprayed edges, an exclusive hidden cover and is signed by the author! Both the book only & full box option also come with a matching pin designed by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt!

Our featured fandoms for March are The Court of Miracles, Kingdom of the Wicked, Winternight, The Bone Witch and an officially licensed The Dark Artifices item! This is also a @rosiethorns88 mug month! Our items this month are all beautiful and useable, we can’t wait to bring you some reveals.

Thanks to Chatty Nora for this graphic!

The book at a glance:

  •  Adult epic fantasy debut, first in a series
  •  Exclusive hardback format, foil embossing on the hardback, sprayed edges, signed by the author
  • North African-inspired world, Black characters including protagonist written by Black author, disabled protagonist, queer characters and queer relationships

Content Warnings (taken from the author’s website):

  • Depictions of colonial violence
  • Gore
  • Past attempted rape
  • Threats of rape
  • Threats of torture
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February 2021: The City is Ours

Our February theme is THE CITY IS OURS! This month we’re inspired by stories that take place in cities we love or dream to visit, either real or imaginary!

Our featured book is a YA urban fantasy debut with an ensemble cast of teenagers from a magical underworld working together to stop a killer. For every murder that takes place in the human world, the fae realm is at greater risk of being discovered. Can they figure out the truth in time? This book absolutely perfect for you if you’re a fan of The Cruel Prince & Shadowhunters! We love this cast of characters, the interesting world & mythology the author created and of course, the snarky banter! Our Illumicrate edition comes with exclusive sprayed edges and is signed by the author! Plus, both our full box and book only options come with a matching pin designed by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt!

Our chosen fandoms this month are Crescent City, The Falconer, Cemetery Boys, The City We Became and Gilded Wolves! We love this mix of items: some that are perfect for when you’re out and about, and some that are gorgeous & useable! We can’t wait to bring you some reveals!

The book at a glance:

  • YA urban fantasy debut, first in a series
  • Exclusive sprayed edges, signed bookplate
  • Lesbian, bisexual, gay, and genderfluid main characters & queer relationships

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

  • Anger
  • Arson
  • Blood/gore
  • Body horror (minor)
  • Death of a child
  • Depression
  • Disownment
  • Divorce
  • Drug use/addiction
  • Grief/grieving
  • Human trafficking
  • Poverty
  • Psychopathy
  • Stalking
  • Suicide (past, off-page)
  • Suicide ideation
  • Toxic relationship/manipulation
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Racism
  • Violence/gun violence
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Shipping updates

While many of the issues we saw with having products made and shipped at the beginning of the pandemic have now stopped, there are still significant delays happening. Reduction in staff to allow for distancing in the workplace has increased production times to some items, and the reduction in commercial flights means delays shipping items. This has in turn increased the amount of goods shipping via sea, which means we are seeing some delays as our products don’t make it onto ships that are already full. Delays at port, exacerbated by reductions in staff to allow for COVID distancing, means these delays are worse than usual.

Book printers in the UK are also experiencing delays, both due to a reduction in staff and because many books that were scheduled to be published earlier in the year were pushed to the autumn, meaning they have more titles to print now. We are seeing delays in receiving books as a result of this.

We are doing everything we can to minimise these delays and build buffer periods into our planning so that delays affect boxes shipping on time as little as possible. That said, we are operating during a pandemic and there is only so much we can do to stop delays. We are so grateful for your continued patience during this difficult time.

We also want to assure you that the fulfilment centre who pack our boxes are taking every precaution to ensure this is done safely both for their employees and our customers. Our packers are spread the required distance apart, are wearing gloves to pack, and have extra sanitising products available. Our shipping company are also taking every precaution with handling boxes.

Here are a few general things to note

  • Our shipping company has reported that their courier partners are able to deliver in almost all countries they ship to. We are seeing delays in shipments both due to the lack of cargo planes and additional border checks, so please do be patient once you receive your tracking email. If there are no tracking updates after a week, or you have any concerns regarding the shipping of your order, please get in touch with us by email
  • We are able to change the delivery address of your order if needed. The last point this can be done is when the ‘Check Your Address’ emails go out to customers approximately 10 working days before orders ship.  These emails need replying to within 24 hours if you need to change the address, and after that point additional address changes are not possible. You do not need to reply if your address is correct. You can change your address for an existing order any time up to this point by emailing us to request it. Please note that changing your address in your account does not change it on any paid-for orders, including subscription renewals. 

Information updated on Monday 6 December

November ‘Death and Fortune’ boxes & book only orders

These are expected to begin shipping towards the end of November

Update 09.11: This is the final opportunity to change your address for these orders. If you need to do so, please email [email protected] before 9AM GMT on Thursday 11 November. We expect these to begin shipping around 23-24th November.

Update 23.11: These orders will begin shipping tomorrow! International orders will begin shipping tomorrow, orders always ship in batches over several days, and you will receive tracking when your order ships. Everyone should have tracking by the end of next week. UK orders will ship on Thursday, and tracking emails will be sent out by the end of Friday.

Update 30.11: All full box orders have now shipped, some book only orders are still awaiting shipment. If you have not received tracking, please go to: https://www.trackyourparcel.eu and fill out your country, order number, and postal/zip code to receive your tracking information. Alternatively, please contact our support team who can send you this manually.

Update 02.12: All orders have now shipped. If you have not received tracking, please go to: https://www.trackyourparcel.eu and fill out your country, order number, and postal/zip code to receive your tracking information

Update 04.12: We do have a number of US orders held up in Memphis. To find out if this includes you, please follow the steps above to find your tracking number, and then put your tracking number into the FedEx website. Please monitor your tracking, and let us know if there is no movement from Memphis by the middle of next week.

Illumicrate Archives: The Green Bone Saga box

These are expected to begin shipping in early December. With the delays we are still experiencing as a result of the pandemic we cannot guarantee pre-Christmas delivery

Update 11.11: We have received the majority of the contents for this box and they are still on track to begin shipping early December.

Update 24.11: This is the final opportunity to change your address for these orders. If you need to do so, please email [email protected]  by 4PM GMT on Thursday 24th November.

Update 02.12: These will begin shipping tomorrow! International orders will ship in batches over several days, all boxes should have shipped by the end of next week. If you are based in the EU there will be a delay for customs processing, this usually takes about a week. Please bear in mind that there will not be a tracking update until your order has cleared customs, this is normal. ⁣⁣ UK orders will ship tomorrow and tracking will be sent out on Monday.

Outstanding orders of the Talia Hibbert Set, Raybearer Archives, This Is How You Lose the Time War, The Hollow Heart, A Gathering of Shadows & A Conjuring of Light set, ExtraOrdinary, Aurora’s End, November Afterlight box, Jade Fire Gold debut box

Orders placed after 28th October are due to ship in the first half of December, with the Green Bone Saga boxes.

Update 25.11: This is the final opportunity to change your address for these orders. If you need to do so, please email [email protected]  by 8.30PM GMT on Friday 26th November.

Update 02.12: These will begin shipping next week, we will have more information then

Update 06.12: These orders will begin shipping tomorrow! UK orders will ship tomorrow, with tracking sent on Wednesday. International orders will ship in batches beginning tomorrow, all orders should have shipped by the end of the week. If you are based in the EU there will be a delay for customs processing, this usually takes about a week. Please bear in mind that there will not be a tracking update until your order has cleared customs, this is normal. ⁣⁣ If you are based in the US, we are seeing delays on delivery out of the Memphis facility, so please do bear that in mind. If your order is showing as at the Memphis facility, please allow a week for tracking updates/delivery before getting in touch with us.

December full box & book only orders

These are expected to begin shipping around mid-December

Update 02.11: These are on track to begin shipping mid-December

Update 04.12: This is the final opportunity to change your address for these orders. If you need to do so, please email [email protected]  by 5PM GMT on Sunday 5th December. We cannot make address changes after this point. We are hoping boxes will reach you all by Christmas, but we are seeing global delays in shipping with the November boxes due to the holiday season already. Please keep this in mind for shipments this month.

Outstanding orders of the This Is How You Lose the Time War, The Hollow Heart, ExtraOrdinary, Aurora’s End, November Afterlight box, Jade Fire Gold debut box

Orders placed after 3PM GMT on Saturday 27th November will ship in the second half of January

Madeline Miller slipcase sets

These are on track to ship in the second half of January

 

PAST PRODUCT SHIPPING UPDATES

November Afterlight + Spoiler Alert add on

These are expected to begin shipping towards the end of November

Update 10.11: This is the final opportunity to change your address for these orders. If you need to do so, please email [email protected] before 2PM GMT on Thursday 11 November. We expect these to begin shipping on Friday 19 November.

Update 19.11: These orders began shipping today!⁣ International orders always ship in batches over several days, and you will receive tracking when your order ships. Everyone should have tracking by the end of next week. If you are based in the EU there will be a delay for customs processing, this usually takes about a week. Please bear in mind that there will not be a tracking update until your order has cleared customs, this is normal. ⁣UK orders shipped today and tracking will go out by the end of Monday.

Update 24.11: These orders have now all shipped. If you do not have tracking and it is not in your spam folder, please contact our support team who can send you this manually.

Jade Fire Gold Debut Box

These are due to ship in November

Update 09.11: This is the final opportunity to change your address for these orders. If you need to do so, please email [email protected] before 9AM GMT on Thursday 11 November. We expect these to begin shipping on Friday 19 November.

Update 19.11: These orders began shipping today!⁣ International orders always ship in batches over several days, and you will receive tracking when your order ships. Everyone should have tracking by the end of next week. If you are based in the EU there will be a delay for customs processing, this usually takes about a week. Please bear in mind that there will not be a tracking update until your order has cleared customs, this is normal. ⁣UK orders shipped today and tracking will go out by the end of Monday.

Update 23.11: These orders have now all shipped. If you do not have tracking and it is not in your spam folder, please contact our support team who can send you this manually.

Illumicrate Exclusive TJ Klune set

These will ship in October, we will have a more precise estimate closer to the time

Update 21.09: Due to delays at the printer, these will now ship in November

Update 26.10: This is the final opportunity to change your address for these orders. If you need to do so, please email [email protected] before 9AM BST on Thursday 28 October.

Update 05.11: These orders began shipping today!⁣ International orders always ship in batches over several days, and you will receive tracking when your order ships. Everyone should have tracking by the end of next week. If you are based in the EU there will be a delay for customs processing, this usually takes about a week. Please bear in mind that there will not be a tracking update until your order has cleared customs, this is normal. ⁣UK orders shipped today and tracking will go out by the end of Monday.

Illumicrate Exclusive Lore Olympus

Due to a change in publication date, these will now be shipping in early November

Update 25.10: This is the final opportunity to change your address for these orders. If you need to do so, please email [email protected] before 9AM BST on Wednesday 27 October.

Update 05.11: These orders began shipping today!⁣ International orders always ship in batches over several days, and you will receive tracking when your order ships. Everyone should have tracking by the end of next week. If you are based in the EU there will be a delay for customs processing, this usually takes about a week. Please bear in mind that there will not be a tracking update until your order has cleared customs, this is normal. ⁣UK orders shipped today and tracking will go out by the end of Monday.

Illumicrate Exclusive ExtraOrdinary

These will ship in October, we will have a more precise estimate closer to the time

Update 24.09: Due to a publication date change, these will now ship in early November

Update 25.10: This is the final opportunity to change your address for these orders. If you need to do so, please email [email protected] before 9AM BST on Wednesday 27 October.

Update 05.11: These orders began shipping today!⁣ International orders always ship in batches over several days, and you will receive tracking when your order ships. Everyone should have tracking by the end of next week. If you are based in the EU there will be a delay for customs processing, this usually takes about a week. Please bear in mind that there will not be a tracking update until your order has cleared customs, this is normal. ⁣UK orders shipped today and tracking will go out by the end of Monday.

Aurora’s End

These are due to ship in the first half of November

Update 25.10: This is the final opportunity to change your address for these orders. If you need to do so, please email [email protected] before 9AM BST on Wednesday 27 October.

Update 05.11: These orders began shipping today!⁣ International orders always ship in batches over several days, and you will receive tracking when your order ships. Everyone should have tracking by the end of next week. If you are based in the EU there will be a delay for customs processing, this usually takes about a week. Please bear in mind that there will not be a tracking update until your order has cleared customs, this is normal. ⁣UK orders shipped today and tracking will go out by the end of Monday.

Outstanding orders of the Talia Hibbert Set, Raybearer Archives, This Is How You Lose the Time War, The Hollow Heart, A Gathering of Shadows & A Conjuring of Light set

Orders placed after 8th October are due to ship in the first half of November

Update 25.10: This is the final opportunity to change your address for these orders. If you need to do so, please email [email protected] before 9AM BST on Wednesday 27 October.

Update 05.11: ⁣ International orders will begin shipping on Monday. These always ship in batches over several days, and you will receive tracking when your order ships. Everyone should have tracking by the end of next week. If you are based in the EU there will be a delay for customs processing, this usually takes about a week. Please bear in mind that there will not be a tracking update until your order has cleared customs, this is normal. ⁣UK orders shipped today and tracking will go out by the end of Monday.

Update 10.11: These orders have now all shipped. If you do not have tracking and it is not in your spam folder, please contact our support team who can send you this manually.

 

With love,

The Illumicrate Team