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Illumicrate Exclusive: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

We’re so thrilled to announce our Illumicrate Exclusive edition of The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood!

This was one of Team Illumicrate’s favourite romances of last year (gotta *love* that fake-dating trope!) so we’re very excited to be bringing you an exclusive hardback edition with all exclusive: cover change, sprayed edges and foil embossing on the hardback! The books will also be signed by the author

Important info:

  • The book is priced at £20 + shipping and VAT where applicable
  • It will be shipping in March
  • General sale begins Thursday 10th February at 4PM GMT

We will be holding a presale for our active subscribers, details of when presale is will be emailed out on Monday 31st January (the presale will not take place on this day).

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February 2022 – Bad Blood

Our February theme is BAD BLOOD! This month is all about rivalries, divided societies, and couples who begin as enemies but end as….more.

Our chosen book this month is the start of a Scottish-inspired adult fantasy duology set on an enchanted island. With young girls vanishing from an island clan, the clan heir and her childhood enemy, a bard reluctantly returned from the mainland, must work together to solve the mystery and ensure the girls return. But will they uncover more than the location of the missing children? We loved this multi-POV book brimming with Scottish imagery and secrets to be revealed!

Our edition features all exclusive: redesigned cover, embossing on the hardback, digitally printed edges, artwork endpapers by @mistilteinn.art and it is also signed by the author!

Our fandoms this month are Poison Study, A Memory Called Empire, Crier’s War, Red, White and Royal Blue and Lore! We have an item we’ve never done before, an item we love AND a huge fan-favourite item that’s making a comeback! 

Please note, this box does contain a scented item. If you need details of the scents involved, please contact our support team who can provide this information via email

The book at a glance

  • Adult fantasy, first in a duology
  • M/F relationships as main pairings
  • All exclusive: redesigned cover, embossing on the hardback, digitally printed edges, endpaper art by @mistilteinn.art and signed by the author!

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

  • Violence: physical assault, kidnapping, raids, armed conflicts
  • Loss of a parent
  • Mention of stillbirths, loss of children
  • Cutting
  • Consenual sexual content
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Illumicrate Archives: The Winner’s Trilogy

We are thrilled to announce our first special edition box for 2022, in collaboration with Bloomsbury and Marie Rutkoski, Illumicrate Archives: The Winner’s Trilogy! This is one of Daphne’s absolute favourite series and we’re so excited to bring you the stunning special editions it deserves!

The box will contain exclusive new editions of The Winner’s Trilogy with stunning foiled jackets featuring artwork by Elithien, exclusive hidden covers and sprayed edges! The first book will be hand-signed by Marie Rutkoski, with the second and third books featuring a digital signature! The books will be in Demy format.

As well as the books, the box will contain three items inspired by The Winner’s Trilogy, 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 and VAT where applicable
  • It will be shipping in February 2022
  • General sale begins Thursday 13th January at 4PM GMT

We will be holding a presale open to our active subscribers and anyone who purchased one of the following boxes: Illumicrate Archives: Raybearer, The Green Bone Saga and Illumicrate Collections: The Night Circus. Details of when the presale will take place will be emailed out on Tuesday 4th January (the presale itself will not be taking place on this date).

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January 2022 – Royal Secrets

Our January 2022 theme is: Royal Secrets!

This month we’re focusing on royalty with something to hide, and we’re kicking off 2022 in style with a two book box!

Our hardback book for January is This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi! We were swept away by Tahereh’s gorgeous prose, utterly obsessed with the relationship between Alizeh and Kamran, and captivated by this Persian-inspired world. Our Illumicrate edition features an entirely redesigned, naked hardback cover with gorgeous foiling details, digitally printed edges, and is signed by the author!

Our paperback book this month is the first in an Indian-inspired duology from a debut author. In a world where magic is a scarce resource, one country’s new queen is desperate to find a mythical relic long-rumoured to unlock a new source of magic. To do so, she must reunite with her siblings, but with all of them harbouring secrets, will her plan succeed? Our Illumicrate edition features a digital signature, exclusive cover and exclusive sprayed edges!

Both full box and book only subscribers will be receiving both books

Our featured fandoms this month are We Hunt the Flame, The Prison Healer, Priory of the Orange Tree and The Never Tilting World!

Please note that, due to the release date of This Woven Kingdom, our January boxes will begin shipping at the very end of January. We’ll no longer be including a pin inspired by the book with either our full box or book only subscriptions, from January 2022 onwards.

The hardback book at a glance:

  • YA fantasy, first in a series
  • Persian-inspired world, written by Persian author. F/M relationship between main characters
  • Entirely redesigned naked hardback cover, exclusive digitally printed edges, signed by the author

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

  • Neglect/abuse
  • Parental death
  • Strong feelings of isolation, grief and loneliness
  • Child sacrifice (multiple) – not on page
  • Presence of blood/injuries
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December 2021 – Cursed

Our December theme is: CURSED! That’s right, we’ve kept this theme name simple because what more do you need to know. Each of these fandoms features characters cursed in some way, as does our featured book.

This month’s book is a historical fantasy set in Edwardian England. A civil servant finds himself placed as the new liaison to Britain’s hidden magical society after the sudden disappearance of his predecessor. Bound by a deadly curse, both he and his prickly magical counterpart must solve the mystery that will save his life. We completely fell in love with the world created by this author, and the dynamics between the two main characters makes for one of team Illumicrate’s favourite romantic pairings ever!

Our edition features an exclusive cover with a transparent overlay dust jacket, digitally printed edges and is signed by the author! As usual, our monthly pin inspired by the book has been created by Stacey McEvoy-Caunt

Our featured fandoms are Winternight, Nevermoor, Girl, Serpent Thorn, and an officially licensed Ninth House item! We also have an item featuring multiple fandoms which we’ll be doing a reveal for and this is also a @rosiethorns88 mug month!

The book at a glance:

  • Historical fantasy, first in a series
  • M/M relationship between main characters
  • Exclusive cover with transparent overlay dust jacket, digitally printed edges, signed by the author

Content warnings:

  • Violence/death
  • Sexual content
  • References to past child abuse (physical and emotional)
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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).