May 2021: Change Your Stars

Posted on March 30 2021

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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