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 all exclusive:

  • Stencilled edges
  • Full colour printing on the hardback itself, with designs by @Pauhami!
  • Signed by TJ Klune

This set is limited to one per person. If you ordered during presale you are not permitted to order again.


Orders will ship in October.

The House in the Cerulean Sea synopsis:

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he's given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

Under the Whispering Door synopsis:

When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.

Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop's owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over.

But Wallace isn't ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo's help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life.

When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days.

By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, this absorbing tale of grief and hope is told with TJ Klune's signature warmth, humor, and extraordinary empathy.

£42.00 excl VAT (where applicable)

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