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Illumicrate December 2021 unboxing – Cursed

This unboxing contains spoilers!

Theme of the box

Description by Illumicrate

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)

Item 1 & 2

SURVIVE THIS WORLD BOOKMARK TIN

DESIGNED BY: CHATTYNORA (@CHATTYNORA)

Our officially licensed Ninth House bookmark tin features one of our favourite quotes from the book.

NEVERMOOR STICKER SHEET

ARTWORK BY: MOEHRENKUNST (@MOEHRENKUNSTSHOP)

Decorate your journal with these cute stickers inspired by Nevermoor.

I really like the design of this tin. It really speaks to me. The nevermoor stickers also look great.

Item 3

FIREBIRD PIN BANNER

DESIGNED BY: ABIGAIL SPENCE (@ASPENCEART)

Display your enamel pin collection on this pin banner inspired by Girl, Serpent, Thorn.

Yes a new pin banner! I’m really happy because my current one is getting full and this one is quite big. Thanks illumicrate!

Item 4

THE ROAD THROUGH MIDNIGHT MUG

ARTWORK BY: ROSIETHORNS88 (@ROSIETHORNS88)

Our latest mug features a papercraft design by Rosie inspired by The Winternight Trilogy, perfect for this time of year.

A new mug with a beautiful blue background. I like how this one looks!

Item 5

STARCROSSED LOVERS CALENDAR

ARTWORK BY: SALLTEAS (@SALLTEAS) AND FROSTBITE STUDIOS (FROSTBITE.STUDIOS)

DESIGNED BY: CHATTYNORA (@CHATTYNORA)

This 2022 calendar features our favourite fictional star-crossed couples.

This calendar is really gorgeous!! I’ve decided to add a list of the fandoms because those were mentioned on the calendar as well.

1. Red, White and Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

2. These Violent Delighta – Chloe Gong

3. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V. E. Schwab

4. Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan

5. The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

6. The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon

7. The Poppy War – R.F. Kuang

8. An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

9. Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

10. Cemetery Boys – Aidan Thomas

11. Gideon the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir

12. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

Book & pin

A MARVELLOUS LIGHT BY FREYA MARSKE

Robin Blyth has more than enough bother in his life. When an administrative mistake sees him named the civil service liaison to a hidden magical society, he discovers what’s been operating beneath the unextraordinary reality he’s always known. Now Robin must contend with the beauty and danger of magic, an excruciating deadly curse, and the alarming visions of the future that come with it-not to mention Edwin Courcey, his cold and prickly counterpart in the magical bureaucracy, who clearly wishes Robin were anyone and anywhere else. Robin’s predecessor bas disappeared, and the mystery of what happened to him reveals unsettling truths about the very oldest stories they’ve been told about the land they live on and what binds it. Robin and Edwin discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles-and a secret that more than one person has already died to keep.

Enjoy your Illumicrate edition which features an exclusive: cover with transparent overlay jacket and digitally printed edges. It is also signed by the author!

MONTHLY COLLECTORS PIN

DESIGNED BY: STACEY MCEVOY-CAUNT (@STACEY.MCEVOY.CAUNT)

Inspired by the magic Edwin performs in the book.

This jacket is really cool! I’ve never seen something like this before and I really like it. I love the effect AND the material is very sturdy. It doesn’t get damaged that fast as a normal dust jacket.

Conclusion

I really like this box. It contained beautiful items that are also very useful to me. My favourites are probably the pin banner, calendar and the book. It’s not the mug for once, though that’s a real beauty too. Illumicrate ended 2021 with a nice box if you ask me.

1 thought on “Illumicrate December 2021 unboxing – Cursed”

  1. Oh my gosh! This Illumicrate is gorgeous! *has a serious need/want and wishes one day she can get Illumicrates* I love the book and the edges are stunning!

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