Illumicrate’s subscription box was the theme of In Search Of Doors. It pays homage to gaining access to fictional worlds. The book is just so stunning! I already had a copy of this book but will be keeping both because this edition of it deserves to be on show! This is my second box and I love the effort Illumicrate go to to bring us outstanding items. Check out the box contents below. You can buy a subscription from Illumicrate
This month’s book was The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. Everyone I have spoke to so far seem to love it and the timeless writing. It’s a signed edition with beautiful pale blue sprayed edges. Did I already mention that I love it?
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world–a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues–a bee, a key, and a sword–that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.
What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians–it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction.
Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose–in both the mysterious book and in his own life.
This is my second favourite item in the box. It’s so magical and so padded. My heart is happy. ARTWORK BY PAUHAMI
NIGHT CIRCUS TICKET KEYRING
The quality of this keyring is outstanding. It is so heavy and the artwork is out of this world. I immediately put this with my car keys. DESIGNED BY DUST & PAGES
THE ARCHIVED KEY NECKLACE
I very rarely wear a necklace (mainly because they aren’t geeky enough) the only other one I wear is a weirwood tree that my husband bought me as a wedding anniversary gift. This is perfect. It’s the right length and totally geeky. DESIGNED BY FABLE & BLACK
WARDROBE WOODEN PIN
Just how fab is this little pin? I plan on putting it on my rucksack. Both me and my children are massive fans of Narnia and they immediately recognised the pin and wanted it. LOVE it. DESIGNED BY HANNAH HITCHMAN
MYTHS AND TALES CERAMIC BOOK POT
AH I do love an item that I can put to good use. I have used this as the pen pot next to the phone. I adore it! It’s weighty and looks awesome. DESIGNED BY CHATTY NORA
THE STARLESS SEA BOOKMARK
DESIGNED BY RICHARD MERRITT
NEXT MONTH – SECRETS AND SCHEMES
Our featured book for December is a YA fantasy from a debut author. When the princess of the kingdom is framed for the king’s murder, she must work with an unreliable ally to clear her name, whilst also keeping her terrifying secret hidden. Everyone in this story has their own agenda (and their own secrets & schemes) and we loved seeing it all pan out! Our stunning Illumicrate edition is the UK hardback with exclusively designed stencilled edges, exclusive endpapers and is signed by the author!
Items this month are inspired by A Court of Mist and Fury, Caraval, The Devouring Gray, Star Wars and more! As this is our December box, we’re going to be extra nice and give you TWO reveals already about what this box will contain. We’re excited to let you know that our last @rosiethorns88 mug of the year will be in this box! We’ll also be including a 2020 calendar containing artwork from Merwild and designed quotes from Chatty Nora! This will be a multi-fandom piece and guys, it’s looking super awesome and will be *perfect* for planning all your schemes next year.