As those of you who follow my blog will know I’m an Illumicrate subscriber, but I have never purchased one of their special edition boxes until now. The Starfall Edition celebrates the release of the latest book in Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series – A Court of Frost and Starlight. It was originally available in two editions hardback and paperback (and priced accordingly). I chose to go with the paperback edition so it matched the rest of my series.
I was also lucky enough to acquire one of the boxes in the first batch (there was such a high demand for this box that after they sold out Illumicrate created a second batch that did not contain all the items from the original, but I believe had some new ones too). At the time of posting all editions of this box have sold out. It should be obvious but, from this point there will be spoilers. So stop scrolling now if you don’t want to find out what’s inside, otherwise continue scrolling to see the brilliant content of this box.
Seriously, stop if you don’t want to see what’s inside.
At first glance inside this box I am pleased with the contents. Although the box is by no means bursting, there looks like there are a reasonable amount of items and from what you can see in this picture they look, at least in my opinion, promising.
By the way, items are posted in the order I removed them from the box.
So the first item I pulled out from the box is this lovely Prythian inspired constellation book sleeve by Sparrow + Wolf.
I think both the front and the back look amazing – the colours are absolutely gorgeous! It feels incredibly soft and squishy, so it will be great for protecting my books when I carry them in my bag. It’s a reasonable size and is holding the book well, as well as several more items.
This stunning illustration is by Kat Adara (you can find her stop here) and it is of Rhys and Feyre during Starfall. I think it looks absolutely lovely. Really magical.
So this is the edition of A Court of Frost and Starlight I chose – the UK paperback edition – it comes hand-stamped with an exclusive ink stamp (which I totally forgot to take a picture of – sorry). There is also this cute note from Sarah J. Maas.
And because it didn’t really pick up in the first image, I wanted to show you some of the gorgeous filigree on the cover.
The final item hidden in the book sleeve was this shiny exclusive bookmark from Bloomsbury.
Both front and back look lovely, and it was interesting trying to take a photo of it without accidentally appearing in the bookmark. I don’t think I quite managed it in the above photo, but oh well.
So, the first item that caught my attention was this Stars Eternal and Night Triumphant enamel pin set by Fable & Black. I like the fact that it offers you the option of wearing it as one badge, or two.
This box intrigued me, so of course I had to pick it up and have a closer look at it.
According to the card these cards were designed by Keeper of the Suns’ and feature favourite characters and items from the series. This item really surprised me. I don’t think a deck of cards has been included in a box before. I actually think it’s really neat.
This is perhaps one of the smallest items in the box, and I really like it.
It’s called Truth-teller and it’s by Lovely Lip Balm. It’s inspired by Morrigan’s red lips and Azriel’s magic knife. It smells absolutely gorgeous – the scent of roses just wafts from it.
This is a Illyrian wingspan inspired necklace made of mirrored enamel by Mirror Image Accessories.
This is a lovely, almost delicate looking necklace. I like the fact that it’s quite subtle about what it’s referencing.
What is a book subscription box without a candle?
This gorgeous smelling candle is a layered glass candle from Two Candle Thieves inspired by Feyre and Rhys, and by how stars look against the night sky.
It’s a bit warm now for this (at the time of writing), but I still think it’s a great addition to the box. It’s a lightweight double-sided summer scarf by Evannave that proudly depicts the symbols of the seven courts.
This gorgeous set of six cards is by Monolime and depicts the Inner Court in tarot style cards.
These bright socks were designed by Illumicrate and show Feyre’s tattoos. I think they will look wonderful on.
This is an absolutely gorgeous tote bag. The artwork is by Ink & Wonder, and the colours are amazing. I like the fact that they tied it together with one of the favourite quotes from this series.
And last but not least we have this enamel mug.
As Illumicrate say in the card, “No Starfall Edition would be complete without featuring something from Charlie Bowater!” For me (and a lot of others) Charlie Bowater’s artwork is really tied to this series, and is actually one of the reasons I decided to pick up the first book.
And the card which lists all the items contained in this book was designed by Hey Atlas Creative.
So that’s it. We’ve reached the end of this unboxing.
I am really pleased with this box. It might have cost more than Illumicrate’s quarterly boxes, but I think it was well worth it. I’m really pleased I decided to give it a try. If you liked this box then be sure to follow Illumicrate on Instagram and Twitter to keep track of their new boxes – and to keep an eye out for special edition ones.