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Illumicrate posted some emoji spoilers today, 4 August 2023 on their Instagram account:
Here are the guesses!
Release date: 3 October 2023
Synopsis: After the Forest is a dark and enchanting fantasy debut from Kell Woods that explores the repercussions of a childhood filled with magic and a young woman contending with the truth of “happily ever after.”
Ginger. Honey. Cinnamon. Flour.
Twenty years after the witch in the gingerbread house, Greta and Hans are struggling to get by. Their mother and stepmother are long dead, Hans is deeply in debt from gambling, and the countryside lies in ruin, its people starving in the aftermath of a brutal war.
Greta has a secret, the witch's grimoire, secreted away and whispering in Greta's ear for the past two decades, and the recipe inside that makes the best gingerbread you've ever tasted. As long as she can bake, Greta can keep her small family afloat.
But in a village full of superstition, Greta and her mysteriously addictive gingerbread, not to mention the rumors about her childhood misadventures, is a source of gossip and suspicion.
And now, dark magic is returning to the woods and Greta's magic—magic she is still trying to understand—may be the only thing that can save her. If it doesn't kill her first.
Also, Woods follows Illumicrate on Instagram but Illumicrate does not follow Woods back):
Release date: 31 October 2023 (UK), 3 October 2023 (US)
Synopsis: A grim and gothic new tale from New York Times bestselling author Alix E. Harrow about a small town haunted by secrets that can't stay buried and the sinister house that sits at the crossroads of it all. Eden, Kentucky, is just another dying, bad-luck town, known only for the legend of E. Starling, the reclusive nineteenth-century author and illustrator who wrote The Underland--and disappeared. Before she vanished, Starling House appeared. But everyone agrees that it’s best to let the uncanny house―and its last lonely heir, Arthur Starling―go to rot. Opal knows better than to mess with haunted houses or brooding men, but an unexpected job offer might be a chance to get her brother out of Eden. Too quickly, though, Starling House starts to feel dangerously like something she’s never a home. As sinister forces converge on Starling House, Opal and Arthur are going to have to make a dire to dig up the buried secrets of the past and confront their own fears, or let Eden be taken over by literal nightmares. If Opal wants a home, she’ll have to fight for it.
Also, Harrow and Illumicrate follow each other on Instagram:
Release date: 18 Jan 2024
Synopsis: Archivist's Note: You must excuse my poetic license. Artistic liberty is something I am rarely afforded, and this tale begs to be transformed into scripture; everything about it is epic.
We begin with the end. With a fugitive engineer in the far-flung future of 6066 trying to find the emperor who stole her sister. With a lovelorn time traveller from 19th-century London yearning to return to the prince who stole his heart. With a forgotten planet imploding beneath the scars left by the people who stole its future.
Asha knows she's just another voiceless cog in the vast war machine of the Thracin empire, trapped working on the assembly line of weapons destined to ensure humans like her never escape. When she discovers she has a long-lost sister who may still be alive deep in the bowels of the imperial prison, the decision to risk everything is made for her.
Obi knows he has to find the cure to the temporal sickness he caught when he split his soul. But when his path tangles with Asha's they soon realise they are merely pawns in a grand prophecy of fated heroes meeting again and again across space and time to thwart an interdimensional apocalypse. And so they must embark on a quest to the centre of the galaxy, voyaging across the stars in a deadly race against time and tyranny to turn their imminent ending into a new beginning.
Jikiemi-Pearson follows Illumicrate on Instagram (Instagram does not follow the author back):
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Post date/time: 4 August 2023 0817