The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake is the runaway TikTok must-read fantasy novel of the year. If you loved Ninth House and A Deadly Education, you’ll love this. Originally a self-published sensation, this edition has been fully edited and revised.
Secrets. Betrayal. Seduction.
Welcome to the Alexandrian Society.
When the world’s best magicians are offered an extraordinary opportunity, saying yes is easy. Each could join the secretive Alexandrian Society, whose custodians guard lost knowledge from ancient civilizations. Their members enjoy a lifetime of power and prestige. Yet each decade, only six practitioners are invited – to fill five places.
Contenders Libby Rhodes and Nico de Varona are inseparable enemies, cosmologists who can control matter with their minds. Parisa Kamali is a telepath, who sees the mind’s deepest secrets. Reina Mori is a naturalist who can perceive and understand the flow of life itself. And Callum Nova is an empath, who can manipulate the desires of others. Finally there’s Tristan Caine, whose powers mystify even himself.
Following recruitment by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they travel to the Society’s London headquarters. Here, each must study and innovate within esoteric subject areas. And if they can prove themselves, over the course of a year, they’ll survive. Most of them.
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The easiest five stars I’ve given all year. The new and revised version is the only version I have read, and I am absolutely addicted. Blake is an insanely talented author, their writing is compelling and poetic - I would read their grocery lists I am certain.
‘ The Atlas Six’ a fantasy novel where six of the Worlds most talented musicians are selected periodically to complete a fellowship within the Alexandrian Society. Each are individually crafted with their respective talents, abilities and mannerisms - and each persons power and talent with the capability to evoke immense danger.
The plot, as you can likely tell, was what drew me to the book initially - that, and the fact that EVERYONE is talking about it. And within good reason.
The plot twists are so well-done, the exact right balance of adequate foreshadowing so that it doesn’t pop out of nowhere / feel forced but simultaneously not predictable to the point the book is dull because you know whats about to happen.
Blake’s world building is stunning - far enough from our own world that it is immediately intriguing but also explained comprehensively that you are visualising the entire book. The magic system is unique and unlike anything I’ve ever read (albeit, I am not super well versed with the fantasy genre) and it’s a book that is inexplicably unique.
I am so excited for the sequel - publishers, if you’re reading this review, please do consider me for an ARC again - I am sure I would read the authors shopping lists and enjoy them.
thank you to netgalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review xo
I loved this book like, really loved. I just wanted to get that out the way
This book is a healthy mix of magic, science and philosophy, all wrapped up in a modern day setting. Not to mention the draw of a secret society, if the other points didn't grab you first.
The way the characters, all speaking with clearly different voices, and with no main "chosen one' to spoil the day, work their way through the points I stated above, all mixing together, plus their own character development was so fun to read. Not to mention I am pretty sure I learned a thing or two along the way.
My take: read it!