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Book Review: The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake (ARC)

"The Alexandrian Society, caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity, are the foremost secret society of magical academicians in the world. Those who earn a place among the Alexandrians will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams, and each decade, only the six most uniquely talented magicians are selected to be considered for initiation.

Enter the latest round of six: Libby Rhodes and Nico de Varona, unwilling halves of an unfathomable whole, who exert uncanny control over every element of physicality. Reina Mori, a naturalist, who can intuit the language of life itself. Parisa Kamali, a telepath who can traverse the depths of the subconscious, navigating worlds inside the human mind. Callum Nova, an empath easily mistaken for a manipulative illusionist, who can influence the intimate workings of a person’s inner self. Finally, there is Tristan Caine, who can see through illusions to a new structure of reality—an ability so rare that neither he nor his peers can fully grasp its implications.

When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they will have one year to qualify for initiation, during which time they will be permitted preliminary access to the Society’s archives and judged based on their contributions to various subjects of impossibility: time and space, luck and thought, life and death. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. The six potential initiates will fight to survive the next year of their lives, and if they can prove themselves to be the best among their rivals, most of them will.

Most of them."

Pages: 383


I received The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake for free by Black Crow PR & Tor UK in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour. Thank you so much for my advanced copy and for having me on the tour!

Believe. The. Hype.

WOW I now know why this book was such a massive hit because I was already obsessed with it after the first page! I was so excited to read The Atlas Six because I’ve heard such good things and the premise is so cool and I can say, hand on heart, that this lived up to and surpassed every expectation I had.

The writing was absolutely exquisite and so lyrical I was completely entranced by it. I love the Dark Academia genre and the addition of magic secret societies was just scrumptious (can I describe a book as scrumptious? 😂) plus the twists and turns are mind-bending and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I loved how intimately we got to know these characters. The multi-POV changes worked perfectly in this story and I really enjoyed discovering their deepest thoughts - what they’re protecting, their motivations, things that they are hiding and what really makes them tick. Alongside their alliances slowing forming and shifting, I even found myself feeling more empathy for characters that I had originally cast aside. The politics, manipulations and ego of it all was so thrilling AND the fact that it’s queer as well - it literally ticked every box for what I love in a book!

The Atlas Six is completely stunning inside and out and I am so excited to see what happens next! It is an exciting, intelligent and fantastic addition to the genre and definitely my all time favourite dark academia book!

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