Monday 21 February 2022

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

Title: The Atlas Six (The Atlas #1)
Author: Olivie Blake
Publisher: Tor
Publication Date: 8 March 2022 (2020)
Pages: 384
Genre: Fantasy
ARC from Publisher

The Alexandrian Society is a secret society of magical academicians, the best in the world. Their members are caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity. And those who earn a place among their number will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams. Each decade, the world's six most uniquely talented magicians are selected for initiation - and here are the chosen few . . .

- Libby Rhodes and Nicolás Ferrer de Varona: inseparable enemies, cosmologists who can control matter with their minds.
- Reina Mori: a naturalist who can speak the language of life itself.
- Parisa Kamali: a mind reader whose powers of seduction are unmatched.
- Tristan Caine: the son of a crime kingpin who can see the secrets of the universe.
- Callum Nova: an insanely rich pretty boy who could bring about the end of the world. He need only ask.

When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they must spend one year together to qualify for initiation. During this time, they will be permitted access to the Society's archives and be judged on their contributions to arcane areas of knowledge. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. If they can prove themselves to be the best, they will survive. Most of them.


I came to The Atlas Six off the back of working my way through Proust's In Search of Lost Time, so I was looking for something fun and fantastical, and this book certainly delivered. I enjoyed the premise and the characters, and the story kept me entertained from start to finish. On occasion the plot slowed a little for some philosophising, but it soon picked up again. The world building was mostly good, with gradual explanations of the different characters' abilities. The twist towards the end was interesting, and I turned the final page keen to find out what would happen next, so I will definitely read on in the series. The character illustrations interspersed throughout are a lovely addition and very well executed. I am giving this book 4.5 stars, which I will round up to a five in this case.

I received this book as a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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