The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake is the runaway TikTok must-listen fantasy novel of the year, read by a full cast of narrators. If you loved Ninth House and A Deadly Education, you’ll love this.
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.
The story continues in The Atlas Paradox, the heart-stopping sequel.
‘Great plot, with lots of wonderful twists! I've already pre-ordered the sequel’ – Listener Review
‘Just wow! The use of words... the thought going into every phrase... the writing in itself is just magical. And... the narrators are brilliant too.' – Listener Review
‘An amazing book by a ridiculously talented writer’ – Listener Review
Originally a self-published sensation, this edition has been fully edited and revised. Now includes the short story Sacred Hospitality.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The lost library of Alexandria is guarded by a small group of the magical elite, who invite only six new students into their midst per decade. But one student will be eliminated after a year, and The Atlas Six closely follows the shifting alliances between the potential recruits. Author Olivie Blake initially self-published this opening story in a dark academia saga, but it’s been expanded and edited since blowing up on social media. Blake eschews outsized villains and external conflicts, preferring to focus on the kinetic dialogue and charged attraction zinging between the students. Each one has a speciality, which sparks dynamic situations alongside Blake’s breezy worldbuilding. Once all those emotional pieces are in place, the stage is set for the next instalment in the series to expand dramatically outward.