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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.
The world's best young magicians accept the opportunity of a lifetime.
Six are chosen. Only five will walk away.
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 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.
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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 book in a new 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.