Adult Fantasy Review: The Atlas Six (The Atlas #1) by Olivie Blake

Posted May 8, 2022 by jrsbookr in Fantasy / 0 Comments

by Olivie Blake
Adult Fantasy Review: The Atlas Six (The Atlas #1) by Olivie BlakeThe Atlas Six Series: The Atlas Six #1
Published by Tom Doherty Associates on March 1, 2022
Source: Owned Hardback
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary, Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy, FICTION / Fantasy / Urban
Pages: 384
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Format: Hardcover
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The much-acclaimed viral sensation from Olivie Blake, The Atlas Six--now newly revised and edited with additional content.

The tag #theatlassix has millions of views on TikTok
A dark academic debut fantasy with an established cult following that reads like The Secret History meets The Umbrella Academy
The first in an explosive trilogy
• Indigo's Top 10 Most Anticipated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books of 2022's Most Anticipated SFF of 2022

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.

“With a cast of complicated hate-to-love-them characters and enough delicious philosophizing to satisfy even the pickiest dark academia heart, this book will drag you into its undertow and refuse to let you go til morning." — Victoria Lee, author of A Lesson in Vengeance and The Fever King

"Compelling, entertaining, and addictive. The Atlas Six is academic Darwinism: survival of the smartest with a healthy dose of magic." — T.L. Huchu, author of The Library of The Dead

"Lethally smart. Filled with a cast of brilliantly realized characters, each entangled with one another in torturously delicious ways, The Atlas Six will grip you by the throat and refuse to let go. Olivie Blake is a mind-blowing talent."—Chloe Gong, author of the New York Times bestseller These Violent Delights

"The Atlas Six will thrill those who love twisted plots, twisted relationships, and morally grey characters ready to kill for knowledge and power. Dark, ambitious, and engaging." — H.G. Parry, author of A Declaration Of The Rights For Magicians

"With a fascinating magic system explored through the lens of philosophy and morality, narrated by dynamic, enthralling characters, the ATLAS SIX is a tour de force. I read this book in two sittings--once I picked it up, I found it almost impossible to put down." — Christine Lynn Herman, New York Times and indie bestselling author of All of Us Villains

" This chilling story of ambition and magic will make you question your own morals as you grow to love (and hate) its fascinating, ruthless cast of characters. I utterly devoured this book." — Amanda Foody, New York Times and indie bestselling author of All of Us Villains

"The Atlas Six is a fantasy novel that understands that what the people want is more dark academia stories with flawless vibes and aesthetics and hot morally fraudulent characters who are constantly on the verge of either killing each other or fucking each other. I'm the people."—chai, viral book reviewer @proyearner


The Atlas Six is an intense, mind-blowing, adult, dark fantasy book I savored to the last page. I had to read it in the sections it divided out and let those parts process as some of it needs time to be processed in your brain. The Atlas Six is a mix of analyzing how magic works and where it comes from, with a dark backdrop of having to murder someone to survive. I have never read a book like this one; nothing compares to the world-building, the character development, and the analytical thinking involved in this novel. Six unique individuals, two of which are joined at the hip, and a plot that is brewing that you don’t even see until the very last few pages. The novel is paced slowly, but if you read the chunks laid out, then I think you enjoy it rather than barreling through it without taking time to process what you have been given. I am very impressed with this first book and can not wait for the sequel.

About Olivie Blake

Olivie Blake is the pseudonym of Alexene Farol Follmuth, a lover and writer of stories, many of which involve the fantastic, the paranormal, or the supernatural, but not always. More often, her works revolve around what it means to be human (or not), and the endlessly interesting complexities of life and love.

Olivie has penned several indie SFF projects, including the webtoon Clara and the Devil with illustrator Little Chmura and the viral Atlas series. As Follmuth, her young adult rom-com My Mechanical Romance releases May 2022.

Olivie lives in Los Angeles with her husband and baby, where she is generally tolerated by her rescue pit bull.