Tor Books
Genre: Dark Academia
Format: eArc & Fairyloot Adult Book Box Subscription
Number of Pages: 375
Where I acquired the Book: I received an e-ARC of this novel from Pan Macmillan’s Tor Books through Netgalley. This doesn’t affect my view and it is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinions on this book.
Published: March 1st 2022* (formerly self-published in 2020)



The Alexandrian Society is a secret society of magical academicians, the best in the world. Their members are caretakers of missing 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 intellect 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 approximately 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. Whether they can prove themselves to be the best, they will survive. Most of them.


The Atlas Six is my first foray into reading Dark Academia, and I found the the world building and magic system really interesting. It’s philosophical, and scientific which makes it both plausible and realistic. It’s a magic system that you could see sitting alongside our current lives. Notwithstanding I did find the physics and philosophy of the magic a little too much at points. I felt like I needed a measure to grasp some of the concepts. It’s a book that needs a lot of concentration and focus to read.

Another thing I liked about The Atlas Six was it’s morally grey characters, it’s interesting and refreshing to have a group of narrators that are all unreliable, suspicious and full of secret agendas. Although the downside of this was that I felt like I couldn’t really connect to the characters, and some of the narrators I outright disliked. Notwithstanding, despite all of this I did enjoy the blurred lines of good and naughty, ethical and evil as it made for interesting dynamics in the group, I never really knew what I could expect to read on the next page. The characters are really diverse too with with lots of nationalities and cultures represented as well as hints of LGBTQ+ characters, and mental health issues.

There was a little touch of romance in this book, but it wasn’t a focus and I felt like it was a little lacklustre. I felt more connection from characters that were not together, than characters that were, and I was left wishing for a little bit more, particularly considering this book is primarily focused on character, and relationships. To be fair it felt a little strange to me that romance was mostly absent considering this book is approximately a group of 20 somethings all living in the same house for a year.

To add to this I also personally felt like there was too much of a focus on character, and not enough on plot. The characters are well developed and each POV is very unique, but there wasn’t a lot of actual plot until the ultimate quarter of the book. I found it hard to really get sucked in to the story, and it didn’t help that the pacing got very slow in the middle and I was left wondering where this was actually going for a while. There was one combat scene towards the start of the book but even that fell a little flat for me as the most interesting object to happen in that scene actually happened off page. The last quarter did make up for it a little though, with lots of shocking twists and reveals that made me a little more eager to pick up the book and read.

As I hit the end of the book though, it did feel a little unfinished. I know there is another book The Atlas Paradox which is out this October, but it felt like we had stopped in the middle of the plot, with nothing resolved and most of the secrets still to uncover. So although I am not jumping to receive a copy of the sequel, I feel like I have no choice but to read it some point in order to continue on and finish the story.


All in all The Atlas Six wasn’t fairly what I’d been expecting and I felt like it didn’t fairly meet the hype. I know the book isn’t designed to be a light easy read, but sometimes I found it too much, a little bit pretentious even at times? And although it’s fine for a book to be character driven, this one felt like it was character driven at the expense of plot for most of the novel. However as I mentioned above I did really like the realistic magic system, and the moral-greyness of the characters. The twists and reveals at the end were intriguing too, so I do think I will read the next book at some point, out of curiosity to what will happen next. Part of me wonders (and hopes) that this is one of those books that is so carefully plotted that it will only really make sense once I have read the next book and therefore giving me a little more appreciation for this book that I have heard so much approximately. But at the same time I will not be rushing to seize a copy of the The Atlas Paradox when it comes out in October either.


Rating: 3 out of 5.


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