On September 28, it was announced through Tor Books that The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake, an independently published dark academic fantasy that took the book community by storm, is being released with a new hardcover edition in addition to the release of two more books in the planned trilogy.
Originally self-published in 2020, The Atlas Six follows six uniquely talented magicians from around the world who are invited to compete in an academic fellowship as part of the The Alexandrian Society, caretakers of knowledge that has been lost to the greatest civilizations of ancient times. However, elimination holds deadly consequences.
According to Tor’s article, Blake’s “newly revised” edition of her novel will include “new illustration material” which will be releasing in 2022. The first novel now has an ebook version available for purchase through Macmillan.
The novel has garnered over 9.5 million views on Booktok and was recently placed into Barnes & Noble stores earlier this summer. Cover artist for the new edition of The Atlas Six is Jamie Stafford-Hill.
According to the FAQ page, the hardcover edition will contain revisions from the author, be edited and include new interior art. A pre-order campaign is to be announced soon as well.
The highly-anticipated sequel titled The Atlas Paradox is slated for October 2022. Olivie Blake is the pen name for Alexene Farol Follmuth. The official website for the novel can be found here.
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.
The new edition of Atlas Six by Olivie Blake is set to be released March 1, 2022!