The Atlas Paradox

Tor. (Atlas, Bk. 2). Oct. 2022. 416p. ISBN 9781250855091. $27.99. FANTASY
In this sequel to The Atlas Six, Blake dives even deeper into the Alexandrian Society to grapple with the morality of world changing information being kept from the masses. The Society are protectors of the Alexandrian library and have six magician students, but only five can be initiated. One of them, Libby, was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend and is being kept in isolation. The remaining five vow to continue looking for her. The initiation, however, tears their trust in each other apart—threatening the alliance to find Libby—even as they are also still bound to finish their final year and contribute their research to the library. Blake brilliantly uses fantasy trappings, and plenty of cliff hangers and twists, to tell a story that leaves readers questioning everything they believe to be true in the world she has created. Her characters prove to be unreliable as readers learn more about them and get to know other characters that will drive the story further and connect the multiple timelines.
VERDICT Recommend Blake’s gripping series to fans of Naomi Novik, Erin Morgenstern, and Katherine Arden.
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