Out on 03 April 2025

Gifted & Talented

Olivie Blake

03 April 2025
384 pages


From the international bestselling Olivie Blake, author of The Atlas Six - Gifted & Talented is a dark, contemporary fantasy of power and privilege.

For fans of Succession, this features magic and dysfunctional family - rich in secrets and betrayals.

The children of Thayer Wren have been remarkable since the day they were born. Unsurprisingly, since Thayer was the brilliant CEO of Wrenfare Magitech and so-called father of modern technology. Telepathically and telekinetically gifted, his offspring - Meredith, Arthur and Eilidh Wren - are publicly admired and privately capable of extraordinary feats. Any of the Wren prodigies would be a plausible inheritor to the Wrenfare throne. Or at least, so they like to think.

On the day of Thayer Wren's unexpected demise, the lives of the three Wren siblings are in various states of chaos and disrepair. Meredith, now CEO of her own profitable company, is knee-deep in a dystopian capitalist nightmare, haunted by the ghost of a childhood friend. She’s also facing imminent exposure for corporate malfeasance by a journalist ex-boyfriend. Congressman Arthur Wren is wrestling with his disgruntled constituency and a strange, magical malady that can only be called the yips. Eilidh, former prima ballerina whose spinal injury ended her career, now finds herself triggering accidental, uncontrolled apocalypse events.

In the wake of Thayer's loss, the Wrens return to their childhood home. Here they will face their contentious relationships with their father, and each other. On the journey of gifted kid to clinical depression, nobody wins — but which Wren will rise to the top? Can one of them seize the prize of their father’s crown?

This is a compulsive tale of family, twisted love and dangerous secrets from a writer at the height of her powers.

‘Olivie Blake is a mind-blowing talent’
– Chloe Gong, author of These Violent Delights

‘Sign me up for anything she writes’ Cosmopolitan

Also by Olivie Blake:
The Atlas Six
The Atlas Paradox
The Atlas Complex
Alone with You in the Ether
One For My Enemy
Masters of Death
Januaries: Stories of Love, Magic & Betrayal

Olivie Blake is a mind-blowing talent
This book is half mystery, half puzzle, and wholly a delight
Compelling, entertaining, and addictive. The Atlas Six is academic Darwinism: survival of the smartest with a healthy dose of magic