Who is Pa Salt? The wait is over...

Who is Pa Salt? Over nine years and seven books, readers across the world have been waiting to find out the identity of the Seven Sisters' enigmatic adoptive father. Now, with the series finale, the answers are here. Here's a spoiler-free guide to everything you need to know about Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt.

Over 5.5 million people have followed the seven sisters of Lucinda Riley's phenomenally successful series as they've traced their origins around the globe, from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of Scotland. Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt reveals how they came to be adopted by their father, Pa Salt, drawing the epic story to a stunning, unforgettable conclusion. Here we answer some of the questions that have been on all of ours minds since we first met Maia D’Aplièse and her sisters.

Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt

by Lucinda Riley

Book cover for Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt

1928, ParisA boy is found and taken in by a kindly family. He flourishes in his new home, and the family show him a life he hadn’t dreamed possible. But he refuses to speak a word about who he really is. 2008, the Aegean. The seven sisters are gathered together for the first time, on board the Titan, to say a final goodbye to the enigmatic father they loved so dearly. To the surprise of everyone, it is the missing sister who Pa Salt has chosen to entrust with the clue to their pasts. But for every truth revealed, another question emerges. Everything will be revealed in this epic conclusion to the Seven Sisters series.

Who is Pa Salt? 

No spoilers here! We do know that Pa Salt is the elusive and adored adoptive father of the seven sisters. The series has gradually revealed tantalising clues to seven sisters' heritage and origins, culminating in this eighth and final book. To get to the bottom of who Pa Salt really is, you'll have to read Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt. We promise that all will be revealed and you won't be disappointed. 

What is Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt about?

The final novel in the Seven Sisters series, Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt, opens in Paris in 1928. Throughout the book, secrets are revealed as we learn how and why the sisters were adopted by their beloved father, Pa Salt. As with other books in the series, we cross borders, oceans and decades to finally answer the question of all questions: who is Pa Salt? 

When is Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt out? 

The final novel in the Seven Sisters series is now out now! The book was published on the 11 May 2023. 

What are the other books in the Seven Sisters series? 

There are seven other books in the series, starting with The Seven Sisters which focuses on Maia D’Aplièse, followed by six further books which explore the lives and backgrounds of each sister in turn. You can find out more about all the books in our guide below.

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Did Lucinda Riley finish Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt?

Following Lucinda’s death in 2021, Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt is a work of collaboration with her son Harry Whittaker. 

Shortly before the publication of The Missing Sister, Lucinda announced an eighth and final book in The Seven Sisters series, promising to answer the question at the heart of the story: who is Pa Salt? Before her death, Lucinda was able to write several important passages and detailed notes on the story. She expressed a clear wish that her eldest son, Harry, should complete the series if the worst were to happen. 

Stephen Riley, Lucinda's husband, and Harry Whittaker share their thoughts on the book below. 

For Harry to finish off this hugely successful series – and to do it so brilliantly with this spectacular final book – must be one of the greatest writing achievements in contemporary publishing. My hat goes off to him.
Stephen Riley
I must tell you that the novel itself is epic. It spans a lifetime of love and loss, crossing borders and oceans. Perhaps Lucinda’s greatest achievement is that no one has correctly identified the secret driving force behind the series – and there have been thousands of theories. Atlas will reward those who have loved the novels since the beginning, but there is a new story to tell, too (although it’s always been there, hidden quietly amongst the first 4,500 pages). Perhaps all I’m doing is removing the smokescreen. . . Working on Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt has been the challenge and privilege of a lifetime. It is Lucinda Riley’s parting gift, and I am so excited to deliver it. On 11 May 2023, the whole world will know just who Pa Salt is and why he adopted the sisters.
Harry Whittaker