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Review of The Four by Ellie Keel

Updated: Apr 8

We were always The Four. From our very first day at High Realms.’

If you’re looking for a contemporary twist on a classical dark academia novel, such as The Secret History, you’ve come to the right place. High Realms is definitely where you’ll find that intoxicating dark atmosphere with a suffocating air of mystery about it.

We meet four scholarship pupils of High Realm, the outcasts of a powerful and privileged society, bound together by their status within the school, and then trapped together by a dark, deathly secret.

I practically inhaled the first third of this book, it had felt as though I had been starved and I greedily ate the pages up in my post-The Secret History reading journey. I loved it, but as I found myself in the centre of the novel, I took more time on the words and pages as the storyline began to unravel in an unexpected way and the depth of the characters and the events unfolding became something to appreciate and focus on. 

The Four is a really well written novel, nodding to the classical dark academia that we all know and love, but with a little extra oomph to the tummy! I would LOVE to see this filmed as a TV series or recorded as a cleverly written fictional podcast..!

Reviewed by Danielle.

The Four will be published on 11/04/24 by HQ Stories.

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