Fiction Review: William Azuski’s “Travels in Elysium”

This book was not what I was expecting, in ways both good, and less than I had hoped.

The people of the island, and the island itself are wonderfully crafted. Each character you meet in the town has nuance and depth. Each road, cliff, and area of the excavation is wonderfully wrought, and creates a backdrop to the story that completely enhances it.

This is not a book for the casual read, not something to sit on a beach and lazily go through on vacation. This is a book that takes work. The long philosophical discussions between the characters, the overlapping internal dialogues, the twists and turns of intrigue and mystery require a hearty plunge on the part of the reader to fully explore and appreciate.

The editor in me loves concision, and so I struggled with this work at times. It is an interesting premise, a well-crafted story, but like the ash the characters sift through, I felt somewhat smothered by the thick layers of words the author used to bring forth his tale. Words have great power, and to use them with reckless abandon does your reader a disservice, and can overwhelm.

That said, this was a change of pace from other works in the genre, and I enjoyed the new perspective.

I received a review copy of this work from the publisher through NetGalley

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