Travels in Elysium
By William Azuski
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 4 stars
Nicholas Pedrosa is 22 years old when he accepts a job as
apprentice to archaeologist Marcus Huxley, joining his work on the island of
Santorini in the southern Aegean.
In Greek mythology, Elysium is “the home of the blessed
after death.” Another definition of
Elysium is “any ideally delightful or blissful place or condition.’
Would this be Elysium for Nicholas? When he left rural England to accept this
position, he truly thought so.
Yet the journey, in reality, is far from delight or bliss
for Nicholas from the very beginning as he replaces the apprentice before him
who died. Was he murdered? That uncertainty hovers over Nicholas as he
gets to know the brilliant, yet ruthless, Marcus Huxley. Secrets abound. Could he have discovered Atlantis? The questions continue to mount for Nicholas
With well-defined and developed characters, the author
places them in a setting with writing that makes them come alive. Readers will
experience being on the island, privy to the well written, realistic conversations
that will let them see and hear what Nicolas experienced is his battle to make
sense of the unknown and mysteries in this new job he has traveled to accept.