The Elixirist: A Novel by Avraham Azrieli

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Pub date September 4, 2020


Price $2.98 (USD) Kindle edition, $9.99 Paperback

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Set in ancient Israel in the Old Testament times, Azrieli’s illuminating latest tells the story of a young man’s perilous quest for a mythical potion of love, which takes him on journey to self-realization and enlightenment. Falling in love with the High Priest’s lovely daughter forces sixteen-year-old Sall to abandon his home and city and search for the magical elixir of love. Full of unforeseen dangers, Sall’s adverse journey takes him from the lush valleys of his hometown to the rough terrains of places far away, bringing him at last to self-understanding and spiritual enlightenment. Azrieli is an expert storyteller, and his affecting prose and deeply realized characterization keep the readers invested. Sall, with his determination and resilience comes out as a realistic character whose story remains consistently intriguing. His endearing naivety, his unwavering devotion for An, and his heartwarming bond with Bozra makes him reliably human. His coming of age journey—from being an abject naïve young boy to a grown, self-assured man—comes through in careful detail, never slipping into the maudlin. The story is elevated further by its vivid backdrop of Old Testament times and its deft inclusion of fine historical detail.

Fans of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho will want to take a look.


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