The Golem and the Jinni
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

By an amazing twist of fate Chava (the Golem) and Ahmad (the Jinni) are newly arrived in New York. Whlist Chava is taken in by a kindly Rabbi, Ahmad finds himself part of the Syrian community so the circles they move in are so enormously different that it is only by chance they meet on the street one night. There follows a tale of magic, mystery and love where Ahmad and Chava find that they are more closely bound than they could possible have imagined.

This is a lovely story of two lonely “people” who are thrown together in amazing circumstances and how they make their way through it all. Along the way, they are joined by a motley crew of interesting people who also add a richness to this beautiful tale and whose humanity shows the stark differences between themselves and the mythical creatures at the centre of the tale.

All the characters in this novel are so sympathetically written that, apart from the villain of the piece, you cannot help but like them all (and he is so terribly bad that you very much have to dislike him just as much as you like the others). Every single character adds to the depth of the story and, although it is actually longer than you think it is going to be, I would not have minded at all if it had kept going even longer.

The Goodreads title page reads “The Golem and the Jinni, #1) and the ending of the novel does clearly leave availability for the story to continue in future novels. I will very much look forward to that and cannot wait to read the next instalment.

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