Friday, May 17, 2013

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker Review

Title: The Golem and the Jinni
Author: Helene Wecker
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Told in lyrical, beautiful prose, The Golem and the Jinni is a rich, glittering gem of a novel that doesn't disappoint, delivering magic, mystery, and a coming of age, all wrapped up in a mindblowing debut.

Chava, a golem, a being made of clay, comes to New York alone after her master dies, struggling to live in an unfamiliar city congested with people, and Ahmad, a jinni imprisoned in human form, is released from an oil flask, landing in the middle of a metal-smith's shop--they encounter a colorful, vibrant cast of characters as both struggle to find their way and their identities.

What I enjoyed:
-The lyrical writing, and the way the story unfolded like a fairy tale
-The cast of characters, and how easily everything flowed; it was easy to keep track of everyone
-The way the supernatural flowed so easily into everything
-The pacing--the book flew and I gobbled the book up in two days
-The way how it satisfied everything--it was a mystery, a coming of age, and a magical tale of identity
-The way the plot was rooted in 1899, as if the country was coming of age as well as Ahmad and Chava were
-The setting of New York City
-Everything was absolutely wonderful, and I really enjoyed it.

For those of you looking for a deep, sparkling tale, pick up The Golem and the Jinni--I promise you all will enjoy it--there was nothing I didn't love about this dark tale! Next on deck: Graceling by Kristin Cashore!

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