|Title: The Golem and the Jinni|
Author: Helene Wecker
Published: April 2013 by Harper
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Synopsis: Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.
Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free – an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.
The Golem and the Jinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures – until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice
I'm not entirely sure when I heard about this book but I know as soon as I learned about it I knew I had to read it. It's historical fiction set during one of my favorite periods, no it's a historical fantasy with characters who were created from magic and can preform magic. I had heard some good things from fellow bloggers and I couldn't wait to read it. And was I glad I did. It is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I have read in a long time, an instant favorite.
|The Lower East Side of NYC in 1890's - Source|
I give The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker 9.5 out of 10
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