The Golem and the JinniTHE GOLEM AND THE JINNI


Genre: Fantasy/Jewish-American/Historical

*Debut author*

Series: P.S.

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher

  • Series: P.S.
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (December 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062110845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062110848



In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free

Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker’s debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.


THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI by Helene Wecker is an interesting Fantasy/Jewish-American/ Historical . “Chava is a Golem, a creature made of clay.” While, “Ahmad is a Jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert”.

An impressive tale that blends mythology, magic, history, and religion into a tale of loyalties,struggles and supernatural beings. Ms. Wecker has written a delightful tale that brings life to mythology and magic through her tale of “The Golem and The Jinni”. Jinni is a genie, and The Golem is a Jewish myth. Ms. Wecker has brought both these creatures to life with her powerful, inventive tale. Both creatures want love  and acceptance just like the rest of the world. If you enjoy fantasy, science fiction and mythology than you will enjoy this title. While, it was a bit confusing to me at times, it was a great story. Well told!  An impressive debut by this author. I can hardly wait to see what she has in store for her readers next.

Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More