The Golem and the Jinni, written by Helene Wecker, was published in 2013 by Harper. The audiobook was narrated by George Guidall and published by HarperAudio.
The Golem and the Jinni features, truly, some of the most spectacular characters I’ve ever read in a standalone novel. And I’m not just talking about the titular golem and jinni – but also every other person in the story. There is so much humanity to love in this book. That does mean that the book is fairly light on plot – the villain, for most of the book, is just another fascinating character. But I’ll trade fight scenes and mysteries for an engrossing character study any day.
The setting, too, becomes a sort of incredible character. The neighborhoods and cultures the golem and the jinni join are fleshed out, fascinating to read, and, it seems, historically accurate.
If you are a fan of either character-driven fantasy (Robin Hobb’s books, the Temeraire series) or magical realism (The Night Circus, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell) I would highly recommend this incredible book. If you’re a fan of both, like I am, you’re in for a spectacular treat.