“The Golem and the Djinni” By Helen Wrecker is an unusual new way of writing about some ancient myths but it is amazing. It is a great mix of the ancient myths in a 19th century setting.
Ahmad is a djinni and he has been trapped in human shape in a flask for over one thousand years. Arbeely, a tinsmith releases him by mistake when he is asked to fix the copper flask Ahmad is trapped in. Chava is a golem, a creature made from clay built to serve a master but her master died on the crossing to America just after she had been woken up. Confused, she arrives in New York on her own. The story is set in the 1890s when lots of people from the Middle East and Europe are moving to America. Soon all sorts of things start to go wrong in a surprising twist as the person who trapped the Djinni gets involved...
This is a book about myths and legends from the desert countries woven into a modern background. This story has a surprise at every turn and the ending doesn’t disappoint. It is very clever. I now can’t wait to read the next book.
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Reviewed by Finley, age 13