The Hidden Palace
Books | Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
In this enthralling historical epic, set in New York City and the Middle East in the years leading to World War I-- the long-awaited follow-up to the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Golem and the Jinni--Helene Wecker revisits her beloved characters Chava and Ahmad as they confront unexpected new challenges in a rapidly changing human world.Chava is a golem, a woman made of clay, who can hear the thoughts and longings of those around her and feels compelled by her nature to help them. Ahmad is a jinni, a restless creature of fire, once free to roam the desert but now imprisoned in the shape of a man. Fearing they'll be exposed as monsters, these magical beings hide their true selves and try to pass as human--just two more immigrants in the bustling world of 1900s Manhattan. Brought together under calamitous circumstances, their lives are now entwined--but they're not yet certain of what they mean to each other.Both Chava and Ahmad have changed the lives of the people around them. Park Avenue heiress Sophia Winston, whose brief encounter with Ahmad left her with a strange illness that makes her shiver with cold, travels to the Middle East to seek a cure. There she meets Dima, a tempestuous female jinni who's been banished from her tribe. Back in New York, in a tenement on the Lower East Side, a little girl named Kreindel helps her rabbi father build a golem they name Yossele--not knowing that she's about to be sent to an orphanage uptown, where the hulking Yossele will become her only friend and protector.Spanning the tumultuous years from the turn of the twentieth century to the beginning of World War I, The Hidden Palace follows these lives and others as they collide and interleave. Can Chava and Ahmad find their places in the human world while remaining true to each other? Or will their opposing natures and desires eventually tear them apart--especially once they encounter, thrillingly, other beings like themselves?
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"Picked this book up at the library on a whim and enjoyed it very much even though it's the 2nd book in the story. The author tells a very good story and kept me interested in the characters. I'm hoping our library has the 1st book as they're not part on Amazon's Kindle Unlimited books package."
"I had very high expectations for this book because the Golem and the Jinni is one of my favorite books of all time. This was a worthy sequel. I'll admit, it didn't capture the magic of the first book, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Like the first book, it is a slow burn throughout, so don't expect a lot of action until the very end. And considering how it ended, I wouldn't be surprised if there was a third book, which would make me very happy! Since it has been 8 years since the first book was released, it did a very good job catching you up with some brief refreshers - as soon as I read them, memories from the first book that I thought I had forgotten came back."