4 of 5 stars ****
Helene Wecker writes beautifully in telling this fantastic adventure involving the magic of a Shaman and the existence of fantasy creatures, like the Jinni and Jinnia. The Jinni is composed of fire while the Shaman's creation, the Golem, is made of clay. The qualities these two possess make for a wonderful story as their paths cross in the midst of humanity.
The Golem is the most far-fetched and intriguing character throughout the entire fantasy. Imbued with the ability to perceive the desires and needs of all around her without ever experiencing life, this character also has a superior memory, strength, and can assimilate events, cross-reference, and relate to any situation so she can cope adequately without revealing her true nature. This ability to learn without much of a data base from which to draw, requires someone or some thing to understand and guide her.