This was an excellent book. Almost 500 pages, and I found the story to be compelling from start to finish. This was a very unique, well written, mystical novel about a golem (jewish creature made from clay) and a fire jinni (a supernatural spirit below the level of angels and devils in Arabia) that meet in New York, somewhere around the turn of the century. It was hard to put down this book, and it was also a pleasure beacuse of how it was written and it wasn't a book that I devoured all in one sitting. In a sense, this novel caught me a bit off guard, and it also reminded me of the kind of books that I do like to read - ones with a bit a magic, or other-worldliness about them. I enjoyed reading about the Jinni's past, and how the lives of the golem and the jinni intertwine, and then come together, and apart. If you are looking for an intellectual, almost romantic, supernatural novel, this one is a sure bet.