The Golem and the Jinni is Helene Wecker's debut novel.....and oh boy, what a debut! We're quite used to books about 'supernatural' beings - vampires, werewolves, witches and more. But Wecker's two protagonists aren't as 'famous'.
Did you know that Science Fiction London has existed for over 30 years, and has been meeting at the London Public Library for 15 of those years?
In the near future, only days before a secret military operation, the US president is nearly assassinated, and is rushed to a nearby hospital. Meanwhile, in the same hosptial, Dr. Singh attempting an experimental procedure to treat PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome), by triggering the memories.
Ephemera. A world crafted of broken realities held together by magical bridges that often take you where you need to go, not where you intend. Belladonna has the power to save the realms from the Eater of the World, but dark magic attempts to thwart her at every turn.
Once renowned for their abilities to cure the sick and wounded, the healers of the Fifteen Realms now stand accused of spreading, and perhaps even causing, the plague that has decimated the population. The governments have fallen and the Realms stand on the brink of anarchy.
Take an amnesiac, a secret government agency, supernatural forces and body swapping, add in a fiesty herione, and a touch of grit and you have a fast-paced, action packed urban fantasy on your hands.
What's your favourite Christmas story? Nope. Not Miracle on 34th St. My tastes tend a little more towards complete chaos!