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The Hidden Palace

(The Golem and the Jinni #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  616 ratings  ·  173 reviews
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 m
ebook, 480 pages
Published June 8th 2021 by Harper
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Zen I guess Goodreads allows it because it's not uncommon for authors to give out ARCs and build up some hype before publication date.

It's ridiculous tho…more
I guess Goodreads allows it because it's not uncommon for authors to give out ARCs and build up some hype before publication date.

It's ridiculous though that it's getting bad ratings when Wecker probably hasn't even finished writing it yet. There needs to be some sort of workaround. =/ (less)

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Jessica Rodrigues
I was incredibly nervous to start this book. I adored The Golem and the Jinni, but it has been eight years since I read it and the details were a little fuzzy. What if The Hidden Palace was confusing to me? What if it didn't live up the hype in my mind?

I put it off until I couldn't any more and dove right in.

If you, too, are feeling a bit anxious about forgetting the details of The Golem and the Jinni, fear not. It seems the author anticipated as much and lays a neat trail a breadcrumbs for us t
Jan 23, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: i-need
OMG. OMG. OMG. *hyperventilates*

Will Byrnes
If you have not yet read The Golem and the Jinni, stop! Right now! Go back. Read that, then we can talk about the sequel. Read it already? Great. Not yet? Ok, I’ll wait, but not for a thousand years, like some.

You’re back? Cool. Great book, right? So Chava, the golem of book #1 and Ahmad, the jinni of that tale, are a bit older, and a bit wiser. They are also a bit more rounded as characters. We’ll get to them in a bit.

Helene Wecker - image from Fantasy Book Cafe

The story begins with an extreme
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
4.5 stars. I'm not sure what direction I thought Helene Wecker would go with this sequel to The Golem and the Jinni, but this was surprising in some good ways. We meet all of our favorite characters from the first book, with new challenges that flow from the prior conflicts and issues but take us in some new directions, along with some new characters (I loved Toby and Kreindal!).

Full review to come!

Initial post: Look at this! A sequel to the wonderful fantasy The Golem and the Jinni! And I've j
Elyse  Walters
Two supernaturals …. Plus two more! > yes another golem and another female-jinni…. …
sounds complex ….but the story flows effortlessly and the dazzling magic that captured our hearts in the first book — does so again in this second book.
there is just ‘more’ of everything….
….more drama, romance, more changes in relationships, history, (The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, The Sinking of the Titanic, The Odessa pogroms, and the beginning of the Great War), more characters, more suspense, more
Simona B
May 18, 2016 marked it as wishlist
I seriously hope the publication date won't be pushed back any more *aggressively crosses fingers* ...more
Nov 16, 2015 marked it as to-read
There's going to be a *sequel*!?!? ...more
Dec 14, 2015 marked it as to-read
2021. oof. this is becoming like a log haha.

Guess it's 2019, then. ._.

Excuse me while I die
Jan 04, 2016 is currently reading it
OMG. NEED IT NOW. But take your time, Helene, so we may read another beautiful book by you. Did not know there's going to be a sequel~! I hope this is going to be great...because I love the way it ends on the first book; the not knowing what's really going to happen to them. ...more
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so happy to be back in this world with Ahmad and Chava! The sequel is just as immersive as the original, and it was lovely visiting with these old friends. Things are changing in the world, and for our favorite beings from folklore. Chava wonders how she will hide her lack of aging from the community she has built, while Ahmad worries he is becoming too like the people he lives amongst. As they push each other, resentments grow. Will Chava and Ahmad find a way to work out their differences ...more
Stephanie G. Lewis
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: next-in-a-series
I had vowed to only read series from dead authors. I hate to wait for the next book.
I waited! I read it with delight and despair. In a few months or so, I will read it again.
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
(I received this book as an eARC from edelweiss)
I absolutely loved The Golem and the Jinni. When I was a bookseller, it was one of my most frequently recommended books, and The Hidden Palace is a more-than-worthy follow-up. This time, the story has a larger cast of characters, some new, some familiar, following them farther afield and over many more years, still with the Jinni and the Golem at the heart of the tale. In this wider setting, Helene Wecker's nuanced characters and careful interweavi
Omg this is finally gonna happen in 2021?? COVER???
Cook Memorial Public Library
Highly recommended by Jo, who will interview Libertyville native Helene Wecker in a Zoom event at 7 p.m. central time June 16. To register:

Check our catalog:
(Note: I received an advanced reader copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley)

Through my reading over the last few years, I’ve discovered that (amongst many other things), two elements that I enjoy are old New York as a setting, and also fantasy elements based on old myths and legends. So when I finally discovered this pair intertwined in Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni, the book immediately found a new fan who eagerly consumed it in a matter of just a few days.

When provided the opportun
I recall enjoying The Golem and the Jinni very much, but I had forgotten some key story elements, particularly the jinni's encounter with the human Sophia Winston and its lasting physical effect on her. A bit of a refresher is given on this and other preceding events, though I would hesitate to give this sequel to anyone who hadn't read the first.

It was good to revisit the characters of Chava the golem and Ahmad the jinni as their relationship develops and they continue to try to fit in among th
Walks Through Walls
Sep 01, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-out-yet
Expected publication pushed back to September 2019. Sadface. :(


Super disgruntled to discover that the projected publication date is in 2018! Given that the first book was published in 2013, I started reading it with the anticipation that I'd surely be able to continue on to the sequel as soon as I finished it, but when I clicked through I found out it won't be out for some years, yet!

How heartbreaking. Though apparently it's a fairly recent announcement that there's a sequel at
Phoebe Jeziel
someone tell me that my boi Ahmad is gonna finally get those cuffs off his wrists pls and thank u
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
3.5 stars, I think?

The writing is gorgeous, and I love how everything meanders through and just dives into the setting, the people, the different threads weaving together to form this tapestry of humanity about the Golem and the Jinni, and yet...the ultimate ending (and the climax) felt very unsatisfying. Rushed and incomplete.

Still enjoyable, however, as I love Wecker's writing style and her ability to just wrap so many different things together.

Full RTC.

I received this ARC from NetGalley for a
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Advance copy from NetGalley.

What a lovely sequel! I snuggled right back into these characters’ lives, and I loved the additional points of view. Sophia, Kreindel, and Toby’s perspectives added nicely to the intersecting stories, and they enriched the overall narrative. I probably cared least about Dima, but she was still important to the story, and I liked that the other characters were more gracious towards her than I was.

It’s been eight years since I read the first book, and the story could ha
Belinda (TheBookBuddies)

Edit: 2018 has come and gone and now the date says 2020 *ugly cries*

Edit 2: 3 MORE MONTHS!!!
LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
07/25-- *looks at the push back date*
*cries a million tears*
At long last, I get to return to the world of the Golem and the Jinni. It’s been a long wait, but it was absolutely worth it. My fears about the second novel not living up to the first were put to rest here. It was frustrating to see the publication of this book repeatedly moved back, but I guess Helene Wecker needed the time to get it right and that’s exactly what she did. If she has any thoughts of writing a third book and making it a trilogy, I wouldn’t object if she took another eight years ...more
WOW is all I can say! I’ve been waiting for so long for this sequel to The Golem and The Jinni (along with many other readers) and it’s finally here. Thanks to the Jewish Book Council, I got a preview of the beginning of the book, but read the whole thing as soon as it was published. And it did not disappoint. There is, naturally, further development of the two main characters (Chava, the golem, and Ahmad, the jinni) along with some other returning favorites such as Anna, Arbeely, Maryam and Sop ...more
Anna Bright
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, fantasy
Chava and Ahmad return, and we get the rest of their story-- but Helene Wecker also braids in the stories of Sophia Winston, altered forever by her brief encounter with Ahmad in THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI, Kreindel Altschul, a young girl guarded by a golem of her own, and Anna Blumberg, who once worked with Chava at the bakery and now raises her young son alone. Sweeping across decades and continents, touching on love, war, religion, and diaspora, THE HIDDEN PALACE retains its prequel's unswerving ...more
Geonn Cannon
Jun 15, 2021 rated it liked it
I liked it. I don't want to imply I didn't like it. This is very clearly a solid book written by the same person who wrote the first book (which I loved). But I don't know, this one never really reached those heights. It was just good when it could've been great. I think maybe it had just been so long since the first book, I'd kind of considered the characters stories were done. But now they're back, and it's strange to revisit people I'd closed the book on (so to speak) a long time ago. It will ...more
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
A bit of second book syndrome, far too many coincidences to be believable, but Chava and Ahmad are still two of the most complex and compelling characters I’ve ever read.
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
The Hidden Palace by Helene Wrecker. Thanks to @harper for the gifted ARC ⭐️⭐️

The highly anticipated sequel to The Golem and the Jinni. The reader follows Chava and Ahmad in NYC during the turn of the twentieth century and beginning of World War I.

I’ve been waiting years for this sequel to come out; ever since I finished the Golem and the Jinni, which ended up being a favorite read of mine. It’s possible that I either built my expectations too high or too much time has passed since I read the f
Piper (An Ocean of Words)
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018

Worth the wait!!! Sort of like a long epilogue but I’m glad we got it. Oh the terrifying ordeal of being known!

Edit: I'll actually be a senior, but what's the use in wondering?

yes my prayers have been answered and even though I will be a junior in college when this comes out i will be ready
Jun 14, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This long-awaited sequel was sadly not what I was hoping for. On the plus side, the descriptions are still wonderful. This alternate world, where mythical creatures inhabit human places unnoticed, was still compelling and beautifully rendered. The narration is filled with accurate cultural and historical references deftly interwoven with the fantasy plot. In this novel we still have multiple POV narration and we get to see old characters again, along with the new.

What didn´t work for me then?
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Helene Wecker’s first novel, The Golem and the Jinni, was awarded the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature, the VCU Cabell Award for First Novel, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize, and was nominated for a Nebula Award and a World Fantasy Award. Its sequel, The Hidden Palace, will be published in June 2021. A Midwest native, she holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College and an M.F.A. in Fiction ...more

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