I thought this was a very good historical fantasy set in New York City around 1900. Though set in NYC, the plot is more character-based, focusing, with a small cast of supporting characters, on the two characters of a golem and a jinni. Both are non-human and/or created and we see a fair bit of reflection of human nature through their eyes. The plot is a little slow and I could have wished for slightly stronger writing. I kept thinking that if this book was written like The Shadow of the Wind or by Guy Gavriel Kay that it would be blowing my socks off. I'll have to settle for very good instead. The author is one I'll definitely be keeping an eye on.