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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 best seller 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 made of clay, who can hear the thoughts and longings of those around her and feels compelled by her nature to help them. Ahmad is a jinni, a restless creature of fire, once free to roam the desert but now imprisoned in the shape of a man. Fearing they’ll be exposed as monsters, these magical beings hide their true selves and try to pass as human - just two more immigrants in the bustling world of 1900s Manhattan. Brought together under calamitous circumstances, their lives are now entwined - but they’re not yet certain of what they mean to each other.

Both Chava and Ahmad have changed the lives of the people around them. Park Avenue heiress Sophia Winston, whose brief encounter with Ahmad left her with a strange illness that makes her shiver with cold, travels to the Middle East to seek a cure. There she meets Dima, a tempestuous female jinni who’s been banished from her tribe. Back in New York, in a tenement on the Lower East Side, a little girl named Kreindel helps her rabbi father build a golem they name Yossele - not knowing that she’s about to be sent to an orphanage uptown, where the hulking Yossele will become her only friend and protector.

Spanning the tumultuous years from the turn of the 20th century to the beginning of World War I, The Hidden Palace follows these lives and others as they collide and interleave. Can Chava and Ahmad find their places in the human world while remaining true to each other? Or will their opposing natures and desires eventually tear them apart - especially once they encounter, thrillingly, other beings like themselves?

©2021 Helene Wecker (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Lovely, lovely and lovely.

Been looking looking forward to this book for years and it didn’t disappoint. It was nice to be back in the world of the Golem and the Jinni and seeing how their relationship evolves over time and that epilogue hit me in the feels.

Narration was excellent.

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  • dB
  • 12-06-21

Incredible story telling

I am so moved by your story telling. The detail, the characters and narrator are incredible.

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  • steven
  • 16-06-21

Loved it

The settings, characters, fantasy, history, religion, are blended so perfectly in these 2 books. I love the 2nd book as much if not more than the first. An amazing continuation of the story and I loved every minute of it. The narrator of these books is absolutely perfect and love his voice. Helene Wecker is now added to my list of favorite authors!

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  • M. J. Hahn
  • 24-06-21

New Favorite Series

Thoroughly enjoyed this follow up to the Golem and the Jinni. I hope there will be more to come. The author strikes a good balance of character driven story mixed with history. You can tell she’s done her research which I appreciate. Excellent listen.

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  • Dale S.
  • 24-06-21

Magical!

Excellent story and outstanding narration. George Guidall is our favorite audible reader. Characters were believable and as realistic as possible. Fantasy come to life.

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  • Too Much Scrolling
  • 24-06-21

a glorious story of life

The author's ability to tell a story about life is striking. This is the story of so many generations of Americans told in the metaphor of these two travelers. The characters are us and we understand them on a level that is beyond many narratives. story is just as good as the first book and does not suffer from sequelitis at all. so many sequels might have suffered from trying to write that book again. this book is not the same book it is a continuation of a beautiful life story.

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  • Beverly
  • 24-06-21

Reader’s cadence detracted

The performance of this story was badly marred by the reader’s consistent cadence. It was difficult at times to tell one sentence or thought from the next which became confusing enough to pull me out of the story being told.

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  • Ben
  • 23-06-21

Magic, in story and in craft

Good writers weave craft. Wecker weaves magic. And it makes all the difference in the second volume of her wonderful series.

Though a different tenor than Book 1, The Hidden Palace is just as atmospheric and unique, with its own flair. Wecker's voice is spellbinding - I can't recall an author with anything near her style, nor her ability to entrace an audience in describing the everyday and the mundane. Her world-building is intimate, and her characters expressed in terms of hopes, fears, and imperfections.

The Hidden Palace isn't as easy to read as The Golem and the Jinni - it took me multiple sittings and starts. But it was worth it! Well done, and worth the wait.

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  • Diana
  • 22-06-21

Beautiful writing. Loved this story.

The story picks up from book one and expands and grows. It's a pleasure to read a book that is written so well. Imaginative, twisty, powerful, delicate . . . I had a great time listening to this.

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  • bobby rhett bowden
  • 21-06-21

Very impressed!!!

This is one of the most original, well thought out stories I’ve read in a long time. Emotionally gripping while putting you in the time period accurately

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  • janet
  • 24-07-21

Awesome book 2

A great series. Narrator enhances the enjoyment. Feels like author is setting up for 3rd book (wo being too obvious).