A slow start, but the authenticity and depth - a blending of literary fiction and fantasy - made this a really solid book. I especially liked some of the insight into human nature from the perspective of the non-human characters. The last 50% - and especially the last 25% - was fast paced and hard to put down, and the ending was poignant if not exactly earth shattering.
"A man might desire something for a moment, while a larger part of him rejects it. You’ll need to learn to judge people by their actions, not their thoughts.”
"Tell her she was right. There were consequences to my actions, and I never saw them."
"And Schaalman has a free will of his own.”
“I’m not so certain of that last one,” the Jinni said. “I saw his lives, and they all followed the same pattern. As though he could not break free of his own disposition.”
The Golem’s mouth twisted. “You believe he couldn’t choose not to do evil?”
“We all have our natures,” said the Jinni quietly.