Joe Golem and the Drowning City
Among them are fourteen-year-old Molly McHugh and her friend and employer, Felix Orlov. Once upon a time Orlov the Conjuror was a celebrated stage magician, but now he is an old man, a psychic medium, contacting the spirits of the departed for the grieving loved ones left behind. When a seance goes horribly wrong, Felix Orlov is abducted by strange men wearing gas masks and rubber suits, and Molly soon finds herself on the run.
Her flight will lead her into the company of a mysterious man, and his stalwart sidekick, Joe Golem, whose own past is a mystery to him, but who walks his own dreams as a man of stone and clay, brought to life for the sole purpose of hunting witches.
As the mysterious Mr.Church exclaims, "It's time to speak of impossible things." Molly and Joe face the dark, the supernatural, and magic. It is in this world that "humanity [has] been perverted by magic and men [seem] as hollow as the dead"
Although Joe Golem and the Drowning City starts off slow and at points complicated, it provides an awesome thrill ride of a novel full of twists and turns into the darkest of places, some that can be found not only in the outside world but in the hearts of many.
I was slightly disappointed that the illustrations were sparse. I had envisioned an illustrated novel with more images. However, the illustrations provided are not only meaningful but add to the mysterious feel of the story.
This book appeals to fans of the steampunk genre as well as the fans of Hellboy. Due to some mature fears and experiences of Molly I would not recommend the story to some of my 7th graders. But overall I would recommend Joe Golem to ages 13 and up. Adult fans of steampunk will not be disappointed. Dark and mysterious Joe Golem packs a punch in the Drowning City bringing the evils in this world and others to their knees.