The Kaul siblings' battle with rival clans reaches new heights in the heart-pounding continuation of the Green Bone Saga, an epic trilogy about family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of blood and jade.
On the island of Kekon, the Kaul family is locked in a violent feud for control of the capital city and the supply of magical jade that endows trained Green Bone warriors with supernatural powers they alone have possessed for hundreds of years.
Beyond Kekon's borders, war is brewing. Powerful foreign governments and mercenary criminal kingpins alike turn their eyes on the island nation. Jade, Kekon's most prized resource, could make them rich - or give them the edge they'd need to topple their rivals.
Faced with threats on all sides, the Kaul family is forced to form new and dangerous alliances, confront enemies in the darkest streets and the tallest office towers, and put honor aside in order to do whatever it takes to ensure their own survival—and that of all the Green Bones of Kekon.
Praise for the Green Bone Saga:
"A beautifully realized setting, a great cast of characters, and dramatic action scenes. What a fun, gripping read!" —Ann Leckie, Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author
"Lee has upped her game in this novel, with deeper, more nail-biting intrigue and stunning, heart-pumping action scenes. Her character development is pitch-perfect."―Booklist
"An instantly absorbing tale of blood, honor, family, and magic, spiced with unexpectedly tender character beats." —NPR
The Green Bone Saga
In this ambitious fantasy, which takes place in an Asia-inspired alternate present, rival clans battle for dominance over their island home, waging an economic, political, and physical war over the course of several years. Picking up where 2017's Jade City left off, this installment sees the Kaul family of the No Peak clan working against the ruthless Mountain clan, fending off foreign governments, and trying to stamp out smugglers and opportunists. At the heart of everything is jade, a greatly coveted gem that imbues its bearers with amazing abilities and cultural status. While Hilo, the new leader of No Peak, settles into his role, his sister Shae must prove herself as his chief strategist. Meanwhile, their cousin Anden, who refuses to wear jade for the clan, is sent overseas as a punishment and becomes entangled in local issues. Lee's story is sweeping, leisurely, and epic, and combines political intrigue with sharply choreographed action scenes, but it's a character-driven family drama at its heart. Conflict ranges from delicate boardroom negotiations to dramatic duels, and from assassinations to all-out war, while the increasingly complex narrative continually ups the stakes. This worthy continuation of the larger story line delivers a satisfying tale and sets the stage for the next installment.
Even better than it’s predecessor!!
Oh man. I was not prepared for this perfection of a sequel at all. In any way whatsoever. Also, that ending makes me want to SCREAM (in the best way possible). I was trying to take my time with this and read it slowly, and I succeeded at that, but I still feel sad and as though I’m leaving these characters and world too soon.
From the moment I read the first sentence, I knew I would love (and be hurt by) Jade War even more than its predecessor. Everything I love about Jade City is even more present in this sequel. The whole time I was reading Jade City, I was blown away by the author’s creation of such intricate, layered storytelling and complex, multifaceted characters. With Jade War, I can honestly say that this intricacy is on a whole new level and my amazement is beyond speech at this point. I genuinely can’t find words adequate enough to describe how in love with and invested in I am with these characters and their world.
I’m left speechless at how flawlessly the author builds onto all that is shown in Jade City, and perfectly seams those aspects into the story of Jade War. There is no part to this continuation of the story that feels like it doesn’t belong. All of the beautiful and complex mythology, politics, character relationships, incredibly vivid fight scenes, settings, and characterizations from Jade City are given more space and explored even more thoroughly in Jade War. Also, I’ve yet to read another story where all of the characters (both central and side ones) feel as human as they do in these books. In fact, what I love so much about Jade War is how realistically these subtle, significant changes in the characters as a result of the events that occurred in Jade City are shown. There are huge consequences for those events, and for the actions these characters took as a reaction to those events. I love that these consequences and changes aren’t shied away from, and rather explored in-depth throughout Jade War.
Another aspect I LOVE about this continuation is how much more of Shae and other women from Jade City we get to see of in here. The expansion of their stories, relationships, and interactions with one another is amazing! And not only do we get to see more of our old friends from Jade City again, there are also many new characters introduced here. I didn’t think I could get so attached to so many of them this quickly! But this is just more proof of the author’s immense talent as a writer and storyteller. I won’t spoil anything about these characters, but I’ll just say that this kind of in-depth characterization and character relationships (ranging from loving to more tense ones) is everything I could ever want from a story, and I received that plus so much more from Jade War.
Also, the settings and background of these books are so rich in culture and personality. It feels like they are just as alive and present within the story as the characters themselves. Everything the author describes about the settings is done in such a way that I can feel as though I’m there with the characters in that particular scene. Especially with the incredible fight scenes! I can picture them clearly in my head as I read, and feel the tension and suspense of them as though I were present as a spectator. It’s such a breathtaking and beautiful feeling, and I don’t experience such an immersive feeling as this with stories as often as I’d like. In Jade War this feeling is even more pronounced! I’m deliberately being vague here and not mentioning the settings because I don’t want to give away any spoilers for those either.
Honestly, I can keep repeating these same words over and over again, but Fonda Lee truly has an invaluable gift as a storyteller and Jade War is proof of this. If possible, please preorder Jade War or definitely request it at your libraries! This story, and the characters and world within it, deserve to be read and cherished.
Note: I won this ARC in a giveaway, and I’m very thankful to the author for gifting me with an early copy of this incredible book. Jade War is set to release on July 23, 2019!
Content warnings (based on content of ARC, which may be subject to change): Detailed scenes of violence (including torture scenes, violent death scenes), sexual and physical assault (mentioned without graphic details), a lot of swearing, suicide (described), suicidal thoughts, homophobic sentiments described (sort of challenged by some characters), ableist remarks by some character, sexual content, mentions of pedophilia and child sexual abuse, abortion (not graphically detailed but the circumstances surrounding it possibly could be somewhat triggering to those who’ve had similar experiences).