Jade War by Fonda Lee
Series: The Green Bone Saga
Published July 23rd 2019 by Orbit Books
Genre: urban fantasy, adult, so fucking good it should be on your tbr
In Jade War, the sequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning novel Jade City, the Kaul siblings battle rival clans for honor and control over an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis.
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.
Jade War is the second book 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.
Before you read on, massive thank you to Shealea from Caffeine Book Tours for letting me be in this glorious book and introducing me to The Green Bone saga. Don’t think I would ever pick the first book if it weren’t for this opportunity. Also, thank you thank you thank you to Fonda Lee and Orbit Books for a physical copy of Jade War, it’s a dream come true for an international book blogger.
Trigger warnings on mention of rape, abortion, graphic violence, war, and death.
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I AM OVERWHELMED by the glorious JADE WAR. What am I going to do with my life now? I can’t wait for all of you to embark on this insane rollercoaster ride that filled me with
so much too much anxiety but I wouldn’t have it any other way because it’s AMAZING~ Fonda Lee enraptured me into the world of jade, contentious politics, and morally gray characters with her brilliant writing. I strongly believe she’s out to kill me and shatter my emotions with the amount of times something bad was happening to the No Peak clan. I just couldn’t catch a breath which is what made me love Jade War with all my heart. I learned the hard way to cherish each and every moment I had with every single character in Jade War, because you never know when it will be the last.
Everyone became more mature and stepped up to their game within their own specific roles. They do still make questionable decisions and sometimes let their emotions get in the way. In times of hardship, (someone) was missed for his steadfast personality and his unwavering dedication to do what is right. And I couldn’t help but shed a single tear every single time he was mentioned. TOO SOON.
Seeing Hilo trying to fill up the painfully burdensome role as the Pillar was heartwarming. He was no longer a reckless Horn who only uses his fist and tactical military mind. Hilo still have a vicious and cunning side that appeared throughout the book but when he interacts with the younger crowd in the clan, he showed another side of him. Warmer, compassionate and understanding.
Shae have been a blessing for the No Peak clan. Her story was a little sad in Jade War but I enjoyed the paths that were presented to her. She went through some tough shit and all I want is for her to be happy. As usual, she was strong, brave, independent and committed to her clan. I love her character so much. Unlike her brother, she thinks before she acts, and her words are her weapons. Her mind is perfect for her Weather Man role. Whenever the No Peak clan hit a dead-end, Shae always seemed to have a solution. She would go through great lengths to scale the wall or simply face the enemy head on. THAT ONE SCENE WAS AGONIZING TO GO THROUGH. holy shit.
Another family member of the Kaul family had it tough. After killing Gont in Jade City, Andy had been having a hard time dealing with his feelings when it comes to jade. He was terrified about how the green gem made him feel insanely powerful and he feared that he would end up like his mother. Despite going through really tough times, Andy learned to grow as an individual and became independent. But you know, once a Green Bone, always a Green Bone.
Fonda Lee expanded the jade world further than the Kekon borders with lush and intense scenes. Things are ramping up in Janloon while Kekon is stuck as a bystander of the war between two major countries. Their ability to supply jade to either countries and the alliances established before this war had put the clan between a rock and a hard place. While engaging in clan conflict, each clan had to manipulate and manoeuvre around restrictions and laws and work with some shady people. They are all playing a dangerous and complex game of chess, and there was no knowing of who will be the winner.
The writing is flawless and stunning. It left me in awe. Fonda Lee masterfully weaved each individual’s story into a greater plot where everything clicks perfectly in place. She intricately explored topics like immigration, abortion and machinations of war. She hooked me into the story from the start to the end effortlessly. I came out of it emotionally drained yet extremely pumped for the next book. PLEASE, CAN I HAVE IT NOW? She puts me on edge 24/7. BREAKS ARE FOR THE WEAK. It felt a little like Game of Thrones where I couldn’t predict who was going to stay alive and who was next to be buried. it. was. awesome.
Never a person who liked reading about politics because it bores me but Fonda Lee had kept me interested while the characters engaged in battles of words. Have no clue where this trilogy is going to go, who else is scheduled to die, how the clan conflicts will be settled (or is everyone going to perish), and how the relationships between the characters will develop. All I know is that I’m readying myself for book three. This trilogy will remain as a favorite for the rest of my life. I pray with all my heart for the lives and happiness of the No Peak clan, and also a death of a certain someone. I need his death to be satisfying, Fonda Lee. Not after that last chapter where he basically disrespected the people who helped him.
tl;dr i’m an emotional wreck. you have to read this book because it’s so damn precious.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for adults and teens. She is the author of the Green Bone Saga, beginning with Jade City (Orbit), which won the 2018 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, was nominated for the Nebula Award and the Locus Award, and was named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Barnes & Noble, Syfy Wire, and others. The second book in the Green Bone Saga, Jade War, releases in the summer of 2019. Fonda’s young adult science fiction novels Zeroboxer (Flux), Exo and Cross Fire (Scholastic), have garnered numerous accolades including being named Junior Library Guild Selection, Andre Norton Award finalist, Oregon Book Award finalist, Oregon Spirit Book Award winner, and YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. In 2018, Fonda gained the distinction of winning the Aurora Award, Canada’s national science fiction and fantasy award, twice in the same year for Best Novel and Best Young Adult Novel.
Fonda wrote her first novel, about a dragon on a quest for a magic pendant, in fifth grade during the long bus ride to and from school each day. Many years later, she cast her high school classmates as characters in her second novel, a pulpy superhero saga co-written with a friend by passing a graphing calculator back and forth during biology class. Fortunately, both of these experiments are lost to the world forever.
Fonda is a former corporate strategist who has worked for or advised a number of Fortune 500 companies. She holds black belts in karate and kung fu, goes mad for smart action movies (think The Matrix, Inception, and Minority Report) and is an Eggs Benedict enthusiast. Born and raised in Calgary, Canada, she currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
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