Jade war

Fonda Lee

Book - 2019

"In Jade War, the sequel to the Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Award-nominated 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 for...eign 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"--

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The Green Bone saga ; book 2
Fantasy fiction
Science fiction
Action and adventure fiction
New York, NY : Orbit 2019.
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume ; 20 cm
Main Author
Fonda Lee (author)
Review by Booklist Review

The second book in the Green Bone Saga series (after Jade City, 2017) continues the story of the Kaul family, who struggle for control of the capital city of their island home. Hilo and Shae must face threats from other clans and outside governments who want to control the mystical jade that is both a status symbol and a source of supernatural powers for the Green Bone warriors. 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, and her female characters are flawed enough to avoid becoming Mary Sues. With lush descriptions, Lee paints an intriguing, Asian-inspired world that both creates and fills a special niche in the fantasy genre non-European fantasy-based worlds that incorporate magic, crime, and family drama. Readers who haven't read the first book will want to start there, as this is a clear continuation of Jade City.--Dawn Kuczwara Copyright 2010 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

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. Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved Review by Kirkus Book Review

In the second installment of a political fantasy thriller series where "bioenergetic jade" provides magical energy, the conflict of two warlord/organized crime clans has global implications.In the Hong Kong-like city of Janloon, the Mountain and No Peak clans have announced a public truce while each secretly tries to undermine the other for control of the city and their nation of Kekon, the only source of the jade. As jade smugglers both inside and outside the country threaten the clans' mutual control over the mineral, political tensions rise between the neighboring nations of Espenia and Ygutan over a rebellion in Shotar, which leads both to seek more jade for their armies. Meanwhile, Hilo, the former Horn (chief enforcer) of the No Peak clan, struggles to master the tactics he needs to fill his late brother's role as Pillar (clan leader). His sister, Shae, the clan's Weather Man (chief advisor), has that tactical knowledge but lacks the clan's complete trust; she's also trying to juggle her clan responsibilities and her personal life, which includes a quiet romance with a nonclan professor. At the same time, their adopted brother, Anden, embarks on a new, jade-free life in Espenia but still manages to find trouble there, and Hilo's jade-immune wife, Wen, secretly supports the clan through her own work as a spy. If they are to prevail against the ruthless Ayt Mada, Pillar of the Mountain clan, and the various other domestic and foreign threats, terrible sacrifices will be required, made willingly or not. The first installment, Jade City (2017), leaned rather heavily, albeit effectively, on some tropes and plot points from The Godfather, and it's pleasing to see that the author has chosen a more independent path this time around. If there's any thematic link between this book and Godfather II, it's a common understanding that the outside world has a way of crashing into isolated communities and forcing them to adapt, so it's best to be on the offensive, as well as a rueful acknowledgment that despite that understanding, relationships with those outside the community might not end well.A strong, thoughtful, and fast-paced follow-up that bodes well for future volumes. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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