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Jade War

Jade War

(Book #2 in The Green Bone Saga series)


Book Overview: Jade War

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.

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"Sweeping, leisurely, and epic, and combines political intrigue with sharply choreographed action scenes, but it's a character-driven family drama at its heart.... 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."-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This smart and action-filled fantasy, filled with vibrant characters, weaves intricate plot threads throughout, positioning many female characters front and center.... Will leave readers breathless with anticipation."-- Library Journal (starred review)

"[Lee] juggles the personal and the epic with deft, admirable skill, weaving a story that is equally sweeping and intimate; a magical, almost operatic crime and family drama that feels all the more true because all of her jade-fueled supermen (and women) come with human hearts that bend and break the same as ours.-- NPR

"Jade City has it all: a beautifully realized setting, a great cast of characters, and dramatic action scenes. What a fun, gripping read!"-- Ann Leckie, author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award winning novel Ancillary Justice

"Stylish and action-packed, full of ambitious families and guilt-ridden loves, Jade City is an epic drama reminiscent of the best classic Hong Kong gangster films but set in a fantasy metropolis so gritty and well-imagined that you'll forget you're reading a book."-- Ken Liu, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards

"Lee's astute worldbuilding raises the stakes for her vivid and tautly-described action scenes." Scott Lynch, New York Times-bestselling author of The Lies of Locke Lamora, on Jade City

"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

"Lee effortlessly injects more complexity into an already-rich universe.... Lee proves she's still a master at mafia-magic storytelling, and this second volume is deeper and more ambitious than the first."-- BookPage

"Lee's epic twist on the mob drama is addictive."-- B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

"A strong, thoughtful, and fast-paced follow-up, which bodes well for future volumes."-- Kirkus (starred review)

"Compelling characters and intricate worldbuilding.... I want to spend more time in Kekon."-- Hank Green on Jade City

"Intricate, fast-moving, and brazen, Jade City elevates the fantasy crime novel to something really special. A sharp and insightful new voice."-- Elizabeth Bear, winner of the Hugo and Locus Awards

"With a powerful family of complex characters -- including my favorite, Kaul Shaelinsan -- Jade City beckons readers to secret family meetings and public battles between warring clans. With magical jade at stake, winning the battle for control of a city has never been more important, or more dangerous. Fonda Lee's first adult novel is a fast-hitting, tantalizing, sometimes unsettling, and always insightful book with a wealth of power at its core. A modern-day epic."-- Fran Wilde, award-winning author of Updraft, Cloudbound, and Horizon

"How does a book make me giddy and heartbroken at the same time? Jade City delivers intrigue, family drama, and martial arts magic that feels absolutely real."-- Mary Robinette Kowal

"Fast cars, brilliant characters, and gangster kung-fu! Swift, intricate, and vicious as a talon knife, Fonda Lee's Jade City will pull you into a world of deft intrigue, hard choices, and bloody loyalty. Lee's written the postcolonial Godfather hiding under the surface of the Avatar: the Last Airbender universe -- and it's a fantastic read."-- Max Gladstone, Hugo Award-nominated author of the Craft Sequence

"An atmospheric, gritty noir tale of family loyalties, martial arts and power struggles in a city that feels so real it becomes a character in its own right. Jade City is epic drama writ large."-- Aliette de Bodard, winner of the Nebula, Locus, and British Science Fiction Awards

"If you like extremely tense political maneuvering and intrigue, you will love Jade City. Fonda Lee is the new Mario Puzo; Jade City has officially dethroned The Godfather."-- Sarah Gailey, Hugo and Campbell Award finalist

"Dynamic fight scenes and vibrant world-building bring to life this sharp, memorable story of a family caught up in a ferocious gang war."-- Kate Elliott on Jade City

"A sweeping saga of ambition, loyalty, and family in a gritty, densely-imagined island city. Fonda Lee explores the tension between what is owed to family, country, and yourself in a high-stakes, high-octane game of power and control."-- Tina Connolly, Nebula-nominated author of Ironskin, on Jade City

"Exquisite writing, explosive fighting -- Jade City is as rich and deadly as the Green Bones warriors who stalk its pages. I tore through this book like bullets through a fine restaurant in hotly disputed territory."-- Heidi Heilig

"An addictive read with intense martial arts action and high-stakes character drama. I'll never look at jade the same way again."-- Beth Cato on Jade City

Fonda Lee is an established figure in the realm of science fiction and fantasy literature. Born and raised in Calgary, Canada, she later moved to the United States for her higher education. A Harvard alumna, Lee is widely known for her exceptional storytelling prowess and powerful character development. Prior to her illustrious writing career, Lee was a corporate strategist for several Fortune 500 companies, who channeled her creative energies into writing captivating fantasy novels, ultimately fulfilling her passion for writing. Lee is the esteemed author of the Green Bone Saga, beginning with the book "Jade City," which was bestowed with the World Fantasy Award. Her young adult novel, "Zeroboxer," garnered critical acclaim in the literary world and led her to receive the coveted Andre Norton award. Her works are noted for their intricate world-building, combining elements of martial arts, organized crime, and magic, forging a unique blend rarely seen in the literary world. Despite her numerous accolities, Fonda Lee remains grounded and dedicated to her craft. Always eager to engage with her readers, Lee is known to be active on various social media platforms and writing forums. Committed to inspiring future generations of writers, she also offers creative writing classes and workshops. Unquestionably, Lee's boundless creativity, and dedication make her a vanguard in the realm of science fiction and fantasy literature.


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