Book Review – Jade City by Fonda Lee

jade city.jpgMagical jade—mined, traded, stolen, and killed for—is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. For centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion.

Now the war is over and a new generation of Kauls vies for control of Kekon’s bustling capital city. They care about nothing but protecting their own, cornering the jade market, and defending the districts under their protection. Ancient tradition has little place in this rapidly changing nation.

When a powerful new drug emerges that lets anyone—even foreigners—wield jade, the simmering tension between the Kauls and the rival Ayt family erupts into open violence. The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones—from their grandest patriarch to the lowliest motorcycle runner on the streets—and of Kekon itself.

Jade City begins an epic tale of family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of jade and blood.


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Jade City is an amazing complex and detailed adult epic fantasy. The concept of the magic through Jade is so well thought out and interesting. And I enjoyed the gang/mafia elements too.

However, something about it just wasn’t for me? I enjoyed it, but it didn’t grab me and pull me in like I wanted it to, and I struggled to connect with the characters. I would still recommend it, as I definitely recognise that it is just not for me, and still good overall!

Story wise, I did enjoy the gang war and the Jade but there’s so much detail of all the different aspects – and some of it didn’t feel necessary to me? My favourite bits are all Shae – her investigation and her talking to the Mountain. I liked the conspiracy elements in those, and the backhanded way people thought.


Buy Jade City from Amazon UK.

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