Jade City by Fonda Lee

Jade City

FAMILY IS DUTY. MAGIC IS POWER. HONOR IS EVERYTHING.Magical 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, ...

Details Jade City

TitleJade City
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
GenreFantasy, Adult

Reviews Jade City

  • karen
    it took me an embarrassingly long time to get through this book. between life-sorrow and the early bitchslap of summer weather, i’ve been very bad at reading. however, once this clicked for me, i was completely hooked, and when i finished, i felt that very specific emotional mashup of yearning and frustration that comes when you read the first book in a series six months before it is even published, making the wait for the next book that much l...
  • Beth Cato
    Blurbed it. LOVED IT. One of the best books out this year.
  • Chocolategoddess
    Lee has created an intriguing world in Jade City, where two clans of gangsters vie for control over said city. It's definitely an original sort of fantasy novel, set in an East Asian-style country that feels realistic and fantastical at the same time (the best type of fantastical).The main fantasy element comes from jade, which allows those with the biological predisposition to wear it and attain superpowers. Naturally jade is a sought-after item...
  • Jess
    Thanks to Orbit Books via NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. My opinion of this book is not influenced by this opportunity.Jade City combines elements of gangster families with martial arts, fantastical properties of jade, and the quest for power. The book spans multiple perspectives from the No Peak clan (and a couple outside perspectives too), and one of the central themes is the role of family obligation.To be complete...
  • J.
    I asked for an ARC of this book, and I'm so glad I did. Epic fantasy with jade magic and martial arts? It's go so much to love that readers won't want to put it down. A lot of characters to start out (gang war means lots of bodies), but you'll get hooked quickly and each is well defined, so you won't have trouble keeping track. Definitely looking forward to the next two!
  • Krystal
    In awe of this masterpiece by Fonda Lee! Her ability to develop strong characters and complex plots is unsurpassed! Looking forward to reading more of her writing.
  • Jo Ladzinski
    Got this book as an ARC at The BookCon 2017I had so much fun and so many feelings reading this book. It takes place in a metropolis at the whims of two crime families: The Mountain and No Peak. These two clans have magic at their disposal in addition to traditional gang weaponry of guns and knives. We follow Lan, Hilo, Anden, and Shae, the latest generation of No Peak Green Bones as their way of life comes under danger because of opportunistic th...
  • USOM
    This book has bewitched me. It is like an epic fantasy series meets gang conflicts mixed with magical jade. What is there more to love? I almost felt like this book was written with me in mind.At first I was in love with the rich history and world building that Lee guides us through. It is lush, detailed, full of jade and secrets. In my three pages of notes I have so many mentions of how amazing and immersive the world is. Recently I have been re...
  • Klara
    5/5 RibbonsJade City is the beginning of an interesting and ambitious trilogy. The first book, Jade City, will be released in only a few days ( Nov 4th). I want to make sure all of you get your hands on this wonderful inspiring, interesting and compelling first book.I have to be honest with you guys, I have not been reading as much as I used to, and of the books I read I rarely felt this spark of excitement, empathy, and commitment towards the ch...
  • Kara
    Jade City is a book about loyalty, family and warring clans. The world is Asian influenced, mostly Chinese from what I could tell--I'm not an expert or anything, but the location read like an island China, sort of like Hong Kong, maybe Taiwan because crispy squid balls are a Taiwanese dish and it's featured as one of the entrees at the Twice Lucky Restaurant in the novel. Janloon even sort of sounds like Kowloon. Plus, with the inclusion of jade ...
  • Coolcurry
    I had a lot of fun with Jade City! The story starts off slow, but by the second half, I was having trouble putting it down.Over twenty years ago, the island nation of Kekon won their freedom through the feats of the Green Bone warriors and their loyal Lantern Men. Now, Kekon is coming into the modern age, and the Green Bones have splintered into clans, of which the two largest and most powerful are led by the Kaul and Ayt families. While they do ...
  • Crittermom
    Jade City is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones and others who enjoy intense politically complex fantasy. Set in an area much like early 20th century Asia, Kekon is an island nation divided between families of power. Green Bone warriors wield jade in service of the patriarchs, the bioactive stones enhancing physical and psychic capabilities. The more jade you can wield, the higher your position. Kekon maintains an uneasy balance of power, but ja...
  • Rob
    I received an advance copy of Jade City from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.I enjoyed this urban fantasy more than expected. It has been described as "Game of Thrones meets The Godfather meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," which makes me shudder, but the novel almost lives up to such an impossible standard. The first few chapters, while fast-paced and engaging, suggested a predictable martial arts/gangster novel with a mild fanta...
  • Kayla
    DNF at 26%I tried, oh I tried SO hard for 3 months to read this book. I'm not going to continue to force myself and not enjoy my time. Reading is for enjoyment and if you aren't enjoying something why do it? I've since given up on Netgalley, this book was just the last straw. The world building in Jade City was immersive, but the characters totally ruined it for me. The story begins with a bang, but unfortunately that first chapter was the ONLY b...
  • Lisa Elizabeth
    I loved this book. It's a bit out of my comfort zone but it was so well crafted that I was able to really get into it and get deeply emotionally attached to these characters and to their fates. It's a great book for people who aren't really into fantasy or people who enjoy epic mafia or cartel family power stories. Highly recommended,
  • Tena
    I won this kindle version in a GOODREADS giveaway.
  • Janet Martin
    Good family epic set in a contemporary fantasy world. Plenty of action, good character development, difuse plot.
  • Lauren
    Really, really great world-building, but I couldn’t get into the characters.
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