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Black Jade

(Celestial Battle #3)

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From the international bestselling author of The Dark Heavens and Journey to Wudang series, Kylie Chan, comes the final installment of her Celestial Battles trilogy.

The Heavenly defenses struggle to hold against the combined might of the Eastern and Western demon hordes. The God of War Xuan Wu is now at full strength—but is his might enough to safeguard the realm when half
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Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Harper Voyager (first published April 26th 2016)
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Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
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Actual rating: 4.25/5 stars

Mind you; I love this book, I love this series, I love these characters. And I'm gonna miss it now that it's finished and it'll probably be a series that I go back and re-read bits and pieces of. This series - all nine books, not just the last trilogy - has helped me deal with the post-moving-back-to-Europe-from-China-feels and given me so much interesting tidbits of Chinese traditions and, yeah, I just love it.

However this was not the best ending. Yes, everything that
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Marianne
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Black Jade is the ninth novel by Australian author, Kylie Chan, and the third book in the Celestial Battle series. Continuing on from Demon Child, Emma and John (now whole with his Turtle and Snake reunited) prepare to battle for the Southern Heavens, the domain of the Phoenix, overrun by the forces of Hell. Demons seem to have overrun the Earthly Plane, the whole of the Celestial is under threat and, of course, Emma and John are constantly aware that their son, named Frankie by the Demon Kings, ...more
Eaglestorm
Apr 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Disappointing end to what I was hoping would be a satisfying end to Emma's story. Instead Emma is essentially nothing more than a passenger in the major plot line of the story and has very little to do with the outcome of the book.

Instead of being the hero of the story Emma ended up being a pointless bystander.

Should never have been published and the editor should have told her to throw it out and start again.
Sue
May 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Anne
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
So the final book in the 9 book series, and to be honest I'm glad its finished! The first 5 to 6 books were good, but the last 3, well, the series dragged on for way too long for my liking. So that's about it, now to find a new series!
Matthew
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another cracking book from Chan. Full review to come.
Ashley Boughton
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ive never been so attached to any book series like this one , I am so glad I made it to the end, I feel as though every hardship that was endured throughout this series has allowed me to reflect on how fortunate my own life is, to finally reach the end of this amazing set of books I couldnt be more satisfied with the outcome.
Jeanette Schaeche
What a beautiful end to a long journey. . .

Black Jade was filled with all of the heart wrenching action and drama that makes Chan’s series so bloody wonderful. There was humour and heartache, tension and shock - all in all, a roller coaster of emotions.

I didn’t expect for it to end the way it did. I was expecting something a little more epic but alas, my heart is so full of content.
Sarah McGrath
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Even though this book had a lovely ending to it, I am a bit disappointed by HOW the celestial battle continued to the end. Out of all the 9 books I have read, this one really got to me emotionally. One moment I was like ‘What the hell…is that it?’ The next moment I was really angry and then later I thought…’Oh good Simone and maybe Emma too are going to lead a secret Rebel group’. Nope that didn’t happen. Then Emma started acting strangely, which is explained why later in the book but Emma’s beh ...more
Dallass
I can't believe it's finally the end of the series! After falling in love with White Tiger almost 10 years ago, I have been eagerly awaiting each new book in the series (well, trilogy of trilogies ;-D) excited to see what Emma and Xuan Wu - and families - have been up to in their war against the Demon King.

While I did enjoy the book, I do have mixed feelings about this story - I haven't been in a UF mood at the moment, but this is a library book so I can't keep it until I'm in the mood, so to sp
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Louise
Apr 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: great-covers
I didn't love it, nor did I dislike it. The constant jump in the plotline did confuse the hell out of me and there was hardly any mention of Simone Chen. I am hoping that this author does a spin of for the specific character.
Jodie
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.5/5

I was in two minds about this book because on one hand, there was an ending! But on the other, that ending felt like a copout.

I've been reading this series from the beginning and there are aspects I have enjoyed; the mythology, the location, the action. The characters have developed well, along with Kylie Chan's writing style.

For me, one of the biggest flaws was the build up, that realistically started from White Tiger, popped but wasn't really developed. Emma, who was such a
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Sarah
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a good ending to a rather long series. While this is the 3rd book of the Celestial Battle trilogy, it is the 9th book in the Xuan Wu series. While it ended well, I do have some thoughts. Firstly, I believe that Xuan Wu was devalued as a character a lot. Often relying on Emma to save him. It lessened the badassery that he was supposed to have. I did enjoy the fact that Simone was the one to be the true hero in the end and not Emma. The one thing that bothered me throughout the books was ...more
Debbie D
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it...I have been a fan of this series since first picking up White Tiger. The Celestial battle for Earth and the Heavens against the demonic Hell rulers by Emma and her lover Xuan Wu , family and friends takes the reader on a truly magical Journey.I missed the two books previous to Black Jade but was able to fill in details and remember characters from the first six books. I congratulate Kylie on a superb series.
My first impulse after reading White Tiger was that this concept would make a
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Shelly
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is definitely the best of the 9 books in Kylie Chan's three series. I enjoyed the various twists, and the writing itself was better than it has ever been. I will say I do not like all of the sex scenes in the book, but they are pretty easy to skip, which I do. In a way, I wish Chan could go back and rewrite some of the earlier books in the series, because they have improved that much. I nearly quit the series after several of the books, but I'm glad I didn't. At first, I was just intrigued ...more
Ashley Halbardier
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
FINALLY EVERYONE IS OKAY... well save for the people that died....#awkward. Emma is an amazing character who has grown in the 9 books. Simone was just a little girl when we met her and she's bad ass too. John is super sexy and I need someone like him. Maybe hold the Chinese god on that order but everything else gimme gimme gimme!!!! I need more but Mrs. Chan's next book is hitting Australia soon and that means here in the US, I'm getting it within a year and a half. Do you hear that sound? that' ...more
Bridget
Nine books in this series, and none like the other, but the continuing story of Xuan Wu and Emma. A love story, a war story, a fantasy, full of excitement, romance, tragedy, grief - so much you are on an emotional roller coaster. Now I wonder what's next?
Matthew Dixon-cumberbatch
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
im fan of story and background found this series of books originally by coincidence or not but glad i did read all way through and each book hooked me in one way or another. its a shame gods left this or was forgotten could of had an interesting aide or spin off.
Matilda Nicholls
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone above 14
The best darn book in the John & Emma chronicles.
Melissa Goodall
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love this series! Hope there's more to come.
Jacqueline Baxter
Oct 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
This series should have been three books shorter. Three chapters into this people were being introduced and killed so fast I couldn't care about any of them. I pushed through because I was so close to the end I could taste it, but the author's attempt at epic was a hot mess.
Earlene
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My 9th book from Kylie Chan. I love her books!
Bobbie
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bobbie by: Robin
I love these series of books. I've always been interested in the Chinese Zodiac etc. However, I was very disappointed that Ms Chan followed others authors and made sex a major part of the story. I had thought to recommend these books to my grandchildren. However, now I can't. I have stopped reading several other series, Laura K. Hamilton for one, when the sex became more prevalent than the plot.
Steph
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
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Rich Taylor
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chan-kylie, ordered
As I read further and further in the series, I was increasingly disappointed in how lackluster the story became. Good guys don't have enough people/resources/defenders, bad guys do something unexpected and look like they will take everything over, miracle happens, do it all again. No real intrigue. No real strategy. Nothing. I really liked Emma in the early books. She was smart, resourceful, came up with great ways to resolve problems and generally dominated the books. Now, she is an afterthough ...more
Fiona Burgess
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of Kylie Chan, was hooked from the start with white tiger, however each subsequent series the plot has lost its lustre and I have been disappointed in the story line and the ending. However I was glad to see that Emma and John ended with the life they wanted. The book was predictable in the sense that the demons would win the celestial only to have it taken from from them by the celestials. How this was going to happened was going to be the only mystery. Thanks Kyle for ending the ...more
Ashleigh Motbey
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5. Like all of Kylie Chan's series I enjoyed this book. It certainly wasn't my favourite but she has this way of captivating the reader with her simple storytelling and interesting characters.

We got to see the final battle and Emma's interactions with demons and celestials alike.

I enjoyed it. I was disappointed that there wasn't as much of the Tiger as previous books, because he's always been one of my favourites. And I think I would have liked a better conclusion to what happened to the sto
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Joanne
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I have loved this series for years and now it has come to an end. For me, this book was all about closure. What happens? Is there a happily ever after? I think we get that.

But as a book on its own, I struggled a bit. I felt there were too many anticlimaxes. A lot of "yay!" moments followed by "no!". This made the ending for me feel quite underwhelming.
Cale
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full of action as all the books in all of the trilogies were, some good twists that I suspected but didn't fully see coming, fitting end to the whole 3 trilogy saga, just an all around good book to read. oh and much as Good Reads says it is 544 pages in total it is really only 451, including the acknowledgements and Characters sections
Annie
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A epically fantastic finale to an awesome series I am so thankful I invested in.. Such an interesting storyline in this one despite the frustrating means of furthering the plot (hehe) It was a great read I thoroughly enjoyed, such a bitter sweet feeling to farewell this series.. Thx again Kylie Chan for enlightening us!!!
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Kylie Chan married a Hong Kong national in a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony in Eastern China, lived in Australia for ten years, then moved to Hong Kong for ten years and during that time learnt a great deal about Chinese culture and came to appreciate the custom
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