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Jade City

(The Green Bone Saga #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  6,566 ratings  ·  1,474 reviews
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 pro
Hardcover, 498 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Orbit
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Thesincouch Several. It focuses on the Kaul family - mainly three characters - but you also find other points of view besides theirs.

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chai ♡
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to chai ♡ by: CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Physically, my body is here and now, but mentally, I’m in the astral plane beating myself up in an empty parking lot for NOT READING THIS BOOK SOONER.

With that being said, my condolences to anyone who will pick up this book because the experience of reading it is the equivalent of getting a piercing....through the heart....with a wooden stake.

So, what’s this book about?

Jade City is set in a world where jade confers great strength and power to those who can wield it—without risking madness or
Fonda Lee
May 24, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-this
Jade City is my adult debut and it also marks my foray into epic fantasy. It came about from watching kung fu movies and thinking, "You know, I'm a long-time student of martial arts, so why can't I punch through concrete or fly thirty feet into the air yet?" I started envisioning a society where magical jade granted special abilities to warriors with the proper training and bloodline, and the idea merged with my longstanding enthusiasm for mafia stories to become this modern gangster family saga ...more
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Asian-inspired fantasy and urban fantasy fans
4.5/5 stars

Incredible, the multiple nominees and awards this book has won are all well deserved.

Jade City, the first book in The Green Bone Saga series is also Fonda Lee’s adult fantasy debut. Ever since I knew about the existence of this novel, it has always been a book I wanted to read. As usual, the unbeatable TBR pile delayed me and I was so sure that I won’t be getting into this one until next year. However, after seeing the non-stop praises that Fonda Lee and the book constantly received,
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it

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 longer.

this is the author’s first nov
James Lafayette Tivendale
I received a review copy of Jade City in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Fonda Lee and Orbit Books.                                   

Although presently at a time of an uneasy peace, the city of Janloon is controlled by two rivals groups which are the No Peak Clan and the Mountain Clan. The families that run the clans are powerful and world famous as they mine and control the Jade. Jade is a precious stone that enhances a warriors capabilities in six disciplines. Strength, s
4.75ish stars.

Blown away. The holy trinity of great characterization, unique world-building, and well-written prose. In that sense I'm reminded of the Broken Earth series (starting with The Fifth Season), which is the only recent series I can think of that has reached the same distinction. I'm one of those nerds that has to read each of the novels nominated for the Nebula award even if I probably never would have otherwise. Glad I did in this case, even though the cover is lame, because I would

You wrote the book I was desperately searching for but didn’t know I was searching until I found it.

- A brilliantly constructed, brutal mob-like family saga.

- Epic territorial clan showdown between two jade-wielding clans known as Green Bones - the No Peak clan and the Mountain clan.

- Fight sequences so descriptive and vivid it’s like you’re watching a mothefucking badass martial arts movie.

- And the characters? I haven’t felt this level of connection with char
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“Expectations are a funny thing,” Wen said. “When you’re born with them, you resent them, fight against them. When you’ve never been given any, you feel the lack of them your whole life.”

🌟 I BR this with my friend Fares, he wrote a great review too so I need to go all out now! I am not a big fan of mafia and Yakuza and all these real life gangster thing! I don’t watch movies including them as I feel they are all th
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Update 01/09 : rereading it with شيماء ✨ because her texts made it impossible for me to stay away from Hilo and also I MISS HIM-

First I'd like to clear the air and say that although I probably ought to be a better person by now, let it be known that I'll shamelessly judge you if you don't read Jade City. I wouldn't go as far as saying that we can't be friends if you don't, but, hey, we never know.


Jade City is the kind of books that make me second guess all my recent 5 stars reads - eve
Em Lost In Books
I stumbled upon this book on pure chance, had not even known the existence of this title. I was going through list of last year’s releases and found this. Blurb sound interesting and someone has described this as “Godfather meets Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon". I usually don’t pay attention to these lines but damn I love those two movies. Hence I ended up reading sooner than expected, and this book did not disappoint me.

So this book tells us the story of Clan War between No Peak and the Mountai
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Reading this for a second time in preparation for the sequel & tbh because I’ve just been dying to return to this story 😭👏🏼 ...more
C.G. Drews
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so INTENSE and utterly incredible...I'm just sitting here all fuelled on the power of wretched feels ahhhh. Just excuse me while [screams in jade] yes yes I love this book. Also I picked it up because of book twitter's fierce love for it and I was not disappointed. It took me a while to read though because it's more dense than what I usually pick. But I just wanted to absorb it all?? It's the kind of book where I was just impressed with the author's world building, the amount of detail, ...more
3.5 stars

I’m gonna take this first line right here to recommend this book right away, I mean I really do see why people would love this, so give it a try you never know.

If you told me before I started this that it’s a fantasy with a yakuza like clans in the early 1900s with cars, guns, planes and they use magic in jade stones. I would’ve said that I don’t know how I feel about this.
And I still don’t.


If I must give one reason and one reason only to my lack of enjoyment for this book it’

I loved this so much! Like, Fonda Lee is my new queen. RTC very soon! <3

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"On my honor, my life, and my jade."

Overall thoughts:
First I have to say that I have not written many reviews this year and the ones I have written were just a mish mash of all my my thoughts. This has been the first time in a long time I have really wanted to sit down, organize my thoughts and write the review that this book deserves. Thank you Fonda Lee for this fucking masterpiece. Excuse my long review, but I LOVED this!

I am in absolute awe of Fonda Lee and the masterpiece s
may ➹
despite how terribly heavy and dense this was... it’s safe to say I’m officially invested and am now in a love-hate relationship with Hilo

// buddy read with my Asian squad
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
4.25 stars

Cloaked in myth, Jade City is a fantastical journey of two clans fueled by the magical powers of jade, its mining trade, protection and the fight for the ultimate power.

The island nation of Kekon, mirroring mid-20th-century Hong Kong, is controlled by two major clans. The No Peak Clan and the Mountain Clan. There are hierarchies set in place and the clans have a Pillar > Weather Man and Horn > Luckbringers and Fists > Fingers and > students. For decades, the Green Bone warriors of the
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars - and after some thought I moved this book to my favourites-2017 shelf. It's really sticking with me.

I thought this was just such an excellent book. It takes a lot of the things I liked about New Moon by Ian McDonald - rich worldbuilding, compelling characters, a complex story based on conflict between dynastic families - and situates them in a unique Asian inspired urban fantasy setting that feels a bit like something out of an old school martial arts movie. The result here actually w
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rest-of-2019
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TS Chan
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-owned
Fantasy readers have been calling out for more diversity and Jade City is a resoundingly good response.

The urban fantasy setting that heavily evoked Chinese gangster/crime syndicate movies, which I've grown up on, is a paradoxical breath of fresh air that carried the scent of nostalgia. All that was needed to make it even cooler and awesome was magic and martial arts.

I will not rehash the plot since the blurb said it all without spoilers. I found the world-building both refreshing and familia
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
My full review can be found at my blog, The Quiet Pond.

I think Jade City is, objectively, one of the best books I've read - EVER.
I know that's a very bold claim, but I'm serious: I am in AWE of this book and Lee's incredible skill and vision as a writer.

- Jade City can be described as a perfect merging of Hong Kong gangster drama with wuxia.
- It's an amazing story has everything from gripping fights between powerful warriors that draw power from bioenergetic jade, or Green Bones, to the politic
Nenia ☠️ Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Protector of Out of Print Gems, Mother of Smut, and Actual Garbage Can ☠️ Campbell
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nenia ☠️ Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Protector of Out of Print Gems, Mother of Smut, and Actual Garbage Can ☠️ by: Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

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I'm a commitment-phobe when it comes to books. Long books scare me. I like the idea of long books, and the satisfaction that comes from reading one to completion, but it's a long and grueling road to that satisfaction. JADE CITY is a long book. Goodreads says it's not even 500 pages but I'm pretty sure that's a lie. It took me several days to finish JADE CITY, when I can normally read several shorter books in a day. But commitment-phobe
Nils | nilsreviewsit
‘No Peak defends and avenges are own. You wrong any of us, you wrong us all. You seek to war with us, and we will return it a hundredfold. No one will take from us what is ours!’
Jade City by Fonda Lee is the first book in the Green Bone saga. It’s been hailed as ‘Godfather-esque’, with a healthy mix of Asian inspired fantasy and Kung Fu. Well, hello! You have my interest, and yes I think I need this book in my life now! I’m so ecstatic to say that I feel the book lived up to this description as
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm pretty happy to say that this book, which I picked up largely based on the quotes from so many of my favourite authors which adorn its beautiful covers, was actually a really fun political fantasy. I usually don't enjoy politics in my fantasy too much, it can get dry or dull, but this book does a great job of involving lots of politics with a host of characters and some very wonderful plot-twists. This is set on an island called Kekon, where there is a single race who can wield the Jade magi ...more
I'm reviewing this purely from enjoyment. I had fun.

Every character was strong and very familiar to me since I've been a life-long fan of The Godfather. Yep. SO MUCH of the story seems to be a slight twist on the classic tale, but never far from that grand feel. I loved seeing the story twisted with SilkPunk, the addition of magic-granting Jade that enhances particular families' inherent abilities, be it strength, hardiness, speed, etc, and having the plot twisted further with an addictive drug
I liked this one a lot! Recommended for those searching for an Asian inspired urban fantasy. I felt impressed by the world-building in this book in particular, featuring warring mafia clans and a cool jade magic system that Fonda Lee wrote about in a detailed yet understandable way. Also, because I’m me, I found the themes of gender and patriarchy and toxic masculinity so interesting in Jade City. Lee wrote compelling female characters and I felt so intrigued by how she positions them in a socie ...more
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
On the island nation of Kekon, rival clans powered by mystical jade war for dominance in a mafia-like dynastic epic.

Green Bones are people of Kekon descent who have the unique ability to tolerate and channel the bio-energetic jade stones mined on the island. Kekonese society includes Green Bone clans who function basically like mafia families. The Kaul family controls the No Peak clan, the second largest of the Green Bone clans. Increasing tensions with the One Mountain clan who have a new and a
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I’m really kicking myself for having taken so long to pick up and read Jade City. But perhaps it is also a blessing in disguise, because the second book is out now, and this was definitely a story that made me want to pick up the sequel right away to see what happens next. A completely absorbing and compulsive read, Fonda Lee’s adult fantasy debut held me spellbound in its grip from the beginning pages to the very end.

Lily ☁️
3 1/2 stars

The main thing I need to shout out into the void is: I love Anden!!! How dare this book end on such a note, though.

// buddy read with the Asian squad

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Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, arc, adult
4.5 rounded up. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I think the simplest way to describe Jade City is ‘The Godfather’ meets magical jade wearing ninjas in an epic gang war on an Asian inspired island.’s so much more than this. It’s full of political intrigue, plotting and scheming of metaphorical chess pieces, mingled with bloody violence and a fair amount of familial drama. And the central figure in all of this is jade - a natural element mined exclusiv
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Fonda Lee is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels for adults and teens. Her fantasy trilogy, the Green Bone Saga, begins with Jade City, which won the 2018 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, was a finalist for the Nebula and Locus Awards, and was named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Barnes & Noble, Powell's Books, Syfy Wire, and the Verge. Her young adult science fiction novels, Zeroboxer ...more

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