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Jade War

(The Green Bone Saga #2)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  784 ratings  ·  202 reviews
In Jade War, the sequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning novel Jade City, the Kaul siblings battle rival clans for honor and control over an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis.

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 th
Hardcover, 590 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Orbit
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Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Asian-inspired, Urban, & Gangster fantasy fans
ARC provided by the publisher—Orbit—in exchange for an honest review.

Absolutely amazing; Jade War was a brilliantly compelling sequel filled with skillfully-written characterizations and tension-packed action scenes.

I buddy read this novel with four other readers of different ethnicities—TS, Emma, Jenia, and Nils—living in different parts of the world and all of us pretty much agreed that we were both in love with and terrified by the events in Jade War. I find it equally satisfying and astonis
Chaima ✨ شيماء
I thought books were for enjoyment, not emotional trauma
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sixteen months have passed since the violent and tragic events of Jade City and the No Peak Clan are far from safe. But it’s not just the Clans at war. The outside world wants in. Jade is a commodity right at the top of everybody’s list and they’re willing to pay for it, in bundles of cash or oceans of blood. Trying to prevent foreign governments, criminal gangs, smugglers, street thugs and everyone in between from taking what doesn’t belong to them makes for interesting alliances, underhand pol ...more
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

Actual rating: 4.5 Stars

“The clan was not just people and jade and money. It was an idea, a legacy that connected the pats with the present and the future. The family’s strength was a promise.”

🌟 Disclaimer: I received a finished proof of Jade War in exchange for an honest review and my participation in a blog tour.

🌟 Often times we as readers hear about the middle book syndrome and we have all experienced the secon
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Feb 26, 2018 marked it as to-read-not-released  ·  review of another edition
I regularly wake up in the dead of night thinking about how this book is probably gonna destroy me in the best way possible, so I guess all's good 🤷♀ ...more
TS Chan
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The much-awaited and absolutely fantastic sequel in The Green Bone Saga, Jade War is out this week!

ARC provided by the publisher—Orbit—in exchange for an honest review.

Jade War is a magnificent sequel that brilliantly showcases the immense potential of urban fantasy, without resorting to typical mythological elements.

The author mentioned in the acknowledgements about the "seemingly impossible task of following up the biggest, most ambitious novel" she's ever written with "an even bigger and mo
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Many of you may know that Jade City is my favourite book of all time. And not just ‘one of my favourite books’ – Jade City is the favourite book. And now I find myself in the strange and unexpected position of finding a new favourite book of all time. I have loved Jade City so passionately for years that I never gave thought to the possibility that it would be dethroned so soon. It’s not often you read a book where the second book, the middle book of a trilogy no less, is undoubtedly better than ...more
Sarah Gailey
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually write reviews but I have to. You guys. YOU GUYS.


Fonda Lee shouldn't have been able to write a better book than Jade City because that isn't technically possible, but then somehow, incredibly: she DID??? This book is tense and lush and beautiful and violent and it completely wrecked me. I couldn't stop reading it. It features the best fight scene in the series so far, a fight scene that I had to read standing up because I was so adrenalized by it. The chara
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic follow up to the extremely impressive Jade City.

Jade War keeps to the same standard of excellence set by its predecessor with complicated yet precise storytelling, deep worldbuilding, and fully realised characters. There were moments of shock and surprise, and given what Lee showed she was willing to do in Jade City, many turns in the story where I really wasn't sure what the outcome would be.

Yet again Lee shows that she is a writer to be reckoned with; one who improves upon her pre
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book from the publishing company Orbit in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is book 2 in the Green Bone Sage, so beware of spoilers for book 1.

Well, in short, I loved it!

Jade War picks up about a year after the events of the last book. While the No Peak Clan and the Mountain Clan are officially at peace, the truce remains exceedingly uneasy. Furthermore, a proxy war is brewing in a neighbouring country, and all the interested powers want jade to support their
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, series
Jade War was an absolute home run, as the narrative surpasses the first book in almost every respect!

After following some intuition, and much curiosity from GR friends that recommended 'Jade City', I really enjoyed the 'urban-fantasy' , 'asian-gangster' inspired setting of the first book. At its end, so many threads were left bare and hanging, that I had to immediately get into Jade War.

Jade War was stunning in conception, characterization, world building and magic system!!!

It's fucking amazin
Allison Hurd
Argh. I was so excited for this. The first was pitch perfect for me--an endearing mash up of mobsters, wuxia magic, gang wars and family drama. This felt more like a bunch of summaries from different points of view, a series of short stories that...don't really ever live up to the title.

CONTENT WARNING: (no actual spoilers, just a list of topics) (view spoiler)

Things to love:

-Shae, Wen, Cory,
Nils | nilsreviewsit
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

“We have each other and maybe that’s the one thing our enemies don’t.” Hilo’s aura gave a dark pulse, like an angry sigh, but he didn’t move or open his eyes. Shae slumped back and closed her own eyes. “The clan is my blood and the Pillar is it’s master,” she whispered. “ I have a lot of regrets in life, but those oaths aren’t one of them.”
Jade War by Fonda Lee is the second book in the Green Bone saga, and it’s been one of my most anticipated reads since I read and completely gushed over the f
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What the hell, did I read the first book wrong? I wasn't a huge fan of the first book, I neither disliked or really enjoyed it. But THIS ONE was absolutely amazing, never a dull moment. I literally couldn't put this book down.....the characters, the story, the action, everything was perfect. If you're a fan of this series hurry up and buy this book. If you're on the fence like I was after reading the first one, trust me.. this one blows the first book out of the water. Anxiously waiting for book ...more
For something that took me more than a month to complete, this was surprisingly fun. It's just that the writing leaned into the aspect I didn't like in Jade City even more than in the first book - giving you far more details than you actually need to understand the story - and that's how we got a 600-page sequel that was at the same time far too long and far too short for what it was trying to do.

I'll try to explain what went wrong, which I can sum up as "I've never read a book in which the paci
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a fantastic follow-up.

I really loved Jade City and Jade War didn't disappoint. It's much bigger in scope and it allows the main players from the first book to grow in interesting ways.

I was particularly impressed by how cinematic the action in the first book was and every single fight scene in Jade War is just as gripping. What this book offers more of is the Weather Man's side of the clan. The business dealings, political intrigue and economic plotting are just as thrilling as the duels. I
Another excellent entry in an excellent series.
The No Peak and Mountain clans put complicated, long-running plans into place, while both Hilo and Shae grow into their roles of Pillar and Weather Man, while they send Anden to Espenia to learn the language, among other things. Both clans use economic and political means, and murder (always an option) in their fight for dominance over the other. (view spoiler)
The Nerd Book Review
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one’s an easy 5+ for me and will join Jade City from last year on my favorite books of the year list. This book looks like it took me 2 weeks to read, which would be very unusual for me with a book I love but I’ve been incredibly busy the last couple of weeks and haven’t had a good block of time where I could read big chunks and this book was too good, as well as too intricate, for my usual tactic of reading anytime I have 5 minutes. I read the first 20% the day I started it and then the la ...more
Omg I feel like I’m breaking aisho or something right now. 2.5 stars

Look, no spoilers but I’m disappointed. Jade City was one of the small handful of books that I put on my favorites shelf last year. I was expecting to love this.

Too much learning still!

Second book sequels and I have a pretty good relationship. If I liked the first book in a trilogy, odds are that I’ll like the second book.

I mean, what’s not to like? The “hard part” is over right? Learning the multitude of character names, the
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Kekon enters a period of relative peace with the two great clans of No Peak and One Mountain having fought a bloody war to the point of stalemate. But war is far from over, both between the clans, and in the wider world. The mighty powers of Espenia and Ygutan are going into a proxy war (think Vietnam or Korea) and Kekon's jade is absolutely critical to both sides. Kekon is forced to stand in the wider world, and the clans to expand into it as well. Emery Anden serves his clan, not as a green bo ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the first book of this trilogy, Fonda Lee focused on the battle between the two ruling clans of Kekon and the city of Janloon. In this amazing and lengthy sequel, the battle broadens to encompass the larger surrounding countries of Espenia and Ygutan and a nearby island, where jade smugglers thrive. Once again, the primary focus is on the No Peak clan leadership (the Kaul family): Hilo, Shae, Anden, Wen, Kehn and Tar, even the son of Hilo's brother and their battle with the Mountain clan, the ...more
We women claw for every inch we gain in this world, and you’d worked too hard for your place on Ship Street to let it be taken from you.

On my blog.

Rep: East Asian inspired characters and setting, gay mc

CWs: violence, mentions of torture, drug abuse

Galley provided by publisher

Second books in a series can be tricky. So your readers are hooked (hopefully), now how do you up the ante and raise the stakes (especially if book 1 was as explosive and intense as Jade City). Well, friends, this book r
Shaun Hutchinson
Great followup to Jade City.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fine, that's great, just leave my wounded heart exposed on the sidewalks of Janloon.

It's FINE.

Full RTC when I'm able to form coherent sentences. Mmkay.

I received an advance copy from the publisher, Orbit Books, thanks to my marvelous workplace at The Word On The Street Toronto. I actually received two, which is the only thing that saved my marriage--otherwise my partner and I would be lawyering up over custody at this moment.
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Thank you to Orbit/Little Brown Book Group and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.

TW: On Page Sex / Violence / Death / Death of a Loved One / Murder / Torture / Death by Bomb / Strangelation

I read Jade City in July and fell in love with the characters. I don’t think I could have fallen in love with them more but then along came Jade War, and here I am, having even more feelings about these characters.

Jade War starts aroun
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is shaping up to be one of my favourite, well written sets of books in a long time. You know how people talk about the second book slump? That's not here. Entirely the opposite; what was set up in Jade City, is expanded upon and made even better. More political intrigue, but now we're sitting on an international scale. More family drama. Ah, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

Jade War is the second novel in The Green Bone Saga, and continues the story of the No Peak clan in Janloon, a

I have already finished reading all 62 chapters, and I’m still not ready for this sequel.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
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Oh boy, where do I even begin this review? I thought Jade City was an intense ride, but apparently it was child's play compared to the events of Jade War! I'll admit, as excited as I was to finally have Jade War in my hands, I was almost a little nervous since I read Jade City back in 2017 and wasn't sure if it would live up the crazy expectations I was holding out for--and it ended up exceeding them!

It was so easy to jump back into the Green Bone S
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There are stories that pull you in so wildly that you don’t have a choice but to succumb to its spell and let it immerse you into its world. These stories often insert numerous hooks into the reader and leave them at their mercy as they try to resist all the thrills and emotions that come with the events that unfold. This is even truer when it’s about sequels of magnificent novels as they already have their claws deep into the reader and all the
*I received a finished copy via Caffeine Book Tours in return for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.*

We return to the city of Janloon, where the Mountain and No Peak clans have seemingly announced a public truce. But secretly the leaders of their respective clan continue to fight for control of their nation Kekon, home to the only source of jade, a magical energy source which strengthens its users. With the rise of jade smugglers, the Kaul family must work together
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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, Zerob ...more

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