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Jade War

(The Green Bone Saga #2)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,495 ratings  ·  326 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
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
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 ...more
James Lafayette Tivendale
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, freecopy
I received a review copy of Jade War in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Fonda Lee and Orbit Books for the opportunity.

Jade War continues the brilliantly addictive and engaging oriental urban fantasy gangster narrative that started with Jade City. The novel is a mixture of the finest elements seen in crime cinema such as the family loyalty and honour from Copolla’s The Godfather and the political unrest and uncomfortable moments of To’s Election series. Intertwine that with
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
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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 second
TS Chan
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 more ambitious novel". If that's the case, Fonda Lee has then achieved the seemingly impossible as
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
C.G. Drews
I'm still so in awe of the depth and detail that's gone into this series. It kind of floors me and I respect Fonda Lee so much. I will say I preferred Jade City as it felt more emotional, plus there were street fights and more sibling bickering (I just! I like!) and I felt connected. Jade War was politics heavy which, while intense and clever, left me emotionally uninvolved. I adore the Kauls though and Auden is cemented as my favourite character. Hilo disappointed me (he's really rather ...more
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
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
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
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 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a sequel so I don't want to give away too many spoilers, but I have to say I am completely in love with where this gang-inspired asian fantasy series is going. Jade is a commodity and it's the cause of a lot of hate and rivalry. There's a lot of in-fighting and a lot of conflict every time.

In this particular one I enjoyed Shay (sp? I audiobooked), Anden, and the Pillar's wife as their stories fascinated me most and I think the ladies really owned :) The Mountain and No Peak
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,
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book continues the modern equivalent of an Italian (mafia, old world, new world) and Japanese (isolated island with strategic resources) Urban Fantasy. It does it in wonderful style.

Where the first one felt very Godfather with magical Jade stones that can only be used by certain bloodlines except when a special drug is involved, this one picks up the pieces of the clan warfare and scatters them into the new world. Modern warfare takes on a particularly economic cast. Gaining contacts and
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
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
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 scope of the series expands in this volume, both in time and in physical scale. Children are born, the No Peak Clan extends its financial influence into Espenia, and jade smuggling becomes an international trade that No Peak tries to keep under its control, or to repress when interests outside the clan sidestep its influence.

This book took quite some time for me to read. A friend or two even wondered why it was taking so long! It ended up becoming much like a serial or soap opera as I read
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
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 ...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, ...more
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 ...more
Lily ☁️
3 1/2 stars

So …exactly how much emotional damage am I about to suffer at the hands of this book?

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Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as good as the first book Jade City. This isn’t quite my normal fare in terms of reading , but it’s so well written, with strong characterisation and world building that I couldn’t put it down. It was fascinating reading about life I the No Peaks clan and how the Kekonese adapted to and morphed when in Espenia. The whole Green Bone Jade system with its unique code of honour is an original system of magic delivery! Recommended.
c, (½ of readsrainbow)
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

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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
Shaun Hutchinson
Great followup to Jade City.
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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, ...more

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“Out of small resentments, spring great wars.” 1 likes
“She understood that her value in the clan, her value to her family, to Hilo, and most of all, in her own mind, lay not in what she could accomplish herself — because a stone-eye was always something of a blank space amid the strong auras around them, a void where gazes and expectations slid off like oil — but in what she made possible for others. She was unable to wield jade herself, but as a White Rat for the Weather Man, she had taken jade to those who could and would use it for the clan’s gain. She had not borne the Pillar a son who could follow in the family’s footsteps, but she had ensured that Niko was brought back to be raised in his rightful place. She could never be a Green Bone herself, as much as she felt she was one at heart, but she could think like a Green Bone. She was an enabler, an aide, a hidden weapon, and that was worth something. Perhaps a great deal.” 1 likes
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