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Jade War by Fonda Lee
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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 they need to do is whisper the names of all those beloved characters that they’ve grown attached to, to fully hypnotize the reader into a love-coma. Thus, Fonda Lee successfully delivers a fantastic sequel to her latest trilogy and does the impossible by making it bigger and better in every sense of those words. However, things aren’t looking too good for the No Peak Clan as they find themselves short-handed in the impending war.

What is Jade War about? Sequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning novel Jade City, the story is set 16 months after the events of the first novel and continues where it left off as the Kaul family’s honour is threatened and their power diminished with rival clans who look to overtake them and create a mono-ruled metropolis. While the tension is high on the island of Kekon, war is brewing outside the borders and there’s only so much that can be done to contain the impending chaos. The solutions aren’t always to everyone’s taste and the result isn’t always what is expected but change is necessary if anything is to happen. Fonda Lee achieves an incredible accomplishment with this massive sequel by exploring all of the family member’s dilemmas on an emotional and personal level while weaving in the societal and political climate that rules their lives.

There’s an irrefutable fluidity to the pacing of this story despite the multiple points of view that were present in this sequel. Allowing herself the freedom to expand her world beyond the island of Kekon, Fonda Lee pursues her exploration of love, honor, and trust within and between clans in this second installment. With the foundation of this epic urban fantasy set in stone in Jade City, she was able to focus on the characterization and develop the complex relationships that exist inside and out of the clan. This wasn’t just about spinning her characters into madness but to show the incredible decisions they need to take, the various motivations behind their actions, and the consequences of their vision on a personal and international level. In fact, Fonda Lee does an impressive job in showing the repercussions of war on an individual, economic, and political level without ever losing her grasp on the reader’s attention.

What I loved about this sequel was its scope and how it allowed the reader to understand each character and their level of commitment, ambition, and interest in the grand scheme of things. The multiple points of view also allowed to see the gap between each generation as well as the different realities that these characters were working with. From Hilo and his new role within the clan to Shae and her conflict between duty and love, the young Anden’s life is the one that allowed the author to reach overseas and complexify Fonda Lee’s Green Bone Saga. Without any doubt, the author’s comprehension of gangsterism and the illegal markets that they can handle is sublime. Although the novel takes on a stronger political facet, there were plenty of excellent action sequences—infused with jade and bloodthirst—and individual drama to allow the reader to connect with the characters and adore this story.

Jade War is a phenomenal sequel that explores love, family, and honor while the Kaul family remain under incredible tension as they enter an international playground to survive the onslaught from adjacent rivals.

Jade War is a phenomenal sequel that explores love, family, and honor within the Kaul family while they remain under incredible tension and enter an international playground to survive the onslaught from adjacent rivals.

Thank you to Hachette Book Group Canada for sending me a copy for review!

Yours truly,

Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer
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Reading Progress

July 18, 2019 – Started Reading
July 18, 2019 – Shelved
July 27, 2019 – Shelved as: fantasy
July 27, 2019 – Shelved as: read-in-2019
July 27, 2019 – Finished Reading

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