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JADE WAR by Fonda Lee

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 they alone have possessed for hundreds of years.

Beyond Kekon’s borders, war is brewing. Powerful foreign governments and mercenary criminal kingpins alike turn their eyes on the island nation. Jade, Kekon’s most prized resource, could make them rich – or give them the edge they’d need to topple their rivals.

Faced with threats on all sides, the Kaul family is forced to form new and dangerous alliances, confront enemies in the darkest streets and the tallest office towers, and put honor aside in order to do whatever it takes to ensure their own survival – and that of all the Green Bones of Kekon.

Jade War is the second book of the Green Bone Saga, an epic trilogy about family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of blood and jade.

Title : Jade War
Author : Fonda Lee
Series : Green Bone Saga (book two)
Format : physical
Page Count : 590
Genre : fantasy
Publisher : Orbit
Release Date : July 23, 2019

Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★ .5

Hollis’ 3.5 star review

So, funny enough, this wasn’t quite the war-filled book I expected based not just on the title but also where we left things in book one. Things had definitely built up and my expectations that things would get even more brutal and intense were definitely unrealized; at least for most of the book. The war, again, with some exceptions, was really less in your face and more sneaky and guerilla style. Which is fine! And it makes sense based on the clan’s goals. However, I’ll admit I was rather disappointed by this read for a good chunk of this chunky book. With the exception of one event, I was pretty ambivalent by both the plot and characters until well after the half-way mark.

My enjoyment, and the rating, is all because of that last 30%.

I’m still not loving these characters, and there’s so much detail and complexity and politics — also world/geo-political stuff — that honestly some of the close-to-home stuff gets drowned out. It’s one thing to flesh out a world and give things scope but you can also lose some intensity and momentum and that definitely happened here.

That said, there were just enough unexpected turn of events, not to mention some high stakes moments, to keep me pushing through, which stopped me from putting this down too many times. I still remain, for the most part, emotionally hands off with the characters but they do have their moments.

I’m, of course, immediately diving into book three (or, rather, as it’s after midnight on a work night I will be immediately diving in to book three on my lunch break tomorrow!) and can only imagine what awaits me in the seven hundred pages to come.

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