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Review ¼ Jade City Ì PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Librarian note an older cover for this edition can be found here Jade City is a gripping Godfather esue saga of intergenerational blood feuds vicious politics magic and kungfuThe Kaul family is one of two crime syndicates that control the island oIly involved in commerce construction and the everyday upkeep of the districts under their protectionWhen the simmering tension between the Kauls and their greatest rivals erupts into open violence in the streets the outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones and the future of Kekon itsel. 475ish starsBlown away The holy trinity of great characterization uniue 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 have been missing out Initially I got similar vibes to Ken Liu's The Grace of Kings which is a book I struggled with especially in the thin characterizations but I soon got such a good sense of each member of the Kaul family and how distinct each one is from the others They're fascinating on their own but also in the context of their interfamilial relationships I definitely have my favorites but each of them is a real person with relatable traits and minds sometimes frustratingly so because I want to kidney punch them for the doing the same stupid things I know I'd do in their situationsIt's cool how this is almost Urban Fantasy and High Fantasy in one It takes place in an alternate world similar to ours in agetechnology etc but while Kekon where the story takes place is increasingly becoming a metropolis modern and relevant in society it also has an ancient timeless feel And while it's beginning to integrate itself with a world from which it has traditionally been isolated it's also decidedly set apart in several ways and not only because it's an island and is literally set apart There are definitely a lot of elements of wuxia fiction which is so cool when it's combined with such modern sentimentsLee delivers the dialogue very well and provides good descriptions as well as tidy efficient prose I'm impressed with this book and really hope it gains attentionPosted in Mr Philip's Library

Jade CityIly involved in commerce construction and the everyday upkeep of the districts under their protectionWhen the simmering tension between the Kauls and their greatest rivals erupts into open violence in the streets the outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones and the future of Kekon itsel. 475ish starsBlown away The holy trinity of great characterization uniue 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 have been missing out Initially I got similar vibes to Ken Liu's The Grace of Kings which is a book I struggled with especially in the thin characterizations but I soon got such a good sense of each member of the Kaul family and how distinct each one is from the others They're fascinating on their own but also in the context of their interfamilial relationships I definitely have my favorites but each of them is a real person with relatable traits and minds sometimes frustratingly so because I want to kidney punch them for the doing the same stupid things I know I'd do in their situationsIt's cool how this is almost Urban Fantasy and High Fantasy in one It takes place in an alternate world similar to ours in agetechnology etc but while Kekon where the story takes place is increasingly becoming a metropolis modern and relevant in society it also has an ancient timeless feel And while it's beginning to integrate itself with a world from which it has traditionally been isolated it's also decidedly set apart in several ways and not only because it's an island and is literally set apart There are definitely a lot of elements of wuxia fiction which is so cool when it's combined with such modern sentimentsLee delivers the dialogue very well and provides good descriptions as well as tidy efficient prose I'm impressed with this book and really hope it gains attentionPosted in Mr Philip's Library

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Jade City ½ Librarian note an older cover for this edition can be found here Jade City is a gripping Godfather esue saga of intergenerational blood feuds vicious politics magic and kungfuThe Kaul family is one of two crime syndicates that control the island of Kekon It's the only place in the world that produces rare magical. Jade City is set in a world where jade confers great strength and power to those who can wield it—without risking madness or a lethal propensity to the ItchesMore than a uarter of a century before the island nation of Kekon was freed from the imperial thrall of the Shotarians Ever since the jade wielding warriors of No Peak and Mountain—the two largest clans in Kekon’s capital city—have worked together in their complex webs of favor and obligation indulging the unending performance of glad handing and compromise but the candle of their fragile flexible alliance is burning at both ends and lighting their way to irreversible violence The Kekonese had thought the war was in the past but it seems it refuses to remain thereKaul Lan’s heart had no talent for violence Ever since the mantle of clan Pillar leader had been passed to him from his legendary but ailing grandfather Lan has been trying to keep the rusty ramshackle machine that is No Peak grinding along But he’s been burdened for so long and carved with doubts and regrets like a monolith He’s not like his younger brother Hilo No Peak’s Horn whose steady seethe of truculent loyalty inspires a fear laced devotion from his men nor is he like his sister Shae who’s left clan business behind for a humdrum but uiet existence in Espenia The cracks in the Kaul family continue to grow into gaping rifts and Ayt Madashi the fearsome Pillar of Mountain holds that knowledge like a knife in its sheathWith foreign powers setting their sights on the Kekonese jade and the illegal trade of a dangerous drug that allows Non Kekonese to wear jade ballooning the peace between the clans has become like a damaged cargo rope unraveling with the speed of a new lit fire down to a single threadAnd soon it will snap “A man who wears the crown of a king can’t wear the jade of a warrior Gold and jade  never together ” To be honest this summary can scarcely do justice to the rip roaring complexity of the plotJade City is a book bursting with ideas and I’m impressed at how well Lee was at promptly and thoroughly establishing a comprehensible world to make sure it all makes sense It’s clear that she went through painstaking work to draw on a fully lived in world The magic is well explained and intriguingly explored as is the social hierarchy I also relished the stories of abandoned gods mythical jade warriors and horrific monsters that are threaded through the entirety of Jade City making the world feel even large even if the story only focuses on a handful of individuals Admittedly there's a lot of exposition to chew on at first but it’s worth every modicum of effort when the wayward finally gears into line and the story shudders into vivid mind bending life The result is as accessible an experience as going to the moviesSo if you're seeking formulaic thrills and spills Jade City might not be your book But if you’re looking for an expertly crafted story with a real sense of place and vividly rendered characters then look no furtherWith spare prose of great clarity Lee has a galvanic way of writing action magic and peril that literally has you on the edge of your seat There’s an intoxicating feeling of possibility a scope as immense as oceans Lee’s ability to give readers action pieces followed by heartache is tremendous Unexpected plot twists pinched the breath out of me and sometimes I found I could burrow no further into the space between my heartbeats But Jade City isn’t always inundated by grimdark Throughout there are moments where you can feel the first stirrings of hope and instances of love and light that knife through the dreadAnd of course alongside the richness of Lee’s world there’s the mountainous depth of character Lee’s ambitious tapestry includes corruption and treason and vengeance honor and valor and forbidding love regrets and sexuality and mercy It’s a killer story about a family steeped in tragedy and power affronting painful choices while occupying a city that seems intent on swallowing them wholeThe story centers around the Kaul family Lan Shae and Hilo give the impression of three people stuck in connecting rooms with the door shut between them holding their anger doubts and anguish in their arms instead of each other All of them resolved fierce miserable There was such a current of love and rage and loss running between the three siblings But my heart warmed at how when it mattered the most their thinly veiled resentments fell into a momentary silence muted in the presence of the imminent danger hovering tantalizingly aheadLan’s character in particular lassoed my heart as the man who was made only of himself without the dregs that silted the rest of them He was worn and kind and trusted too easily He felt and thought and acted and all these things made a straight line But bad tidings came regardless of what he did He had tried to be a gentle and patient leader but his enemies suffered no such compunction He was devoid of that state of rage and resentment everyone else expected him to cultivate as the clan’s Pillar and so his softness was always taken for weaknessHilo’s character on the other hand is harder to interpret He was always imperious enraged in some abhorrent way alive His blood often sang with violence and he possessed such will for vengeance He only had to Free download æ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free é Fonda Lee

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Fonda Lee é 2 Read Jade which grants those with the right training and heritage superhuman abilitiesThe Green Bone clans of honorable jade wearing warriors once protected the island from foreign invasion but nowadays in a bustling post war metropolis full of fast cars and foreign money Green Bone families like the Kauls are primar. 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 steel perception lightness deflection and channelling A Jade warrior becomes formidable and Herculean when they earn and flaunt of the jewels There is a great focus on honour and tradition with how jewels can be obtained When youngsters graduate from the warrior academy they can earn their first Jade but it's mostly obtained by the victor from a deceased rival following a duel or skirmish These phenomenal powers and the potential have not gone unnoticed by the black market who are trying to get in on the act of distributing the highly sought after stones through unsavoury means to individuals who have not earned them Interestingly though for the untrained it is like a drug overuse and withdrawal can lead to madness and deathThe entire narrative has an Oriental feel to it with a focus on clan life traditions and martial arts I'd say this book is a mix of To's Election Coppola's The Godfather and the Jade can give it's wearers powers reminiscent of those seen in Lee's Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon In fact I often forgot I was reading a fantasy book as the stunning worldbuilding created a picture to me that all this was happening in a 1980's Hong Kong Lee has created a world of immense depth From Gods to complex clan hierarchies to intricate past character relationships to the science behind the fighting scenes Some of the gang titles may seem unfamiliar at first but they never seem confusing and are cleverly caressed into the reader's mind The hierarchy seems military like in its presentation and the clans have a Pillar Weather Man and Horn Luckbringers and Fists Fingers StudentsThe real stunning standout element of Jade City is the exceptionally deep and fully realised characters The Pillar Lan is calm intelligent and respected but runs his clan in the shadow of his Grandfather His brother Hilo is the Horn and essentially the street armies general His soldiers are fiercely loyal even if he flaunts an action first and ask uestions later approach Shae is their sister who returning following studying abroad at a time after a spat where her family turned her back on her Finally Anden the adopted cousin who's currently in his final year at the training academy How they interact and work together with the threat of an upcoming turf war is brilliant There are about eight point of view characters the above mentioned included but I truly don't think there was a weak character anywhere in this narrative There is a complexity surrounding this books ensemble that is rarely seen in the first book of a series The character progression is also exuisite as the times change motives are influenced and the running of their businesses are affectedThis is the first entry in The Green Bone Saga and I honestly can't wait to see what happens next I didn't care about anything else whilst I was reading this and I just wanted to see what would become the characters There are some emotionally shocking moments some intricate and otherworldly fight scenes and lots of loyalty honour and tradition Jade City is an epic uniue and often unforgiving gangster fantasy intertwined with glimpses of hope and goodness The haunting nature of the world is also mixed with betrayals and a huge death toll Recommended