Hello again, traveler! 💚 (Green heart this time around, for the Green Bone Saga!) Guess who’s now at university? Me! It feels like just yesterday that I graduated from high school!
Today, we’ll be discussing one of my favorite reads of the summer: Fonda Lee’s phenomenal adult fantasy debut, Jade City. It’s a recipient of the World Fantasy Award and Aurora Award, as well as a finalist for the Nebula, Locus, Audie, Sunburst, and Seiun Awards. Quite well-deserving, if you ask me.
The 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, which grants those with the right training and heritage superhuman abilities.
The 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 primarily involved in commerce, construction, and the everyday upkeep of the districts under their protection.
When 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 itself.
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- Asian author
- Asian-coded world and characters
- Gay main character
- Addiction (allegory)
- Body horror
- Drug use
- Gun violence
- Self-harm (mentioned)
- Sexual abuse of minor
- Sexual content
- Suicide (mentioned)
- Violence (graphic)
tl;dr: Do I recommend this book?
MY RATING: ★★★★★
Help. This book was so good that I disintegrated on the spot.Continue reading “Help, I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up: A Review of Jade City”