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Publisher's Summary

Two crime families, one source of power: Jade.

Shortlisted for the Nebula Awards 2018

Shortlisted for the Locus Awards 2018

An Amazon.com Best Book of the Month

Jade is the lifeblood of the city of Janloon - a stone that enhances a warrior's natural strength and speed. Jade is mined, traded, stolen and killed for, controlled by the ruthless No Peak and Mountain families.

When a modern drug emerges that allows anyone - even foreigners - to wield jade, simmering tension between the two families erupts into open violence. The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all in the families, from their grandest patriarch to even the lowliest motorcycle runner on the streets.

Jade City is an epic tale of blood, family, honour, and of those who live and die by ancient laws in a changing world.

©2017 Fonda Lee (P)2017 Little, Brown Book Group

Critic Reviews

"Vivid and tautly described." (Scott Lynch)

"Gripping!" (Ann Leckie)

"Stylish and action-packed." (Ken Liu)

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Entertaining!

This book was so interesting and entertaining. It follows a family of Green Bone warriors who use jade to enhance their abilities to protect the country from invaders, but issues between two rival gangs has refocused their attentions. There's so many plot twists and the characters are amazing. Highly recommend!

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Asian inspired fantasy with a Mafia twist

An enjoyable read even if it was hard to really attach to any of the characters, not at the fault of the reader as he portrayed each character brilliantly, more at the distance given by the author to observe the characters within their surroundings. It is a wonderful cross between Ninja Mythos and The Godfather, with Jade being the central force that gives power to the 'green bone' fighters.
Besides remarkable storytelling and perfectly crafted action scenes, I did feel a little hampered down but the heavy masculine presence and that strong female characters were few and far between.

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  • The Fetch
  • 11-03-2019

Omg

This was so cool! Asian setting, mobster-like gangs, jade-powers and epic action! Loved it and the audio is phenomenal! Need the second one asap!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-01-2021

Awesome!

Sleeping Dogs with magic! I highly recommend this book for people who like triads/yakuza/Mafia fiction and fantasy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-12-2020

Gang Conflict & Grounded Magic

A brilliant level of subtle and steady world building brings you into a world where great power comes from the possession of Jade, centred around an Asian setting in a mid-20th century world.

Meanwhile, clans led by families of powerful Jade users battle in sometimes subtle and sometimes blatent and bloody ways for control of the city. This is a place where the "mobs" operate openly and for the most part legtimately.

The "magic" is surprisingly grounded and the users manage to be both seen powerful whilst still incredibly mortal. Fights matter and their rules are quickly easy to understand. And importantly, wounds matter.

Whilst the setting is restrained this truly feels like epic fantasy, but the pacing makes sense. Events happen over the course of months, rather than this being one of those "wow, wild couple of weeks we've had" stories.

The politics and action are beautifully balanced and the narrator gives each character enough personality to come to life in front of you easily, truly speaking with their voice.

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  • sam
  • 19-06-2019

Interesting

Was a very interesting book. I loved the setting and the complex characters. The narrator definitely does a great job! Looking forward to book 2.

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  • melusi sibanda
  • 24-02-2021

Brilliant!

This book is entertaining! Tge characters are warm and likeable.
I have an attachment to the characters and want to know what's going on with them!

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  • H J Hiscox
  • 19-02-2021

Great read/listen

Once in to the story it is difficult to put it down! On to the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-2021

Phenomenal

It is awesome. Buy it.

This is modern fantasy mixed with The Godfather and Jet Li and Donnie Yen kung fu flicks. I loved every second of it.

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  • LewisW
  • 23-11-2020

Awesome crime drama

Excellent plot, world building and characters. If you enjoy crime dramas like Peaky Blinders then this is a must read.

Writing style is a bit "functional" at times, there isn't a lot of flavour to descriptions and often there isn't much subtely. Not a deal breaker but it does occasionally take me out of the story.

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  • R. Maines
  • 24-10-2020

Entertaining

If you are a fan of mafia films than the plot of this novel will be pretty predictable. Still this fusion of mafia/magic set in Asia is well done and roll on book 2.

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  • Peter Odukwe
  • 17-08-2019

Absolutely Brilliant Story

I just wish I had found this book sooner. Brilliant start to a trilogy. Great characters that you can invest in and story that grips you and dosent let go. The narrator is brilliant and brings the story to. Now straight on to the second book. I won't be disappointed

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