Jade City

Jade City

eBook - 2017
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In this World Fantasy Award-winning novel of magic and kungfu, four siblings battle rival clans for honor and power in an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis. 

*Named one of TIME's Top 100 Fantasy Books Of All Time
&;* World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, winner


Jade is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. It has been mined, traded, stolen, and killed for -- and for centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their magical abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion.

Now, the war is over and a new generation of Kauls vies for control of Kekon's bustling capital city. They care about nothing but protecting their own, cornering the jade market, and defending the districts under their protection. Ancient tradition has little place in this rapidly changing nation.

When a powerful new drug emerges that lets anyone -- even foreigners -- wield jade, the simmering tension between the Kauls and the rival Ayt family erupts into open violence. The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones -- and of Kekon itself.

Praise for Jade City: 

"An epic drama reminiscent of the best classic Hong Kong gangster films but set in a fantasy metropolis so gritty and well-imagined that you'll forget you're reading a book." --Ken Liu, Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning author

"A beautifully realized setting, a great cast of characters, and dramatic action scenes. What a fun, gripping read!" --Ann Leckie, Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author

"An instantly absorbing tale of blood, honor, family, and magic, spiced with unexpectedly tender character beats." --NPR

The Green Bone Saga
Jade City
Jade War
Jade Legacy


Publisher: New York :, Orbit,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316440851
031644085X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (498 pages) : illustrations
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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samcmar17
Dec 02, 2020

This is how you write a mafia story. I loved the idea of jade being drugs, I adored the family we follow throughout, and some of the deaths in this book were violent, but exactly what you'd expect from a sci-fi fantasy version of the triads. I need to read Jade War ASAP because this book was worth the hype!

FPL_Annie Nov 14, 2020

A rip-roaring epic fantasy set in an Asia-inspired modern city. I get gangster movie vibes from this book, with a good deal of martial arts elements thrown in.

Hillsboro_ElenaG Jan 20, 2019

This stunning, award-winning epic fantasy takes readers on a journey to Kekon, an island nation run by rival crime families, Green Bones who draw on the magic of jade to enhance their natural abilities. With the feel of the roaring twenties, technology equivalent to the mid-late 20th century, and criminal empires inspired by the Japanese Yakuza and Chinese Triad, this unique and compelling fantasy world is well worth spending time in. The "main character" of the novel is the Kaul family, and the story is told through the lenses of several family members (and one or two outsiders) as violence with the rival Ayt family looms on the horizon. For fans of epic fantasy with multiple points of view, unique worldbuilding, and kung fu movies.

JessicaGma Mar 12, 2018

This is an interesting mash-up of urban fantasy with triad/mobsters- you think it may not work and yet it was a good gripping read. The jade in this story gives people superhuman abilities, but not everyone can wield it, so there's still guns and knives. I'll be curious to see where this ends up going as a story, as this was densely plotted and it's just the series opener!

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