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Jade City

Jade City

Book - 2017
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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 -- from their grandest patriarch to the lowliest motorcycle runner on the streets -- and of Kekon itself. JADE CITY begins an epic tale of family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of jade and blood"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Orbit,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316440868
0316440868
9780356510507
0356510506
9780316440899
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 498 pages : maps ; 25 cm

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August Book: In this action-packed series opener, Green Bone warriors use the magic-enhancing powers of jade to protect their island nation of Kekon and its capital, Janloon. But times are changing, as rival syndicates headed by the feuding Ayt and Kaul families go to extreme lengths to consolida... Read More »


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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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