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Book Review: Jade City

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“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.”

Title: Jade City

Series: The Green Bone Saga #1

Author: Fonda Lee

Page Count: 560

Genre: Fantasy / Urban Fantasy

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Date Read: August 28th, 2022

I picked this one up along with the rest of the series that was currently out on audiobook earlier this year. I’d heard good things about it and had a relatively high interest in it. I finally decided to squeeze it into the second half of August and I was pleasantly surprised how much I actually enjoyed it!

I thought the narration was very easy to keep up with. I am finding I do get very picky with my narration options with audiobook and it can make or break a read for me. This was well done!

I enjoyed the more modern feeling fantastical world that Fonda Lee has put together here. We have these stones that give the Green Bones power. There is a focus on the world within the Green Bone society but then we do expand beyond with a couple of characters and the storyline later in the book.

The clan fighting (physical & political) kept me engaged throughout most of the book.

The pacing was done well. We have some good ebb and flow between learning about the characters, the story developing and of course lots of great action scenes. I never really felt like things were moving too slow or too fast for my personal preference.

Character Development was smooth for me as we had a fair amount of time to introduce and develop numerous characters throughout book one. The No Peak Clan was easy to grow attached to with family members such as Lan, Hilo, Shae and Anden. None of them are perfect which makes them highly relatable in my mind.

World building was another very strong characteristic of Jade City. As previously mentioned we learn quite a lot about our main area of the story Kekon but we do begin to get a few glimpses of other areas such as that connected to some character back story.

All in all I really enjoyed this story and world that Fonda Lee has put together. I really like the modern clan vibe along with the Jade magic. The physical fighting as well as political maneuvering of the clans was very intriguing for me. I am looking forward to moving forward with this series in the near future!

World Building 5/5
Pacing 4/5
Character Development 5/5

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