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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author Fonda Lee explodes onto the adult fantasy scene with Jade City, an epic saga reminiscent of The Godfather with magic and kung fu, set in an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis.

Family is duty. Magic is power. Honor is everything.

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.

©2017 Fonda Lee (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

" Jade City is addictive...with intense martial arts action and high-stakes character drama. I'll never look at jade the same way again." (Beth Cato, author of Breath of Earth and The Clockwork Dagger)
"As this ambitious and complex story unfolds, Lee skillfully juggles a huge cast. Her action scenes are flashy, brutal, and cinematic, while the family dynamics hold their own weight and significance. This is an engaging blend of crime drama and Asian martial arts film tropes...an intense, satisfying experience." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Beautifully realized world, vivid characters; makes you think

An intelligent, exciting, thoughtful novel that teeters on the edge between science fiction and fantasy. One part The Godfather, one part Dune, one part The Left Hand of Darkness, one part John le Carre, this book is also unremitting and unsentimental in its meditation on colonialism, imperialism, and gender politics. The characters are vivid, and their complex traits, sorrows, and weaknesses are entirely believable based on their pasts. Perhaps Lee’s most impressive achievement is making the reader care about and sympathize with leaders who are essentially ritualized gangsters, ruling an entire society through violence and the threat of violence. The narration of this story is splendid as well.

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I really like this book.

I really love this book and the world that it created. I thought all of the characters were interesting and deep and even though it's switched between it least five different points of view throughout the novel I didn't find it hard to follow at all. Andrew's performance was really top-notch each of the characters felt different. My only complaint was with how one of the characters was written near the end of the book. I felt like it made his character Arc less important, but you should still read it and I highly recommend this book.

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PHENOMENAL!!! I can't wait for the next book!

Great world-building. Solid performance. I didn't know anything about the book except the description. It was just recommended off of other books I read. So glad I just dove in. I'm telling everyone to get this one. Loved the saga and the characters. Kaul family green bone for life!

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A fresh take on fantasy

There's a little something for everyone in this book. A lot of people have said it's like The Godfather, but with a fantasy twist. Personally, I thought it was a bit more like a more modern twist on Game of Thrones. Magic? Check. Sociopolitical complexity? Check. Characters who must reconcile their ideas of honor and their goals? Check. I recommend this book for any fantasy fan who is tired of Tolkien-esque settings. Can't wait for the next book!

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Fantastic

One of my favorites lately. I loved the world she created and the characters in it. The gang-like jade families felt traditional and modern at the same time. The pace kept moving forward nicely without fluff that I didn't care about. No romance, though there were relationships. I liked it better than her other books. I'm looking forward to the next one.

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A pleasant surprise

This was a VERY pleasant surprise. I went into this without having heard anything about it...something I rarely do. The plot burb about covers it, so if it’s something that sounds interesting to you then don’t worry about it being worth it and just start reading! The narrator did a great job as well!

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Fantastic performance of an engaging story.

Jade City is a tense family and political drama set in a lavishly considered fantasy world. Jade grants a very specific segment of the population great power and inspires intense jealousy in others. Complicated characters, long-view power plays, and convincing magical realism engaged me and kept me thinking about the characters and how they might move forward in the sequel long after the last word rang from the page.

I experienced this tale via the exemplary audiobook presentation. It made two back-to-back road trips far less of a slog and had me looking forward to getting back in the car!

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Intricate and Lovely

What made the experience of listening to Jade City the most enjoyable?

Fonda Lee's prose are amazing.

What other book might you compare Jade City to and why?

It's like a combination of an excellent Brandon Sanderson fantasy and a great crime novel.

Have you listened to any of Andrew Kishino’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole thing.

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The Godfather with magic

A character focused gangster story in an 1970's Asian inspired setting. What's not to love?

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Phenomenal

The emotional weight and impact in this story is wonderfully well done. Plot, setting, history, and character development are balanced, but the gravity of the moment, of the interaction between the characters is what moves the tale. I want more.

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