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I barely survived through this book. One thing’s for sure: my heart wasn’t prepared for Jade War. There were some moments where my poor heart would just stop beating altogether and there were times when it couldn’t help but gallop faster than a fugitive running for his life. THIS BOOK HAS SOME SERIOUS DEADLY MAGIC. I didn’t finish it unscathed.

Before I say more, I would like to thank Shealea and Caffeine Book Tours for trusting me to be a part of the blog tour of this phenomenal book. This post will serve as a feature post and a review as I recount five (plus more) reasons for y’all to read this book. I will include the blog tour schedule below so you can check out more Jade War content from other bloggers.

Note: All quotes used in this post are from an uncorrected proof and are still subject to change.



Jade City by Fonda Lee

Publisher: Orbit Books

Publication date: July 23, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fantasy

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In Jade War, the sequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning novel Jade City, the Kaul siblings battle rival clans for honor and control over an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis.

On the island of Kekon, the Kaul family is locked in a violent feud for control of the capital city and the supply of magical jade that endows trained Green Bone warriors with supernatural powers they alone have possessed for hundreds of years.

Beyond Kekon’s borders, war is brewing. Powerful foreign governments and mercenary criminal kingpins alike turn their eyes on the island nation. Jade, Kekon’s most prized resource, could make them rich – or give them the edge they’d need to topple their rivals.

Faced with threats on all sides, the Kaul family is forced to form new and dangerous alliances, confront enemies in the darkest streets and the tallest office towers, and put honor aside in order to do whatever it takes to ensure their own survival – and that of all the Green Bones of Kekon.

Jade War is the second book of the Green Bone Saga, an epic trilogy about family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of blood and jade.

Content/trigger warnings:

graphic violence, death, mentions of pedophilia, mentions of rape, abortion, drug use, racism, war themes


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• It’s a hundred times more intense than Jade City

If Jade City was wildfire, Jade War was forged from the fires of hell. In this sequel, the stakes are higher and there are more powerful forces at play. With a foreign war raging on the background and jade smugglers wreaking havoc in Kekon, things are bound to get messier. Oh and the Kauls still have no chill by the way. My heart leapt right out of my chest and I screamed about a thousand times while reading this book. It’s a miracle I’m still breathing tbh.

• ‎The Kaul family is a disaster and you’ll love them for it

I have conveyed my love for the whole Kaul family in my Jade City review and now I’m going to do that again. Yes, the Kauls are still walking disasters but they have changed and developed a lot. The character development in this book is off the charts if I may say.

Even though Hilo is still more of a blood-before-reason kind of guy, he has matured a lot as a Pillar of No Peak. He’s still out for blood but at least he’s paying attention to paperwork now. I’m also here for his dog metaphors. They’re unnervingly on point.

“But there’s a difference between a dog that picks garbage outside your house, and one that jumps through your window to steal from your table. One is a nuisance you can ignore; the other is a problem and has to be killed.”

I’m still trash for my queens Shae and Wen. Shae is a force to be reckoned with and I really admire her wit. My respect for her increased a hundred times while reading this book.

Oh and I’m going to say this now: KAUL MAIK WEN IS MY PILLAR. She’s a stone-eye but she’s greener than most Green Bones. She’s stronger than my house’s foundation and my most trusted two front teeth. I pledge my life and my jade limbs to her.

“She could never be a Green Bone herself , as much as she felt she was one at heart, but she could think like a Green Bone. She was an enabler, an aide, a hidden weapon, and that was worth something. Perhaps a great deal.”

I also thought that my love for Anden Emery has reached its maximum level but it just keeps on increasing and increasing. Anden’s life in Espenia struck a chord within me. I’m going to college next month and I realized that my experience would be quite similar from his once I start studying. The city that I’m moving to doesn’t have Green Bones but I’m actually going to learn how to be independent when I go to college, away from the family that has sheltered me for 18 years. Of course, Anden’s experience is a far cry from my future college life but these minor similarities made me connect with Anden even more. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH.

There are also new additions to the Kaul family in this book and I’m sure you’ll love them all. I’ve already sworn to protect them with my life.

• ‎All the scheming is pure genius

Clan politics is a huge part of this book. No Peak and the Mountain are still playing the long game of undermining each other and even though this clan war gives me heart attacks, I’m not complaining because it’s written brilliantly. In Jade War, there’s not much open battle between the two clans but they’re still scheming and strategizing. Aside from clan politics, Kekon’s relationship with its neighboring countries like Espenia was shown in an elaborate way. Any reader can feel the tension between the Kekonese government + the clans and the Espenian government which is really powerful in itself.

You know those scenes in movies where this genius character plays chess all by himself? I can actually imagine Fonda Lee doing just that while plotting her books. Everything here is pure genius.

• ‎The world-building is richer than Bill Gates

Jade War gives us a more expansive look at the world of the Green Bone Saga. I love how this book shows the stark contrast between Kekon and other countries, especially Espenia.

“Anden sat in the back, staring out at the passing streets and buildings. The air was humid, but nothing like Janloon’s fragrant sweat; the dampness here felt cool and ashy […] The largest city in Espenia seemed a sunless and unfriendly place, a picture of frenetic activity against a sepia canvas of brick and concrete.”

Aside from this, I also love how Fonda Lee inserts bits and pieces of Kekon’s history and mythology in between chapters. Knowing these additional information makes me feel closer to the world of Green Bones.

• ‎Fonda Lee is a genius

This series has peak Slytherin vibes and is a work of pure genius. There’s so much careful plotting and clever plot twists in the Green Bone Saga and it never fails to keep me on the edge of my seat. It drives me crazy how Fonda Lee gradually builds up this tension so you know that something big is going to happen eventually but at the first instance you lower your guard, THAT’S when she swoops in and drops a bomb that will blow you to pieces.

Have I already said Slytherin?

I don’t know what else to say except DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND READ THIS SERIES. You’re welcome.


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Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for adults and teens. She is the author of the Green Bone Saga, beginning with Jade City (Orbit), which won the 2018 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, was nominated for the

Nebula Award and the Locus Award, and was named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Barnes & Noble, Syfy Wire, and others. The second book in the Green Bone Saga, Jade War, releases in the summer of 2019. Fonda’s young adult science fiction novels Zeroboxer (Flux), Exo and Cross Fire (Scholastic), have garnered numerous accolades including being named Junior Library Guild Selection, Andre Norton Award finalist, Oregon Book Award finalist, Oregon Spirit Book Award winner, and YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. In 2018, Fonda gained the distinction of winning the Aurora Award, Canada’s national science fiction and fantasy award, twice in the same year for Best Novel and Best Young Adult Novel.

Fonda wrote her first novel, about a dragon on a quest for a magic pendant, in fifth grade during the long bus ride to and from school each day. Many years later, she cast her high school classmates as characters in her second novel, a pulpy superhero saga co-written with a friend by passing a graphing calculator back and forth during biology class. Fortunately, both of these experiments are lost to the world forever.

Fonda is a former corporate strategist who has worked for or advised a number of Fortune 500 companies. She holds black belts in karate and kung fu, goes mad for smart action movies (think The Matrix, Inception, and Minority Report) and is an Eggs Benedict enthusiast. Born and raised in Calgary, Canada, she currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

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Is Jade City and/or Jade War in your TBR? What are some of the best sequels you’ve ever read?


  1. This is a great way to do a book review and stay coherent (something still a struggle for me). Or even draft a book review… I will have to try and use it as a guide.


      1. You are welcome! I used bullets with the Storm Crow and Witchy Eye/Female Protagonist We Didn’t Know We Needed and it helped me a lot. I am going to use it to help me draft Merciful Crow if not post it… I definitely think it helps me draft certain post and actually publish certain post… appreciate it!

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  2. Hahahaha you had me giggling even while I was utterly mesmerised by your reasons. I’m so totally invested now. I’ve been meaning to start Jade City. *tosses TBR pile out*

    Love your choices of quotes!


  3. Jade City is definitely in my tbr and Jade War was preordered as soon as i heard about it, ughhhh please let it just get here already and then I can read one after another lol. [But you reallly had me at Slytherin vibes]


  4. Rain, your enthusiasm for this book is making me want to read Jade City even more (if that’s even possible!)! I only skim read the review because I don’t want to see anything that might spoil Jade City, but it’s great to hear that the intensity, world building, and scheming is phenomenal! I also burst into laughter when I read “richer than Bill Gates”. Hahaha! Lovely review!


  5. I’m so happy that I gave you further encouragement to read this one! I must admit I felt brilliant when I wrote “richer than Bill Gates”. I’m here for people who appreciate my corny sense of humor 😌


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