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Jade City

(2017)
(The first book in the Green Bone Saga series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Nebula Awards Best Novel (nominee)
World Fantasy Best Novel (nominee)
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.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"An atmospheric, gritty noir tale of family loyalties, martial arts and power struggles in a city that feels so real it becomes a character in its own right. Jade City is epic drama writ large." - Aliette de Bodard

"Dynamic fight scenes and vibrant world-building bring to life this sharp, memorable story of a family caught up in a ferocious gang war." - Kate Elliott

"Fast cars, brilliant characters, and gangster kung-fu! Swift, intricate, and vicious as a talon knife, Fonda Lee's Jade City will pull you into a world of deft intrigue, hard choices, and bloody loyalty. Lee's written the postcolonial Godfather hiding under the surface of the Avatar: the Last Airbender universe -- and it's a fantastic read." - Max Gladstone

"How does a book make me giddy and heartbroken at the same time? Jade City delivers intrigue, family drama, and martial arts magic that feels absolutely real." - Mary Robinette Kowal

"Jade City has it all: a beautifully realized setting, a great cast of characters, and dramatic action scenes. What a fun, gripping read!" - Ann Leckie

"Stylish and action-packed, full of ambitious families and guilt-ridden loves, Jade City is 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

"Lee's astute worldbuilding raises the stakes for her vivid and tautly-described action scenes." - Scott Lynch

"With a powerful family of complex characters -- including my favorite, Kaul Shaelinsan -- Jade City beckons readers to secret family meetings and public battles between warring clans. With magical jade at stake, winning the battle for control of a city has never been more important, or more dangerous. Fonda Lee's first adult novel is a fast-hitting, tantalizing, sometimes unsettling, and always insightful book with a wealth of power at its core. A modern-day epic." - Fran Wilde


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Used availability for Fonda Lee's Jade City

Hardback Editions

November 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Jade City (The Green Bone Saga)
Author(s): Fonda Lee
ISBN: 0-316-44086-8 / 978-0-316-44086-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Orbit
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Paperback Editions

June 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Jade City: THE WORLD FANTASY AWARD WINNER
Author(s): Fonda Lee
ISBN: 0-356-51051-4 / 978-0-356-51051-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orbit
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June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Jade City (The Green Bone Saga)
Author(s): Fonda Lee
ISBN: 0-316-44088-4 / 978-0-316-44088-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Orbit
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


November 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Jade City: THE WORLD FANTASY AWARD WINNER
Author(s): Fonda Lee
ISBN: 0-356-51050-6 / 978-0-356-51050-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orbit
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

November 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Jade City
Author(s): Fonda Lee
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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November 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Jade City
Author(s): Fonda Lee
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Availability: Amazon AU   


November 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Jade City
Author(s): Fonda Lee
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Availability: Amazon UK   


November 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Jade City: The Green Bone Saga, Book 1
Author(s): Fonda Lee
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon   


November 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Jade City: The Green Bone Saga, Book 1
Author(s): Fonda Lee
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

November 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Jade City (The Green Bone Saga Book 1)
Author(s): Fonda Lee
Publisher: Orbit
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


November 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Jade City: THE WORLD FANTASY AWARD WINNER
Author(s): Fonda Lee
Publisher: Orbit
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU