Jade City

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.

Coming November 2017 from Orbit Books

Suitable for adult readers.

ISBN: 978-0316440868


“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, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards

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, author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award winning novel Ancillary Justice

“Lee’s astute worldbuilding raises the stakes for her vivid and tautly-described action scenes.” ―Scott Lynch, New York Times-bestselling author of The Lies of Locke Lamora

“Intricate, fast-moving, and brazen, Jade City elevates the fantasy crime novel to something really special. A sharp and insightful new voice.”―Elizabeth Bear, winner of the Hugo and Locus Awards

“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, award-winning author of Updraft, Cloudbound, and Horizon

“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

“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, Hugo Award-nominated author of the Craft Sequence

“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

“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, winner of the Nebula, Locus, and British Science Fiction Awards

“I’m going to have to read Jade City again, slowly, to fully take in all the Cool Stuff, because the story dragged me through by the scruff of the neck. What a ride! I love this book.”―Steven Brust

“A sweeping saga of ambition, loyalty, and family in a gritty, densely-imagined island city. Fonda Lee explores the tension between what is owed to family, country, and yourself in a high-stakes, high-octane game of power and control.”― Tina Connolly, Nebula-nominated author of Ironskin

“Exquisite writing, explosive fighting — Jade City is as rich and deadly as the Green Bones warriors who stalk its pages. I tore through this book like bullets through a fine restaurant in hotly disputed territory.”―Heidi Heilig

Jade City is an addictive read 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