BLOG TOUR: Jade War by Fonda Lee aka I’m too shook to write a review

Huge thanks to Shealea & Caffeine Book Tours for sending me a free review copy of this book. Follow the tour here!

Because I have excellent planning skills, I decided to read JADE WAR this past weekend, right before this blog post needed to be up.

This, dearest booklings, was a mistake. Because I am literally?? too shook??? to write a review? For newcomers to this series, check out my JADE CITY review here. For my fellow sufferers, imagine that review but with a lot of background screaming.

I JUST. I CANNOT USE WORDS TO DESCRIBE. this sequel is basically Jade City dialled up to eleven, also the NUMBER OF PIECES MY HEART IS IN.

You know what, I will stop shrieking (this really isn’t a review!) and show you how pretty and scarily red this book is:
If you look very closely, the silhouettes of city buildings is just barely visible. I’m extremely curious where that photo is from, since I suspect I recognise one of the buildings from Hong Kong? (New friends, that is where I currently shriek. And that would be just be so perfect since the worldbuilding just felt like home.

Not that Hong Kong is ruled by the mafia with superpowers. But this intense belonging is at once a testament to Fonda Lee’s superb worldbuilding and also a special recommendation to any fans of Asian-inspired fantasy out there — this book is one you do NOT want to miss.

(Oh and you should also check out this giveaway of STRONGER THAN A BRONZE DRAGON, another cool Asian-inspired fantasy that’s just as fun but much less terrifying. But I’m not the boss of you, maybe you like terror in your life, just keep reading this post.)

As for the characters, I honestly can only scream. But you can’t blame my emotions completely for this, I also have to stay vague to keep this spoiler-free for Jade City. *nods vigorously* That’s why.
(SHAE. SHAEEEE. My favourite. Do any of you even get why I am screaming. Trust me, this line sounds cool but you will be shrieking at your book.)

*quietly assumes that you already bought this because YES YOU SHOULD*
I absolutely wanted to save this rainbow dragon graphic for my gay son Anden but for some reason I ended up using it for Hilo instead? But he deserves it. The sheer character development that Hilo has been through, my goodness. My heart could barely take it.

ANDEN SWEETIE when did you grow up. I had to actually take a break when I read this line because I was just terrified. the JADE WAR experience: endless terror that you desperately want.

I am also endlessly laughing at the fact that this last graphic looks like a Meaningful Life Quote Quite Possibly from Matthews 14:15. I would have redesigned it to look more modern but I suppose they say laughter is the best medicine for the soul, and my soul has absolutely been through enough.

Feel free to use any of these wallpapers for personal use, by the way! Use the last one to troll people with Life Inspiring Advice from a mafia fantasy novel, I DARE YOU.

(Please link your friends here instead of reposting these images <3)

And now, ALL the information about JADE WAR that will send you running to the bookstores on July 23!

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.

Book links: Amazon / Book Depository / Goodreads

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