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Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee
Series: Green Bone Saga #3
Published by Orbit on November 30, 2021
Genres: Science Fiction Fantasy
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Jade, the mysterious and magical substance once exclusive to the Green Bone warriors of Kekon, is now known and coveted throughout the world. Everyone wants access to the supernatural abilities it provides, from traditional forces such as governments, mercenaries, and criminal kingpins, to modern players, including doctors, athletes, and movie studios. As the struggle over the control of jade grows ever larger and more deadly, the Kaul family, and the ancient ways of the Kekonese Green Bones, will never be the same.
The Kauls have been battered by war and tragedy. They are plagued by resentments and old wounds as their adversaries are on the ascent and their country is riven by dangerous factions and foreign interference that could destroy the Green Bone way of life altogether. As a new generation arises, the clan’s growing empire is in danger of coming apart.
The clan must discern allies from enemies, set aside aside bloody rivalries, and make terrible sacrifices… but even the unbreakable bonds of blood and loyalty may not be enough to ensure the survival of the Green Bone clans and the nation they are sworn to protect.
Jade Legacy is the gripping and sometimes heart stopping conclusion to The Green Bone Saga. It is a tale told over 20 years and shows how once enemies can become allies and one time alliances might turn into enemies. The characters in this Asian gangster mafia-esk story have become a living breathing creations to me and it was so hard to come to the end of this book and know I would be leaving them all behind. You know it was an end to a great series when you get to it and you are ready to pick up the first book and start all over again.
The No-Peak clan and its rivalry with the Mountain has been at the forefront of most of the series. But the world is bigger now and their adversaries are greater. At some point, they will need to figure out how to put some of the old grievances behind and at a minimum cooperate with one another against some common enemies.
The start of Jade Legacy was a little hard. There were some really big repercussions after Jade War. Hilo is not in a good place with his wife, Wen or sister, Shae. Their deception. while necessary, has had so many consequences to the family and it takes a while to hash those out. Wen is as strong as ever, dealing with her injuries and figuring how to fix a marriage on the brink of collapse. I did love that Wen was finally able to show Hilo what an asset she is to him and how she is able to see the needs of people in the clan better than he can.
Shae has never been good at getting what she wants. She has made some poor choices in friends, men and hiding things from her brother. But all that has ended, there are no more lies in the clan and she will tell Hilo everything good or bad so they can deal with it as a family. I love that she is again a strong and imperfect person just trying her best and sometimes the decisions she makes seem right while other times they come back to bite the family in the ass.
I would say the Jade Legacy is really a book presented in four parts and each one had its own climax. They are all intense and every one of them made me hold my breath. In a book spanning twenty years, we get to see even what the next generation had to bring to the clan and it solidified that stone-eyes can be more useful than anyone might have thought. Everyone had moments to shine and bring something to this epic tale. I will say I had a rollercoaster of emotions throughout this story and some of the moments had such a strong emotional impact on me I had to set the book down for a little while. This is a testament to how real all of the members of the No-Peak clan are to me.
Jade again was at the center of politics and power in Jade Legacy; it is the driving force for so many of the decisions made. I like the significance of Jade in the story since it is such a large part of Asian culture, so it seemed fitting it would lend to some kind of mystic power that so many were trying to attain, control or destroy.
If you like character driven stories, enjoyed The Sopranos or Goodfellows I could see this being a must have for you. I enjoyed so much about this series, but I’m also glad I read them all back to back because of how many players are in the story and I feel like I would have forgotten so many of the little details had I read them as released and waited between books. It added so much more to my enjoyment of the entire series.
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