Jade City

Jade City
(The Green Bone Saga #1)
by Fonda Lee (2017)

Magical jade—mined, traded, stolen, and killed for is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. For centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their 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.

This should be good, it has been…….

Shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award 2018
Shortlisted for the Nebula Awards 2018
Shortlisted for the Locus Awards 2018
Shortlisted for the Aurora Awards 2018
Shortlisted for the Sunburst Awards 2018

Unfortunately the hype doesn’t add up to much. Firstly, the prose is good, and workman-like that serves its purpose.

There are just too many problems..
1. There just isn’t much of a plot.
2. It moves very slowly, to the extent that I gave up after 72%.
3. The characters all merge together, nobody has any real character.
4. Nothing really exciting happens.