Thumbs up for Jade City by Fonda Lee. Fantasy.
A mobster family drama with jade-magic fueled martial arts. It is about four siblings with wildly different personalities, disagreeing with each other about how to do the right thing in the context of an absolutely believable island mob economy. This book has some of the best fight scenes I’ve ever read. (Kekon is described as a place of “casual brutality” and let that be your content warning.) It’s an absolute page-turner and I blew through its almost 500 pages in just a few sittings. Given that, why am I not picking up the rest of the trilogy? Well…I guess I just don’t care about the surviving characters quite enough to spend another 1000-ish pages waiting to see how they die. Your mileage my vary. If the description sounds like fun, definitely give this a shot, because it delivers on its promises.
“Screw you, Hilo,” she snapped. “I can kill my ex-boyfriends myself.”
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