REVIEW|| Jade Legacy-Fonda Lee // An epic conclusion to an epic series

Synopsis: 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. (Goodreads)

Publication Date: Nov 30th, 2021
Genres: Adult Urban Fantasy
Trigger Warnings: blood, gore, murder, torture, drug use

This review does not contain any major spoilers for Jade City, Jade War and Jade Legacy.

Jade Legacy was on my most anticipated book list not just for 2021, but ever since I read Jade War. I have been a fan of this series since 3 years and it’s been so exciting and scary to read this very epic conclusion to this epic series.

Jade Legacy was absolutely epic in every sense of the word. The one thing I really loved about Jade City was how intricate it was and how fleshed out the characters were. Jade War took all of that to a new height and made me somehow love it more. But with Jade Legacy, it surpassed even the first two books and that is really saying something.

Jade Legacy lives up to its title- its a legacy of love, life, family and oneself. It takes you on a journey which started with Jade City and small clan war and continues into something much bigger in Jade Legacy. This book spans over 20 years and we see our characters grow into parents, uncles and aunts and also as a family who fiercely and love each other.

Hilo becomes the Pillar who’s loved and respected by all against all odds, Shae is amazing and formidable, we also see Wen truly coming into herself and her character arc is so well-written. We see Anden grow into his own person and someone he can be proud of too and that was truly heartwarming to read about. I also enjoyed Ayt Mada and her ferociousness which we see in this book quite a lot and always very fascinating to read about. Bero’s character, though I hated it, always intrigued me and this book really has a surprising arc to his character. There are many new characters too and it’s really fun reading about them. This book also introduces us to the next generation of Kauls and I loved reading about them and their dynamic with each other and the elder Kauls.

“The way to defeat a chess master was not with greater genius, but by forcing her to play a different game.”

Jade Legacy deals with the expansion of No Peak into overseas and the political, social and cultural expansion which also happens with it. It’s intricate and fascinating to read about the way certain issues are handled, the diplomacy involved and how even a small thing can have big implications and the way this is all tied together is simply brilliant. I also love the way this book discussed power and the people who have it. How power can be wielded and manipulated. Other than the amazing world building and writing, its this part which I really love: of how smartly and well thought out everything is, it makes it so much more enjoyable to read about. It will make you want to scream at times and I had to stop reading at more than once occasion (I just had to ahh out loud), but it was so worth it.

Jade Legacy was 700 pages long but it never felt long, even at the considerably slow parts it always remained so interesting. It was heart wrenching, emotional and a beautifully done conclusion to a saga which left me with lots of tears. Reading about the Kauls over 20 years and their journey has been incredible and I’m truly going to miss it so much.

Overall, Jade Legacy was a wonderful and satisfying end to this amazing series and it will make you laugh and it will make you cry. The Green Bone Saga is always going to remain one of my all time super favourite series and I urge and highly recommend this especially if you love vast and intricate world building, intense plot and amazing characters.

Read my review of the first two books here:
Jade City || Jade War

I was sent an eARC of the book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Have you read this series yet? Who is your favourite character?

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