cover image Jade Legacy

Jade Legacy

Fonda Lee. Orbit, $28 (736p) ISBN 978-0-316-44097-4

In the epic finale to Lee’s Green Bone Saga series (following Jade War), the rival clans of No Peak and the Mountain continue their multigenerational struggle for dominance over their island home of Kekon. The No Peak Kaul and Mountain Ayt families are locked in a bitter decades-long blood feud fueled by honor and the bioenergetic jade that grants users phenomenal abilities. While the war between their clans plays out in myriad ways—from economic manipulation and political intrigue to vicious street duels—the far-flung family members and their allies find time for more personal and intimate dramas. As the older generation slows down, retires, or dies, younger representatives look for a way to end the conflict once and for all. Sprawling, complex, and steeped in Asian culture and sensibilities, this impressive contemporary fantasy slowly unwinds over many years, capturing the feel of time passing and eras changing even as it lingers in the most pivotal moments. Lee expertly balances conflict and growth on both individual and societal levels, giving this massive story weight, as every decision can potentially change the world. In both meeting and subverting expectations at every turn, Lee guides her cast to a deeply satisfying, well-earned conclusion. Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (Nov.)