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Review: The Jade Setter of Janloon by Fonda Lee

As a fan of Jade City since before its release, you know that I had to read The Jade Setter of Janloon. This novella brought back all the nostalgia. The last time I was in this world, I was crying my eyes out at the end of Jade Legacy. So being back here soothed my wounded soul. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


The rapidly changing city of Janloon is ruled by jade, the rare and ancient substance that enhances the abilities and status of the trained Green Bone warriors who run the island’s powerful clans.

Pulo Oritono is not one of those warriors. He’s simply an apprentice jade setter with dreams of securing clan patronage and establishing a successful business. His hopes are dashed, however, when a priceless jade weapon is stolen from the shop where he works.

Now, Pulo has three days to hunt down the thief, find the jade, and return it to its rightful owner if he wants to save his future prospects, the people he cares about, and his very life. The desperate mission will lead Pulo to old vendettas, vast corruption, and questions about everything and everyone he thought he knew.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I was excited for this novella ever since I heard about its existence. As a premise, I love this idea of novellas from existing worlds we love so much. Because there’s so much to still discover, another angle to uncover, from our favorite worlds. And that’s how I felt with The Jade Setter of Janloon. Being back in this world brought back such a supreme sense of joy and it was fascinating to be with those who actually set the jade. The spoils of duels all to be re-set for another day.

We have seen jade covered in blood on streets, in labs and boarded up boxes, and from a distance. Additionally, The Jade Setter of Janloon feels like a peek behind the curtain. It’s also fascinating to see how the politics of the clan, the renowned weapons we witness, filter down to the every day. To those on the street and in the alleys of the battle scenes. With Easter Eggs that had my heart aching, The Jade Setter of Janloon examines loyalty and who we can trust or better yet, who we will betray.

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At the same time, much like the series, it’s about greed and loyalty, betrayal and revenge. The Jade Setter of Janloon is perfect for fans of the Green Bone Saga or even new fans who are intrigued by a world of jade and power plays. Find The Jade Setter of Janloon on Goodreads, Subterranean Press, Amazon (ebook).


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