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Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee is the award-winning author of the YA science fiction novels Zeroboxer and Exo and the gangster fantasy Green Bone Saga, beginning with Jade City. Fonda is a black belt martial artist, a former corporate strategist, a foodie, and an action movie aficionado. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her family. Learn more online at and on Twitter @fondajlee.

Jade City: Methodical, complex plotting

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Jade City by Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee brings her experience with martial arts to Jade City (2017), her first novel for adults and a sprawling tale of family, power, and an intangible but all-too-important element: control. Whether it concerns finances, emotions, or a person’s mobility through the world and their social station, control is at the heart of this novel, and informs every single moment.

Jade City is chiefly concerned with the Kaul clan of No Peak: adult siblings Lan, Hilo, and Shae, who were all trained up from childhood to eventually assume the top three positions of power within the clan. Lan is the Pillar, the leader everyone looks to for instructions and guidance, though he struggles against his grandfather’s living legacy; Hilo is the Horn, maintaining the clan’s power and strength by defending territor... Read More