The Kaul family is one of two crime syndicates that control the island of Kekon. It’s the only place in the world that produces rare magical jade, which grants those with the right training and heritage superhuman abilities.
The Green Bone clans of honorable jade-wearing warriors once protected the island from foreign invasion–but nowadays, in a bustling post-war metropolis full of fast cars and foreign money, Green Bone families like the Kauls are primarily involved in commerce, construction, and the everyday upkeep of the districts under their protection.
When the simmering tension between the Kauls and their greatest rivals erupts into open violence in the streets, the outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones and the future of Kekon itself.
Overall this is a really strong book, one that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to any fantasy fan. I give it a 3.5 because I’m sure the next book is going to be a solid 4.
The island of Kekon is wonderfully fleshed out and populated with intricate, distinct characters using a fun, unique magic system. The plot – once it picks up – was hard to put down and I always love to see an author willing to make difficult story decisions. My main problem was that all of this detail, as well put down as it was, took more than a third of the book to do and therefore it felt like nothing was happening for well over a 100 pages. Also, there were a few points were I found myself thinking “yes, yes I know this already,” throughout the book. These issues were minor enough that had this been a standalone I likely would have rounded up to a four. Given that its the first in a series however (the second book of which has been just as highly received), I am anticipating the next installment will be even stronger now that all of this groundwork has been laid.
All in all, this was a good read and one I absolutely recommend to anyone who likes gang dramas, fun fight scenes, and cool magic systems.