Cover illustration by Charis Loke.
Fonda Lee returns to the world of the Green Bone Saga with a new standalone novella.
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.
From Publishers Weekly:
“It’s a welcome return to the Green Bone setting; the emphasis on family loyalty and personal responsibility meshes well with the noir tone and examination of systematic exploitation of the indigenous Abukei, while jade-empowered feats of combat add wuxia flair. This short but satisfying escapade will delight series fans.”
“Green Bone Saga and The Jade Setter of Janloon have opposite momentum: the trilogy moves towards jade and the novella away from it. In this sense, The Jade Setter of Janloon can be read independent from the trilogy, and does offer a compelling, fast-paced read on its own (especially its critique of power). But overall, its most successful aspects are in complementing the trilogy, though they naturally caught me off-guard. Pulo’s story is important—worth telling and examining—and I’m glad it exists as The Jade Setter of Janloon.”
- Fonda Lee