Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan
Published October 12th 2021 by Hodder & Stoughton
RRP AUD $22.99
Girls of Paper and Fire meets The Tiger at Midnight in June CL Tan’s stunning debut, inspired by Chinese mythology, with rich magic and an epic slow-burn romance.
In an empire on the brink of war . . .
Ahn is no one, with no past and no family.
Altan is a lost heir, his future stolen away as a child.
When they meet, Altan sees in Ahn a path to reclaiming the throne. Ahn sees a way to finally unlock her past and understand her arcane magical abilities.
But they may have to pay a far deadlier price than either could have imagined.
Ferocious action, shadowy intrigue, and a captivating romance collide in June CL Tan’s debut, a stunning homage to the Xianxia novel with a tender, beating heart, perfect for fans of The Bone Witch and We Hunt the Flame.
Jade Fire Gold is one of my most anticipated reads this year, so when I got the email inviting me to join this blog tour I SCREAMED! I was SO happy when I was selected to be part of this tour, thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and June C.L. Tan for this opportunity and for my eARC 🌸
I’m half-Chinese and I spent 5 years living in Shanghai, learning about the culture and learning Mandarin, and reading Jade Fire Gold felt like home. Within a few chapters I noticed the strong family themes that would occur throughout. Family is such a strong theme throughout this book, and I honestly found it so refreshing! I was a fan of the romance, and I really enjoyed it! Whilst there is a GORGEOUS slow-burn romance, it’s not what drives the story forward. The slow-burn felt very true to Asian culture, I thought it was quite reserved but still gave me that RUSH that I love so much. I feel like there’s a lot of romance-heavy fantasy books at the moment, and this is a nice change of pace from my current reads.
June has incorporated pinyin (Romanised spelling of Chinese words) throughout the book, and each time I read a word written in pinyin, AHH my heart grew a little bit! 🥺💞 Of course, you don’t need to understand/speak Mandarin to appreciate the beauty of this book, but I felt like the pinyin scattered throughout really helped set the scene and tone of the book. There were a few Easter Eggs throughout the book, which truly helped bring the book to life for me! I will say though, my Mandarin is lowkey dodgy and sometimes I forgot what a word meant, but even if I wasn’t too sure of the meaning, it was easy enough to pick up what it meant in the context of the scene and sentence! 😊
The characters were nicely fleshed out, and I really enjoyed getting to know everyone! All of the characters are POC, predominantly from East Asia! Ahn is the protagonist, and she’s a GEM!! I enjoyed watching her grow throughout the story and I’m so excited to see what happens next. Altan is the character I wish I could give a massive hug to, he’s been through SO much and he deserves to be loved and protected at all costs. I’m not going to go into detail about the other characters, because I think it’s better to meet them as you go (you won’t be disappointed!!), but I LOVED the sweet sapphic girls bless.
I thought Jade Fire Gold was an incredible debut book, and it was an absolute pleasure to read, I can’t wait to see what happens next! If you’ve got this on your TBR you’re in for an absolute treat!! I’ve been loving the little bits and pieces of world building information June has been posting on her instagram, I’d definitely recommend checking them out!
As part of this blog tour, I’ve also shared an extra special post on my instagram!
A special thank you to TBR And Beyond Tours for the blog tour opportunity and for providing me with a review copies of Jade Fire Gold. Please note this does not affect my opinion of the book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
June CL Tan grew up in Singapore where she was raised on a diet of classic books and wuxia movies, caffeine and congee. After obtaining three degrees, she decided she had enough of academia. Thankfully, those degrees were somewhat related to telling stories and now, she resides in New York City, writing under the watchful eye of her crafty cat. Jade Fire Gold is her debut novel.
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