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Black Jade by Kylie Chan

Monday, October 17, 2016

From the international bestselling author of The Dark Heavens and Journey to Wudang series, Kylie Chan, comes the final installment of her Celestial Battles trilogy.

The Heavenly defenses struggle to hold against the combined might of the Eastern and Western demon hordes. The God of War Xuan Wu is now at full strength—but is his might enough to safeguard the realm when half the Heavens are already in their hands? As everything around them falls apart, John and Emma must fight a last-ditch desperate battle to defend their kingdom and protect their families. 

But will the kingdom ever be the same again?

Goodreads Summary

This novel was jam-packed with action, steamy romance scenes (in a few places), and intrigue. I knew that the plot was going to include fight scenes, but I had no idea how many! It was almost a bombardment of fight scenes and they were very detailed. The story is mainly told from Emma's point of view. I did like getting to know her character better. There were so many secondary characters introduced in the first one hundred pages that I did initially have trouble keeping track of them. Emma is still worried about her son (and for good reason! Who would want her son "babysat/kidnapped" by a demon!). There aren't just fight scenes; Emma ends up married once...or twice...and I still don't know how the author fit in such a good romance plot in this book, but she managed! 

I enjoyed Emma's character for the most part. During some of the book, Emma wasn't even really "present" mentally. She seemed out of it and not a huge part of the plot. In parts, the secondary characters took over. I did like how they played into the plot, but I was hoping that Emma would take center stage. To be perfectly honest, the ending was a little disappointing, but not to the point where I wouldn't pick up this series and give it another try. 

3 Stars

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