From the international bestselling author of The Dark Heavens and Journey to Wudang series..
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? John and Emma fight a last-ditch desperate struggle to conserve their kingdom and their protect their families.
But will the kingdom ever be the same again?
About the Author
Kylie Chan is the bestselling author of the Dark Heavens and Journey to Wudang trilogies. She married a Hong Kong national in a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony and lived in Hong Kong for many years. She now lives in Queensland, Australia, with her two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Black Jade is the ninth novel by Australian author, Kylie Chan, and the third book in the Celestial Battle series. Continuing on from Demon Child, Emma and John (now whole with his Turtle and Snake reunited) prepare to battle for the Southern Heavens, the domain of the Phoenix, overrun by the forces of Hell. Demons seem to have overrun the Earthly Plane, the whole of the Celestial is under threat and, of course, Emma and John are constantly aware that their son, named Frankie by the Demon Kings, is still in demon clutches. When Simone, John and Emma become aware of the Demon force assembling in the European Celestial, they know their own chances of victory are greatly reduced. Each tries to ensure the safety of those they love, but when the unthinkable happens, only Simone has the chance to help restore the Celestial. The novel is a straight narrative, told in the first person by Emma. The first half has the requisite number of battles; the second half is mercifully free of these as the action is more one-on-one. There are some nasty demons, although the Demon Kings show a surprising weakness on some subjects. There are impersonations, treaties, weddings (Emma gets married twice!), political match-making and a bit of kinky three-way snake-turtle sex. The climaxes are rather mild, and the last nine chapters are spent tying up loose ends and setting up characters for possible further books (Chan says in her Acknowledgements that Simone on Earth and Dragons in Space are her next subjects). Faithful readers who started with White Tiger will, no doubt, persist with the arbitrary rules of this fantasy series to see the final outcome. Chan states that it can be read as a stand-alone, but advises readers to start with the first book of the series and read them in order, and this is good advice, as there is virtually no recap on past events: a reader starting with this book would be at a distinct disadvantage. Despite the handy character list at the end, a good memory is helpful, as the previous instalment was published almost two years earlier. A rather lacklustre conclusion to the series, and not Chan’s best work.