ARC Review:  Jade Fire Gold by June C L Tan


Her destiny. His revenge.

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 lethal magical abilities.

But they may have to pay a far deadlier price than either could have imagined.


Jade Fire Gold is an epic fantasy adventure inspired by Chinese folklore and culture.  There are plenty of twists and turns within a well constructed plot and a well balanced blend of mythology and magic.  It is written from the points of view of the two main characters Altman and Ahn.  Altman is a exiled prince and the rightful heir to the throne and Ahn is a peasant girl trying to make ends meet.  She possesses an interesting forbidden magic she is trying to get under control.  I enjoyed following them on their adventures and their blossoming slow burn romance, I thought they were adorable together and I really started rooting for them.

On the whole, the pacing is fairly slow and there is quite a lot of plot building and not as much action and excitement as I would have liked and as such I did find this book a bit of a slog to get through. Some parts of the story I absolutely devoured whereas others felt slow and lengthy and, although the story has intermittent spurts of excitement and action, it didn’t wholly capture my imagination and reel me into the storyline.  I liked the characters but they lacked the energy and vibrancy to make them amazing characters.  That being said, I liked the easy and fluid the writing style, the diversity of the characters and the descriptions of the scenery and settings is wonderful.  

Jade Fire Gold had all the components to make it a fantastic novel, it’s an enjoyable and entertaining read, but lacked that special little something to make it stand out from the crowd.  You will, however, love this book if you like a blend of mythology and folklore in your fantasy novels against an amazing setting.  The epilogue leaves it wide open for a possible sequel….

Publisher:  Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date (UK):  4 November 2021
Format: Paperback (Proof copy)
Page Count: 464
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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