by Lori M Lee
Series: Gates of Thread and Stone #2
Published by Skyscape Release date : March 10th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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The walls of Ninurta keep its citizens safe.
Kai always believed the only danger to the city came from within. Now, with a rebel force threatening the fragile government, the walls have become more of a prison than ever.
To make matters worse, as Avan explores his new identity as an Infinite, Kai struggles to remind him what it means to be human. And she fears her brother, Reev, is involved with the rebels. With the two people she cares about most on opposite sides of a brewing war, Kai will do whatever it takes to bring peace. But she’s lost her power to manipulate the threads of time, and she learns that a civil war might be the beginning of something far worse that will crumble not only Ninurta’s walls but also the entire city.
In this thrilling sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone, Kai must decide how much of her humanity she’s willing to lose to protect the only family she’s ever known.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
All the FEELS.
Gates of Thread and Stone was one of my favorite reads of 2014, so of course I would be all over The Infinite. To be quite honest, the is one of those rare occasions where the sequel is better than the first.
The Infinite starts off not too long after Gates of Thread and Stone ended. Kai is staying at the White Court, struggling with the “loss” of Avan and now having lost access to the threads of time. Now that they are starting the rebuild of the city after the death of Ninu – the tension heats up with rebel sentinels, a brewing war and whether or not Kai can embrace her powers as Infinite.
Hello, beautiful world. I mentioned in my review of Gates of Thread and Stone that I felt like the world building was info dumpy and I was lost on several occasions. But here, that was not the case. I ate it up! I can’t even explain how happy I am to get MORE of the world and how it’s branched out to the cities and countries surrounding Ninurta. It is nothing like I have ever “seen” and the descriptions are so vivid.
Kai, in my opinion, has really come a long way and grown so much in The Infinite. She is still feisty, tough and so loyal to those that she loves. But she is now more involved with the political side of things, and has been training with Mason. She is struggling with guilt and she is really torn up about the events that lead Avan to becoming Infinite. She is also struggling with her powers and what it means for her if she embraces her Infinite side.
The Infinite is full of angst. The scenes with Kai and Avan are so beautiful but heartbreaking at the same time. I couldn’t imagine having to see the one you love day in and day out, remembering everything but they remember nothing. And same goes Avan – to feel such a pull and strong emotions for someone who you can’t remember, and having to look at them knowing that they are suffering because you can’t remember and you’re not even sure you want to. But there is a lot of back and forth – on whether or not they will be together, or if they will ever be able to build a relationship. Avan doesn’t know who he is, literally. I was also a little thrown by the THING with Mason – but I thought it was handled well. It’s not a love triangle – to me. But that is all relative.
Now, romance aside…
I love that Lori doesn’t hold back. With anything. I have high respect for authors who are able to punch you in the gut with feels. Ones who kill off good people and main characters and have no hesitations about having their characters suffer. The Infinite has that ten fold. It adds more layers of despair and really makes you appreciate the characters and what they are going through. Also for what they are doing for the ones they love. Something major happens in the middle of the book – and I just could not handle it (in a good way). It was so sad… it was perfect. (I KNOW, I am awful).
As with Gates of Thread and Stone – there were several plot twists thrown in. It’s actually quite hard to get into details without spoiling anything, so I wont even bother. Just know there are new characters introduced. New friends & enemies; more Mason. And death, betrayal, action, kissing and FEELS. ALL THE FEELS.
Overall – If you couldn’t guess, I absolutely loved The Infinite. My heart was broken at the end, and I can’t wait for the next one — in hopes that Lori can mend it. I highly recommend this series if you haven’t started it yet.
“Avan might not remember, but I didn’t want to forget” – eARC Kindle location 27%
“Want is something born of will and weakness. To want is to lack something, and I feel nothing of that with you.” – eARC Kindle location 95%
Tell Me Your Thoughts
Have you read The Infinite? If so, what did you think?
If you lost all your memories and found out that you were able to get them all back, would you? Even knowing that some of those memories would be devastating?
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