by Lori M Lee
Series: Gates of Thread and Stone #1
Published by Skyscape Release date : August 5th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.
In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where shecame from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.
Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.
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.
The cover aside, I think what piqued my interest was the mention of time. Time travel and manipulation is so fascinating, I knew I would fall in love with this book based on that alone. Luckily, there was so much more to love between the pages.
Kai is one of those feisty, stubborn characters that you almost instantly like. She’s loyal, dedicated and smart – a little on the naive side of things, but that can be overlooked. Because I wasn’t tight-knit with my sisters, close bonds between siblings always touches me. It’s amazing to see (read) a character that would stop at nothing to protect and save their sibling. And Kai proves that. I also loved the complicated relationship with Avan – which is where her naivety comes in. There were things that were just plain obvious. Either she didn’t see them because of her one track mind – or just didn’t want to.
I feel like there were many things starting between these two. Some, more frustrating than others. For starters – due to Avan’s “reputation,” Kai was afraid to just be another warm body. There was also the matter of her guilt, and Avan felt as if there wasn’t room for him. Still, as much as I wish things would have been different between these two from the get go, I am happy where the relationship went. And the ending!? *sigh*
The world building was confusing at times – between the caste system and back story. There were a few times I felt it was a little info- dumpy, and had to go back and re-read to full grasp it. Kai’s “gift” too, was hard to grasp at first. You would think she could time travel – but that is not the case. She can manipulate it; slow it down, speed it up, etc. Where she came from, and how she has this “gift” was a mystery throughout the novel, not coming out until almost the very end. Hello plot twist.
Once things start to click, everything makes total sense and I feel in love with the world. The mythology was compelling. I felt a slight tickle of familiarity, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I was surprised over and over again, by the plot twists. I also really appreciate that Lori doesn’t hold back.
My Peeve –
The only thing that really bothered me was the info-dump. It is poured heavily on you in the beginning, so I suggest you hang on. Once things pick up though – a lot more makes sense.
OI adored it! The ending isn’t a cliff hanger, but it does make me long for the next book.
Tell me your thoughts –
Have you read Gates of Thread and Stone? What did you think?