Thursday, August 21, 2014

Review: Gates of Thread and Stone

Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Skyscape
Pages: 335


 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 she came 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.

When I read the synopsis of Gates of Thread and Stone, I was really excited. Plus, the cover looked so nice and interesting.  Between the cover and synopsis, I had extremely high hopes for Gates of Thread and Stone, and I’m thrilled to say it lived up to my expectations. It was a little slow in the beginning, however, but it started to speed up the more it progressed. By the end of the book I was at the edge of my seat, biting my nails.

I really like Kai. I love how determined and loving she is. I liked how fiercely she loved her brother and how she would do anything for him. Kai  is determined and stubborn and curious and intelligent, but she was flawed, but not flawed in a bad way. Her flaws made her feel like more of a normal teenager, which I loved. One bad thing about Kai was that she rarely used her powers and I wanted to see more! However, when she did use them, it was flipping awesome! Hopefully in the sequel we'll see her powers develope more. There wasn't much about her brother Reev, because he was kind of kidnapped, but through what we get at the beginning and through Kai's memories, we see that he is loving, protective, and loyal.

Now onto Avan... I really liked the character Avan. I loved the way he acted and treated Kai. In general, I really loved the relationship between Kai and Avan. I also enjoyed how throughout the book we saw their relationship grow more and more, to something maybe more than friendship. However, there were times when I wanted to scream and slap them both silly.

The world that Ms. Lee built was fantastic! It was so intriguing and I want more! I loved all the magic and I was fascinated with the concepts behind the mahjo and the Infinite! And the Grays! They were so cool and I wouldn't mind having one for myself! It was original and so enticing! However, I wish we got to know more about what happened during Rebirth and more about the mythology behind the mahjo and the Infinite. 

The ending was bittersweet and I don't know how I feel about it. Hopefully it will get worked out in the sequel, and since I loved these characters so much I’m happy to get the opportunity to see them again. 

Gates of Thread and Stone was a magical, fast-paced adventure. It was so interesting and the pages just flew by! I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it! I can't wait for the sequel!


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