Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Gates of Thread and Stone (Book #1) by Lori M. Lee

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Skyscape
Pages: 335

Source: NetGalley
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.

My Rating:
I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review, all reviews and opinions are my own.

The cover is beautiful and this book is fantastic. I honestly don't think there is anything that irritated me in this book. The romance wasn't rushed, the characters were all done well and the plot flowed smoothly. My favorite part was when they were explaining the Gray's which are these automated animals that can carry people around town. I saw the book cover to the second book where it shows Kai riding one. I would love to own one that could go super fast like in the story. I definitely want to know more about this world, more about the Gargoyles, and more about the Infinite's. The Infinite's kind of remind me of the Greek Gods but with a twist, that I really enjoyed. 

Kai's character even though she is portrayed in the summary as a strong female that can manipulate time she still has her failings and drawbacks. She does grow through out the story which makes up for her not being so good at manipulating time and I think as she practices with it in time she will will become even better with the manipulation. 

I read through this book quickly the plot kept my attention and was very well done. The only part that was a little confusing was at the beginning but I expect that with most fantasies since you have to figure out the world and why it is that way. I can't wait to start reading the next book The Infinite and find out where the story goes from there. I knew some of the twists were coming but the thing with Avan I really didn't see that coming. 

I would like to know more about the magic element. Is it only blood magic that they can do like with the stones, or is there other magics that haven't been mentioned yet?

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  1. Every time I hear the word "Labyrinth" I think David Bowie. It's inevitable.

    This book sounds freaking awesome. The cover is to die for. Might have to add it to the ever growing TBR list.

    Lovely review, m'dear!

    1. Thanks it was really good. The TBR is always ever growing reader problems.