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Monday, July 27, 2015

Book Review: Gates of Thread and Stone, by Lori M. Lee


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.

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Gates of Thread and Stone begins with a dystopian setting.  My first impression was , "Oh no, not another one of these."  I was prepared to hate this.  But I found a lot to love about this book and my opinion flipped to recommending it.

Kai's main focus was finding her surrogate brother Reev, after he had been kidnapped.   Together with her friend Avan, Kai must travel outside the city walls to find The Black Rider and save Reev.  There is a good amount of sexual tension between Kai and Avan to get the reader to root for them, but it is not overdone.  As Kai learns who she is, there were many plot twists that I didn't see coming. 

There were a few plot devices I thought were unnecessary such as the Tournament and the fighter training (does every heroine have to be a butt-kicking super warrior?).  I did like that Kai wasn't an instantly amazing fighter.  I felt the book had so much going for it already, Kai should have been able to rely on her brains more than anything else to survive.  The events of the Tournament are not central to the plot and only act as a means of getting Kai and Avan into the capital city of Ninurta to find Reev. 

There are several richly detailed settings that bring the story to life.  From the North district with it's boxcar housing and gritty neighborhoods to the gleaming, pampered city of Ninurta, this is a world I haven't seen before.  There is the ever-present vague suggestion of a world-wide disaster, but there is also so much more,  including magic, immortals, and time bending.  I could also really imagine the poverty, hunger, and desperation in this world.  And I appreciated that the main character, Kai, always was mindful of the basics (food, shelter, security) and was grateful.  

This book was fun, and imaginative.  I look forward to reading book two in the series, The Infinite.

Source: Bought by myself
Format:  Kindle
Recommendation: Fantasy fans will enjoy it.

Will I read more from this author:  Yes, looking forward to the sequel!
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