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.
Book Review :
Lately i’ve been going into books with really low expectations. Mainly because I am trying to save a little bit of the mulla and only buying books that are >$6. And to be honest with you dear readers it has been paying off.
Gates of Thread and Stone was wonderful. It follows a young girl called Kai who was found by the river when she was eight by her ‘brother’ Reev. She had no recollection of who her family is, only that she is able to manipulate the threads of time. Now seventeen she lives in a world that consists of a constant struggle to survive each day. When her brother is taken she embarks on a journey to find him with the shop boy Avan, who is hiding secrets of his own. What she discovers however is a mystery that will blow your fantasy mind.
I really liked Kai. She was your typical YA heroine, strong willed and ready to start a punch-up. I love reading novels where the main character is able to hold her own. Of course this means that she wasn’t anything unique, despite the fact that she could manipulate time (which was pretty awesome …although rarely used). The supporting characters were incredibly interesting. I loved that Lee gave us insight into their histories and what had brought them to that particular point. It felt as though all of the characters actions were well justified. Thank the book Gods that a novels characters actually make good decisions!!
However, because sometimes there just has to be a however, I was hella confused most of the time. I would have liked the world to have been better flushed out. I found that Lee left little trails of why the world was the way it was and who these Infinite people were, but at random intervals that left me more engrossed in the relationships between the characters than the actual adventure…because I didn’t understand how the world worked. It is annoying when the main character understands the world, but she only lets you in on the intricacies of it about 2/3 of the way through the novel. It stops you from fully appreciating the world when you don’t understand its politics, magic systems and history. Eventually the world does make sense and it is pretty awesome with the relationship between the Infinite and the mahjo, but it takes a while to get onboard with it.
The romance was sweet and I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops in the next novel, which I desperately need in my hands but must alas wait until March. Pooey.
Have you read this one? What did you think?