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.
He turned enough for me to glimpse the dimple in his cheek. “I made some modifications to this guy.”
“Says the fugitive.”
“Lying has always been a distinctly human trait.”
I received this book as a gift and the synopsis made it sound pretty interesting so, dispite my looming and glaring TBR pile, I decided to give it a read. I was not disappointed! (And have even ordered the second book in the series. Sorry, TBR!!)
The characters were all so unique and well-developed that I feel like they must actually exist in some alternate universe. I loved getting to know all of them. I especially enjoyed learning about Kai and how she understands the world, especially while she works around the memories she doesn’t have. Also, she’s full of snark and sass and it made my dark little soul happy to see her fearlessly face off with both humans and Infinite who could destroy her.
The world is dystopian in a way I don’t think I’ve read before. The way Lori M. Lee works the details into the story is nearly seamless and absolutely stunning. Before I realized it, I was swept away into a stunning and unique world that incorporates several different settings. I can confidently say that Gates of Thread and Stone is thoroughly immersive.
The story itself is beautiful and I really enjoyed watching the whole thing unfold. Some of the turns in storytelling were predictable, but there were a few that I did not see coming at all. I absolutely loved and hated it. It was awesome.
The adventure that Kai goes on is almost as important as the reason she goes on it. The whole story highlights familial love, even if that family is not of your blood. I may have bumped this up on my TBR ahead of some major backlist titles, but I regret nothing. Gates of Thread and Stone has dystopian dictatorship, adventure, magic, and a slow-burn romance. What more could I need? The next book, which I have already ordered and will be reading soon.
Overall, I rate Gates of Thread and Stone 4 out of 5 bookworms.
Don’t just take my word for it. Order a copy of Gates of Thread and Stone and enjoy it for yourself! A few places you can go to get your hands on a copy are:
- Amazon US
- Amazon UK
- Books-A-Million (US)
- Barnes and Noble (US)
- Book Depository
- your local bookstore or local library
- It’s also available for free on Kindle Unlimited!
For more information about Lori M. Lee and her work, visit her website.
Have you read Gates of Thread and Stone? What would you recommend to someone who enjoyed it?