Mini Reviews – Gates of Thread and Stone Series 1 – 2

Posted November 22, 2017 by Kathy in 2.0 Stars, 3 Stars, Book Review / 2 Comments

Mini Reviews – Gates of Thread and Stone Series 1 – 2Gates of Thread and Stone Series: Gates of Thread and Stone #1
by Lori M Lee
Published by Skyscape on August 5, 2014
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 335
Format: Ebook
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three-stars

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.

 

Gates of Thread and Stone is the debut novel by Lori M. Lee.  Overall, I thought this book was good.

What did I like?

  • The story starts off strong with Kai and her relationship with her brother Reev. Kai is a teenager with a unique power, she can manipulate the threads of time. But she has no clue of her past, so I thought the mystery added some intrigue to the story.
  • The action picks up when Reev disappears. Kai and her friend Avan journey outside the city to save him. The time away from the city allows Kai and Avan to get closer. The romance is a slow build, which I liked, and thankfully no love triangle.

 

What didn’t I like?

  • The world building was lacking and unclear. This world is post-apocalyptic so I need to know more about how this world came to be. The Rebirth is mentioned multiple times in the story but without an explanation, which I found frustrating. I understood the system of the city but once Kai left the city walls I got lost.  The story line includes elements of dystopian, fantasy, science fiction and mythology; the combination of all these genres weren’t developed well so I’m walking away confused.

 

Despite my issues with the writing, the surprising ending has me wanting more.  I need to read the next book to find out what happens with Kai and Avan.

 

Mini Reviews – Gates of Thread and Stone Series 1 – 2The Infinite Series: Gates of Thread and Stone #2
by Lori M Lee
Published by Skyscape on March 10, 2015
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 378
Format: Ebook
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two-stars

The walls of Ninurta keep its citizens safe.

Kai always believed the only danger to the city came from within. Now, with a rebel force threatening the fragile government, the walls have become more of a prison than ever.

To make matters worse, as Avan explores his new identity as an Infinite, Kai struggles to remind him what it means to be human. And she fears her brother, Reev, is involved with the rebels. With the two people she cares about most on opposite sides of a brewing war, Kai will do whatever it takes to bring peace. But she’s lost her power to manipulate the threads of time, and she learns that a civil war might be the beginning of something far worse that will crumble not only Ninurta’s walls but also the entire city.

In this thrilling sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone, Kai must decide how much of her humanity she’s willing to lose to protect the only family she’s ever known.

 

The Infinite is the second book in the Gates of Thread and Stone series.  I struggled reading this book and was tempted to DNF.  But there was a little part of me that was curious enough to continue reading this book.

What did I like?

  • Mason saved this story for me. He is a great supporting character and was lovable.  It is clear he has feelings for Kai and I prefer him over Avan (at least his current boring state).
  • I thought the discovery of another city was interesting and brought some twists to the story.

 

What didn’t I like?

  • The pace of the story was so slow, I was bored. I was tempted to DNF the book but kept reading in the hopes the story would pick up.  It eventually picked up but it was too late in the book to impress me.
  • I again had a problem with the world building. Just as in the first book, The Infinite did not reveal anything about how this world came to be.  There is the mention of the Rebirth, but without an explanation I was still frustrated and clueless.

 

Since I struggled reading this book I won’t be continuing this series.

About Lori M Lee

Lori is an avid writer, reader, artist, and lover of unicorns. She should probably spend less time on the internet (but she won't). She has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, kids, and a friendly pitbull.

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2 responses to “Mini Reviews – Gates of Thread and Stone Series 1 – 2

    • Kathy

      I was disappointed with this and it had a lot of potential for being a hit. But I’m glad to finally be done reading these books to get them off my ARC list lol. Thanks Melanie!