Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee | Book Review #47


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.

I love the concept of the book. A girl who has these powers and she doesnt’ know why. Everything around Kai is shrouded in mystery. 

I was exited to read this book, because I love all things Fantasy. What I got though was a really interesting storyline in which the main character, Kai, can manipulate Time. What bothered me the most though; something I can’t get over to be honest, is the love triangle.

Aside from the love triangle, there are quite a few things that happen in this book. One of those things is that Kai’s brother, Reev, gets kidnapped. From there Kai goes to any length that she can stomach to get Reev back. And Kai idolizes her brother, so there’s a lot that she can stomach.

There were a lot of theories that I came up with while reading Gates of Thread and Stone, and now that I look back on them, I realize that every single prediction I made came true. Which now makes me realize that this book was pretty predictable but the story wasn’t very predictable at all? Does that make sense? I predicted what would happen, but I didn’t know how it would all play out.

I can’t say much about what else happens in this book, because then I would spoil everything. We don’t want that! Haha.

Kai, throughout the novel, remained so strong-willed that in the next book I hope that she actually has a breakdown. Kai did show a lot of human emotion in this book, but she wasn’t overly emotional. At times she would even distance herself. And that’s something that I feel like has just been ingrained into her by necessity.

A great thing that I like about this book is that there’s only one point of view! Everything is experienced by Kai and we experience it with her! After reading a book with a lot of different views, Gates of Thread and Stone is a relaxing read.

Lee’s writing in this book was really great. Everything flowed seamlessly. And everything had a reason to be in the story (aside from the useless love triangle, ugh).

All in all, aside from this book being fairly predictable, Gates of Thread and Stone still turned out to be a pretty good read. I’m looking forward to reading the next book, The Infinite.

Here’s a link to Gates of Thread and Stone on GoodReads, if you’re interested in checking it out.

Thanks for reading! Until next time,


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