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.
Read on for my thoughts on Gates of Thread and Stone. No true spoilers, promise.
Can you imagine being able to bend and slow down the fabric of time? What temptations would be right in front of us every single day if we could change time. The concept is mind-boggling.
In Gates of Thread and Stone (again) I believe you have a pretty good idea of the basic story from the cover/story blurb. Since this novel is the first in a planned trilogy, I expected world building and definite characters building – I wasn’t disappointed in that aspect. I don’t expect every detail to be laid out for me in the beginning. Why in the world would I continue reading a novel or series if I knew everything from the first chapter? I don’t know either.
There were questions galore in this novel. Some were answered others… not yet. So many times I believed I knew what must happen yet, only to be surprised when the plot turned to a different direction I did not see coming. Therein lies the difference between a so-so read and a really good novel.
I really liked Kai. Her unusual ability cannot be easy to contain on a daily basis. I mean really, if you could slow down time just think of all the times during a day that you would be tempted to change things just a bit. Even if it’s to step out of the way of that boiling cup of tea you just spilled! I would be sorely tempted – so it’s a good thing I don’t have that power.
She is strong without being overbearing – smart without being obnoxious – devoted to her brother without being “weird” about it – and totally crushing on bad boy Avan.
I enjoyed Gates of Thread and Stone. No, it’s not my top favorite series (yet – I don’t know what’s coming in the next books) but it certainly is one that I will follow to discover what happens next.
I’m giving it a 3 outta 5 on my rating scale. It was a good book, now I wait to see if it’s going to be a really good series.
*I received an e-ARC of Gates of Thread and Stone from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
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