Gates of Thread and Stone (Gates of Thread and Stone Series #1)

Gates of Thread and Stone (Gates of Thread and Stone Series #1)

by Lori M. Lee


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"Gates of Thread and Stone is a fast-paced, heart-wrenching whirl of a story full of magic, immortals, and a romance that will leave readers gasping for more. I adored the tough, scrappy narrator and fell in love with the boy chasing after her heart. Lori M. Lee introduces us to a fantasy world unlike any other and gives us the first taste of an epic love story in the making. I can’t wait for more!" –Mindee Arnett, The Nightmare Affair series and Avalon series

"A thrilling adventure in a vivid world, Gates of Thread and Stone is the kind of book you want to read both fast and slow: fast to find out what happens next and slow to savor the journey. I couldn't put it down." –Sarah Beth Durst

"Lee has woven a captivating fantasy that will thread its way into your heart and pull you into a world of magic and intrigue." –Christina Farley, Gilded

"Gates of Thread and Stone is inventive, romantic, and gripping. I was hooked from the first page!" –Amy Tintera, Reboot and Rebel

"Lori M. Lee excels in building a world of intrigue, oppression, and magic amidst a Labyrinth setting as twisted and winding as the secrets hidden inside her characters’ hearts. Fans of strong heroines who don’t need a boy to hold their hands, action-packed fighting scenes, and whispers of steampunk and mythology, will find themselves wishing they, too, could manipulate the threads of time, if only to stay inside the story a little longer." –A.G. Howard, author of the critically acclaimed Splintered series

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ISBN-13: 9781477847640
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Series: Gates of Thread and Stone Series , #1
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 926,621
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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Gates of Thread and Stone 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty good, although sometimes it would get a little boring between important scenes. I really loved this book, though, and I can't wait to read the next one.
Marie002 More than 1 year ago
The synopsis of this book drew me in instantly, and I thought the cover was interesting as well, but I wasn't entirely sure what to think of this book. Kai is kind of a unique character in some ways. She doesn't have some deluded idea of being strong and super capable of being independent, she depends on her adoptive brother Reev, and relies on him a great deal. While she does know how to defend herself she doesn't seem to like to do it if she can avoid it. Reev isn't in enough of this book for me to know what kind of character he will end up being, all the side characters were different from each other, and I liked all of them even the "villains". Avan, he was slightly harder to get a feel for, for most of the book. For a good portion of the book I was worried if he was going to end up just being a pointless love interest, but thankfully the book hardly focused on Kai's attraction to Avan and focused more on her goal and interest in finding her brother. That was another great thing about this book, while there was a hinting of a romance, that was never the focus. And whenever Kai started to think about wanting to kiss Avan she always reminded herself that she had more important things to worry about than her crush on Avan.. This book was well written, fast paced with unique and interesting characters. I think it's a book that everyone should check out. Review also on Blog:
FishThatReads More than 1 year ago
The last time I read a book in 24 hours was in February and thats on my favourites. Now, I read Gates Of Thread And Stone within 24 hours again, and it's also on my favourites list. This is the type of fantasy I love. This book has the type of world building which I remember so well even a month after reading it, as I write this review. The way Lori M. Lee described her fascinating world was amazing. I love how she took mythology and gods and put them in our own world. On how they live between us and how they interact with us. Gates of Thread and Stone had me from the start. It had an amazing pace which I read from without a hitch. This novel had intense plot twist that were very much unseen. It was action packed with romance and general need for more that kept me on the edge of my chair, or bed to be exact. Kai was our main character, she is a strong heroine in this novel I could connect to. Kai was eight when she was found by Reev on the riverbank with no memory. Kai is a determined, strong and wise character who has control of herself and is capable of doing things alone. It turns out that Kai can control the threads of time, to slow it down and speed it up when ever she wants to. I really loved this about her, it's such a unique power I have yet not read about, and certainly looking forward to reading more of. My only problem was that the gods names were all to similar it was difficult to tell them apart. Also how Kai had her life laid out by her father and how Reev knew about this all. I didnt like that. It made Reev's love for Kai feel more like a duty than real. In addition to that, WHY DID AVAN HAVE TO DIE?!? Like no, their time together was too short. Lori M. Lee's debut novel has me thirsty for more, my patience with the library is wrecking me and I might as well end up buying the sequel, The Infinite soon. Gates of Thread and Stone is definitely a recommended novel for all fantasy and romance lovers. While the romance isn't heavy, it's there. P.S. Did any readers notice how she had gorgeously special eyes, but they weren't on the already gorgeous cover?
JenLBW More than 1 year ago
First off I have an obsession with time. I even love the word Kronos, so when I see a book about someone with awesome time bending abilities. I’m totally sold. Gates of Thread and Stone was right up my alley and I love the way Lori M. Lee represented time as in threads and a river. I thought it was a really cool visual that was created in my head.  As far as world building is concerned, this is actually only small little piece of the planet but it felt so vast, when Lori was explaining the White Court, the Districts, The Void and the Outlands. I could vividly see it all come together in my head. Especially the Labyrinth for some reason. I thought the idea of it was pretty interesting.. There is also a map provided which I like because it gives me the outline then the author fills in the color. I like books that have a journey aspect to them. Kai and Avan set off on their mission to find Reev and I liked their travels of first finding their way into the outlands, then setting off through it. Little hidden mysteries that are along the way that stuck in my brain and when other things were revealed at the end those pieces fell into place. The author doesn’t blatantly point it out to you, you just think back and go ahhhh I see now why that happened. Of course. Which I like. You can lead me to the water but I don’t always need to be told to drink.  Kai is interesting character and I think there is something important about the way she develops. It really ties in to the end of the book. Kai is flawed and I think the way she is most is her emotions and attachments. When she cares about someone she is fierce in her loyalty and dedication. Even to the point of blindness. She is the kind of person that would rather have a few very close friends then be surrounded by a million acquaintances. As far as her relationship with Avan, I don’t think she didn’t necessarily see it, she was really focused on other things. It was almost like she didn’t want to allow herself to have it.  I really loved Avan. He was just amazing all around and super easy to crush on. I also liked his views on love and sexuality. He is just so down to Earth and awesome.  I loved the Infinite and the idea behind them. I liked how it seemed to be mixing our world with one with tangible magic. However as great as the world building was, I didn’t think this aspect of the book was flushed out enough. Sometimes I was a little confused by how it all came together. The biggies maybe like Death or even Kronos but I kind of wanted to know how many there are and their task. Maybe that was explained and I just didn’t get it. I also wasn’t sure how I felt about the Tournament. I was actually expecting there to be more to it being that there was a good part dedicated to training for it.  Overall though I really enjoyed the book. It has an awesome cover of course. I kept picturing the threads of time that way. A couple things bothered me slightly but I don’t think it ruined the book for me. I will continue on to the second one being that I’m really curious what it’s about. I’m hoping that it go into a little more detail of the mythology.
TheMissCharley More than 1 year ago
This book drew me in by the phenomenal cover design and the synopsis. The main character, Kai, had good character development throughout the story, and her thoughts intrigued me. However, she did, in the beginning, think a lot about Avan and whenever he touched her. But isn't that everyone when they have a crush? I loved Reev and all the new characters we met in the story. Especially Mason. Mason.... I love you! Anyways, the author could have spent a little more time on certain points in the story versus what she did. Also, a lot of the secondary characters didn't have a lot of good, solid character development which really bothered me. A lot of my favorite books are my favorite due to the secondary characters and their development. Hopefully in the second book, some of that changes. And I want more Mason and less Avan. I don't like Avan and I don't know why yet.
Jeanine More than 1 year ago
Life in the Labyrinth isn’t easy. Everyone is afraid of being noticed, standing out, being taken by the gargoyles or by the King’s spies, who always seem to be on top of anyone who doesn’t do as they’re supposed to. And Kai has to be doubly cautious because she has a secret. She can control time. How she has the ability is unknown, as well as where she comes from. Reev found her when she was 8 and took her in as his sister. Since then, she’s been trying hard to earn credits to help get both of them out of the Labyrinth. Until one day when Reev leaves and doesn’t return. She looks for help from Avan, the shopkeeper’s son, who offers to go with her to seek out Reev and find out what happened to him. This story had a great pace and was easy to follow, even being introduced to villains, beings, and a world unlike our own. Ms Lee writes with a great way of showing us this new and different world without getting hung up on over complicating it. I really enjoyed this book and I was happy to find out it’s the first in a series. The Infinite is the second book and is already been published. I would recommend this book wholeheartedly!
gg1010 More than 1 year ago
If you’re looking for a unique YA fantasy novel, look no further than Lori M. Lee’s Gates of Thread and Stone. Lee’s debut brings a rich mythology that is entirely new and original. Because of this, there were times when I was confused by the world-building and I felt lost by how its elements fit together. However, most of the time I was able to follow along and my questions were eventually answered. Kai, the female protagonist, narrates gates of Thread and Stone in first person perspective. Kai, the main character, is a strong heroine who would do anything and does anything to save her adoptive brother, Reev. Reev, also, cares a lot for his sister and is loyal and fiercely protective of her. Their strong relationship is heartwarming. In addition, Gates of Thread and Stone introduces the mysterious Avan who helps Kai in her search for her brother. This book will appeal to fantasy readers who are looking for something unique. I look forward to reading the next book in Lee’s fantastic series. *I received this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway from Amazon Publishing.*
KatyMessier More than 1 year ago
I’m not even sure why I was hesitant to pick this book up for the longest time. Now that I’ve read it I can’t believe I had doubts about it. Kai is this intelligent girl with all of these fears and issues that make her special. She wants to have this hard edge in order to survive the circumstances she’s placed in with basic poverty. However when things get really hard and she sees the pain that others experience she shows her true colors which are filled with empathy. Reev is something else altogether – I’m still not sure if I enjoy him as a character or I’m intensely annoyed by him. Most likely a mixture of both. Avan is just adorable and the slight hint toward being pansexual made me all but giddy. I both wanted more focus on it and at the same time loved that it was just accepted and not though of as ‘weird’. As much as I loved the romantic side of it I am a bit leery with the continuing series of a possible love triangle. The twist at the end had me in tears. I’ve no idea if it was just the emotional mindset I was already in but it caught me completely by surprise. I was already in ‘plot wrap up mode’ when bam, right in the feels. I wouldn’t say the end is really a cliff hanger but it does leave you with a ton of questions right after answering a few. I’ll be picking up the next in the series very soon. I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gates of Thread and Stone is a blend of dystopian and fantasy, with a bit of steampunk mixed in. The world-building in this book was phenomenal. I love the contrast between the White Court and the Labyrinth, and the way the magic is woven into the story. The Infinite were a bit confusing at first, and I'm hoping there will be more about who they are in the second book. There's really never a dull moment, because every time you think you understand what is going on, the story throws in another twist. Kai's determination in everything she did, especially in trying to find Reev was the best thing about her. It's hard to describe how good and unique this book was. For fans of speculative fiction who love great world-building and characters.
MorganReeves More than 1 year ago
I adored this book. I'm a voracious Fantasy reader, and I decided to give this book a try based on a friend's recommendation. I'm quite glad I did. The storyline was original and engaging, and the descriptions and dialogue were on point. I couldn't put this book down! Kai was the type of character we can sympathize with, even when we want to smack her. She is unsure of herself and trying to figure out what she is and how to fix the pressing problems she's been dealt. It was truly fascinating to read through the twists and turns this book took and to discover what was really going on. Lori M. Lee is most assuredly on my watch list now, and I can't wait to finish this series!
booksncalm More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book but there was more potential to this book. There's no real build up to the book, no plot twists and no very dramatic climax. The book was slow. I wish there the book had been more dramatic and more fast paced. The characters were good. I enjoyed getting to know Kai and Avan. But there could have been more about them. I loved how Kai was strong yet she had her moments that really showed her age. The romance in the book is very little which is great. In some other books I've read (*cough* the hunger games *cough*), romance is kind of a big part of the book despite the fact the main characters are in a grave/serious situation. Like how do they have the time/energy to worry about which boy do I like or which boy like me? Kai does have romantic feeling which are brought up but it's a tiny part of the book. Her situation isn't as grave as the other books. So, for me, even that small bit of romance was okay. The first person pov of view kinda surprised me but I liked it for this book. It wasn't horrible done with too many I's. The writing style is really nice. I enjoyed it. It flowed nicely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Gates of Thread and Stone" captured my interest first when I went to Books by the Banks this year (2015) and spoke with Lori M. Lee in person! Joseph Beth forgot to pack more of her books, so I only left with the second book autographed. When I asked her about this book series, she explained something like "Prince of Persia." Now, I'm a huge sucker for gamer authors. I feel my review will be a bit bias, because Lori seems like such a cool person. That being said, I did find some flaws with this book. First, I will go over the positive points! This book takes place in an alternative Earth, and also seemingly far in the future. I really liked the low tech setting that was combined with desert punk. The world building was mostly superb, and I feel I have a firm grasp on the timeline of the world and how it came to be. The main character, Kai, is fun, quick thinking, and honest with herself (mostly). For the flaws, these are what took away from the book. Not in a major enough way for me to dislike reading, but enough that I would say your mileage may vary on your enjoyment for this book. First, there is a love triangle/square situation. I won't go into too much detail, but suffice to say that it seemed very sudden for at least one of the guys to be attached to her. I can appreciate that Kai is a teen and has trouble dealing with her romantic feelings, but it seemed like a lot of detail was paid to romance feelings rather than building the world up a bit more. The world building was mostly okay, until you get to the history of magic. I can't say more without spoiling. Overall, there were parts that felt very infodump-y. That being said, I found this to be an overall enjoyable read. I think this is definitely rough as a first in a series, but I really enjoyed Lori's writing, so I look forward to cracking open the second book when I find the time!
punkgodofthestraightrazor More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I've know the author for some time and no one deserves the chance to be published and create fiction than she does. I couldn't be prouder of her!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! I read this book at the same time I was reading Marie Lu’s "The Young Elites". Both books included magic, threads of energy, a quest, fictitious settings and androgynous characters. Lee’s book, however, went deeper than I anticipated. Lee set her story in a world which was hard to picture. The setting was apocalyptic and crossed between the modern and ancient. It wasn’t until the main character entered into the White Court that I was able to visualize the setting. The characters in her world were strong but mystical. The main character, Kai, was raised by a young man, Reev, when somebody left her on a riverbank. Kai has no memory of her earlier years. Reev doesn’t share any of his past with her. The story picks up right away when Kai’s adopted brother/guardian disappears. Her good friend, Avan, steps up to the challenge of helping Kai find him. Their quest takes them out of their immediate setting into an empty wasteland with even more mystical characters. And, it is the characters that stand out in Lee’s tale. Along the way, Kai meets up with Conquest, Famine, Death and Strife. She doesn’t meet Peace but learns of his existence–which is apropos since Kai’s world is in a state of unrest. In essence, Lee has personified The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Another Immortal we are introduced to is Kronos. Pull out your Greek mythology books–Cronos is the father of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hestia, Demeter and Hera. And, there was one more reference that requires you to pull out your Bible and turn to The Book of Revelation. Kai and other characters mention The Rebirth. That’s a reference straight out of Revelation. Death, known as Kallas, tells Kai that there are 70 Immortals in all. I bet Zeus and his siblings are amongst the pack. The plot of Lee’s book is intriguing. Her inclusion of a tournament with cadets reminded me of “Hunger Games” and “Divergent” rolled into one. Fortunately, the tournaments were not death matches. Participants gladly took part in the fighting because they saw it as a chance to improve their status in the city of Ninurta. There is an interesting plot twist which leads to the climax of "Gates of Thread and Stone". In a nutshell, what would you do if you learned the truth of your existence but wished it weren’t true. What a way to close a story! I enjoyed Lori M. Lee’s Gates of "Thread and Stone". I started reading the sequel right away. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good fantasy!
Sparrowhawk24 More than 1 year ago
Gates of Thread and Stone was an enjoyable and satisfying read in view of its imaginative scope, however, the book was not entirely what I anticipated. The only missing component was that the story line did not have enough buildup and tension. That and, the ending left me feeling a bit cheated. I was still able to savor some aspects of the book and can certainly recommend it, but with some reservations ___________________________________________ WHAT I LIKED: + The mythology and world-building behind Gates of Thread and Stone and Stone was intriguing and remarkable. Everything comes to life: The details of the attire and hairstyles worn, the vast ominous landmarks and the fiends harbored there, the scouts and greys, everything within the castle walls and ruins, the battlegrounds and ghettos too. What I enjoyed most about these elements, though, was the history it was built around, The Rebirth: “. . .when the frenzy of a magical and technological war had shaken the world, leveling mountains, scorching the oceans, and cracking open the earth.” + The world of time travel fiction has always been a daunting sphere for me to venture into solely in view of its mechanisms and concepts ― I simply find the approach challenging to grasp. The time manipulation used in Gates of Thread and Stone, however, was original, alluring and it worked for me! Not once did this element overwhelm or make me lose interest, in fact, it thoroughly entertained my curiosity of living and engaging outside of time. Also, there are no loose ends with the time manipulation concept, the method and function is explained in a perfectly clever way: “. . .I reached out with my mind, feeling the threads of time that flowed around us. They were everywhere, if you had the ability to see, intertwining the people, the weathered buildings, the stones beneath my fee. They moved everything forward in constant motion. Always forward. I imagined my fingers dragging the fibers, making them catch and slow.” “. . .I trailed my mind along the threads, deliberating. Time flowed in a current that didn’t ebb or swell but was constant. I could push against it, slow it down, slip free of its net. But what would happen if I tried to break it?” WHAT I DIDN’T LIKED: - In light of the synopsis, the book as a whole was not what I anticipated. To be specific, I was expecting a more action-packed-superhero-filled-time-manipulation-narrative. What Gates of Thread and Stone delivered instead was a story brimming with familiar mythologies, a few significant quests, a tolerable and tedious love triangle, and hardly any use of magic. Not only that but the revelations at the end of the book, and the ultimate resolution somewhat ruined the story arc for me ― I don’t know, it just felt as though the story arc and I were on completely different spectrums to say the least - From the writing perspective, I was not a fan. For one, the transitions were far too abrupt and choppy, which in turned made the narrative exceedingly jarring and disjointed for me to grasp. Secondly, the subplots weaved in and out of the main storyline repeatedly; thus, making the details of the surrounding tension feel fuzzy. And it’s not so much that the transitions and subplots were poorly executed, it’s just that they didn’t follow a pattern or seem to connect evenly AFTERTHOUGHTS: In the end, Gates of Thread and Stone was well worth reading in view of the mythology and impressive imagery, and although I did not particularl
MadSeasonGirl More than 1 year ago
Original concept and world-building.
butterfrogt More than 1 year ago
With the plethora of YA fiction available, picking what to read next can be really daunting, even for the most voracious of readers. Sometimes it seems to take longer to decide if a book is worth reading then to actually read it. I'm sorry to say Ms. Lee's series Gates of Thread and Stone wasn't even on my radar. Luckily, it found me and "Viola'" another fangirl moment was born. Having read an average of 100+ books per year since the ripe old age of 8 (and that being more decades then I'm likely to admit) I consider myself a fair judge of what makes a good book good. And Gates of Thread and Stone has "it" in spades. The world building is richly detailed without being overly complex. The plot is original and the story interesting. The writing has an easy flow that I was able to lose myself in right away. But the crowning jewels are the characters, Kai is intelligent, brave and loyal. Avan is protective of Kai but never stands in her way. He is supportive while letting her stand on her own two feet. The romance is sweet but never cloying. Yes, the romance is a large part of the story but it is suppose to be and it never takes away from any other part of the book. The secondary characters also have depth and feel like they too belong to the story. Not once did I find it boring. I was totally wrapped up in this book. I found myself getting irritated any time my family tried to take my attention off the book. I could not put it down. I finished it in less then 5 hours and then started book 2 The Infinite 5 minutes later. Gates of Thread and Stone is easily one of the best books I have read so far this year. And I can honestly say that come 12/31/15 I will be greatly surprised if it is not in my top ten books of the year. BRAVO Ms. Lee.
RaquelGabrielle More than 1 year ago
The cover is beautiful and this book is fantastic. I honestly don't think there is anything that irritated me in this book. The romance wasn't rushed, the characters were all done well and the plot flowed smoothly. My favorite part was when they were explaining the Gray's which are these automated animals that can carry people around town. I saw the book cover to the second book where it shows Kai riding one. I would love to own one that could go super fast like in the story. I definitely want to know more about this world, more about the Gargoyles, and more about the Infinite's. The Infinite's kind of remind me of the Greek Gods but with a twist.  Kai's character even though she is portrayed in the summary as a strong female that can manipulate time she still has her failings and drawbacks. She does grow through out the story which makes up for her not being so good at manipulating time and I think as she practices with it will become even better with the manipulation.  I read through this book quickly the plot kept my attention and was very well done. The only part that was a little confusing was at the beginning but I expect that with most fantasies since you have to figure out the world and why it is that way. I can't wait to start reading the next book The Infinite and find out where the story goes from there. I knew some of the twists were coming but the thing with Avan I really didn't see that coming. 
terferj More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. It kept me glued to the pages. There was a predictability factor. I figured out what was going to happen a few times before it was known in the book, but it didn't defer me from liking the book so much. I thought it was cool once I figured out which mythology it's loosely based from. I've only read one other book that can do what Kai can. I think it's pretty cool what she can do, I only wished she did a little bit more manipulation than what she did (maybe in the next book?) I liked Kai, I admire the great lengths she went through to get her brother. Avan was an interesting one. I wished he opened up earlier than he did in the book, but I still adored him. This book had some crazy scary creatures, depressing living situations, mind control, a very sad moment, surprising parentage, cluelessness to one's feelings, & all around awesomeness. *I received this through NetGalley*
la-la-in-the-library More than 1 year ago
This novel has everything I look for in a YA Fantasy story. The author gives a solid history base for the world, no-nonsense physics rules for the environment, original images, just the right amount of description for the setting to light the reader's own imagination, undercurrents of social and moral statements, tears from my own eyes, some lighthearted laughable moments, intrigue, and well fashioned flirt and tease romantic scenes (quiet and sensual, no grunting and groping). The ending of the story will rip you up more than once, and you will also say, "I didn't see that coming!", multiple times. I do not like books where I have to go back and search for descriptions of characters to remember who, or what, they were. Lee's secondary characters were so well written I didn't have to re-read once. I was also amazed at the number of twists she was able to weave into the last few chapters. I am going to have a giant-sized book hangover for days. I was happy to stumble upon a pre-release ebook copy from Amazon's Read It First program. This is my honest review. As with all my four star and above reads I will be revewing it on my book blog at some point and will be adding the link. FAVE THINGS: The Grays, and Lee's make you tingle romance scenes (and I'm not a romance person).
skizzles22 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Enjoyable Stars! I've been wanting to read this book ever since I saw that gorgeous cover! And I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. But as much as I did enjoy it, I had a few issues with it. Firstly, the main character, Kai. I liked her. I liked her strength and determination and love for her brother, Reev. But I also felt that she could be very dense and oblivious to everything around her. Especially with Avan. Secondly, I loved the mysterious intrigue surrounding Avan's character, but he still remained that way throughout the book. A friend of Kai's for years, but she didn't know that much about him. We still don't, even after everything that happened. And that saddens me. I wanted more of him, and I wanted more from the romance. It didn't feel that developed. The romance was made up of two characters who clearly had feelings for each other but didn't say anything and only stole heavy glances until they were caught and looked away. A romance built on a lack of communication. There were so many moments where the author could have written in more dialogue, made their relationship feel deeper and believable. It wasn't bad, but it just left me wanting of feels. Thirdly, the beginning was full of info-dumps. Or, at least, they felt like that to me. There were so many moments where I was confused; the information and world-building felt like it was going in one ear and out the other. It was also hard for me to grasp the concepts in this book, especially Kai's ability to manipulate time. I think I know what's going on, but this was full of surprises that didn't just answer some questions but also asked many more. I am intrigued by the story-line, though, and I really want to read the sequel. The plot definitely kept me interested throughout, even with the pacing issues and my wishes for a much more exciting adventure outside the walls of Ninurta (I expected more from their outing, at least). Overall this wasn't the strongest beginning, but I'm not turned off by thoughts of a sequel. After a cliffhanger that managed not to shock me because I'd guessed how that would turn out, I'm still eager to continue the story-line. And even though I'd had a few issues with it, I still quite enjoyed Gates of Thread and Stone.
rdyoss More than 1 year ago
I was completely enthralled when I started reading this book. So much so that I couldn't put it down. I finished it in one day.  Lori M. Lee does a great job in creating and describing this magical world. I was actually able to picture and imagine where the characters were and what they were doing.  We start off by meeting Kai who seems to be a pretty girl, but is different. She relies on her brother Reev, and the way that she describes it is that she can't seem to be alone. She depends on him. There's a reason for that though. He found her on the side of a river when she was 8 years old. She has no memories, and doesn't know where she comes from, or who she is. All she knows is that this 16 year old boy basically adopted her and took care of her.  I absolutely admire her. The love and loyalty that she showed for her brother was amazing. She was brave enough to wander out into the Void looking for her brother, without knowing what to expect. I love how her character grew in this book. There were some times when I wanted to smack some sense into her.  Then we meet Avan. He's maybe a year older than her and absolutely beautiful. He and Kai seem to form some kind of friendship. He's nice enough to her. And aside from Reev, he's the only other friend that she has. He decides to join her in her travels. At first I was confused as to why he would do such a thing. But go over it rather quickly. I did want something to happen between those two. There were so many missed opportunities, that I couldn't handle it.  I do have to say that he does a great job in being there for Kai, no matter what. He protects her and has her back through out all of their trials. I think I wanted to smack him more than Kai though. In her defense, she's naive when it comes to the whole relationship thing. I mean, she's never even been kissed. But Avan, I mean, he's as experienced as anyone his age can be, and some.  That twist in the ending is what I'm having issues with. I can assume that anyone else that may have read this book will be siding with me on this. I mean, come on.  The problem that I have is that I have to wait until March of 2015 to read the next book. I'm anxious to see where Lori takes us with this book. The decisions that will have to be made, most importantly by Kai will be interesting.  In case you didn't know, the next book will be titled The Infinite. 
Holly129 More than 1 year ago
The world that Lori Lee creates becomes very interesting, and the backstory behind the citizens and their ruler unravels as the story goes on, but it took a bit to get there. The main character, Kai, is a pretty awesome chick with powers that can toy with the threads of time, causing time to slow or even stop. She doesn't know why she has this ability, but knows that she shouldn't let anyone know about it. When her adoptive big brother, and only "family" that she knows, goes missing, she decides to seek answers with her friend Avan (a boy she just happens to have a slight crush on) and bring her brother home. This leads to interesting plot twists as the journey through different parts of the world that they have never been to, especially through the last third of the book. Lee did throw some great surprises into her work that I did not see coming, and that I really enjoyed. That being said, I am glad that I kept going with this book. Once the history of the world and Kai's family tree are unearthed, it really makes for an interesting story. This is obviously book one of a series/trilogy, and I am curious where Lori Lee is going to take these characters. I'd recommend this book for anyone who enjoys YA fantasy with a bit of romance thrown in.
CordeliaDavenport More than 1 year ago
Unique and captivating read! The first portion of the story was slightly slow and required a bit of effort to get into, but near the end the action picked up and Ms. Lee added her own imaginative touches to make the story suddenly VERY interesting! (Namely godly parentage and a different sort of mythology.) AND WHAT AN ENDING!!! WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO GET MY HANDS ON THE NEXT?!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK.  Also, full of spoilers, so you have been warned.  Things I loved: Brother sister love. Sibling love. Adopted sibling love. I adored Kai and Reev, and while Reev wasn't in the book too much, you could feel the love Kai had for him. Reev leaving a little note on Kai's sandwich was just one small scene that spoke volumes about their relationship. Not gonna lie, I could totally ship it. Shhh. Also, Reev is just one of those characters that I really like. He's strong and physically intimidating but has a gentle heart (since he took in Kai at a young age and cares for her) and is self sacrificing and ugh. I liked him. Or the idea of him, since we only know what he's like through Kai's perspective, but let me tell you, her adoration is contagious.  Kai is strong but flawed, which I liked. She can defend herself and is compassionate, but she also lives in a very self contained world. She'll help someone (because it's her fault), but she thinks about the practicalities first because she's not THAT kindhearted. Kai only has a few important people in her life, and she'll do anything for them; some people might not like this, but I find that I can really relate to it. I think one of her biggest faults is selfishness; she thinks only about herself, Reev, and Avan. Because of this, she is also impulsive, rushing to save Reev without really thinking of a plan. She's so obsessed with finding Reev that she's oblivious to the feelings of someone she cares about. I like her for her faults, but she's also just a strange and quirky protagonist. Notes in her pocket! Taking after Reev, yes? <3  The descriptions in this book were so vivid. I could picture the world so well (though I was confused about the Grays for a while), and the book was full of rich, descriptive language. There's a rich district, a poor district, and an even poorer district where the poor look down on. The Labyrinth. The idea of a bunch of metal boxes stacked on top of each other precariously and in some sort of confusing maze that only the locals can navigate just really makes me happy. I DON'T KNOW WHY. It's just a great image. And the threads! THE THREADS. I REALLY LIKE THESE THREADS OF TIME. Ugh. Like, like, like.  Speaking of time! I loooove that Kai's powers are limited. She's not omgthebestest at everything, including fighting and her own abilities (because really, she is still a teenage girl). There are rules, and there is a balance that must be maintained. There are consequences for using magic, and time bouncing back is just perfect. I like this so much. I thought that the plot would be about Kai overthrowing a vague yet menacing government agency. Well, excuse me! Totally off. In a good way. I loved that Kai was a pawn. I've read so many stories where the MC was oh-so-special, the chosen one, the only one who can stop an entire organization of bad guys despite being a teenage girl (which is not a bad thing but also come on, get some help from other people too because that is just smart, okay? also, those other people might be adults too. you can't only recruit a gang of teenagers, no matter how genius they might be. just saying). This was a refreshing change because Kai was manipulated; she still made her own choices, but those choices were anticipated and under the supervision of adults (and Avan). This was much more realistic to me because while she did amazing things and yes, she was the only one who could have accomplished certain things, but in the end, there are bigger things than Kai and Reev out there. I think it's important to keep that in perspective, especially since her world is so small. It was a nice detail.  Can I just add that I appreciate Avan's indiscriminatory feelings about love? Gender does not matter to him, and I like that Kai doesn't seem to think it's such a big deal either. It makes me wonder about the gender politics of this world! I'll keep this part short, but I also adored Famine and Death. I want to see more of Irra; I think he is fun. I liked how Death is pretty much everywhere; BOOM, METAPHOR. I also liked how the book came around full circle, beginning and ending (sort of) with her. More of these two, please! Of course, I couldn't love everything :(  What I didn't love: The romance. I think this was one of the biggest problems I had, but I also think I am just completely biased. I like little to no romance, and while there was mostly pining, the amount of pining was too much for me. SO MANY FEELINGS ;__;  The "journey" out of Ninurta. I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed with how they got to the forest and the Void. I feel like it could have been a lot more fleshed out; it seemed like such a big deal and so difficult to leave the city, but then before I even realized it, they were already at the Void. Oh, but I loved the Gargoyles. I wanted more of those too.  The side characters. It felt like Hina became a very good friend to Kai, but I couldn't understand how. The two teammates at the end...Graene? And...I can't even remember their names at the moment, which basically tells you all you need to know. The secondary characters didn't leave much of an impact on me. I did find Mason interesting, but I think I need to see more of him before I can figure out if I like him or not.  Something I am curious about: The world! It's like a post apocalyptic version of our world because there are a bunch of hints of technology but also magic and gods and ???? I'M NOT SURE, BUT I WANT TO KNOW MORE.  Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I predicted correctly how it would end, but I still liked it. Looking at the things I didn't like, I seem to only want this book to be longer haha. I'm excited for what's going to happen next because I honestly cannot imagine what's in store for everybody.