Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee
Published: August 5, 2014
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 shecame 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 found this book entertaining for the first half and then everything kind of fell flat. I disliked Kai and Reev and their relationship as siblings. I feel like Kai was a bit TOO naive. I hated how she was so clueless in a way but I thought her whole controlling the time power was pretty awesome.
I just really had the qualm against the plot laying flat towards the end. The overall concept was awesome, but I just feel like it wasn’t executed correctly. There were some things like the gargoyles that I don’t think tied in properly. And I think it would’ve been awesome if there was less Avan/Kai romance and more action.