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Gates of Thread and Stone (Gates of Thread and Stone Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lori M. Lee
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Book Description

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.

Lori M. Lee makes her debut with this captivating YA fantasy.

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Lori M. Lee was born in the mountains of Laos. Her family relocated to a Thailand refugee camp for a few years and then moved permanently to the United States when she was three. She has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband, kids, and a friendly pit bull. Visit her at:

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story to match that gorgeous cover! 21 Aug. 2014
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Frustratingly, I had to stop in my reading and was only able to pick this up again yesterday. And then I sat down with it and didn't get up again until I finished it.

It's been a long time since I've read a YA book and I don't think I could've picked a better book to break that long spell with.

So, if you've read my reviews before you've probably heard me go on and on about world building and atmosphere. Those are two of my favourite things in a good book, because I need to feel fully immersed in it. The world building was fantastic and very important to how every thing ties in at the end (which I loved!).

I loved the grittiness of Kai's world, of the things that the citizens of Ninurta have become desensitized to, the awfulness of having a loved one just disappear and know that you'll probably never see them again and there's nothing you can do about it. A lot of heart breaking and difficult backgrounds to the heroes we're cheering on in <i>Gates</i>.

Kai is one of the most determined MC's I've seen. Strong and flawed, aware of her weaknesses but willing to push through them all to get to her loved ones. The bond between her and her brother is a lovely thing and their relationship is one of my favourite things in this book. You can believe that she would do anything, risk anything, for a bond as deep as theirs.

Avan. <i>Avan</i>. Be still my heart ♥ I <i>adored</i> him and I couldn't have hoped for a better counterpart for her. The two of them whenever together, just, I just wanted them to get <i>there</i> so badly!

I want to talk about the other characters too, like Mason! And the Black Rider who was not at all what I expected! Just such a good cast of characters!

This book is a great start to the series and I cannot wait to meet Kai and co. again soon :)

Read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gates of Thread and Stone 26 Feb. 2015
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In the city of Ninurta, 17 year old Kai has the ability to manipulate the threads of time but only one man, the ruler of Ninurta, is meant to possess magic. Kai has no memories from the age of 8 since her adoptive brother, Reev found her on the river bank. When Reev disappears, Kai vows to find him no matter what it takes and with her only friend Avan, she leaves the only home she has ever known. To save Reev, Kai must unravel her past and discover the secrets that everyone has been hiding.

Gates of Thread and Stone is a really good fantasy novel which was unpredictable and kept me on the edge of my seat. It has interesting mythology, action and romance. While it is a fantasy novel, it was unusual as it was dystopian fantasy world and I have never read anything like it.

I like Kai as she is a good person who is loyal and caring but is also stubborn, determined and feisty. Avan is enigmatic, protective and unlike some romantic interests has a past. I also like Reev as he was the perfect big brother and Mason and I hope we learn more about them.

It has a bitter sweet ending and I am looking forward to reading the next book, The Infinite. I would recommend Gates of Thread and stone to fans of Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne and Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great YA fantasy 5 Oct. 2014
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I simply loved this book! An Exciting YA fantasy with a little romance, lots of danger and magic, this is exactly my kind of book. The mythology and world building are unique and I'm interested to see how they develop in book two once it's released.

I really liked Kai as a character. She's strong and brave yet vulnerable and oh so human. She's the type of character I can really root for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book 15 Sept. 2014
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I liked this book, it was a good read, interesting plot and it kept me hooked all the way through, with a decent level of sexual tension for a YA book. I always love a good heroine and Kai was very interesting, if a bit too reliant on the males in the story. It was also a bit predictable at the end, and the 'tournament' was pretty contrived as well. It does seem like all books now have to have some equivalent of the Hunger Games fight-to-the-death going on... Fans of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy would see some similarities in setting if not the level of world-building. However, when all is said and done, it was worth the read!
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