Gates of Thread and Stone Summary:
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.
Gates of Thread and Stone Review:
This book was okay. There was a lot of hype about this novel and the cover is beautiful so I was expecting some great things. It sadly didn't live up. The author did her best to try to make the ideas work together and to show the the heroine was a very strong and independent character. The opposite showed. The ideas were there but they lacked the continuity that they needed and there seemed to be parts of the story that were missing. Some ideas were taken out of the story and they were brought back into the story and few scenes later. They were meant to be mind blowing but the ideas needed some more depth to make them work.
There was also a large amount of characters. They kept popping in when the story needed them but most of them lacked depth and didn't last more than a few scenes. I did enjoy Avan though. It's an original name and he was a guy filled with character. He was a little flat at first but as the story progressed you saw his true character. He was protective, a gentlemen and a very good friend. He was a person that everyone would want as a friend. Only problem was that he was a little too forgiving about Kai. She was the person that I couldn't agree with. Kai had the premise to become a very interesting character but she fell flat a lot throughout the story. She was continuously using Avan and denying her feelings for him. This wouldn't be that bad except that she blamed him for her love but would not stop talking about him. She also had the power to manipulate time but hardly ever used. It was an imaginatively creative idea yet the power hardly played a role in the novel. On the other hand, I liked how she had a relatable past. Kai had a completely unforgettable back story that was portrayed with skill. She a good story that motivated her to do what she was. Only if she could have developed more as a character. Reev I would have loved to see more of and I hope we get a lot more of him in the later books.
Another good thing was the mythology. What an interesting idea. I would have liked to see it play out more in the story but I'm hoping that it will play a much bigger part of the next novel. It was quite nice at the end of the novel that all the pieces fit together and create this story. I will gladly read the next book to see how her story continues.
Thanks you Netgalley for letting me read this novel for an Honest Review!