Review: Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

Publisher: Skyscape (August 5th 2014)
Hardcover: 335 pages
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Rating: 3 of 5 stars

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 is one of those books where you have to pay attention because it was confusing to navigate the world that Gates of Thread and Stone was set in; there were also hierarchical terms that became perplex as the novel progressed. I wanted to love this book, but I found that there were times this book was half good and half meh for me at times. It took a while for the action to begin, but once it started it didn’t stop. What I did appreciate about the slow buildup to the action was seeing how Reev was important to Kai. Throughout the novel Reev remains much of a mystery except for the facts that we learn about him through Kai, which is not much. I liked the fact that Reev accepted her for who she was despite her “freakish” abilities to manipulate time, but what Kai doesn’t know is that she is not the only one who have special powers.

I liked Kai. She came off as coldhearted and stubborn, also sometimes a little reckless. I like that she puts small notes in her pocket as a warning for pick-pocketers, which to me is a fabulous idea. There was a smallish love triangle with her and G-10 Iaka later known as Mason), but we all know that Kai likes Avan, despite all her assumptions she has towards him. Sure, he’s friendly and nice enough to give her some decent food once in a while, but Kai doesn’t fully trust him. She thinks that everyone she encounters (except for Reev) have some ulterior motives so she’s extra cautious. Did I mention that Kai’s powers are pretty cool too? She doesn’t use it too often, but she has the ability to stop time and wonders why she’s one of the few people have some sort of ability when everyone else is normal. Her power has restrictions though. Just as she is beginning to be the only “freak.” she meets others that are like her, but who have different powers. For them, I think it’s more of a title because they don’t seem to have a physical pow-wow power that they actually use in action. It’s like a behind kind of scene thing. This for me was a bummer because I was expecting a lot of action.

The ending leaves us with a slight cliffhanger. It was bittersweet that reminded me along the lines of The Darkest Mind‘s ending, but I’m actually okay with this ending and if it doesn’t get a sequel, I’m okay with that too.

Author: Jackie

0 Replies to “Review: Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee”

  1. A slight cliffhanger that you’re okay staying a cliffhanger? This must be very well done. This book sounds like an entertaining read. I like the sound of Kai quite a bit. Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to look for this one.

  2. The love triangle in this book sounds frustrating, but at least it was quite brief. At least there was some action there to keep you entertained, and Kai sounds like an interesting character. Great review Jackie!

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