Series: Gates of Thread and Stone #2
Published by Skyscape on March 10th, 2015
Genres: fantasy, young adult
Source: Book Tour
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Kai always believed the only danger to the city came from within. Now, with a rebel force threatening the fragile government, the walls have become more of a prison than ever.
To make matters worse, as Avan explores his new identity as an Infinite, Kai struggles to remind him what it means to be human. And she fears her brother, Reev, is involved with the rebels. With the two people she cares about most on opposite sides of a brewing war, Kai will do whatever it takes to bring peace. But she’s lost her power to manipulate the threads of time, and she learns that a civil war might be the beginning of something far worse that will crumble not only Ninurta’s walls but also the entire city.
In this thrilling sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone, Kai must decide how much of her humanity she’s willing to lose to protect the only family she’s ever known.
Greetings, y’all! Today, I am hosting a stop for the blog tour and giveaway for the second book in the Gates of Thread and Stone series, The Infinite! Last year, I reviewed the first book of the series, a thrilling and quite distinct science fiction debut for Lori M. Lee.
During the first Gates of Thread and Stone book, the focus was set on Kai and her unwavering loyalty and determination. Kai had her share of victories and heartbreak, and her actions and choices continue to affect her world in book two, which begins to delve under the surface for the rest of the world building. Kai’s battle to regain her lost adopted brother, Reev, in the previous novel set the stage for the next conflict to arise. Whereas the first book placed Kai in the scope of her surroundings, the reader is now able to look outward and begin to learn more about the world and the mythology of Lee’s sci-fi setting. The title characters, the Infinite, aka: the magic-wielding god-like beings, also start to show their hand and expose their alliances and expectations. Kai is still a strong character, with her own limitations and strengths, and the second book allows her to test herself against the unknown of her strange world. Placing herself between mortal beings and immortal wizards is the beginning the larger picture for the entire series arc.
The rules and constraints of the magic for the Infinite and even Kai herself was explored at a deeper level. The culture of The Infinite was touched upon in the first book, but for the following story, the author now focuses on the magic-wielding beings. This book builds a stronger base for the lore of the series.
The multiple levels of conflict and mystery kept the pace pushing forward. I was fearful for the first half of the book, since it seemed that the questions kept piling on while very few answers or resolutions were explored. The plot is built around Kai’s personal struggles with possible love interests (yes, there is a love triangle in this one) and her family dynamics, then branches out towards contacting and assisting a new-found civilization in the magic-ruined land. While this is occurring, Ninurta is plagued with rebel attacks and the unease of some of the citizens of the Infinite still guiding the destiny of their city. Because of the multiple conflicts occurring, the book became a large tome of secrets and riddles, and as each puzzle is unwound, new questions and problems continue to crop up.
This often causes some level of dissonance and anxiety as the story continues. Luckily, the next half of the book addresses the issues with a lively pace and action-filled sequences. This was a saving grace for me, since the next half of the story was like a literary rollercoaster. This book rewards you with sticking to building the mystery towards the end.
We are treated with appearances by old and new characters, including the two main beaus of the previous book. For those who have a fondness of love triangles and romance-heavy storylines, then this is going to be your cup of tea. I tend to like more character development and action over romance, so I don’t have much to say on this subject. I felt horrible for all sides of this three-way love story, and it left a bad taste in my mouth.
With that said, the plot twist really shook me – I didn’t see it coming, and it kicked the story into high gear. I do not want to spoil anything, but HOLY SHOCKING DEVELOPMENT, BATMAN!! Just kill me a little more with that sudden, unforeseen angst and tragedy!
Overall: This was a stronger novel, and I had a better understanding of the world and the background tales that made the world what it is now. I was very excited by the closure of the novel.
Kai has an interesting choice in front of her, and it will be highly interesting to see how she is swayed. The action and the descriptions were beautiful, and I love the tiny bit of steampunk punctuated into the story. The story does have a heavy focus on love and romance, but so is family and friendship. There is a balance to the different levels of affection and loyalty.
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About the Author
Lori is the author of young adult fantasy novels Gates of Thread and Stone and The Infinite. She has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, kids, and a friendly pitbull.