Backlist Bonus: Gates of Thread and Stone

17904985by Lori M. Lee
YA Fantasy
3 of 5 stars
Debut novel – August 5, 2014

I really wanted to love this, but the skeletal character development and confusing cast of immortal characters prevented that.

However, I do love the concept of the Infinite, the world, and Kai’s powers in particular. This story also blends the tropes of fantasy with dystopian elements, something else I haven’t encountered often. Unfortunately, the Infinite were confusing, and I’m not sure I believe they are all fleshed out in the author’s notes either. I wanted to see more of their powers and more of a character arc for Kai, but I think the trilogy will eventually do that. 

Some other positive things were Kai’s devotion to her brother (her only family) and her refusal to get caught up in politics or power struggles at the cost of what she cares about. She knows herself and what she wants and she doesn’t waver, although she did feel childish to me at times for a supposedly street-savvy 17-year-old.

My only other nitpick was the use of only one fictional swear word that clearly stood in for “fuck.” This annoyed me. Use it or don’t, but mixing modern slang with “drek” is tiresome and deflated several key moments of tension. “You drekking suck” doesn’t work for me. Other than that, I liked Kai’s voice and her point of view.

For a debut novel, it’s pretty solid. This is a unique book that is definitely fast-paced, and I enjoyed it enough to get the next one in the trilogy, The Infinite (see my review here).

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Similar reads:

  • Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – Meira has spent her whole life as the least-talented refugee among a band of Winterians trying to free their people and restore their kingdom. As she tries to prove herself to her leader and the future king, Mather, she starts to suspect she’s not meant for the sidelines after all. See my review here.
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – When the Darkling (the true power in Ravka) discovers Alina and tells her she extraordinary abilities, she doesn’t know what to believe, but she has to figure it out before her country is taken over by dark magic. See my review here.
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – A girl who wants to know who she is and why she has certain gifts (similar to Kai) starts getting some very unexpected answers when a handsome guy with wings starts following her. See my review here.
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore – The tone and writing of this are very different from Gates of Thread and Stone, but both stories feature girls who think they know and understand their magic, but don’t actually grasp its significance both for them and the world around them. See my review here.
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken – Etta just wants to make her violin debut, but she finds herself on the ocean in 1776 with a strange girl and a lot of family history to catch up on. See my review here.
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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lily Lau
    May 05, 2015 @ 13:39:41

    Thanks for this lovely review, Amanda 🙂

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