Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Review: Gates of Thread and Stone

Gates of Thread and Stone is a YA Dystopian Fantasy written by Lori M. Lee. 

The Pros:

The world building is done beautifully. The walled city is creepy and decrepit and you absolutely feel the desperation the characters feel living that existence. Lee does a wonderful job of fleshing out the intricacies of the different districts, the slum-like labyrinth, and the menacing White Court.

Kai, the main character, is a strong-willed young woman with an iron clad loyalty to her brother, Reeve. This love and dedication really plays into the reader's connection to Kai.

Avan is her friend and love interest. He is charismatic and protective and you find yourself hoping something develops between the two. It is Avan that goes with her in search of her brother when he dissappears.

The void and the gargoyles are menacing and you find yourself anticipating journey ahead.

The Cons:

Because of the cover and the fantasy genre I expected Kai's ability to manipulate time to be a central force in the story, but it is not. They also have to travel through a forest and I expected something to make their journey difficult, but they ride right through.

The only other thing is that I found myself a little lost after the initial world building at the beginning of the book. I know that it is hard to balance story pace and description so I understand. I just wish I had a better sense of the outlying places that encompass the story.


In all, I found this book quite enjoyable and a fun adventure to read. I tore through it in a couple of days. The twists and bombshells kept me turning the pages.

I gave it 4 Stars on Goodreads and Amazon.


Anonymous said...

Thanks, looking forward to giving this a try :)

Margo Berendsen said...

Just finished reading the surprise twist with Reev. I agree with your pros and cons. The first two chapters of this book totally made me fall in love, but it didn't quite keep up the promise of the beginning.

Love the gargoyles though! Just wish they had a bigger role. But, I'm not quite done yet :)

Raquel Byrnes said...

Cathrine - I hope you enjoy it.

Margo - I can't wait to hear what you think when you are finished.

DEZMOND said...

the cover is nice, though

Cherie Reich said...

Thanks for the review! The cover does capture my attention and makes me want to see more about the book.

Raquel Byrnes said...

Dez - Yes, the cover is what first caught my eye, but the story is worth the read.

Cherie - You won't be disappointed. Its a great read.