About The Infinite
The walls of Ninurta keep its citizens safe.
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.
My Rating: 5 stars
The sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone did not disappoint! Kai's story continues in this vividly imagined world. She is struggling to come to terms with the events of book 1. Wracked with guilt and insecurity, she still manages to be an admirable heroine who is brave, loyal, and strong. There are romantic moments in this booth that are both sweet and poignant, but romance does not define who she is. What I like most about Kai is how she can navigate through her darker emotions to hang on to that thread of optimism. She will never give up on those she loves.
I am fascinated by the Infinite, the primeval gods of this broken world. They truly embody the elements they represent, but they display enough humanity to make them interesting and relatable. This also makes it hard to tell the good guys from the bad ones. This is not a world of black and white, but many, many shades of gray.
I assume that there will be another book coming in Kai's story, and I certainly anticipate it. This is a book that will keep you turning the pages and leave you wanting more in the best way possible.
About Gates of Thread and Stone:
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.
Lori M. Lee makes her debut with this captivating YA fantasy.
My Rating: 5 Stars
First, I was captivated by the cover. Isn't it gorgeous? Then, the story drew me right in. The world building is breathtaking, even if the world itself is dark, dangerous, and unfair for many. You learn that this world exists after the Rebirth, and these are the remaining survivors of the great war. Kai is the ultimate survivor. She is street smart and careful, yet she's not hardened, which I really loved. She is brave and fiercely protects those she loves, maybe even those she doesn't, as we see in the first chapter how compassionate she can be to a stranger even when her personal cost is high.
There is a mystery element woven throughout. Kai's childhood memories are lost, and she doesn't know where she comes from. She only knows Reev, the boy who took her in and made them a family. Early on, Reev goes missing, and Kai begins her journey to find him. Kai's friend, Avan, joins her. The budding relationship between them is sweet and very well paced. I like that Kai has a head on her shoulders and doesn't allow herself to lose focus on her goal. Find Reev first, romance later. She is a smart, independent heroine and makes a great role model.
The imaginative way Ms. Lee built this world was as fascinating as it was thorough. The Outlands, the Void, and everything Kai and Avan encounter along the way was described so well. I could picture it all in my mind. The mix of technology, like the Grays, and magic was very unique.
I would have a hard time classifying this book. It's listed as YA Fantasy, but its truly a story any age could enjoy. It's fantasy, dystopian, and science fiction with adventure, romance and mythical elements sprinkled in. The ending both surprised and delighted me. I already have The Infinite (Gates of Thread and Stone #2) ordered and on its way. I can't wait to read it!
Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.
Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.
But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?
My Rating: 5 Stars
I've been a fan of Amanda Hocking ever since I read My Blood Approves. I read the Trylle series in its self-published form, and I was excited to re-enter the world of trolls with The Kanin Chronicles.
Bryn is a likeable character. She's strong, driven, stubborn, and reluctant to admit her feelings for her boss, Ridley. Unlike the Trylle, the Kanin live in colder climate of Canada. It was interesting to discover Bryn's world and note the differences between the troll kingdoms. And kingdoms they are, as they live by a regimented class system.
Someone is taking the changlings, and it's up to Bryn and the other trackers to discover who it is and stop them. This very much read like a cat and mouse chase, and as the reader, I was often questioning, "Who is the cat and who is the mouse?" I look forward to learning more in book 2, and I can't wait to continue on Bryn's adventure, see if she ends up with Ridley (I hope so!), and figure out watch as the pieces of the conspiracy come together, because right now, I have no idea what to think.
I highly recommend Frostfire. It was a quick, enjoyable read.
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Before I was an author, I was an avid reader. I absolutely adore books and getting lost in the worlds that other people create. I love to discuss books, too. Feel free to leave comments. :-)