Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
The Labyrinth has been humanity’s home for a long as Kai
could remember. Despite the damp and discomfort, it is home. That is until her
adopted brother, Reev, disappears and
keeping her head down isn’t an option
anymore. Kai must come to terms with her ability to manipulate time and unravel
her past before she loses her future.
I really enjoyed this a
lot more than I expected! I had some initial shortcomings maybe because the
title put me off a lot, but I genuinely
had a good time reading this.
The fantasy world was substantial.
I guess I would’ve liked more on the creation of gargoyles, but the world is
rather exciting and inventive. Humanity
lives inside this walled off city now named Ninurta, with fractions of communities
of differing wealth. We slowly learn throughout the book about the use of
magic, how it destroyed the world we once knew, and how it manifests in
different beings. It’s sort of post-apocalyptic
with a magical twist. I really enjoyed that fact that it’s given to us in paces
because the amount that is needed to create this world, it just wouldn’t have
been right to info-dump it all.
I really enjoyed Kai
as a protagonist. She’s very headstrong, and
I liked that she was very sure about what
she wanted from the get-go and was very
adamant that nothing was going to get in her way. I really loved Avan as well. Maybe not as a love interest but as a
friend to Kai, who you can clearly
see these two cared for each other and were willing to anything to keep each
other safe. Their friendship was delightful,
and I was expecting it to be held more platonic,
but the romance wasn’t as bad as it could’ve
gone nor did it dominate and overtake the actual plot.
The twist that comes towards the end had me thoroughly shocked. I was initially confused because
I genuinely was not expecting the way the plot just shifts so suddenly into something
we weren’t necessarily informed about. The ending was a complete 360 from the
original set up. But the twist did introduce some new characters that I am indeed very interested in and brought some of
the secondary characters to the forefront again. I’m reading the sequel as I’m writing
this and I enjoy how the story is progressing from here.
I listened to the audiobook, though I did swap to the e-book
on chapters where it wasn’t available, I think the audiobook made the reading
experience more enjoyable. I really loved the voice actor for the book who did an outstanding job at not only bring Kai’s story
to life but gave a real warmth to the secondary characters.
Overall, Gates of Thread and Stone was pretty solid and fun to read. It isn’t jumping to the top of my favourites list, but it is a contender. The world and story were amusing and exciting that I do have high hopes for how this series will play out in the end.
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