Author: Lori M. Lee.
Published: August 5th 2014 by Skyscape.
Sort: Part 1. Gates of thread and stone.
Source: Netgalley and publisher, thanks!
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.
Kai’s brother Reev disappears and she is willing to do anything to get him back: even if that means she has to look for the Black Rider, a feared and mysterious man. Together with her youth friend Avan, a guy she secretly fancies, she hunts him down and he has to face some shocking truths about herself.
I liked the writing-style. It’s fast-paced and it made me feel connected with the story. It didn’t take much time before I finished the book and that also has to do with the interesting plot. Kai has a special ability: she can manipulate the threads of time. Nobody can know she is capable of doing so, because she would be hunted down and put to death. Her gift is quite interesting, because she can slow time down in dangerous situations.
There is only person who knows about her power and that is her brother Reev, who found her when she was a baby. I love how the author showed that you don’t have to share blood to be family. Reev and Kai are close and their relationship was one of the highlights of this story. It's obvious they are willing to do anything to keep each other save and that can be tough. They live in one of the poor parts of the city, which is made out of trash in the shape of a labyrinth.
It’s understandable that Kai doesn’t hesitate for one moment when her brother doesn’t return home. Without second thoughts she makes up her mind about finding him, no matter the cost. Such loyalty always makes me admire a character and Kai is an easy character to appreciate. She is clever and strong. Nobody can stop her and I liked her insecurity when it comes to Avan, although I wasn’t a complete fan of him. There was something about him that prevented me from completely liking him. He is supportive of her and the fact he stays with her, no matter how dangerous the situation is, made him acceptable.
The story took an interesting turn towards the ending. Her time with the Black Rider and the way we are presented with information about her brothers disappearing is nicely done. The book gets a mythological touch and that worked really well. I can’t wait to see what this will mean for the sequel!