Waiting on Wednesday: Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a feature hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine to feature yet-to-be-released books.

lori m. lee


out august 15th, 2014

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.

c.j.'s thoughts

After sifting through the up-and-comers, I knew I had to pick this one.  High fantasy, threads of time, creepy beginning referencing a Labyrinth?  Mix well, squeeze out the instalove, and I'm sold.  I'm hoping for a thrilling fantasy mystery here with a well-developed crush (because, let's be real, Avan is clearly going to be a crush) that avoids being instalovey and a lot of danger and family bonds.  I'm also excited about the revolution part.  The bit that scares and intrigues me most is the "threads of time" bit.  What does it mean?  What exactly can Kai do?  Will Lee be able to avoid the perilous plotholes that come along with magical time abilities?  I must know.  Plus, I'm in love with the cover.  The style is a sort of dimmer Cassandra Clare and I'm mushily in love with the font. 


  1. this sounds pretty interesting... the only book I've read that involves messing with 'time' is Hourglass and I pretty much didn't like its scientific-like approach to it... this one seems to have a more interesting idea of manipulating time with a dash of mystery :3

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

    1. I haven't read that one but I've heard mixed reviews. I've read some time travel books but the fantasy approach is very different. I'm curious.

  2. gorgeous cover! this sounds really interesting, great pick!

    My WoW

  3. This one sounds really good. I am all about covers and this one is beautiful. Def adding this to my TBR pile! Thanks for sharing!!

    Heather @ Ya Fantasy Book Junkie