Published: March 10, 2015
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.
I mentioned in my review of 'Gates of Thread and Stone' that it was almost a cross between dystopian and fantasy, well now I'm seeing some major steampunk vibes. It shouldn't work, but it does, in every way. Ms Lee's descriptive narrative is so complete that I have no trouble at all placing myself in the story and seeing everything she is writing about.
There continues to be some amazing character growth throughout the books. Kai grows in both physical and personal ways and she's tested at almost every turn. Even though she sometimes struggles she's always seems to be able to prevail. Her strongest concerns continue to be her family. There are some interesting twists this time around - I particularly like the dynamic with Avan and Reev being on opposite sides and how this affects Kai - and while there is some romance it is definitely not the main focus of the book.
I have to admit that this one will feel like it's missing a lot if you haven't already read Gates of Thread and Stone, but I highly recommend them both. Now if I could just get the next book .....