March 26, 2015

Shelley Liked It: The Infinite by Lori M Lee

Series: Gates of Thread & Stone # 2
Format: E-Book, 378 pages
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: Skyscape
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
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.

THE INFINITE is the second installment in the Gates of Thread and Stone series by Lori M. Lee. For Kai, our 17-year old protagonist, things have changed over the course of the past several months. She is no longer living a sheltered life believing that she's an orphan. She's the daughter of Kronos, father of time, who just happens to be one of the 70 Infinite in the world.  

She's become more involved with the new chosen leader, Kahl Miraya, but other things in her life have become that much more puzzling. For instance, her powers to manipulate the threads of time have gone on hiatus, and she hasn't told anyone she's having issues, or that she's having intensely vivid nightmares. With Kronos sitting in the wings ready to pass the baton to Kai, it is time for her to fully come to grips with her abilities, and the fact that connecting to the so called River, is not only necessary, but can save her life.

With a new leader in place, there's the question of who is in charge of a rebel faction of trouble making sentinels that won't bow down to her, and the fact that Reev, Kai's brother, may be part of the rebellion. But, the most important item on Kai's to do list, is to find a way of bringing back Avan memories of when he was human, and cared deeply for her. With Avan now being the Infinite called Conquest, this mission is more difficult than Kai could ever imagine. 

While we were already introduced in great detail to Ninurta and a brief visit to Etu Gahl in Gates of Thread and StoneTHE INFINITE expands upon the world that Lee has created. With the surprising arrival of a visitor from a land called Lanathrill, the presumption that those who live in Ninurta were the only survivors of the Rebirth, is shattered into little pieces. What's more surprising, is that they ask Kahl Miraya for assistance in dealing with a rather large problem.  

After Kai accepts a position as adviser to Miraya, she, along with Mason, travel to investigate what Lanathrill needs, and if they can actually help them. What does the leader of these people, Kahl Emryn, really want? Are they serious about needing help, or are they into much more nefarious ideologies? How could a entire nation of people not come forward sooner, and let Ninurta know they exist? What's even more bizarre, is that there is yet another land not to far off, Peshtigo, that none of the Ninurtans heard about! 

If you haven't read Gates yet, then let me suggest that you do. I love when characters grow over a series. I love that Kai doesn't necessarily think about herself first before doing things like trying to save Mason's life after a brutal betrayal. Or, how about not letting Reev or even Avan fall too far down the rabbit hole where they won't ever come out? I do appreciate Kai's struggles after killing an important character in Gates. Had Kai just shown up without any emotional baggage in THE INFINITE, I would have been rather shocked. 

So, let's talk about the boys, shall we? First, I adore Mason. I love that Lee makes him a much more important participant and friend to Kai. However, I would have preferred less time spent with Avan, and more time spent with Mason. I think Mason is being used at this point, and I don't think it's fair to him, especially since he's put so much effort into helping Kai. I do hope that the third installment is a bit kinder to Mason.

How about Reev? Kai's brother is still by her side, still the rock that keeps her head straight, and still loves her even knowing about her abilities, and how powerful she could be once she learns to grasp them fully. I think Reev gets the shout-out for the most understood character in the book. He's been with Kai for almost 10 years, and never once wavered in is love for Kai.

I supposed I should talk about Avan now. Wow, where to even begin? Avan is not the Avan from Gates. In fact, I would dare say that he's a pod person who is inhabiting the body that Avan once owned. I can't say that I don't like Avan. After all that he put himself through for Kai, he deserves a bit of a break. And yet, I do want to scream at him, or Lee, for making him such a grumpy sod who breaks Kai's heart at every turn.

I was surprised to learn that there WILL be a third installment. When you read the synopsis, it reads as though this was the last book. THE INFINITE is an action packed story that I read fairly quickly. There are more than a few betrayals and surprises in this book, and the secondary characters introduced from Lanathrill, are more than enough to keep your interest, while breaking your heart into little pieces. 

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  1. Sounds like this was a pretty good sequel even if it wasn't mind blowing.

    1. Definitely. Lots to look forward to in the sequel!

  2. I'm still intrigued by this series. Need to read book one. I'll keep it in mind that this one wasn't amazing, but still enjoyable :)

  3. THis sounds so cool! I want this one

    1. I would say check NetGalley and see if both books are still available. It was recently

  4. I remember seeing around the cover of the first novel because it's gorgeous and it stuck to my mind. I love the sound of the world of the series, though I'm generally not much of an YA fan myself. But I might just give the series a try :D

  5. Oh yes I remember book 1 but I didn't know book 2 was already there. I confess that the reviews weren't all glowing so I don't really know for now.

    1. Book 1 was really good. Book 2 definitely expands on the world and adds some really cool and dangerous characters.

  6. Haven't read Gates of Thread and Stone, though I certainly will now. I like the concept of this, and the set of characters seems unique. Overall, there's a "different" vibe I'm getting just from looking at the covers and reading your review, and I love different. Great review! Have a nice weekend, Shelley! :)

  7. the cover makes it look totally wicked. Happy it was good but for someone reason this series never caught my attention.


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