The Infinite by Lori M. Lee #BookReview #GuestPost #Giveaway

Gates of Thread and Stone
Author: Lori M. Lee
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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.


The Infinite
Author: Lori M. Lee
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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 felt like I was being moppy reading The Infinite just like Kai was being a little bit in the book. I was really sad about Avan too. I loved him in the first book and I felt like I missed the old him in this one. The book was so good though even if parts made me sad.

Kai really has to rely on herself more because she is on her own. Avan is now an Infinite and his memories are locked away in him somewhere, Reev although still there, seems to be more distant. Kai has also lost touch with her powers. It’s almost like defeating Nanu has made her a whole new person that she has to get used to. Plus she still has her the whole taking over for Kronos thing looming over her. Whether she want’s to become a full Infinite or not.

We have all the characters again with Irra, Kallas, Reev, Mason and Avan. There are also some new interesting characters.

I have enjoyed the world that Lori has created and the role the Infinite play in it. Now that the borders are down, it’s able to be more expansive and other cities are reaching out. This gives Kai the opportunity to find a way to breath again by breaking out and exploring. What she finds though is definitely more than she bargained for. I loved the plot because we get a larger look at the world but I also loved how much it really focused on Kai. It’s also kind of sad though but it’s that kind of sad that makes sense and even though it’s sad it’s also kind of good for Kai too.

We are introduced to some new powers but I definitely love Kai’s ability to control time. I’m glad that we get to see more glimpses of what should could be able to do if she trains with Kronos.

Second books are hard but I really feel like The Infinite is a great addition to Gates of Thread and Stone. It manages to continue the story but add new elements to make it interesting. Although I felt a little sad at times, I thought it was really good.

10 things people might not know about you

1. I’m a creature of habit. If something unexpected happens to disrupt my predictable day, I get extremely irritated. (Unless, of course, it’s a call from my agent/editor. They can disrupt my day any time they like :D)

2. I don’t like coffee. I love the smell though, so I love hanging around coffee shops. But I generally just order a hot cocoa and a cookie because I’m mentally twelve.

3. I don’t like tea either. I think it all tastes like hot leaf juice. (Sorry, Uncle Iroh!)

4. I wear leggings all the time, and I don’t even care if they fall out of fashion because LEGGINGS.

5. I wear dresses in winter. With leggings.

6. I don’t own a set of practical Winter boots despite that I live in Wisconsin, and it’s basically Winter 6 months out of the year.

7. I don’t know my real birth date.

8. I had a traumatic experience when I was a kid that left me with a crippling fear of dogs . . . until middle school when my friend introduced me to her beautiful dog Tasha who patiently helped me to overcome that fear.

9. I prefer to write in complete silence. I can’t even have music playing. I’m easily distr—

10. I wrote a really terrible portal fantasy self-insert romance when I was a pre-teen. I still have all 300+ handwritten pages as well as the beginning pages of the sequel.

Proof or it didn’t happen:

And if you’re super curious what it was about, I livetweeted my rereading of it! You can check it out in all it’s awful glory here:

Lori is the author of young adult fantasy novels Gates of Thread and Stone and The Infinite. She has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, kids, and a friendly pitbull.