Today I’m excited to be part of Lori M Lee’s The Infinite Blog Tour!
I had the pleasure of interviewing Lori for her blog tour! She’s such a wonderful person and talented writer. She’s also part of our Pre-Pub Adventure over on The Writer Diaries! But before the interview, let’s first take a look a the book that started it all…Gates of Thread and Stone!
GATES OF THREAD AND STONE Book summary:
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.
Let’s take a look at The Infinite!
THE INFINITE Book summary:
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.
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1. How does it feel to have The Infinite, the second book of Gates of Thread and Stone out?
Unreal. I can’t believe I have two books out. It’s truly a dream come true. Also makes me want to curl into a ball, cover myself in a fuzzy blanket, eat cookie dough ice cream, and watch the extended LOTR trilogy on repeat.
Awww! I bet it’s exciting and scary all at once.
2. Was it harder writing the sequel than the first book?
Yes, but mostly because I was unorganized lol. Once I started writing, the story came together more cohesively. Although I’m still not sure how readers will receive the sequel, I hope they enjoy it!
The sequel was wonderful! You did a fantastic job at bringing us back to Kai’s world!
3.What are you working on now?
Other things in the GoTaS series, as well as a new fantasy WIP that I’m super, duper excited about. I’m afraid that’s all I can say about that 😀
4. Any advice to writers trying to make it in the publishing world?
Write the best story you can. Don’t forget to edit the crap the out of it. Read a lot within your genre (and out of it, but definitely at least within your genre). Follow and read agent blogs—they are a wealth of information.
Thank you for joining us Lori! It was wonderful talking to you. We can’t wait to see what comes next for Kai!!!
About the Author:
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.
My Review: This sequel was everything I hoped for! I loved Kai as a character and the plot was intense. The new characters were a wonderful addition and there were SO many twists and turns that tore at my heart. Mechanical cats and desert settings…wow. Lori did not disappoint. Her writing flows and such vivid description kept me turning each page until I was finished.
Should you read it? YES! I highly recommend Gate of Thread and stone and The Infinite! Such a unique story about a girl and her talent of weaving time. You won’t want to put the books down until the very last page is turned.
Praise for Gates of Thread and Stone:
“Lori M. Lee excels in building a world of intrigue, oppression, and magic amidst a Labyrinth setting as twisted and winding as the secrets hidden inside her characters’ hearts. Fans of strong heroines who don’t need a boy to hold their hands, action-packed fighting scenes, and whispers of steampunk and mythology, will find themselves wishing they, too, could manipulate the threads of time, if only to stay inside the story a little longer.”
A.G. Howard, New York Times bestselling author of the SPLINTERED series
“A fast-paced, heart-wrenching whirl of a story full of magic, immortals, and a romance that will leave readers gasping for more. I adored the tough, scrappy narrator and fell in love with the boy chasing after her heart. Lori M. Lee introduces us to a fantasy world unlike any other and gives us the first taste of an epic love story in the making. I can’t wait for more!”
Mindee Arnett, THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR series and AVALON series
“Inventive, romantic, and gripping. I was hooked from the first page!”
Amy Tintera, REBOOT and REBEL
“A thrilling adventure in a vivid world, GATES OF THREAD AND STONE is the kind of book you want to read both fast and slow: fast to find out what happens next and slow to savor the journey. I couldn’t put it down.”
“Lee has woven a captivating fantasy that will thread its way into your heart and pull you into a world of magic and intrigue.”
Christina Farley, GILDED and SILVERN
Here is the rest of the tour schedule!