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 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
“What’s your theory on the mahjo here?” Mason asked.
“Wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes,” I said. “But I don’t have any theories. Could be anything.” I gestured to the glimmer glass all around us. “Could be something in the crystals for all we know.”
“Well, if I start spontaneously setting things on fire, I’ll let you know.”
I grinned. “What kind of magic do you think you’d have?”
He looked thoughtful, reaching back to touch the raised red lines of his collar. “I’ve never told anyone, but I’ve always felt a . . . well, a connection of sorts with plants.”
“Plants,” I repeated, somewhat surprised. He stooped over to run his fingers along the satiny petal of an open bloom.
“I know,” he said wryly. “Seems odd. But sometimes . . .” He closed his eyes with his fingertip still resting against the purple blossom. “Sometimes when I touch the flowers in Irra’s garden, I get glimpses of places—a forest, a field, an open sky—as if the seeds can remember, and they want to show me.”
“That sounds wonderful,” I said, watching with keen interest the way his face relaxed as he spoke.
He opened his eyes and straightened up again, looking embarrassed. “It doesn’t happen very often.”
“Why didn’t I ever see you in the courtyard?” I asked. In Etu Gahl, Avan and I had spent time every day in the courtyard because it had been the only place in the fortress with green growing things and a view of the sky.
“I didn’t want to intrude,” he said as we continued walking.
“You wouldn’t have been intruding.”
One corner of his mouth twitched into a brief smile. “I don’t think Avan would have agreed.”
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.
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