Published by Skyscape on August 5, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Young Adult
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.
Today I have the Author of Gates of Thread and Stone here to share with us the top 5 Reasons that she loves Fantasy!
5 Reasons I Love Fantasy
Actual, tangible magic (although books in general are magical things 😀 ). I have yet to come across a fantasy I haven’t enjoyed that didn’t somehow make magic feel shiny and new again. I love rediscovering magic in each book: its limitations, its functions, its manifestations. Every author makes it his or her own, which is some top level sorcery.
2. Unlikely creatures
Everything is better with unicorns. Or dragons. Or any other world-specific creature the author brings to life. Fantasy worlds don’t just contain politics and magic. They’re also populated by curious beasties 😀
3. New worlds
I’m constantly impressed with authors like G.R.R. Martin who create rich, fully realized worlds, complete with histories that inform their countries and political systems. It’s awe inspiring to fall into these worlds with entirely new continents and mythologies and customs. It’s also interesting to see how authors are inspired by existing cultures and social systems.
4. Expanding mythology
There’s just something irresistibly appealing about transforming commonly known myths into something different. Greek mythology has been especially popular in recent years, and mermaids have been tackled from so many different angles that
5. Creative freedom
Purely from a writer standpoint. Fantasy gives you license to do things you can’t in any other genre. Of course, there still needs to be rules to which your characters and your world must obey, and every choice should have an explanation—you can make the sky purple, but then you have to be prepared to explain why it’s purple—but you get to set these rules. I’ve always disliked being told what to do, so you can see why I’d fall in love with fantasy!
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