Monday, October 24, 2011

The Bone House by Stephen Lawhead (The Bright Empire Series)

Opps, You heard my yelp of excitement did you? Well, that is probably a good thing. 

I have said it before, and here I say it again - Stephen Lawhead is one of my very favorite writers. This book review is about The Bone House, the second book in The Bright Empire Series. Here again we can pick up where we left off with Kit Livingston, an unwitting traveler to the ley lines.  Ley Lines, oh I am glad you asked! You should read the first book, and then you will enjoy this all the more, and you will be sure not to be lost- unless you get on the wrong ley line and then that is another problem altogether. 

The Bone House picks up with great escape Kit and some of his friends have made, while at the great loss of some lives, and a very important map. A map of ley lines, tattooed onto one mans' skin. That man, no longer with us of course, left this map separated into four parts. 
Whoever finds them all, finds a great treasure, and so the hunt is on for many various reasons. And that dear readers only scratches the surface of this book or The Skin Map

In this book we learn a great deal more about how the ley lines work, and how to navigate them. We get to check and see  how our favorite characters are doing, and what has made some of the villains the way they are. Their lives are written in great depth and by the time you reach the last place Kit went in this book, you will feel as though you went on these trips, and sat with Kit as he works to sort out the where-s and why-s of it all.  In that last place, the place of bones, the way they communicated, and the way Mr. Lawhead explained it took my breath away. Exceedingly well written! 

I have plenty  more to say, but I am going to try to post again tomorrow. If I don't mange, then I might have gone to a ley line of my own. 


About the Book:

One piece of the skin map has been found. Now the race to unravel the future of the future turns deadly.
An avenue of Egyptian sphinxes, an Etruscan tufa tomb, a Bohemian coffee shop, and a Stone Age landscape where universes collide …
Kit Livingstone met his great grandfather Cosimo in a rainy alley in London where he discovered the reality of alternate realities.
Now he's on the run - and on a quest, trying to understand the impossible mission he inherited from Cosimo: to restore a map that charts the hidden dimensions of the multiverse while staying one step ahead of the savage Burley Men.
The key is the Skin Map - but where it leads and what it means, Kit has no idea. The pieces have been scattered throughout this universe and beyond.
Mina, from her outpost in seventeenth-century Prague, is quickly gaining both the experience and the means to succeed in the quest. Yet so are those with evil intent, who from the shadows are manipulating great minds of history for their own malign purposes.
Across time and space, through manifest and hidden worlds, those who know how to use ley lines to travel through astral planes have left their own world behind in this, the second quest: to unlock the mystery of The Bone House.
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About the Author: 
Stephen Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. He was born in 1950, in Nebraska in the USA. His early life was lived in America where he earned a university degree in Fine Arts and attended theological seminary for two years.
His first professional writing was done at Campus Life magazine in Chicago, where he was an editor and staff writer. During his five years at Campus Life he wrote hundreds of articles and several non-fiction books.
After a brief and unsuccessful foray into the music business—as president of his own record company—he launched his free-lance career in 1981. In the Hall of the Dragon King was his first novel.
In 1986 the Lawhead family moved to Britain so that Stephen could conduct research for the PENDRAGON CYCLE books. They settled there permanently in 1990, with some years spent living in Austria and a sabbatical in the United States.
In addition to his twenty-four novels, he has written nine children's books, many of them originally offered to his two sons, Drake and Ross. He is married to Alice Slaikeu Lawhead, with whom he has collaborated on books and articles. They make their home in Oxford, England.
Stephen's non-fiction, fiction and children's titles have variously been published in twenty-four foreign languages. He has won numerous industry awards, and in 2003 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Nebraska.
His middle name is ‘Ray’.
 In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. 

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