Monday, August 22, 2011

The Bone House by Stephen R. Lawhead

Book Description:  
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.  
My Review:
This is the second book in the Bright Empires and even thou I was "lost" in this read, I would like to go back and read the Skin Map. When I picked this book I didn't realize it was the second book in a series. I feel that I would have been more able to understand some of the references if I had read the previous book, Skin Map.
I was, at first, fascinated with this story but then about midway through chapter three I began to be slightly disoriented with "the who and the what."  This is not an easy, flowing read.  
At times, though, I liked the interaction between the characters and their dialogue.  I must say that Lawhead is very well versed and knows his "stuff."  I just wish the storyline had a more, ah...story to it.  
The Bone House is an interesting , if somewhat, unusual read.  There is a map (The Skin Map) tattooed on a man.  It has crucial information that people need and want.  The Bone House plops the reader right smack dab in the middle of this story.  So, again if one didn't read the The Skin Map, one is somewhat baffled. 
Of course, there is the danger, the intrigue, the fantasy & faith that Lawhead creates and this in itself makes for interesting read.  But being a reader who likes to know the why and the what I felt like I was in an episode of The Lost!
So, my advice,is to read The Skin Map and then read The Bone House so you won't be in the The Lost episodes.
*This book was provided by Thomas Nelson Publishing/BookSneeze*
Book One

About the Author:
Stephen R. Lawhead is a prolific and bestselling author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. He is best known for his King Raven trilogy, a re-telling of the Robin Hood legend, and Pendragon Cycle, centering on the King Arthur legend. Other notable works include the Song of Albion, Celtic Crusades and Dragon King Trilogies, Byzantium, Patrick, Avalon, and the works of science-fiction Dream Thief and Empyrion saga. Lawhead makes his home in Oxford, England, with his wife.

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