Publisher's Note:  

Kit Livingstone met his great-grandfather Cosimo in a rainy alley in London where he discovered the truth about 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. Survival depends on 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.


Those who know how to use the ley lines have left their own world behind to travel across time and space-down avenues of Egyptian sphinxes, to an Etruscan tufa tomb, into a Bohemian coffee shop, and across a Stone Age landscape where universes collide-in this, the second quest to unlock the mystery of The Bone House.

The Bright Empires series-from acclaimed author Stephen R. Lawhead-is a unique blend of epic treasure hunt, ancient history, alternate realities, cutting-edge physics, philosophy, and mystery. The result is a page-turning, adventure like no other.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Thomas Nelson

The Bone House

by Stephen Lawhead

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Overall Review:  

The Bone House is the second book in the Bright Empires series.  Without question, readers should make sure to read the books in order as they build upon each other.  A very succinct and helpful recap of the previous book The Skin Map and a review of all main characters is provided. 


The scope of this book is quite astounding.  Not only does Lawhead follow a large number of characters throughout this story, but he maintains their stories through multiple dimensions of time and place.  It is not the sort of book in which a person can read a chapter here and there and expect to follow the plot.  Rather the story should be consumed in a rather short period of time.  Due to the nature of the subject matters covered, the author jumps between characters, locations and time periods frequently. Each jump is clearly defined by the beginning of a new, often relatively short chapter.  As is often the case with a series of books, Lawhead leaves readers anxious to discover where the story is headed next and what happens to his many characters.  The next installment of the series is looked forward to with anticipation.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation.


Violence/Gore:  Characters hit one another with fists and objects; characters threaten and shoot others with guns.


Sexual: Married characters kiss and embrace; non-married characters kiss on the cheek and embrace; character disrobes to bathe.

Mature Subject Matter:  

Illegitimate children, deceit and greed.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Many characters drink alcohol socially or as light refreshment.

Reviewed By Susan
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