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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...

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Overview

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.

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Publishers Weekly
Lawhead's second Bright Empires time-travel tale (after May's The Skin Map) is an incoherent collection of storylines populated by an unwieldy cast of thinly drawn characters. Series protagonist Kit Livingstone wanders through early 19th–century Egypt and an alternate timeline populated by cavemen in the still-incomplete quest for the Skin Map, which holds the secret of the ley lines that make time travel possible and is the key to a further mystical secret involving the mysterious Well of Souls. Kit is a passive victim, spending much of his time lost or confused, while his girlfriend Wilhelmina, an improbably competent ley-traveler, makes excursions from 17th-century Prague to offer cryptic guidance. The threat of the villainous Archelaeus Burleigh fades, as he makes few appearances outside childhood flashbacks. Succeeding only at frustrating the reader with the jumble of unresolved mysteries and subplots, Lawhead leaves an initially promising series in utter disarray. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Kit Livingstone met his great grandfather and discovered the truth about ley lines in The Skin Map. One part of the map has been found, and Kit is on the run, trying to stay one step ahead of those who would bring the pieces together for dark purposes. The race takes him across space and time as both good and evil forces vie to discover the secrets of the bone house. VERDICT This taut thriller is full of rich imagery and will appeal equally to readers of suspense and fantasy. For fans of Ted Dekker.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594491729
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Series: Bright Empires Series , #2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Lawhead

Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction.He is the author of such epics asThe King Raven, Song of Albion, and Dragon King Trilogies.Lawhead makes his home in Oxford, England, with his wife. Twitter: @StephenLawhead Facebook: StephenRLawhead

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THE BONE HOUSE


By STEPHEN R. LAWHEAD

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2011 Stephen Lawhead
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4016-8649-9


Chapter One

In Which Some Things Are Best Forgotten

From a snug in the corner of the Museum Tavern, Douglas Flinders-Petrie dipped a sop of bread into the gravy of his steak and kidney pudding and watched the entrance to the British Museum across the street. The great edifice was dark, the building closed to the public for over three hours. The employees had gone home, the charwomen had finished their cleaning, and the high iron gates were locked behind them. The courtyard was empty and, outside the gates, there were fewer people on the street now than an hour ago. He felt no sense of urgency: only keen anticipation, which he savoured as he took another draught of London Pride. He had spent most of the afternoon in the museum, once more marking the doors and exits, the blind spots, the rooms where a person might hide and remain unseen by the night watchmen, of which there were but three to cover the entire acreage of the sprawling institution.

Douglas knew from his researches that at eleven each night the head watchman retired to his office on the ground floor to make tea. He would be duly joined by his two underling guards, and the three would enter their observations in the logbook and then spend an enjoyable thirty minutes drinking their tea, eating pies, and exchanging gossip.

While they were thus occupied, he would strike.

The pub was quiet tonight, even for a damp Thursday in late November. There were only five other patrons in the place: three at the rail and two at tables. He would have preferred more people—if only so his own presence would not be so noticeable—but he doubted it would make much difference. In any event, there was nothing he could do about it.

"Everything all right, sir?"

Douglas turned from the window and looked up. The landlord, having little to do this evening, was making the rounds and chatting with his customers.

"Never better," replied Douglas in a tone he hoped would dismiss further intrusion. But the man remained hovering over the table.

"Mr. Flinders-Petrie, is it not, sir?"

"Indeed so." He offered a bland smile to cover his annoyance at being recognised on this night of all nights. "I fear you have me at a disadvantage. I was not aware that my name would be common knowledge."

The landlord chuckled. "No, I suppose not. But do you not recognise me, sir?"

Douglas looked more closely at him. There was a vague familiarity about the fellow, but ... no, he could not place him.

"Cumberbatch, sir," the landlord volunteered. "I worked for your father, I did. Oh, quite a few years ago." At Douglas' dubious expression, he said, "I was his footman—Silas."

"Silas! Certainly, I remember you," Douglas lied. "Do forgive me. Yes, of course, now that you remind me."

"'Course, I was younger then, and you were away at school and university and whatnot." The landlord wiped his hands on the towel around his waist and smoothed it out as if this put the matter to rest. "Happy days they were."

"Yes, yes," agreed Douglas amiably. He was aware that the other patrons were watching them, and actually relieved now that the place was not more crowded. "Happy times, indeed."

"Pardon my asking, sir," said Cumberbatch, leaning nearer the table. He lowered his voice. "If you don't mind, there's something that I've always wanted to know. I'd be most obliged."

"I'd be happy to help if I can, Silas. What is it?"

"Did they ever find the man who killed your father?"

To buy himself a little space to think, Douglas took a drink of his ale, then, placing the glass carefully on the table, said, "I am sorry to say they never did."

"Oh dear, oh dear." Cumberbatch shook his head. "That's a right pity. Did they never have a suspicion, then?"

"Suspicions, yes," replied Douglas, "but nothing more. The coroner's verdict at the time of the inquest reads 'unlawful killing by person or persons unknown.' At this late date, I fear it is likely to remain a mystery."

"Ah, dear me," sighed Cumberbatch. "That is a shame, that is. He was a good man, your father—a very decent chap, if you don't mind my saying. A solid and upright fellow—always treated me well, and that's a fact, that is."

"Yes, well, as you say it was all a long time ago. Perhaps it is best forgotten."

"No doubt, sir. I'm with you there." Cumberbatch brightened once more. "But it is good to see you, Mr. Flinders-Petrie. Here, now, can I get you another pint?"

"Thank you, but no, I—"

"On the house, sir—for old time's sake. It would please me no end."

"Very well, then. Thank you, Silas. I would enjoy that."

"Coming right up, sir."

The landlord beetled off to pull the pint. Douglas drew his pocket-watch from his waistcoat and flipped it open. It was half past nine. In another hour he would make his move. Until then, he had a warm place to wait and watch. The landlord returned with his pint and, after another brief exchange, he was left alone to finish it and his meal in peace.

It was after ten thirty when he finally rose and, promising to return for another visit next time he was in the neighbourhood, retrieved his black cape from the coatrack and went out into the mist and drizzle. The weather was perfect for his purposes—a miserable night meant fewer folk around to notice any peculiar comings and goings. The gas lamps hissed and fluttered, pale orbs that did little to cut the all-pervading fog. Perfect.

He smiled to himself as he walked to the corner of Montague Street, turned, and proceeded along the side of the museum to where the service alley joined the street at the rear of the building. There he paused to observe the street one last time; a lone hansom cab rattled away in the opposite direction, and two men in top hats staggered along—one in the gutter, the other on the pavement—oblivious of their surroundings, singing their way home from an evening's celebration.

Satisfied, he ducked into the alleyway and hurried quickly and unerringly in the dark to the back of a town house opposite the rear of the museum. There, lying in the lane beside the house, was the wooden ladder. With swift efficiency, he placed it against the high iron railing, climbed to the top of the fence, balanced on the upper bar while he pulled over the ladder, then climbed down. Once on the ground, he hurried to a window near the corner of the enormous building where even the lowest windows were eight feet off the ground. Positioning the ladder, he climbed up and rapped on the glass, counted to ten, and then rapped again.

As he finished the second tap, the window slid open from inside and a pale face, round like a solemn little moon, appeared in the darkness of the opening.

"Well done, Snipe," said Douglas. "Hand me in."

The stocky boy reached out and, with strong arms, pulled his master through the open window.

"Now then," said Douglas, drawing a small tin from his pocket. He flipped open the lid and shook out a few congreves, selected one, and swiped the head against the roughened top of the tin. The slender stick of soft pine erupted with a pop and spluttering red flame. "The lantern, Snipe."

The youth held up a small paraffin lamp; Douglas raised the glass and touched the match to the wick, then lowered the glass and waved the spent stick in the air to cool it before placing it back in the tin. "Let us be about our business."

By lantern's glow they made their way through the darkened stacks of the Smirke Bequest—a small, shelf-lined chamber off the great cavernous hall of the Reading Room. This cosy enclave was given to certain exceptional volumes from the libraries of wealthy patrons who had donated or bequeathed their collections to the national archive for the general benefit of their fellow men. This ever-growing collection housed a particular volume that had long eluded Douglas Flinders-Petrie. It was this book he had come to acquire.

The Rare Books Room, as it was more commonly known, was strictly forbidden to all but the most eminent scholars, and then entry was granted only in the company of the Keeper of Antiquities or one of his assistants, who would unlock the chain at the doorway—there was no door, so that the books could be viewed from a distance even if they could not be perused—and usher the chosen one into the inner sanctum. White cotton gloves were to be worn at all times in the room, and no one was permitted to remain alone in the stacks at any time whatsoever. Douglas, having observed this exacting protocol on his survey trips to the museum, decided to forego the formalities and visit the room outside of public hours.

It had then been a matter of finding a place for Snipe to hide until well after closing: a storage cupboard in Room 55 on the upper floor was adequate to the purpose, and so, during a late-afternoon viewing of the Nineveh alabasters, Douglas had deposited his able servant in the closet with a cold pie and an apple to wait until the clock in Saint Bartholomew's chimed eleven. At the appointed hour, Snipe had crawled out and made his way down to the Rare Books Room to let Douglas in through the window.

So far so good.

"Go to the door and keep watch," Douglas commanded, directing the glow of the lantern towards the nearer stacks. As the servant moved to the doorway, Douglas began scanning the shelves. The books, he quickly discovered, were arranged in a loose chronological order—no doubt owing to their primary interest as artefacts rather than for the value of their contents. He found the proper historical period and started working down the line book by book. What should have been a task of moments, however, dragged on far longer than he planned, owing to the fact that many of the older books had no titles on their spines or covers and had to be drawn out, opened, and thumbed to their title pages before being placed back on the shelf.

He was only partway through the 1500s when he heard a sibilant hiss—like that of gas escaping from a leaky pipe. He stopped, held his breath ... waited. The sound came again and was repeated. He quickly turned down the lantern wick and put the lamp on the floor, then hurried to the doorway, where Snipe stood behind the doorpost, peering out into the great hall of the main reading room.

"Someone coming?" Douglas whispered.

Snipe nodded and held up two fingers.

"Two of them. Right." Douglas turned and retreated into the stacks. "Follow me."

They crept off to the farthest corner of the room, placing the main body of stacks between themselves and the door.

"Get down," whispered Douglas.

The two pressed themselves flat to the floor and waited. Voices drifted into the room, and then footsteps could be heard as the watchmen made their rounds of the Reading Room. Shadows leapt from the stacks as one of the guards paused and shone his lantern into the room with a practised sweep. Then the footsteps receded and the voices resumed. The watchmen were moving off.

"That's better," sighed Douglas. "Back to work."

The two returned to their respective places and began again. Midway through the 1500s, Douglas found the book he was looking for—exactly as he had pictured it from his researches. One glimpse of the strange cipher writing and he knew he had it.

"Come to me, my pretty," he whispered, carefully placing the light on the shelf beside him. With trembling fingers, Douglas opened the book to reveal page after page of tightly ordered script in the most fanciful-looking letters he had ever seen. "You little beauty," he mused, brushing his fingertips lightly over the script. He might have spent a happy hour or so paging through the old curiosity—and he would—but now was not the time. He slipped the slim volume into an inner pocket of his cape, retrieved the lantern, and hurried to fetch Snipe.

"I've got it. Come away—time to make good our escape."

They climbed out the window, closing it carefully behind them, and retraced their inward journey, replacing the ladder at the rear of the town house opposite before walking back down the alley to Montague Street. Douglas' mind was so filled with the book and the treasures it was certain to yield that he failed to see the policeman standing in the pool of light under the streetlamp. Emerging from the darkness of the alley like the guilty thieves they were, the pair naturally drew the interest of the policeman, who, raising his truncheon, called out, "Well, well, what have we here?"

"Oh!" gasped Douglas, spinning around to face the officer. "Good evening, constable. You quite gave me a start."

"Did I now!" He looked the pair up and down, his expression suggesting he did not care for what he saw. "Might I ask why you were lurking in that alley at this time of night?"

Douglas' hand went to the gun in his pocket. "Is it that late?" he asked affably. "I hadn't realised. Yes, I suppose it is." He glanced at Snipe beside him. The boy's lip was curled in a ferocious scowl. "It's the lad here," he offered. "He ran away earlier this evening, and I've been looking for him ever since—only just found him a few minutes ago."

The constable, frowning now, stepped closer. "That your son, then?"

"Good heavens, no," replied Douglas. "He's a servant. I'm taking him home with me." As if to underscore this fact, he put his hand to Snipe's collar.

The policeman's brow furrowed as he caught a glare of almost pure hatred playing over the boy's pallid features. Certainly, there was something odd about the youth that he could never have been mistaken for anyone's beloved son. "I see," concluded the police officer. "Does he run away often, then?"

"No, no, never before," Douglas hastily assured him. "There was a bit of a kerfuffle with the housekeeper, you see, and the lad took umbrage. A simple misunderstanding. I think I've straightened it out."

"Well," said the policeman, "these things happen, I suppose." He returned the truncheon to the hook on his belt. "You best get yourselves home. It's high time all respectable folk were abed."

"Just what I was thinking, constable. A pot of cocoa and a biscuit wouldn't go amiss either, I daresay." Douglas released his hold on the pistol, but maintained his grip on the boy's collar. "I will wish you good night." Douglas started away, pulling the glaring Snipe with him.

"G'night, sir." The policeman watched them as they moved away. "Mind how you go," he called. "There are thieves and such about. It's weather like this brings 'em out."

"You're not wrong there, matey," murmured Douglas under his breath. "Come away, Snipe. Tonight we let him live."

Chapter Two

In Which a Wander in the Wilderness Is Good for the Soul

Kit stood staring down the Avenue of Sphinxes feeling very much alone. It was early yet, and there was no one else around. He drew the clean, dry air into his lungs. Deeply relieved to have been rescued from looming death by Wilhelmina's unexpected yet timely intervention, he nevertheless could not help feeling slightly bruised by her brusque manner. In fact, she had socked him on the arm as soon as they were free of the wadi and the tomb that had held them captive to Lord Burleigh's whims.

"Ow!" Kit complained. He had not seen the smack coming. "What was that for?"

"That was for abandoning me in that alley back in London," she told him. "That dark, stinky alley in the rainstorm—remember?"

"I remember, but it wasn't entirely my fault."

She smacked him again. "It wasn't very nice."

"Sorry!" Kit rubbed his upper arm.

"I forgive you." She smiled, then hit him once more for good measure.

"Yikes! Now what?"

"That is so you remember never to do it again."

"Right. Okay. I get it. I'm sorry, and I won't desert you ever again, I promise."

"Good. Now pay attention. We've got some ground to cover, and we don't have much time." She had then told him about Luxor and what he was to do there.

He had been instructed to go to the Winter Palace Hotel and ask for a Mr. Suleyman at the front desk. Upon presenting himself, he would be given a parcel and a letter with further instructions. Wilhelmina had been very precise: don't stop to think or look around, hit the ground running, get to the location, secure the parcel. "It is imperative that you retrieve the package and follow the instructions to the letter."

(Continues...)



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Contents

Important People in the Bright Empires series....................xi
Previously in the Bright Empires series....................1
The Bone House....................5
Essay: "Quantum Physics and Me" by Stephen Lawhead....................381
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    Posted October 19, 2012

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    Harriet klausner and all the long winded posters who reveal everything about the plot just ruined another book choice for me. Hey, dont waste money buying the book. Let the long winded posters who brag about getting the book for free read it and tell us all about it! That way you save money!!!!

    6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Lawhead doesn't disappoint in Bone House

    The second in the five-book Bright Empires Series, The Bone House lives up to Stephen Lawhead's reputation as one of the finest science fiction/fantasy writers today. An ambitious work, it is filled with vivid descriptions of foreign lands, gripping action and a plot that moves through multiple worlds. Lawhead sculpts a believable universe and peoples it with memorable characters that come to life as you read. Following Kit Livingstone, the story tracks his progress in trying to locate the skin map, a map that supposedly shows the connections between multiple dimensions and worlds. But his steps are dogged by the ruthless Archelaeus Burleigh, who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the map. Written with characteristic sweeping panoramas, The Bone House is never static. A wonderful sense of movement and change pervades it from the very first page. The characterizations are never dull, and Lawhead has a way with description that, once read, provokes an accompanying flash of recognition and personal recollection that realizes "yes, that's it!" Become like Coleridge and willingly suspend your disbelief as you turn the pages of this book to enter into an interdimensional race! Put your feet up, lean back in your favorite chair and let this author's words take you on a journey that won't disappoint.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    will make you crave for the next

    The first thing that I liked about this book is the author's conscientious effort to provide valuable information at the beginning for both new and old readers alike. I found the recapping of the events in the first book, Skin Map, really helpful in reminding me where I have previously left the characters in this book, who have become quite familiar enough for me to care about what happens to them next--yes, even those evil Burley men.

    Stephen R. Lawhead's writing and placing of the events in this book couldn't have been better. I found it hard to get into the first few chapters of the first book, but as i progressed, I found myself getting roped into the fascinating idea of ley travel and the infinite possibilities that open up to anyone who learns its secrets. The second book, though, held my interest from start to finish with its easy dialogues, intriguing storyline/s, and characters that have furthermore become dear to me.

    You may need to have read the first book, though, to really be able to appreciate this one. Again, nothing is concluded in the last chapter, but it efficiently paves the way for the last book in this series. I can hardly wait!

    Thank you, Booksneeze for my free review copy!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    Garbage

    As soon as I saw the glowing reference to Ted Dekker I should have realized it was just the same level of unreadable garbage.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2012

    Stephen Lawhead has done it again. THE BONE HOUSE picks up nice

    Stephen Lawhead has done it again. THE BONE HOUSE picks up nicely from where he left off in THE SKIN MAP and continues to cleverly build the story line. The many questions left at the end of THE SKIN MAP are beginning to be answered. I love the characters and the varying time/spaces in which he places them. Picturing myself in their situations, how in the devil would I keep track of where I was and the ley lines necessary to navigate my way back? Oh well, off to THE SPIRIT WELL and more fascinating adventure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2012

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    A fascinating twist of layers

    The first book in the Bright Empires series intrigued me, so I wanted to continue my journey with this tale. Like the ley lines of time and dimensions the characters travel in this story, the plot is a fascinating twist of layers. Where I would be confused one moment, the “Ah ha…” was never far behind. There are many point of view characters, which is distracting at first, but I got used to it. This book gave many answers to questions posed in book one, but introduced just as many new questions that will, hopefully, be answered in book three. Overall, I enjoyed this book. It’s a different kind of way to tell a story, and I want to know what happens next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

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    "The Bone House"

    The adventure from "The Skin Map" continues in the second installation of the Bright Empires series by Stephen Lawhead. Kit and his grandfather, Cosimo, resume their search for the missing parts of the map (the map that literally contains all of the ley lines), with Wilhelmina becomes very good at time travel. Each jump on a "ley line" brings adventure (i.e. Egypt) and danger (i.e. burly men), yet they continue on. The author gives more information about Lord Burleigh and how he became the person he is. What do Kit and Cosimo find this time? Why is Kit more laid back now? Will they escape Lord Burleigh and the burly men once again, or will the evil forces win a battle? Come along with Kit, Cosimo, and Mina as they explore time travel while unraveling the secrets of the Bone House.

    I was excited to see this book available because I read the first one. I recommend reading them in order so that the story and characters make sense to you. The characters are wonderfully written and the story line is fun. As the book comes to life, each reader gets to become a detective and a time traveler. The different characters and transitions may cause some difficulty at first, but taking the time to figure them out is worth it. This book will make a wonderful gift for young readers who love using their imagination and detective skills. I received the free copy I read on my Nook from Net Galley, and thank them for the opportunity. I look forward to the next installation.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Disappointing

    I was disappointed in this book. Mr Lawhead's writing seems immature. Perhaps an attempt to appeal to a much younger audience? I have long been a an of this writer. I hope this book is an abberation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Loved the continuation

    Now on to the next one. I'm even thinking of checking out his Robin Hood series, sounded interesting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    Hard to believe Lawhead wrote this.

    I've read just about everything Stephen Lawhead has written and this isn't up to his usual standards. Try it if you must, but be prepared to be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    Read

    Ha ha ha MADE YOU LOOK!

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 9, 2012

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

    This book was very enjoyable. It didn't draw me in quite like th

    This book was very enjoyable. It didn't draw me in quite like the first one, but still, a very fun read. I will be purchasing the last book in the series when it comes out =)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    One word. Awesome.

    Awesome. Book 2, Love the characters, love the story, I cannot wait for the third book! I finished this book a while ago, and I still find myself thinking about the characters.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    Exalent read, cant wait for the next one!

    This is the second Lawhead book I have read. The first being the Skin Map the first book in the Bright Empires Series. I enjoy how the writer is constantly changing the story line with adventures to far-away lands. I love it when I cant put a book down.

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  • Posted April 23, 2012

    Excellent fantasy.

    Lawhead is one of my favorite authors. Even in this series he works in the Celtic concept of 'between times'. Sometimes it is a bit confusing when the various 'locations' have different time RATES. Looking forward to #3!

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

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    The Bone House

    ¿The Bone House¿ is the sequel to ¿The Skin Map¿ and while I loved the intriguing book cover, I can¿t very much say the same about the story in this sequel. I very much preferred the first book, ¿The Skin Map¿. I believe I¿ve reviewed it quite some time ago and I was really hooked on the story.

    While this book have the same thrilling factor in it, I can¿t seems to pay attention to the story because there¿s too much scenes shift. I struggled to read this sci-fi book and I find it difficult to finish.

    Perhaps this book is just not for me. If you¿re into sci-fi, however, don¿t let my opinion stop you from reading it. I¿m sure you¿ll enjoy it.

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

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    House of thrilling fiction

    The Bone House is the second book in Stephen Lawhead¿s The Bright Empires Series following The Skin Map.
    In this episode the race to find missing pieces of the map continues to explore the uncharted dimensions of the multiverse, with enthralling action. Kit has found one piece of the skin map but others are still left, which will give a complete understanding of the Ley lines enabling him to travel through time and space. The sub plots are also gaining advancement, where Kit¿s girlfriend Mina, caught in the Seventeenth century Prague developing her knowledge of Ley lines, Burleigh has also raised his stake and willing to go on any terms to get the map.
    There are only a handful of series in which a novel gets better than the previous one, and this is that novel. This book is fast paced since the first chapter and keeps the reader hooked till the end and craving for more. Apart from developing more depth to the characters, the writing has also been eased in the flow, to tag along new readers.
    At the end of the book there is an essay which depicts the research work done by the author to make this story such intriguing. The Spirit Well coming in September 2012 will mark the next installment in the series.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    The Bone House

    "The Bone House", by Stephen R. Lawhead, is the second book in the Bright Empires series. The Bright Empires series is a trilogy starting with 'The Skin Map' (That I've already read). It is important to mention at this point that one should read the Skin Map before the Bone House and plan to read 'The Spirit Well' - the final installment due out in September 2012, since the story line flows. "The Bone House" continues the story of Kit Livingstone and assorted others as they journey through the multiple realities and different relative times using mysterious ley lines. The reason -they are trying to find the Skin Map, the ultimate prize in the universe.
    This is an excellent book on fantasy and thrill and every Stephen Lawhead fan must read it.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

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    A Highly Entertaining Sequel

    Stephen R. Lawhead in his new book "The Bone House" Book Two in the Bright Empires series published by Thomas Nelson continues the search for the Skin Map.

    There is a concept known as Ley Travel. This is not the same as Time Travel, which is movement between the past, present and the future. No, Ley Travel, which involves lines of electromagnetic force embedded in the Earth can cause jumps not only in time but in space and reality as well. Explorer Arthur Flinders-Petrie used these Ley Lines and recorded his trips by tattooing his map on his torso. When he died this map was divided up in various places and times. Kit Livingstone is still on the quest given to him by his great-grandfather, Cosimo, to restore the skin map. This is not an easy task as not only is he in search of it others are as well. Others that want the map for selfish purposes and do not want Kit to succeed and will stop at nothing to accomplish this.

    I like a good adventure not only where there is action but where we are forced to think as well. In "The Bone House" Stephen R. Lawhead not only provides us adventure he also gives us much to think about. Kit and his fellow adventurers are placed in deadly danger time and time again, much like the heroes from the movie serials. Mr. Lawhead gives us such great characters that we are always rooting for them to succeed and get together with each other. Stephen R. Lawhead has given us an admirable sequel and I look forward with much anticipation to the next book in this series.

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