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The Bone House (Bright Empires Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Lawhead
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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 heÆs on the runùand on a questùtrying 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 Mapùbut 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 spaceùdown avenues of Egyptian sphinxes, to an Etruscan tufa tomb, into a Bohemian coffee shop, and across a Stone Age landscape where universes collideùin this, the second quest to unlock the mystery of The Bone House.

The Bright Empires seriesùfrom acclaimed author Stephen R. Lawheadùis 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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    About the Author

    Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. He is the author of such epics as The 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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    • File Size: 930 KB
    • Print Length: 401 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 159554805X
    • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (May 14, 2012)
    • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005EZ0ATC
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,707 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars "The Bone House" by Stephen R. Lawhead August 23, 2011
    Format:Hardcover
    One year ago, less one week, I posted my review of Stephen Lawheads "The Skin Map", which is the first book in the "Bright Empires" series. Here, then, is the second book in that series. The Bone House continues the story of Kit Livingston in his quest for the skin map. One piece has been found, but the stakes have been raised. Kit has inherited this quest from his grandfather, Cosimo, but Kit is now on the run, and, except for the help of his surprisingly resourceful girlfriend Mina, on his own.

    This book was a pleasant surprise. It is an incredibly rare series which gets better in the second book, but Lawhead has done just that. He has maintained the depth of character development, excellent descriptions of the scenes, and at the same time upped the pace and removed my one qualm with the first book in this series: the confusion of jumping from time to time. In this book, he is much more careful to place cues at the beginning of each chapter so that you know where you are, in the story at least.

    Conclusion: 4 Stars. Conditionally recommended. The only condition is that you like a mix of history, science fiction, and fantasy. Really though, you should like it, it's fun reading.

    This book was provided by Booksneeze for review.
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Slow Pacing Bogs Down Intriguing Story December 6, 2011
    By Caleb
    Format:Hardcover
    I've always been intrigued by the idea of time travel and multiverses. I also enjoy historical fiction. With the Bright Empires trilogy Lawhead attempts to meld the two together with an epic story that stretches across continents, universes, and centuries. The Bone House is the second book in the series and follows immediately after The Skin Map. If you have not read the first book you need to pick it up first otherwise you will be completely lost.

    I really enjoyed the historical elements of the book. Lawhead does a good job of capturing the sites, sounds, and smells of the world that his characters inhabit. He takes great pains to make sure the reader experiences what the character experience.

    The overall story arc is also fascinating. I won't go into details because I don't want to spoil the plot, but he keeps the tension levels up by keeping a dark and mysterious tone throughout the whole of the work and a tension that something huge is bubbling right below the surface.

    The things that didn't work well for me were the often plodding pacing and rather boring characters. The one character that felt and sounded real to me (the same thing with the first book) was Mina. I wanted to skip to chapters about her because she was just much more interesting than any other character. Also, while Lawhead does a good job painting a picture of the environment he often does this to the detriment of the story. The story is needlessly bogged down by overabundant descriptions of things that could easily have been stated in a sentence or less but instead take whole paragraphs.

    On the whole, if you enjoyed the first book you should enjoy this one. If you did not enjoy the first book you probably won't enjoy this one.
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    13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning second installment in a grand series August 23, 2011
    Format:Hardcover
    The Bone House continues the tale begun in The Skin Map, as Kit Livingstone furthers the quest given him by his great-grandfather, to restore a map that charts the ability to travel the multiverse using ley lines. His girlfriend, Mina, who was caught in seventeenth-century Prague, is likewise furthering her establishment among the powerful of the age while developing her own knowledge of ley travel. Both are racing against others also intent on pursing the pieces of the skin map, others willing to do whatever necessary to succeed.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this second installment in the Bright Empire Series, a series with such a vast scope that it is truly an ambitious accomplishment. Lawhead is a master with the pen, and his ability to set the scene and create tension are superb. His writing is powerful, and I was immediately caught up again into this fantastic fantasy world that he has created, a journey winging through space and time and history into dimensions uncharted. The characters are intriguing and only growing more so as their respective histories unfold. Kit's experience at the end of the book was absolutely fascinating and I did not want the story to end! Although there are a number of characters to keep track of, their collective focus on ley travel and its secrets kept the story focused and easy for me to follow.

    I absolutely loved this book, and am left craving for more. I cannot wait for the next installment, The Spirit Well, coming September 2012. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

    Note: I would greatly advise reading the first book in this series prior to embarking upon The Bone House in order to fully appreciate the grandness of this series.

    This book has been provided courtesy of the publisher via the Booksneeze program for the purposes of this unbiased review.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars The Bone House September 27, 2011
    By Bob G
    Format:Hardcover
    The Bone House is a difficult book to review. It is the second installment of the Bright Empires trilogy, following "The Skin Map." That book had a strange ending in that there was no ending. It just stopped. No closure. And end, but no ending. It was interesting to the point of being a page turner, but the ending was odd.
    The Bone House continues the pattern. There is a small section of introduction to bring the reader up to speed on the characters - and that is very helpful. But, as The Skin Map ends, so begins The Bone House - and continues. The plot of the series is the quest for a "parchment" of human skin which has been divided into sections and hidden in various places. The places are in different times and dimensions which are reached via portals called "ley lines."
    I would recommend this book on the condition the reader first read The Skin Map and plan to read The Spirit Well - the final installment due out in September 2012. The whole story of time/space/dimension travel is immensely intriguing and I want to find out what happens to all these folks. The good guys, the bad guys, and the ones I haven't quite figured out as of yet.
    Until then, I guess we'll just have to hold on for the finish.
    Thomas Nelson provides a free copy of these books for review through their "Booksneeze" Program [...] ; however, I am not required to give a positive review of the book.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars and jumps (both literary and narrative) that it was easy to get lost
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    Published 3 months ago by Cristene Wertz
    2.0 out of 5 stars Very Confusing!
    I have loved every Lawhead book I have ever read, until this series. The story goes all over the place, introducing new characters in almost every chapter. Read more
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    Stephen Lawhead has brought us to the edge of our seats. Always a new twist in the story or should I say several stories running concurrently. Read more
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    More About the Author

    Stephen R. Lawhead is a multi-award winning author of mythic history and imaginative bestsellers. In over thirty years of professional writing he has established an international reputation and is known for such works as the King Raven trilogy, a re-telling of the Robin Hood legend; and the Pendragon Cycle, an historic retelling of the King Arthur legend.

    Other notable works include the fantasy trilogies The Song of Albion, and the Dragon King Trilogies -- as well as the historical works Byzantium, Patrick, Avalon, and the works of science-fiction Dream Thief and Empyrion saga, and his latest, the five-book series Bright Empires. Lawhead makes his home in Oxford, England, with his wife.

    You can find out more by visiting www.stephenlawhead.com

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