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The Bone House (Bright Empires) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen R. Lawhead
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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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.


Product Details

  • File Size: 549 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EZ0ATC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 47 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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12 of 13 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Lawhead doesn't disappoint in The Bone House September 19, 2011
By markn12
Format:Hardcover
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.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
interesting concept about ley lines , the story keeps going and does not try to make the story longer by describing the scenery, I have put many a book down for this infraction.
Published 10 days ago by iya
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen R. Lawhead Rides Again
Love the concept of the Bright Empires series. This book takes a different look at primitive people and makes them more than "dumb cave dwellers. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Lee and Emil
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
I would recommend the book. It was very imaginative and kept me interested the whole time. I loved the stone age references.
Published 2 months ago by S Ingram
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
All 3 books have been great. A bit of a challenging to read and keep clear but well worth the effort.
Published 3 months ago by Tim Gould
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly absorbing
Very entertaining read. Looking forward to the next. Great for expanding the mind and thinking alternatively. I thoroughly recommend this series.
Published 3 months ago by Greg Munyard
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe it's just me
Got 1/3rd way through and had to give up. Just didn't keep my interest. Bounced around too much. Beacme a chore to read.
Published 4 months ago by Visaq
3.0 out of 5 stars Second Book in a Series
I liked Lawhead's second book a tad better than the first of this series. And his next book I'm in the middle of, I like even better.
Published 4 months ago by Ange
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
This was an amazing story, I highly recommend it for its depth and flow. The story line gripped me and refused to let me go!
Published 5 months ago by OliKrause
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
After reading The Skin Map this is a great continuation of the story. There are a lot of details so stay sharp.
Published 6 months ago by Robert Hearn
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps us guessing till the end!
The Bone House picks up where the Skin Map left off. Although the cover and title give us a foreshadowing of what's to come, we are still unprepared for it when it arrives. Read more
Published 6 months ago by cronemagic
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More 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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