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The Bone House (Bright Empires Book 2) by [Lawhead, Stephen]
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About the Author

Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. His works include Byzantium and the series The Pendragon Cycle, The Celtic Crusades, and The Song of Albion. Lawhead makes his home in Austria with his wife.

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  • File Size: 1232 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (May 14, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 14, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EZ0ATC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,871 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Andrew Demoline on 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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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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I purchased the Hard Back copy of this book along with the audio copy. I listened to the audio book to and from work (I have a long commute). When I got home I would read the book. I was hooked from the first book in this series. I adored the narrator of this series. He has a great accent and is very talented and creative in how he did the different voices for each character in the novel. I loved it. I brought this novel to life in a whole new way.

The Skin Map (the first book in this series) introduced me to this imaginative author. The author said this was a book he’s been wanting to write for a long time. In the first book the author sets up the concept of ley-traveling. Readers are introduced to a wide range of quirky characters and a few you are meant to despise. Many of them are in search of the same item, the “skin map.”

Book two, The Bone House’s first page has a list of important people and who they are. I appreciated the list because it has been a while since I’d read the first book. In looking at the list I noticed he added a few new characters making a grand total of 17. I liked how this author takes his time in giving each major character time to shine in their own adventure.

I liked how the author explains the concept of time and how he used it in this series.
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By Bob G on September 27, 2011
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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