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- Book 2 of 5 in Bright Empires (5 Book Series)
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The concept of the story "Ley Lines" allowing one to move from one universe to another is great, but this book in the series is really almost like a filler and just plods... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Please read as much Lawhead as you can. You will not be disappointed.Published 7 months ago by Howard J Cook
Read the series recently. Ordering the set for my 11 year old grandson for Christmas. If you have the science oriented, "nerdy", always has a book in their hand kid... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jewly Bug
The author did add a character list which was helpful at the front of this book and I enjoy his writing style which is almost poetic at times. Read morePublished 9 months ago by lv2read
Having read all of his novels since they first came out, I believe that Stephen Lawhead is one of the best writers of Fantasy, Historical novels based on myth and legends and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by George