Friday, November 5, 2010

The Skin Map

Skin Map (Bright Empires) (Hardcover)The Skin Map, A Bright Empires Novel, Stephen R. Lawhead, Thomas Nelson, Fiction/Fantasy, 2010, 403 pages.

Thank you to the CSFF Blog Tour for allowing me to participate in this tour, even though I was not ready in time.


It is the ultimate quest for the ultimate treasure.

Chasing a map tattooed on human skin, across an omniverse of intersecting realities, to unravel the future of the future.

Kit Livingstone’s great-grandfather appears to him in a deserted alley during a tumultuous storm. He reveals an unbelievable story: that the ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legend or the weekend hobby of deluded cranks, but pathways to other worlds. To those who know how to use them, they grant the ability to travel the multi-layered universe of which we ordinarily inhabit only a tiny part.

One explorer knew more than most. Braving every danger, he toured both time and space on voyages of heroic discovery. Ever on his guard, and fearful of becoming lost in the cosmos, he developed an intricate code-a roadmap of symbols-that he tattooed onto his own body. This Skin Map has since been lost in time. Now the race is on to recover all the pieces and discover its secrets.

But the Skin Map itself is not the ultimate goal. It is merely the beginning of a vast and marvelous quest for a prize beyond imagining.

My thoughts: This was a somewhat enjoyable story. The plot was quite unique, but I was expecting a smorgasbord of different worlds, while the worlds were just like ours. The characters were developed moderately well (Wilhelmina the most), but Lady Fayth just confused me, showing one temperament in one moment and another in the next. The only thing I thought made the book quite enjoyable was Lawhead’s use of description. He uses fine, unexpected adjectives that appeal to all your senses. The best instance of this was the scene introducing Wu Chen Hu, the tattoo artist. The enemy’s being in one world and another at the same time became a bit confusing, along with his differing attitudes. And finally, the grand purpose of this Skin Map was only revealed at the end, and I believe that leaves the reader anticipating nothing but drama until then. The only mention of Christianity I found were a few references in random conversations.

*This book was provided free by the CSFF Blog Tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.*

My rating: 3 stars.

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April Erwin
Tori Greene
Ryan Heart
Bruce Hennigan
Timothy Hicks
Christopher Hopper
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Becca Johnson
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Shannon McDermott
Allen McGraw
Matt Mikalatos
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Gavin Patchett
Sarah Sawyer
Chawna Schroeder
Kathleen Smith
Rachel Starr Thomson
Donna Swanson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Dona Watson
Phyllis Wheeler
Nicole White
Elizabeth Williams
Dave Wilson

1 comment:

  1. Ah! I heard that some of the names were really humorous, like Fayth, meant Faith? I believe it was Rebecca Miller's blog.....