Monday, October 24, 2011

CSFF Blog Tour: The Bone House (day one)

The Bone House, Bright Empires, Stephen Lawhead, Thomas Nelson, Adventure/Fantasy September 6, 2011, 416 pages.

Synopsis: One piece of the skin map has been found. Now the race to unravel the future of the furture turns deadly.

Kit Livingstone met his great grandfather Cosimo in a rainy alley in London where he discovered the reality of 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 ley lines have left their own world behind to travel across time and space-down avenues of Egyptian sphinxes, to an Etruscan tufa tomb, a Bohemian coffee shop, and a Stone Age landscape where universes collide-in this, the second quest to unlock the mystery of The Bone House.

My thoughts: The Bone House answered a few questions I had from the first book, The Skin Map, but also raised more. I was left hoping that they will all be answered in a satisfying manner in the next volume. As for the writing, it was once again brilliant. Lawhead mastered the style and culture of each location and time, creating very believable scenarios. The characters were very real, including Burleigh, as I visited his past. Kit, Wilhelmina, and Giles all were simple everyday people that I could relate to. They were not high-calling special adventurers, but were learning just as we would if placed in their stead.

The history, observed in real time by the ley-leapers, elevated the whole story to a possibility of being true. I love it when I can speculate like this book allows. Thomas Young, Roger Bacon, and other famous men added a brilliant flair to the mix.

The Bone House, in my opinion, is slightly better than it's predecessor. It doesn't leave you with a big question mark, even though what happened has yet to be explained.

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

My rating: 4.5 stars

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1 comment:

  1. Couldn't agree with you more. I was confused the first half but once the second half kicked in, couldn't put it down. Good review.