Jul 6, 2013

The Bone House - Stephen R. Lawhead

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 Bone House is the second book in the Bright Empires series. I read the first one quite a while ago, while I found the reading to be slow-going at times, a part of it piqued my interest and compelled me to purchase The Bone House when I found it for a really good deal.
The Bone House, true to the theme of the first book, is about a peculiar form of travel, though Lawhead declares it is not "time travel", it is something very similar, called ley leaping, or ley travel.
The characters in the book jump around from one dimension to another trying to stay one step ahead of the "bad guys".
The characters in The Bone House know next to nothing about ley leaping and often find themselves in quite a bit of a pickle.
As an American reading this book penned by a British author I easily find humor in the unfamiliar metaphors and expressions.
I had a hard time reading quickly through this book, as well as the first, in my opinion it was because of the fact that it largely British. But once I start reading I find it hard to stop. I become enthralled and so caught up in intrigue it becomes hard to detach myself from it's pages!
It's a different kind of writing style as well as author for me, but I've come to love it, almost like an acquired taste, it's grown on me.
The story is unexpected yet, addicting at the same time. The idea is simple, but the implications are vast.
The characters are great and they grow better by every second. There were times I'd even be laughing out loud!
It's a very enjoyable book and I'm honestly looking forward to getting the next one!
So many different stories of many different people are included in these pages it's at once captivating and suspenseful.
It's definitely a book I encourage you to read!
Title - The Bone House
Author - Stephen R. Lawhead
Series/Trilogy Title - Bright Empires Series
Book in Series/Trilogy - #2
Pages - 385
Type of Book - Christian Fantasy
Website - http://www.stephenlawhead.com/

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