Book Review: The Bone House by Stephen R. Lawhead

Amazon summary

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.
The Bone House (Bright Empires)
My review
The Bone House is the second book in the Bright Empire series. (I reviewed the first book, The Skin Map, last week.) This is not one of those series you can just jump into. You need to read The Skin Map first. There is a cast of characters and summary of The Skin Map at the beginning of The Bone House, but I encourage you to read them in order.

In this book, we get more background on Lord Burleigh, as well as the Flinders-Petrie family. There is a lot of action in this story and there definitely aren’t any dead spots… Well, maybe when Kit is staying with the cavemen. I could have used a little less detail there.

This is a fun book that always keeps you guessing. You never know who is going to turn up or when or where they’ll be. We’re also not sure about the motives of a couple characters. I like the historic aspect of the story, but that’s not really the focus, so it’s not as much of a draw for me. I think what I like best is just the mystery of not knowing what’s coming next. I’m looking forward to the third book, but not thrilled that I have to wait a year for it.

About the book
Title: The Bone House (Bright Empires #2)
Author: Stephen R. Lawhead
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release date: September 6, 2011
Pages: 416
Where I got this book: I received an copy of this book for free from the BookSneeze review program.