The Skin Map Paperback

A Bright Empire Novel | Book 1

by Stephen R. Lawhead;

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Internationally acclaimed author Stephen Lawhead returns with the first in The Bright Empires series

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The Skin Map

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‘The Skin Map’ is a time-travelling fantasy like nothing you’ve read before. Let the epic treasure hunt begin.

Kit Livingstone was walking to the train in a storm when his great-grandfather appears and tells him he possesses an inherited gift – to travel between alternate realities. Throughout Britain, ancient monuments are mysteriously aligned in straight lines. These ‘Ley Lines’ are not stuff of legend nor the weekend hobby of history geeks, but doorways which transport you through the cosmos of our multi-layered world, to those who know how to use them.

An explorer of sorts once mapped out his discoveries. Travelling through time and space he developed a roadmap of symbols that he tattooed on his body. Now the Skin Map is thought to hold the single greatest answer to humanities existence – the secrets of the universe. The race has begun in the first book of the Bright Empire five-volume series to recover the missing pieces, uncover its hidden secrets and find the ultimate prize beyond imagining.

Stephen R. Lawhead, acclaimed author of several fantasy series, masterfully criss-crosses many different fiction genres – adventure, ancient history, sci-fi, mystery and philosophy – crafting a page-turning quest that’s out of this world.

About the Author

Stephen Lawhead is the internationally acclaimed author of many outstanding fantasy and science fiction novels, including ‘The Song of Albion’ trilogy, and ‘The Pendragon’ series. Stephen lives in Oxford with his wife Alice. They have two grown up sons.

The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead was published by Lion Hudson in March 2013 and is our 511th best seller. The ISBN for The Skin Map is 9781782640134.

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Publisher's Description

Set in 17th century and 21st century London, the Enlightenment-era court of the Hapsburgs, China during the Qing Dynasty and ancient Egypt, Bright Empires is a five-volume fantasy.

In The Skin Map, Kit Livingstone and his great- grandfather, Cosimo, are brought together to find a map originally tattooed on the skin of its author, a seventeenth-century explorer who had discovered the secret of access to other worlds and parallel universes. Malign forces are also after the map and, to the surprise of all, the map proves to be not the end of the quest but its beginning. A far greater prize remains, and a much more dangerous search will need to be undertaken.


“Anything but ordinary . . . Dynamic settings are mixed with unpredictable adventures [and] parallel worlds.” — BookPage Review.

“I found The Skin Map a very engaging fantasy entertainment, suitable for teens and older. Good values are taught, and Christianity is presented in a serious, positive light. Recommended.” – Lars Walker, Fantasy Author and Blogger.

“By book 3 I was hooked… I can't fathom the amount of planning this series must have taken.” – Julie Bihn, Bloggers Review.

“Lawhead’s treatment is vastly and refreshingly different… you’re left breathless when you put the book down.” –, Bloggers Review.

“It's rich with characters, historical information, and moves along at a good pace. It's a real page turner… Highly recommended.” – Steve Parker, Bloggers Review.

Other Books by Stephen R. Lawhead:

KING RAVEN TRILOGY (fictional books following the legend of Robin Hood):
Hood | Book 1
Scarlet | Book 2
Tuck | Book 3

THE CELTIC CRUSADES (fictional books about Celtic Myths):
The Iron Lance | Book 1
The Black Rod | Book 2
The Mystic Rose | Book 3

THE SONG OF ALBION TRILOGY (fictional books where Celtic Myths come alive):
The Paradise War | Book 1
The Silver hand | Book 2
The Endless Knot | Book 3

THE PENDRAGON CYCLE (fantasy fiction focusing on a different legend from Mythical history in each book):
 Taliesin | Book 1
Merlin | Book 2
Arthur | Book 3
Pendragon | Book 4
Grail | Book 5
Avalon | Book 6

THE DRAGON KING TRILOGY (recently re-launched for young adult readers):
In the Hall of the Dragon King | Book 1
The Warlords of Nin | Book 2
The Sword and the Flame | Book 3

THE BRIGHT EMPIRES SERIES (time-travel fantasy fiction about ‘Ley Travel’)
The Skin Map | Book 1
The Bone House | Book 2
The Spirit Well | Book 3
The Shadow Lamp | Book 4

In Brief: Eden Video Transcript

“The Skin Maps is a classic time-travel novel with an added faith element. The pages are loaded with believable characters, historical adventure and philosophical paradoxes, but most of all, it’s thoroughly entertaining.”

“Internationally renowned author, Stephen R. Lawhead, has penned countless bestselling fantasy and sci-fi books. Now he’s moved away from medieval myths and legends to turns his attention upwards and outwards to our infinitely complex and mysterious universe.”

“The first in his epic five-book series, Bright Empires, readers will join Kit Livingstone on a dangerous and daring adventure across alternative realities, through rich historical description and an addictive storyline.”

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Details for The Skin Map

Page last updated 25th September 2014
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherLion Hudson (March 2013)
Edition1st New edition
Number of Pages352
Thickness22 mm
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code4063556
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