The Bone House Paperback

A Bright Empire Novel | Book 2

by Stephen R. Lawhead

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The Bone House

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The Bone House is the thrilling sequel to Stephen Lawhead’s inter-dimensional adventure, ‘The Skin Map’.

Kit Livingstone, the Ley Line traveler, is chasing after the skin map – the coded symbols tattooed on a 17th century explorer that charts the hidden dimensions of the multi-universe. This impossible task he inherited from his great-grandfather, Cosimo, has now turned dangerous thanks to the ruthless Burley Men, who are hunting for the same prize.

Scattered across the time and space, Kit must navigate the winding alleyways of Egyptian sphinxes, master the market streets of Prague and make a pilgrimage to where universes collide across the Stone Age landscape. Piecing together the ruminants of the map become Kit’s obsession, and with the help of his friends he must retraces his steps to find his girlfriend lost in the fabric of time itself.

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. Join the mind-bending adventure in the second-of-five books in the Bright Emperies series.

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 Bone House by Stephen R. Lawhead was published by Lion Hudson in March 2013 and is our 16867th best seller. The ISBN for The Bone House is 9781782640127.

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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 Bright Empires series—from acclaimed author Stephen R. Lawhead—is a unique blend of epic treasure hunt, ancient history, alternate realities, cutting-edge physics, philosophy, and mystery. The result is a page-turning, adventure like no other.
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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


“Imagine Narnia merged with Hitchhiker’s Guide, and you have a starting point for the adventures of Kit Livingstone.” – Rick M., from the inside cover.

“Lawhead vividly describes the sights, sounds and smells of the markets in Prague, the streets of Restoration England, and even the dry heat of Ancient Egypt… The premise of ley line travel is fascinating yet mysterious, with scientific definitions that are detailed without becoming too technical. The charaters are personable and complex, and it’s easy to get caught up in their search for that elusive map.” – Malinda D., from the inside cover.

“… an excellent, mysterious storyline that draws the reader in.” – Kieran, from the inside cover.

“The Bone House is a quantum, anthropological adventure story through many dimensions… If you like fantasy, science fiction, philosophy, history, adventure, and/or Christian themes, you will be well satisfied with this series.” – Courtney Dudek, Bloggers Review.

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In Brief: Eden Video Transcript

“The Bright Empires Series continues in ‘The Bone House’ where the young explorer, Kit Livingstone, must navigate the multi-dimensional universe to recover the ruminants of the elusive Skin Map and rescue his lost girlfriend.”

“This exciting series blends ancient history with Einstein’s theory of relativity. Join Kit as he battles the dry heat of Ancient Egypt, navigates Restoration England, explores the markets of Prague and journeys the Stone Age countryside to stitch together the secrets of the universe.”

“Stephen Lawhead’s fan base compares this series to C.S Lewis directed by Steven Spielberg – like an intergalactic Narnia. But best of all, through philosophical musings and gripping action, Stephen cleverly lays a positive foundation for the Christian faith that’s both compelling and revelatory.”

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Details for The Bone House

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherLion Hudson (March 2013)
Edition1st New edition
Number of Pages336
Thickness22 mm
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code4063555
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