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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’ 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.
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 14781st best seller. The ISBN for The Skin Map is 9781782640134.
Stephen Lawhead is to my mind a wonderful author with some stunning books and series to his name and with this the first book in a new series, he is yet again showing why he already has a best selling track record.
This book is a time jump drama, something I've always had a penchant for, but add into this the slight steampunkesque feel to it and for me it's a winner. The main story is that of Kit, ordinary man of today whose day is not going to plan, who somehow meets his great-grandfather who had gone out many years ago and never returned and in turn ends up on an adventure that crosses timelines and localities. There is a great collection of back stories in the book too and some quite funny interludes, as future and past meet, blend and spin off each other.
If you like modern fantasy and time jump stories then you probably can't go wrong with this book - and you'll probably look forward to the next one in the series too.
“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.” – R3idcardwell.com, 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.
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
“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.”
|Author / Artist||Stephen R. Lawhead|
|Publisher||Lion Hudson (March 2013)|
|Edition||1st New edition|
|Number of Pages||352|
|Page last updated||16th February 2019|