Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Bone House - Book Review

The Bone House
By Stephen Lawhead

Here is what the back of the book says:
"One piece of the skin map has been found. Now the race to unravel the future of the furture turns deadly.
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."

Now to start if you haven't read The Skin Map, STOP! Don't go any further into this book. It will make no sense and becoming quite confusing.

OK, you either still want to read on or you have read The Skin Map. There is still one more disclaimer this is the middle book of the Bright Empire Trilogy. Which is evident through out the book. The Bone House is a jumble of characters, time lines and sub plots that at best tell a small piece of the larger picture. But for the most part they lend to a confusion of the reader. Skin Map ended at a scene where you couldn't wait to read book two because you needed to know what happened. But after finishing book two I am still unsure.

As for the too larger host of characters, I still love Mina's strong willed character. Personally, I wish the story would focus around her more. The male main character Kit is still helpless and annoying but towards the end he seems to finally start becoming a character to like.

Now as a reminder this is a middle book, which means it is a set up book for book three. I felt that this was all this book was. Nothing really happened in the book that made you think like the first one. And the story was too filled with sub plots and extended characters that you lost the focus on the important ones.

I may still read book three but mostly because I read book one and am still left wondering about it not because of book two. I do hope all of it comes full circle in the final book. Or I may never know my answer to the end of book one.

Disclosure: I received this book free of charge from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com blogger book reviewer program, in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. (Disclosed in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)
~ Cassi
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