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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Bone House Review

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.

My Review:
You may have read my review of The Skin Map, the first book in this series, and if so you realize that the first book was just "okay" for me.  I felt like Kit was under developed and Mina was over developed for a secondary character.  The Bone House  fills in a lot of Kit's personality, although Mina still shines.

Lawhead's writing skills seem to have improved and as a reader I feel that the story lines are beginning to come together a little more than in the previous book.  There are still questions,  how did the Skin Map come to be? (How did he find his way around) but there are a few possibilities that are vaguely hinted at.  You get a history of Burliegh (founder of the Burley men), a trip back to cave men times, adventure, mystery, and a much improved story.

If you skipped the first one, with the addition of this book, it is worth going back and reading.  While you can follow the story line of The Bone House on its own, The Skin Map gives background that makes it much more interesting.  IMHO, give it a read!

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