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Monday, January 21, 2013

Spirit Well review

The Spirit Well (Bright Empires) Description:

The search for the map—and the secret behind its cryptic code—intensifies in a quest across time, space, and multiple realities.

But what if the true treasure isn’t the map at all . . . what if the map marks something far greater?  Something one world cannot contain? Those who desire to unlock that mystery are in a race to possess the secret—for good or evil.
Kit Livingstone is mastering the ability to travel across realities using ley lines and has forged a link from the Bone House, a sacred lodge made of animal bones, to the fabled Spirit Well, a place of profound power.

His friend Mina is undercover in a Spanish monastery high in the Pyrenees, learning all she can from a monk named Brother Lazarus. Still determined to find Kit, she is beginning to experience a greater destiny than she can fathom.

Cassandra Clarke is overseeing an archaeological dig in Arizona when a chance encounter transports her to 1950s Damascus. There, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to the Seekers—the last living remnants of the Zetetic Society who need her help to track down the missing Cosimo Livingstone and his grandson Kit.

But there are darker forces at work in the universe whose agents always seem to be one step ahead of the rest—and they’re all desperate to gain the ultimate prize in this treasure hunt where the stakes increase at every turn. At the heart of the mystery lies the Spirit Well.

My Review:

The series began with The Skin Map, which if you recall I wasn't overly impressed with.  For some reason I kept with the series and read the second installment, The Bone House, where there characters were becoming more real and the story line was starting to come together.  That brings us here, to the third of what will be five books in the series.

In this edition we learn how the skin map became, well...a skin map.  A gruesome concept but one that seems less so when we get the whole story.  We again have some interesting time travel and are introduced to a new character and a new organization on the hunt for the map.

I honestly don't yet understand Cassandra's part in the story line.  What I can say is that with the introduction of Cassandra we finally begin to see some of what makes this book worthy of a Christian publisher.  While God may have been absent from the previous books, He definitely has a presence in this one.  

Kit manages to find his way back to more modern times and we get a glimpse of the complexity of  ley travel when we discover that Mina's rescue of Kit in the previous book hasn't yet happened for Mina on her current time line!  All in all I have to say that the series keeps improving and I look forward to the next installment!

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