The Skin Map (Bright Empires #1)
Kit Livingston's great-grandfather appears to him in a deserted alley during a tumultuous storm. He reveals an unbelievable story: that the ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legend o...more
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Issue number one: the plot. The Skin Map begins with both heroes and villains searching for a hidden map of the locations for moving around in time and space. About halfway through the book, Stephen Lawhead decides th ...more
Thus begins the adventure for the Skin Map, which contains directions through the ley l ...more
In the 1920s, landscape photographer and amateur antiquarian Alfred Watkins became convinced that large numbers of pre-Roman sites in Great Britain (megaliths, mounds, hill forts, wells, causeways, sacred sites, etc.) were deliberately laid out along straight lines, for which he coined the term "ley lines," ru ...more
I saw this book, read the synopsis and noted it as one I wanted to read some years ago.
And then forgot it.
I saw it mentioned here, a few days ago, said "oh yeah, I remember wanting to read that". It was in audio on the library's web sight so I downloaded it. I must say it's not what I expected from the synopsis I read. It's much more... ...more
The book covers a number of parallel stories about multiple characters. Neither of these stories is brought to conclusion in the Skin Map, they are all left hanging for the ne ...more
"Had he but known that before the day was over he would discover the hidden dimensions of the universe, Kit might have been better prepared. At least he would have brought an umbrella."
The day that Kit meets his great-grandfather, his world is turned upside down. Or inside out. Or maybe sideways. Lawhead is able to weav ...more
Unfortunately, the "end" is something of a cliffhanger. There is not resolution so much as a commitment by the protagonist to pursue to an end. Frustrating, in a good way ...more
A terrific story. I would have rated it higher but the time aspect was so confusing. It was difficult to be sure on occasion - especially in the scenes with Lord Burleigh, whether there had been a change of century or not.
Cosimo Christopher Livingstone, naturally known as 'Kit', is riding the London Underground to visit his girlfriend when a line closure forces him off the direct route. A fair bit of frustration and wandering later, he winds up taking an obscure street called Stan ...more
(4 Star Review for Amazon, Goodreads, Librarything.com)
Time Leaping Along the Ley Lines
Stephen Lawhead’s new book Skin Map, the first in an upcoming series called Bright Empires, is a bit of a deviation from his usual style of fiction. I think it’s important to up front, not compare it to his other works and normal literary style, in order to not get disappointed. This is a light, fun, sci-fi adventure story, not a lot of deep substance or description. Once in that fra ...more
Lawhead is a master of drawing you into the story HE wants to tell. Very often, I think, we come to a story with how we think it will go - and feel pleasantly surprise or sorrowfully disappointed by the journey. I've learned, with Lawhead, to allow him to tell his story, and I'm never disappointed.
The very idea of a map made of human skill is a thought most revolting. But with this story I am now convinced that, given the enormous importance of the map for the ...more
If one knows how to navigate them, these lines open up portals to other times and parallel universes. After accidentally losing his girlfriend in ...more
I must say that Lawheads writing is quite good. (I especially love reading ...more
This is going to be just a little bit hard to review. I won this book in a giveaway from Robert Treskillard (a masterful author in his own right), and read it over the course of three days when I was sick, and it helped pass the time marvelously.
For most of the book, THE SKIN MAP was a resounding 5-stars. I enjoyed it so very very much and it was brilliant and unique and fascinating and aweso ...more
Kit lives in modern day London and is on his way to Wilhelmina, whom he has had a relationship with for an extended period. There seems to be no romance or feelings of immortal love between them. Somewhere he crosses a ley line, which is one of many branches of deep earth energy, and he finds himself in the past. He meets up with his grandfather, who left one day to buy a loaf of bread, but never returned. Disbeliev ...more
My review from 2010:
Sci-fi or fantasy? Adventure or suspense? The Skin Map is one of those special books that crosses genres. In a way, it's all of the above, which makes for a delightful reading stew. A novel that's been cooking in Stephen Lawhead's mind for over fifteen years, it was well ...more
Filled with descriptions that beguile all five senses and all the beauty and charm of the language I have come to expect from Lawhead, this book is a fascinating blend of fantasy and sci-fi. In the world of ...more
By: Stephen R. Lawhead
I requested this book because it looked like an interesting read. I looked forward to reading it. I started reading this book and it was a little different than I had imagined. Even though I was looking forward to something a little different I was not disappointed. The Skin Map is full of mystery and very sci-fi. The twists and turns through out this book will take you on an adventure of a lifetime. You will not want to put this book down. The main character, K ...more
Kit is down on his luck in present-day London, when out of the blue he is visited by ...more
As a main character Kit i ...more
I would classify this book as a "page turner" because the story and pacing are quite good and the author writes in a very easy to read style. There is plenty of action and twists and turns to keep your nose in this book.
I particularly liked the theory of time t ...more
ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY Kit Livingstone has led a terribly humdrum life. Even his girlfriend is dull. But soon all that changes when, with the help of his deceased great-grandfather, Kit is catapulted into worlds unknown in The Skin Map, the first book of the Bright Empires series by prolific writer Stephen R. Lawhead. Dynami ...more
A stunning tour through contemporary England, history, alternate dimensions, time and space travel, ley lines and tellurian energy, and perhaps even quantum physics, “The Skin Map” is but the first in a wonderful trilogy that continues with 2011’s “The Bone House” and 2012’s “The Spirit Well.” Stephen Lawhead evinces a remarkable creative imagination as he pipes us along the paths of Kit and Wilhelmina, Kit’s great-grandfather Cosimo, and Cosimo’s colleague in discovery, Si ...more
I read each chapter and understood that there were four or more stories happening at the same time in different times of history. The idea of traveling to another time and place using a map made from a man's skin is kind of creepy.
I wanted to like this book but it is a ve ...more
All of the above would rate a three star review. However, i gave him extra points for creating such a fascinating universe. Unlimited potential for story telling. I can see how he can enlarge this story to five parts. His strength is in historical fiction and this series gives ...more
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Stephen was born in 1950, in Nebraska in the USA. Most of his early life was spent in America where he earned ...more