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The Bone House (Bright Empires #2)

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Kit Livingstone met his great-grandfather Cosimo in a rainy alley in London where he discovered the truth about 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....more
ebook, 416 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Nov 30, 2012 Werner rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of adventure-oriented science fiction
Shelves: science-fiction
This second volume of the Bright Empires series (which, as I discovered since finishing the series opener, is planned to consist of five novels) is very much of a piece with its predecessor --though, to be sure, the plot advances in certain ways, and more bits of information are revealed. The same strengths and flaws noted in my review of The Skin Map are clearly evident here.

On the positive side, Lawhead continues to hold this reader's interest. There's a lot of cutting to and fro, back and for...more
'The Bone House' is the sequel to 'The Skin Map' and while I loved the intriguing book cover, I can't very much say the same about the story in this sequel. I very much preferred the first book, 'The Skin Map'. I believe I've reviewed it quite some time ago and I was really hooked on the story.

While this book have the same thrilling factor in it, I can't seems to pay attention to the story because there's too much scenes shift. I struggled to read this sci-fi book and I find it difficult to fini...more
Jill Williamson
The first book in the Bright Empires series intrigued me, so I wanted to continue my journey with this tale. Like the ley lines of time and dimensions the characters travel in this story, the plot is a fascinating twist of layers. Where I would be confused one moment, the “Ah ha…” was never far behind. There are many point of view characters, which is distracting at first, but I got used to it. This book gave many answers to questions posed in book one, but introduced just as many new questions...more
Nora St Laurent
I purchased the Hard Back copy of this book along with the audio copy. I listened to the audio book to and from work (I have a long commute). When I got home I would read the book. I was hooked from the first book in this series. I adored the narrator of this series. He has a great accent and is very talented and creative in how he did the different voices for each character in the novel. I loved it. I brought this novel to life in a whole new way.

The Skin Map (the first book in this series) int...more
Loyce Rogers
You need to read these in order, otherwise, you will have no idea what is going on. I was tricked by Amazon into buying The Bone House, only to discover that it made no sense without having read the first in the series. So, I read The Skin Map, which was good enough that I read this book, The Bone House. If I had not already owned this book, I'm not sure I would have bought this one to read. I might have, but now, after two of them, I am ready to stop. I just really couldn't care less what Kit d...more
This is the second book in the Bright Empires series.

I just love the concept behind this series of time travel with time slippage in a multiverse. As a scientist myself, it is a fascinating idea, and I loved the addition of Dr. Thomas Young to the cast of characters. I was thoroughly engrossed in this book, and couldn't wait to see what was next for our characters and what world we would find ourselves in next. Only Mr. Lawhead could create a world and characters this complex and tell the story...more
Rachel Thomson
In The Bone House, Book 2 of the Bright Empires series, the race to recover the fabled Skin Map — once tattooed on the torso of the greatest traveler the multiverse has ever known, and rumoured to contain the greatest secret of all — is still on. Kit and Giles have escaped from the disease-ridden tomb to which the Burley Men confined them, and the good guys are beginning to gain the upper hand. (Mostly thanks to Wilhelmina Klug, whose experiences in 17th-century Prague have transformed her from...more
Barbara Sheppard
The first book in this series, The Skin Map, really piqued my interest- mainly because of the subject of travelling through time and parallel universes by means of ley-lines - so the sequel had a lot to live up to. I have an great interest in time travel and the like.

It did seem to start off quite slowly, but the main plot soon kicked in and wouldn't let me go. Alongside the main storyline, which continues the adventures of Kit Livingstone as he continues his quest for the skin map, we get some...more
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

Those who know me, or those who follow my blog and reviews closely, know that I am not a big fantasy or sci-fi reader. There are a few exceptions, but normally, something about the fantasy genre rubs me wrong. I took a chance with reading Stephen Lawhead’s newest release, The Bone House, and in the end, was glad I did! It probably would have been less confusing at the beginning had I read the first in the series, The Skin Map, but all in all, I enjoyed...more
This month, the CSFF Blog Tour is featuring The Bone House by Stephen R. Lawhead. In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. The Bone House is the second book in the Bright Empires series.

The Bone House continues to follow the stories of the characters we met in The Skin Map, and it also introduces a few new characters. Kit, Mina, and Giles are on the run from Burleigh and his henchmen, Arthur Flinders-Petrie is traveling through ancient world...more
One year ago, less one week, I posted my review of Stephen Lawheads The Skin Map, which is the first book in the "Bright Empires" series. Here, then, is the second book in that series. The Bone House continues the story of Kit Livingston in his quest for the skin map. One piece has been found, but the stakes have been raised. Kit has inherited this quest from his grandfather, Cosimo, but Kit is now on the run, and, except for the help of his surprisingly resourceful girlfriend Mina, on his own....more
Dave Courtney
Speaking of scientists and professors Rosenblum and Kuttner, Lawhead writes in a personal piece at the very end of this novel about a book they wrote in the area of quantum physics with the... "intention and hope that readers will be brought to the boundary where the particular expertise of physicists is no longer a sure guide." He then goes on to describe his own intent for penning the Bright Empire series. "When experts disagree you may choose your own expert. Since the quantum enigma arises i...more
April Erwin
First, let me say, if you haven't read the first book in the Bright Empire Series The Skin Map - what in the multi-verse are you waiting for?! If you missed my original post on this fantastic book, click HERE for an update.

Now that you're up to speed, on to the exciting reason I'm posting today. The Bone House. I have been waiting for this book, impatiently I might add, since I closed the cover of book one a year ago. In fact, when my copy arrived by mail, I squealed so loud my sister had to com...more
J.M. LeDuc
Stephen R. Lawhead has the unique ability to combine fantasy with mystery, stir them up and produce a spellbinding read. “The Bone House,” the second in the Bright Empires series, is no different. You will be reacquainted with the characters that were introduced in “The Skin Map,” the first book in the series.
Kit Livingston met his great grandfather, Cosmo in a rainy alley in London. There he discovered the truth of alternative realities. Along with Wilhelmina, he is now deeply entrenched in a t...more
Brenten Gilbert
As I mentioned in my review of The Skin Map, which precedes the story captured here, my history with Stephen Lawhead has been shaky, but with the Bright Empire series, Lawhead is rewriting that history – and every other history imaginable. After a pretty interesting twist, book the second picks up where we left off, in the thick of the action.

Kit and company double and triple back through the dimensions as we fill in some gaps in the overarching story and blaze new narrative trails. Our travelle...more
I received a copy of The Bone House thanks to Goodreads' first reads, and before I cracked it open I went out and read the first in the series, the Skin Map. As others have noted, The Bone House does come with a quick summary of the Skin Map, but it really doesn't do the first book justice, so I'd strongly recommend reading the series in order.

I really enjoyed the Skin Map, it was a fast moving adventure and a really quick read. The Bone House, however, didn't quite live up to me expectations. A...more
Frank Peters
“The Bone House”, by Stephen Lawhead is the second of a multiple book fantasy series, and provides a rollercoaster ride for the reader. It should not be read until the first part of the series “The Skin Map” is completed. Following from the first book, Lawhead continues to develop the characters, and while I had assumed that the complexities of the story would start to become a bit clearer; if anything the opposite is true. In the second book, more characters are introduced, the story telling ju...more
Ruth Hill
I have to admit that I had no idea what to expect as I began to read this book. I cannot complain about the level of writing, description, and characterization. All were exceptional. Sometimes I even found myself mildly intrigued.

Unfortunately, this book was not my cup of tea. I was interested in reading a Christian book that dealt with time travel, but I found this story lacking quite a bit. Granted, I have not yet(nor do I intend to) read the other books in the series, but I was not impressed....more

*This is the second book of the Bright Empires series*
Kit and Mina have become allies in the search of the skin map in this book. Neither understands exactly what they are looking for or where it will lead them. Mina’s having a firmer grasp of traveling the ley lines will give them an advantage to more successfully evade their enemies, who also want to get their hands on the map.
There are a lot of elements to these books so far. There’s adventure, time travel, multi dimensions, and mystery al...more
Shawn Spjut
In The Skin Map, Lawheads 2nd book in the ”The Bright Empire” series, we find our characters once again zipping back and forth through time, popping in and out of each other’s lives, and thankfully standing still long enough for the reader to take a deeper look at just who they are.

I appreciate that the author spent more time developing his characters in this book than he did in the first, but I can’t say I like Kit Livingston any better …well maybe just a little; at least he stopped whining.

The adventure from "The Skin Map" continues in the second installation of the Bright Empires series by Stephen Lawhead. Kit and his grandfather, Cosimo, resume their search for the missing parts of the map (the map that literally contains all of the ley lines), with Wilhelmina becomes very good at time travel. Each jump on a "ley line" brings adventure (i.e. Egypt) and danger (i.e. burly men), yet they continue on. The author gives more information about Lord Burleigh and how he became the perso...more
I am a bit confused on the entire series. I think some of the things in this book should have been in book one but since I have not read all of them yet I can't totally judge it all. I know in the end that all of it will come together and some of it already has but all the jumping around in time and learning that people died but then they are alive again in the coming chapters gets me confused a bit until I realize that they are STILL dead but their story is told after they died not before or m...more
The second in the five-book Bright Empires Series, The Bone House lives up to Stephen Lawhead’s reputation as one of the finest science fiction/fantasy writers today.

An ambitious work, it is filled with vivid descriptions of foreign lands, gripping action and a plot that moves through multiple worlds. Lawhead sculpts a believable universe and peoples it with memorable characters that come to life as you read.

Following Kit Livingstone, the story tracks his progress in trying to locate the skin ma...more
The Bone House (Bright Empire Series #2)
Author: Stephen R. Lawhead

Brought to you by OBS staff member Annabell Cadiz


An avenue of Egyptian sphinxes, an Etruscan tufa tomb, a Bohemian coffee shop, and a Stone Age landscape where universes collide …

Kit Livingstone met his great grandfather Cosimo in a rainy alley in London where he discovered the reality of alternate realities.

Now he's...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Kit Livingstone has once again stepped out of one Ley line and into trouble as he faces his arch enemy Lord Burleigh who will stop at nothing to claim the Skin Map. Little do they know that plans have been made, quite genius my I add to reclaim one of the pieces of the Skin Map by none other than Kit’s own girlfriend Mina.

The Bone House is the second installment in a 5 book series called the Bright Empires by Stephen R. Lawhead . This book takes you deeper into the story of the first book called...more
After finding on part of the Skin map, in the first installment of the series, our traveler Kit Livingstone must quicken the pace if he is to restore the map of the multiverse. Along the way he encounters the dreadful Burley men as well as the astute and resourceful Mina, both of whom are fellow ley travelers. Unsure of where the map leads or the meaning of his quest, he only knows that he can't let the Burley men beat him to it. With flashes into the life of Arthur, The Man Who is Map, and side...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
The Bright Empire series by Stephen R Lawhead continues with The Bone House.

With the unexpected deaths of Cosimo Livingstone and Sir Henry at the hands of Archelaeus Burleigh, Kit must rely on the Ley traveling skills that Mina has developed since she was transported to 17th century Prague.

But with time/dimensional travel there are a variety of trips covered in The Bone House including Kit's visit to Egypt in 1822 where he meets up with Doctor Thomas Young who are both on a mission that was bro...more
Book 2 in The Bright Empires series. Many other second books in series I have read are a bit of a let down after the first, but I did not find this to be the case in The King Raven Trilogy, and it is not true here. The Bone House benefits from the scene setting that took place in The Skin Map, the first book in the series, and so is a much more captivating read. Many other reviewers have given details of the story, so I won't do that all again. I'll just say that my main complaint with The Skin...more
readinghearts (Lyn M)
Oct 08, 2011 readinghearts (Lyn M) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lynne Sindel, Marilyn Killalee, Scoozer
Recommended to readinghearts (Lyn M) by: Netgalley
The Bone House is the second book in Stephen Lawhead's Bright Empires series. The characters in this series travel through reality landing in other worlds and other times in their quest for The Skin Map (the title of the first book in the series) and the ultimate prize that it will reveal. If you think this books sounds like just another one of the many time travel books that are the current rage, it is not. In fact, the characters will tell you time and again that they are not merely traveling...more
Steve Trower
The first book in this series, The Skin Map, ticked a lot of my personal boxes - mainly by virtue of travelling through time and parallel universes by means of ley-lines - so the sequel had a lot to live up to.

It did seem to start off quite slowly, but the main plot soon kicked in and wouldn't let me go. Alongside the main storyline, which continues the adventures of Kit Livingstone as he continues his quest for the skin map, we get some unobtrusive back story, of Mina's hitherto unexplained tra...more
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Goodreads Librari...: Combine editions 32 104 Nov 21, 2011 05:37PM  
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Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. His works include Byzantium, Patrick, and the series The Pendragon Cycle, The Celtic Crusades, and The Song of Albion.

Also see his fanpage at Myspace:

Stephen was born in 1950, in Nebraska in the USA. Most of his early life was spent in America where he earned...more
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