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The Bone House (Bright Empires #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  2,067 Ratings  ·  207 Reviews
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 Me
ebook, 400 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Nov 18, 2012 Werner rated it liked it  ·  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
Deborah O'Carroll
(Review originally posted on The Page Dreamer:

It's a mind-baffling attempt, trying to figure out how to review this book... But I shall give it a shot so that I can capture some of my thoughts as they are at this point in the saga, before launching into reading book 3, The Spirit Well.

The Bone House picks up more or less where book 1 in The Bright Empires series, The Skin Map, left off -- I say more or less, since the time aspect makes such statements mo
Anne Hamilton
Sep 20, 2015 Anne Hamilton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Three and a half stars.

Just when I'd decided that there were far too many disparate threads and far too much hopping from one character to another across the multiverse, the story settled down for several chapters to follow Kit Livingstone for a considerable while.

The story jumps, as abrupt and dislocative as the ley leaps themselves, which is a nice literary touch but doesn't lend itself to deep satisfaction with the reading experience. I began to warm to the story when it settled into the worl
Madeline Rose
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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.

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- really hard to review. Like, how? XD
- I love love love all
Sep 28, 2015 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This author hovers in the 3 star zone for me. I've read a few of his novels. There are things I like about his writing, and equally, things that I don't.

I loved the whole time travel element in this one. I also liked most of the characters, but there seemed to be a whole parade of them. I kept questioning the many different story lines.

I was a little disappointed in the ending.....because there wasn't even a tiny bit of resolution. I feel that was abandoned in lieu of the hook.
Charles Earl Harrel
Second novel in the Bright Empires series by Stephen Lawhead. The story continues. Things are getting interesting now. I love this series. What can I say? Great, fantastic, it grabs you right from the start. Second read. Even better this time through. No need to repeat myself (see my review of Book 1, The Skin Map). Get the book! Get the series!
Nora St Laurent
Sep 13, 2014 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I've loved Lawhead's storytelling since I was in my early teens. So far I'm not as wrapped up in the Bright Empires series as others, but it's still a good tale.

It had been a while since I read the first book in the series, but The Bone House had a quick review of the pertinent points before delving right into the plot. There were a few things that I didn't quite remember correctly and some things I'm still hazy on, but overall I don't think the gap was too detrimental. I did feel that this sec
'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
Jill Williamson
Aug 05, 2012 Jill Williamson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kelsey Bryant
The plot thickens! I like it even more now. You learn more about the characters and their backgrounds, and there are some very compellingly imaginative situations.
Mar 20, 2017 Rayb24 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm really liking this series. Lay Line travel meets science fiction, History and quantum physics....
Multiple realities .....
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
Rachel Thomson
Nov 14, 2011 Rachel Thomson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dave Courtney
Oct 17, 2011 Dave Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 20, 2011 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Oct 14, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christopher C. Hall
A very interesting continuation to the Skin Map. It definitely took some unexpected turns. The cast of characters continues to grow, almost to a point of too many players for the story to move forward with any sense of urgency. Still, I'm enjoying the series.
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Aug 24, 2011 Lyn (Readinghearts) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lynne Sindel, Marilyn Killalee, Scoozer
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) 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
Andrew Leon
Feb 24, 2013 Andrew Leon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the surface, the series is all about time travel and the search for an ultimate treasure, but that's just the book at a glance and not what it's about at all. Rather than time travel, the books deal with multiple dimension theory, and Lawhead weaves this in as the backdrop to his story rather flawlessly. The only thing I have any complaint about are the squalls that happen any time the characters ley travel. That one thing seems a little overly dramatic, but the emphasis on that occurrence ha ...more
Lisa Johnson
Dec 11, 2011 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Titles: The Skin Map
The Bone House

Author: Stephen R Lawhead
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Year: 2010 & 2011

How does one define such novels that have many diverse genres? Are the novels based on science, history, Bible, archeology? There are authors who write in the fiction genre that seem to have to basis in either reality or facts, just the imagination is involved it seems. Then there are others who write novels that include a host of facts and various fields of known study. So what
Jun 01, 2013 Cassi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 conf
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
Lin Ryals
Sep 01, 2011 Lin Ryals rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Shawn Spjut
Jan 26, 2013 Shawn Spjut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

J.M. LeDuc
Oct 06, 2011 J.M. LeDuc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Phillip Lemons
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First, this second book was brilliant. Adding Mina into the loop was genius. It was exciting too, with many edge-of-the-seat moments. I craved to keep reading this story, wanting to know just as much as Kit and Mina do about the skin map.

The story continues to intertwine many more stories within the book. There are small glimpses in the live's of many of the characters, good and bad. Kit and Mina split off, for important quests which are essential to getting their hands on the skin map.

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
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Bright Empires (5 books)
  • The Skin Map (Bright Empires, #1)
  • The Spirit Well (Bright Empires, #3)
  • The Shadow Lamp (Bright Empires, #4)
  • The Fatal Tree (Bright Empires, #5)

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