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The Bone House (Bright Empires #2)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,823 Ratings  ·  192 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
Published September 15th 2011 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. (first published September 6th 2011)
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Nov 30, 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
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
Mar 14, 2016 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.
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
Nov 19, 2015 Norma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

You may remember me reviewing the first book in this series, The Skin Map back in May of last year. I had fallen in love with that book. Well, this book didn’t let me down either.

Once again, I was exhilarated travelling the ley lines in my imagination right alongside the characters. It was great to see each one of the characters unfold themselves just a little bit more. They were like old friends that I got to sit around with and catch up on their latest adventures.

I can’t wait to find out what
Cynthia Maddox
This is the second book in the Bright Empire Series, by Stephen Lawhead. The premise of time travel and the use of ley lines is fascinating and I really want to know what is going on. I read the first book and did enjoy it but as I said in that review, Mr. Lawhead is quite wordy. He is equally wordy in this book. There are whole pages of descriptions I simply scanned and skipped because he tends to loves extremely detailed vistas. This is unnecessary since he is so capable at setting the scene t ...more
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Kit Livingstone has escaped the clutches of the murderous Burley Men. Now he is on the run through history, the inheritor of an impossible mission - a quest to unite and decode the Skin Map. But where it leads, and what it means, Kit has no idea. 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 the great minds of history for their own malign ...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
May 12, 2014 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachelle Sperling
Feb 13, 2016 Rachelle Sperling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
See my profile for my star rating system.

When I reviewed The Skin Map, book one in the Bright Empires Series, I told you that it was good, but it wasn't Lawhead at his best. This is Lawhead at his best!

The Bone House improves in every way upon my minor disappointments with book one.

The writing style is more carefully crafted and the transitions are better set so that the reader doesn't get lost in the multitude of jumps between different places in different times. I especially liked the creative
Phillip Lemons
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Sep 02, 2015 Ken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a great story and while it is getting more complex, it is also getting harder to put down. Parts of this are confusing if I try too hard to explain things based on my current understanding of the laws of physics and quantum realities. It reads best when I sit back to see where the story takes me. Things are being explained at the points where that is necessary.

I genuinely like the characters. I am anxious to see how some of the possibilities play out as I read the rest of the series. I'm n
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
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
Oct 26, 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
Oct 25, 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
Aug 23, 2011 Thelogo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 21, 2012 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
April Erwin
Oct 09, 2012 April Erwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Oct 03, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
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.
Oct 02, 2011 Shannon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads

*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
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.

Aug 31, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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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