Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Bone House by Stephen R. Lawhead-- Book Review

The Bone House is the second book in the Bright Empires series. Here, we pick up where the last book left off, following Kit Livingston's journey to find the secret skin map. This time, he has his girlfriend, Mina, and a new friend, Giles, in tow to outsmart the bad guys, Burleigh and his men. Every twist and turn leads them back to facing their adversaries, which causes many heart-pounding chase scenes and mixed up ley jumping. They explore many places and even unlock a few new secrets about the skin map and the ley lines.

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.

Burleigh is the ever present opposing force, but we learn of another group fighting hard for the map also. We see the poor life Burleigh grew up in and almost pity him. Which, makes his character ever so more darkening.
Stephen R. Lawhead
the author

The descriptions are great, no matter the time or place the characters have journeyed too. It makes it seem like it's all real and waiting for us to ley jump too. :)

There were two things I did not like as much. Again, as I said with the Skin Map, the language use. Lawhead doesn't translate what some words mean, and I get jumbled up in the meanings. But, overall it doesn't prohibit my reading. It just makes me curious as what they are saying. Also, we did not find out what this mysterious "bone house" is until the last couple chapters. That does keep us, readers striving to keep going through the book. So, maybe that's a good tactic.

All in all, a very interesting and intricately woven story. I long to find out what happens to Kit, especially with that last discovery he made. Cliff-hangers for the win! :D

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I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishing through I was required to give my honest opinion of the book, nothing more.

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