THE FATAL TREE (A Bright Empires Novel), A Review

by Stephen Lawhead

Published by Thomas Nelson

A review by John Irvin


“Near Tacoma, Washington, fourteen vehicles plunged into Puget Sound when the highway bridge on which they were travelling disappeared beneath them.

            From the Back Cover:

            It started with small, seemingly insignificant wrinkles in time: A busy bridge suddenly disappears, spilling cars into the sea. A beast from another realm roams modern streets. Napoleon’s army appears in 1930s Damascus ready for battle. But that’s only the beginning as entire realities collide and collapse.

            The questors are spread throughout the universe. Mina is stuck on a plain of solid ice, her only companion an angry cave lion named Baby. Tony and Gianni are monitoring the cataclysmic reversal of the cosmic expansion—but coming up short on answers. And Burleigh is languishing in a dreary underground dungeon—his only hop of survival the very man he tried to kill.

            Kit and Cass are back in the Stone Age trying to reach the Spirit Well. But an enormous yew tree has grown over the portal, effectively cutting off any chance of return. Unless someone can find a solution—and fast—all Creation will be destroyed in the universal apocalypse known as The End of Everything.

            In the final volume of the fantastic Bright Empires series, Stephen R. Lawhead brings the multi-stranded tale to a stunning and immensely satisfying conclusion.

The Fatal Tree (A Bright Empires Novel, Book 5) by Stephen Lawhead, A Review

            When they said an immensely satisfying conclusion—they weren’t joking.

            Sticking with the multi-faceted mystery and fantasy adventure through time traveling and parallel universe jumping, Lawhead really knocked my socks off.

            The suspense kept me reading—there were times I forgot I had chores to do. I needed to read this final installment in the multi-universe series.

            How was it all going to play out? That was my main question. The mystery and quests had all built up for a fantastic climax and like usual, Stephen Lawhead did not disappoint but pulled through.

            In the end, I looked up to find life had gone by without me, but I smiled, content and a bit bittersweet at leaving my friends in their new stations in life after it all played out.

            So, take my recommendation and click this link to go buy it: THE FATAL TREE.

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