THE SHADOW LAMP (A Bright Empires Novel) A Review

by Stephen Lawhead

Published by Thomas Nelson

A review by John Irvin


“Then it is agreed. We will return the skin to Arthur, and when that is done, that will be the end of it.” –Xian-Li

            From the Back Cover:

            The Quest for answers—and ultimate survival—hinges on finding the cosmic link between the Skin Map, the Shadow Lamp, and the Spirit Well.

            The search for the map of blue symbols began in a rainy alley in London but has since expanded through space and time and includes more seekers.

            Kit, Mina, Gianni, Cass, Haven, and Giles have gathered in Mina’s 16th-century coffee house and are united in their determination to find a path back to the Spirit Well. Yet, with their shadow lamps destroyed and key pieces of the map still missing, the journey will be farm more difficult than they imagine. And when one of their own disappears with Sir Henry’s cryptic Green Book, they no longer know who to trust.

            At the same time, the Zetetic Society has uncovered a terrifying secret which, if proven, will rock the very foundations of Creation. The quest for answers is no longer limited to recovering an unknown treasure. The fate of the universe depends on unraveling the riddle of the Skin Map.

The Shadow Lamp (A Bright Empires Novel) by Stephen Lawhead, a Review

            Four books into the Bright Empires series and the Skin Map is still being referenced. Well, that’s because it is the center of a mystifying intrigue of cosmic proportions—spreading across time and space in the multiverse in book number four, The Shadow Lamp.

            As expected, Stephen Lawhead laid out this next book in the series in an epic way. While unraveling some parts of the mystery, he also expounded on it—bringing an even greater urge to keep reading to the story.

            In my eyes, the started at a climax and got better and better—being a writer myself, I dream of obtaining such heights, men like Stephen Lawhead are my inspiration. You can tell the story was well thought out, researched, and developed long before the book was written. That or Lawhead is just that darn good.

            If you are a fan—or getting interested—in the fantasy adventure genre with time travel and parallel universes, you’ll have to add this book to your collection. If you haven’t, make sure you add the previous ones before as well!

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

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