The Skin Map (A Bright Empires Novel) by Stephen Lawhead

Thomas Nelson

A review by John Irvin


“Had he but known that before the day was over he would discover the hidden dimensions of the universe, Kit might have been better prepared. At least, he would have brought an umbrella.” –The Skin Map

            Kit Livingstone is one of those naive heroes it seems. The story begins with his stumbling through a ley line—something thought only to be stuff of legend—to find his great-grandfather waiting for him. An unforgettable story of intrigue and fantasy unravel before his and the reader’s eyes.

            Come to find out there is an entire multi-verse, with various versions of the same individuals but also time travel is thrown into the midst.

            There is the discovery of one secret hero who took a voyage through time and space, beating or averting every danger. Throughout his hidden trek across the many dimensions, he manages to map out the directions and places—etching the strange markings in his own skin.

            Kit is one of the finders of this skin map. But will he be able to decipher the meaning?

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            I’ll tell y’all one thing, this book kept me up late every night until I finished it. I was so immersed into the mysteries and adventures it was the hardest struggle to put it down. I’m not just saying this.

            From the very first sentence, you get this overshadowing sense that there is so much more to this universe than we realise and you are about to find out what it is.

            Stephen Lawhead is one of my top favourite authors because of this series. Yes, it is a series—five books in fact. As soon as I finished one, I’d order the next.

            There is also a tiny bit of clean romance too. Honestly, the way it unfolded felt like a breath of fresh air. But the emphasis was more on the adventure. I’d say the genre this book fits in would be alternate reality, epic treasure hunt, and ancient historical fantasy.

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

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