The Bone House is the second in Stephen Lawhead’s Bright Empires Series. The story picks up where The Skin Map left off, tracking a variety of characters through various time periods and dimensions as they all seek to get their hands on the same thing: a map of all the various dimensions that exist, as well as the ley lines used to travel between them.
While the first installment of the series seemed to move rather quickly and kept readers turning pages as quickly as they could read them, the second volume moved at a much slower pace. Lawhead’s wonderful style and descriptive language was all there, and he is exciting a fun to read, as his vocabulary and historical research make it easy for the reader to place himself back into the various time periods that are worked into the story. However, the story line simply did not seem to progress much, and very few questions left from the first work were answered, while many more were introduced. It seems that the hallmark of a good series of books is some sort of resolution within each story that allows it to in some small way stand alone while contributing to greater whole of the series. The Bone House does not have that quality, but relies completely on what came before and what will hopefully come after.
In summary, I would recommend the series thus far to readers who love the historical fiction and science fiction/ fantasy genres. Lawhead is a great writer, though I don’t believe this book represents his best work. That being said, I would give The Bone House 3.5 out of 5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book from Booksneeze in exchange for a fair and honest review.