Thursday, December 1, 2011

"The Skin Map" by Stephen R. Lawhead (Bright Empires Novel #1)

"The Skin Map" was a bit difficult to get into because the style of writing was British. It was difficult to understand what some words meant and the different arrangement of the words. The story was enjoyable, however. The idea of ley lines being pathways between different universes is an intriguing one and I had never considered this possibility before; I had always heard of ley lines being referred to as magical energy pathways, but never pathways between universes.

I also enjoyed the concept of the universes having different outcomes in history. It was kind of confusing at first, because it sounded like the great-grandfather was saying the ley lines were involved with time-travel, but it became clear what was going on a few pages later.

Kit’s girlfriend, Wilhelmina (tragic name, really) is lost in the beginning of the book when he tries to show her about the ley lines. She has little bits in the book throughout discussing what happened to her and in the end she saves Kit. All in all both of Kit’s and Mina’s lives were enhanced and given a better purpose in life that helped them to live up to the full potential they had.

This book was alright, but I wouldn’t spend money on the second one. I think I would borrow it from the library, but it is not very high on my list.

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I give this a 4/10 and recommend this to adult readers of current British Literature.