Stephen R. Lawhead. The Bone House. Thomas Nelson, 2011. 416 pgs.
The Bone House is a sci-fi book, the second in Stephen Lawhead’s Bright Empires series. I didn’t read the first in the series, “The Skin Map,” but in the beginning of “The Bone House”, there was a section to help readers who hadn’t read “The Skin Map” catch up.
This book continues Kit’s story in his search for the skin map. He takes over for his great-grandfather, who was killed. Kit is on the run but has resourceful friends such as Mina.
There are many good sci-fi aspects weaved throughout the story. These are presented quite well. Early in the book, when I came across several interesting little side stories, I hoped they would connect. At times, it was a little hard remembering them all, but by the end of the tale, it made sense.
Kit and other characters cross into dimensional divides to other places and times. Interesting questions about the nature of time, death, and the immortality of the human spirit come up.
Ley travel, the great aspect of this story, is not the same as time travel. Time is out of joint, and different worlds overlap. History gets slippery.
There are messages like, “We have to do the best we can with our lives; do the next thing.” Also, what are the connotations of a universe filled with multiple alternative worlds, the mysteries of time, space, and reality, etc.
The world exploration held my attention as the characters searched for the skin map.
The ending was the best part of the book. When Kit goes back to the Stone Age, his encounters with cave men are fascinating. For those who like sci-fi adventures, this is a book to check out.
I was given a copy of this work for review purposes by BookSneeze, and the opinions here are strictly my own.