In Which The Reader Is Caught Up — CSFF Blog Tour Day 2

12 Nov

The CSFF Blog Tour is featuring Stephen Lawhead’s newest book, The Shadow Lamp, Book 4 in the Bright Empires series. Reading the first 3 books is a must, so here is a recap of each book and links to my reviews. (Thanks to Amazon for the summaries.)

548047_w185Kit Livingstone’s great-grandfather has re-appeared with an unbelievable story–the ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legends but truly are pathways to other worlds. So few people know how to use them, though, that doing so is fraught with danger.

But one explorer knew more than most. Because of his fear of being unable to find his way home, he developed an intricate code and tattooed his map onto his skin. But the map has since been lost and rival factions are in desperate competition to recover it. What none of them yet realize is that the skin map itself is not the prize at the end of this race . . . but merely the first goal of a vast and marvelous quest to regain Paradise.

Enter the ultimate treasure hunt–with a map made of skin, a playing field of alternate realities, and a prize that is the greatest mystery of all.


bone-house-book-coverOne piece of the skin map has been found. Now the race to unravel the future of the future turns deadly.

An avenue of Egyptian sphinxes, an Etruscan tufa tomb, a Bohemian coffee shop, and a Stone Age landscape where universes collide …

Kit Livingstone met his great grandfather Cosimo in a rainy alley in London where he discovered the reality of alternate realities.

Now he’s on the run – and on a quest, trying to understand the impossible mission he inherited from Cosimo: to restore a map that charts the hidden dimensions of the multiverse while staying one step ahead of the savage Burley Men.

The key is the Skin Map – but where it leads and what it means, Kit has no idea. The pieces have been scattered throughout this universe and beyond.

Mina, from her outpost in seventeenth-century Prague, is quickly gaining both the experience and the means to succeed in the quest. Yet so are those with evil intent, who from the shadows are manipulating great minds of history for their own malign purposes.

Across time and space, through manifest and hidden worlds, those who know how to use ley lines to travel through astral planes have left their own world behind in this, the second quest: to unlock the mystery of The Bone House.


548061_w185Kit Livingstone is on a quest for the ultimate treasure—a tattooed map to an alternate universe! When he witnesses Arthur Flinders-Petrie carry his dead wife into a pool of light—and emerge with her alive—Kit wonders if The Spirit Well is the secret of the map. And if it is, can Arthur’s ruthless great-grandson be far behind?






To find out what others on the tour are saying about The Shadow Lamp, click on the links below.

Julie Bihn
Red Bissell
Thomas Clayton Booher
Thomas Fletcher Booher
Jeff Chapman
Karri Compton
Theresa Dunlap
April Erwin
Timothy Hicks
Christopher Hopper
Becky Jesse
Becca Johnson
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Rebekah Loper
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirriam Neal
Writer Rani
Nathan Reimer
Chawna Schroeder
Jojo Sutis
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Rachel Wyant
Phyllis Wheeler
Deborah Wilson


(Thanks to Thomas Nelson for a copy of The Shadow Lamp.)

4 Responses to “In Which The Reader Is Caught Up — CSFF Blog Tour Day 2”

  1. Julie Bihn November 13, 2013 at 2:10 am #

    What a great title for a post in this series! Love it!

    • rbclibrary November 13, 2013 at 7:17 am #

      Thanks! And thanks for stopping by.


  1. Book Review: The Shadow Lamp | BY THE BOOK - November 13, 2013

    […] First off, you must read books 1-3 in the Bright Empires series before you read The Shadow Lamp. Lawhead does a good job of catching the reader up in each successive book, but it is good only for reminding us what is going on. Don’t skip the first books or you could become as hopelessly clueless as Kit in his early ley travel. (To learn more about the series, click HERE.) […]

  2. The Shadow Lamp by Stephen Lawhead – CSFF Blog Tour, Day 1 | A Christian Worldview of Fiction - November 13, 2013

    […] √ Julie Bihn Red Bissell √ √ Thomas Clayton Booher √ Thomas Fletcher Booher √ √ √ Beckie Burnham √ Jeff Chapman √ Karri Compton Theresa Dunlap April Erwin √ √ √ […]

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