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Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. His works include Byzantium, Patrick,and the series The Pendragon Cycle, The Celtic Crusades, King Raven Trilogy, The Song of Albion and his latest, Bright Empire series. Stephen Lawhead makes his home in Oxford, England, with his wife.
Favourite Bible verse: Genesis 1:1: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.-- In fact, I like it so much I am writing half-a-million words in exegesis of that verse in the Bright Empires series.
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Tony and Gianni are in Rome gathering additional data on the collapse of the universe, and Haven and Giles are captured by Huns and taken to Byzantium. Mina travels to Egypt to recruit Dr. Thomas Young, "the last man in the world who knows everything." But when he accompanies Mina, Kit, and Cass to the ley guarded by the giant tree, he manages to activate the ley and he and Mina disappear.
The search for the map of blue symbols began in a rainy alley in London, but has since expanded through space, time, and to include more searchers. Kit, Mina, Gianni, Cass, Haven, and Giles have gathered in Mina's 16th-century coffee house and are united in their determination to find a path back to the Spirit Well. Yet, with their shadow lamps destroyed and key pieces of the map still missing, the journey will be far more difficult than they imagine. And when one of their own disappears with the Sir Henry's cryptic Green Book, they no longer know who to trust.At the same time, the Zetetic Society has uncovered a terrifying secret which, if proven, will rock the very foundations of Creation. The quest for answers is no longer limited to recovering an unknown treasure. The fate of the universe depends on unraveling the riddle of the Skin Map.
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Kit 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?
Kit is on a quest for the ultimate treasure. But are his travels in time changing history for better or worse?When Kit Livingstone's great grandfather appeared to him in a deserted alley during a London rainstorm, he revealed an incredible story: the ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legend but are in fact pathways to other worlds. An intricate code--a map of bizarre symbols--is the roadmap they need to navigate the multi-layered universe. But the five pieces have gone missing. Braving constant danger, Kit accepts his place in the adventure--though he has no idea just how critical a role he'll play.
One explorer knew more than most. Braving every danger, he toured time and space on voyages of heroic discovery. Ever on his guard, and fearful of becoming lost in the cosmos, he developed an intricate code-a roadmap of symbols-that he tattooed onto his own body. This Skin Map has since been lost in time. Now the race is on to recover all the pieces and discover its secrets.