1. The Skin Map, Bright Empires Series #1BLACK FRI
    The Skin Map, Bright Empires Series #1
    Stephen Lawhead
    Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Trade Paperback
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    4 Stars Out Of 5 35 Reviews
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  1. WI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Reviewing THE SKIN MAP by Stephen Lawhead
    December 9, 2011
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Reviewing THE SKIN MAP by Stephen Lawhead

    The body of this book was very entertaining. I rate the book as a good read although a little disjointed at times. It's a typical Stephen Lawhead SyFy book except that this one leaves a lot of questions in your mind, [characters and situations are mentioned, but not followed through]. It does not have a definite ending.

    It took a long time loading the book on an iPad, and then the chapters were not in order; it skipped all over, so in listening to it, it would take quite some time to find where the next chapter was. [This could be the iPads fault or the software from the book that caused this to happen.] To aid me in finding the next chapter, I borrowed a hard-copy of the book. It would have been great, and without problems, using the CDs in an auto on a trip. The British accent took some getting used to as well as British terms that our English language finds obsolete.

    It appears there may be sequels coming; the book itself is not complete and leaves you hanging at the end.

    I received this book free from BookSneeze in a 9 disc CD format for review.

    Posted by IBELIEVE2 at 10:20 AM
  2. Atlanta
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Incredible Journey Through Time and Space
    November 20, 2011
    Nora Finding Hope
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Skin Map, Bright Empires Series #1.
    Kit Livingstone and his girlfriend (only because he didn't have the time to find another) Wilhelmina are watching life pass them by. Until one day Kit is in the middle of a day where everything is going wrong, he starts to walk because the transit system is not working and is caught up in a storm. When things settle he runs into a man who says he's his great-grand father. How could that be? He'd never met this man before. He turns to flee when Cosimo tells him, "I need your help with a project. It will be the adventure of a life time - of several lifetimes. But it will change yours forever." Cosimo has discovered a way to travel through space, time and alternate universes using ley lines, which are forces of energy that are intersections between worlds.

    Kit doesn't know what to think. Was this real or a dream? He has to go home and sort this out. Cosimo lets him. He needs a willing partner who believes in the search for the Skin Map which will lead them to "the secret of the universe or something even more significant and momentous? He told Kit." Should he join the quest to find the Skin Map? He gathered that it's a treasure map everyone wants because it's the road map to the ley-lines. What would he do?

    Thanks to BookSneeze® who provided me with a complimentary copy of this amazing audio book. The man reading had a British accent and read with so much expression and created different voices for the many characters I felt as if I was there. The reader brought The Skin Map to life for me. It was a very unique experience. I really enjoyed. I've never read anything so riveting and illuminating as The Skin Map. Stephen Lawhead is a brilliant and imaginative writer. I liked his well timed sense of humor and his quirky characters. I liked his main characters and his sub-characters some are compassionate, quick witted and others are full of surprises.

    The author starts the story in current time and whisks them back to Sept 1666 where life is quite primitive. The time travel is through ley lines. Kit is dropped into Cosimo and Sir Henry's world this way. They both keep Kit in the dark about their search for treasure. The author reveals things to Kit and the reader at the same time. I liked that but poor Kit gets in trouble because he doesn't understand the rules and what this mission is all about. I was so captivated by the adventure and search for the skin map, time travel, and them running from the bad guys I felt as if I might run into Kit during my daily routine. They were that believable.

    I could see this series as an amazing big screen movie. This author did a great job of creating visual scenes and a setting I could picture and feel part of. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. These books are a little expensive because they are in hard back but I'm telling you they are worth every dollar you spend to read this master story teller. I highly recommend this great adventure.

    Nora St. Laurent

    The Book Club Network

  3. Linden, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another great story by Stephen Lawhead
    October 30, 2011
    John Chancey
    Linden, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The writing of Stephen Lawhead has always impressed me. He is a true master of the craft. He has the rare gift of being able to approach familiar subjects (like time travel and parallel dimensions) and to introduce them in new and engaging ways. And, I must say, that this story is very engaging.

    The summary of the plot doesn't quite do it justice: two modern-day people are magically transported to a different world, where they must race against the evil men to get the ultimate prize. That is the gist of the story, but there is SO much more to it!

    Mister Lawhead is able to lead you along, following several different characters - and only give you enough information to know their stories are crucially connected, but never enough information to have you guess the outcome. That is the mark of a great writer. His version of time travel possibility is one of the more complete (and clearly stated) that I've ever read, which gives the story a certain credibility. And the idea of the map being made of human skin is certainly realistic (as it has been done by real people), but wonderfully creative nonetheless.

    There were a few times where the story focused on one person for so long that, when the next chapter re-visited another character, it took me a moment to remember what was going on the last time I read about them - but this is not a criticism of the writing as much as it is a criticism of my memory! Other than that, I can think of no negative comments to make of this book. The characters are believable, the emotions are tangible, and the mystery is tantalizing. In short, I can hardly wait to read the second story in the series!

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher as part of the Booksneeze bloggers' program. I was not required to write a positive review.
  4. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 20, 2011
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Kit Livingstone always thought his grandfather Cosimo had deserted his family. He went to the market one day and never returned. Imagine Kit's surprise when Cosimo shows up almost one hundred years after his disappearance and tells Kit and amazing story of traveling through time. Kit is a little skeptical, until he makes the journey for himself. This is how The Skin Map begins.

    The Skin Map is a fun beginning to The Bright Empires series by Stephen Lawhead. Throughout the story, the characters travel through "leys" which are roads that lead to parallel universes. All of these universes have been mapped out by a previous traveler and tattooed on his body. When he died, the map was removed and eventually lost. Kit and his friends must find the map before it falls into the wrong hands.

    The Skin Map is a fast paced, enjoyable story. The time travel element makes it easy for characters to show up in unexpected places, and, some times, to get lost. I had some trouble keeping track of everyone. I had to go back a couple of times to figure out who was where and what they were doing, but overall it was a fun read with enough suspense to make me want to read the next book. I would recommend The Skin Map to anyone who enjoys the Science Fiction or Alternate History genres.

    I received this book free from BookSneeze for the purpose of review.
  5. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead
    September 12, 2011
    Jaguar Hero
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Kit Livingstone has a life that's going no where. One day, he meets his great-grandfather, Cosimo, a man that's supposed to be 100 years older and dead. He learns that the landmarks of the world are really landmarks for ley lines, or pathways, to other dimensions, worlds, and times. When he accidently loses his girlfriend jumping from one dimension to the next, he must aide his great-grandfather in bringing her back. In order to do that, they must hunt for the map of the ley lines. The map was tattooed to one man's body, a mand who claimed to have found the answers to the universe within the map. Kit and Cosimo are not the only ones looking for this "Skin Map", and it proves to be a dangerous task.

    At first glance, I thought this book was going to be very interesting. It has all these crazy symbols on the cover, and the otherworldly traveling really compelled me to read this. Well, I believe it fulfilled my expectations and more.

    The story branched into multiple stories. At some points, I was reading about Kit and Cosimo trying to find the skin map, other times I was reading about what happened to Wilhemina, Kit's lost girlfriend, and last about the man with the map tattooed on his skin. Yet, the splitting didn't affect the storyline. I could follow it pretty easily, and it was crazy interesting how the stories all connected and intertwined with each other in different ways.

    There is a lot of description about everything. After all, they do go to different places and countries most readers aren't going to recognize. Even so, at times I was thinking, this description is going on and on. But then I realize it is Lawhead and he does that in a few of his other books, also (such as his King Raven Trilogy). Anyways, it doesn't take away from the whole book, but more adds to it.

    There were two things I didn't really like. One was that since they are in different countries they are speaking in other languages. For the most part it's written in English, but every once and while the other language would spring up with various words. Well, there wasn't a whole lot of translation. I guessed on some of the words, but for the most part I was thinking "What are they saying?". However, overall it doesn't take away from the story. Another thing was explaining the ley lines and such. The explantion was hard to follow, so in fact, I felt like Kit, completely overwhelmed and confused. I suppose Lawhead might have done that as an affect to the story. But it also could be because ley lines are actually hard to explain in simple terms, so they end up confusing. Either way, I got the basics down and that is good enough.

    I think there could have been a better emphasis on God. Yes, the one character Etzel, always wanted to praise God for their success and other things like Providence were thrown in there. But maybe there will be more later.

    All in all, the story was exciting and interesting. It was easy to follow for the most part, and it's a very unique look at the world around us. I hope to continue to read this series in the future as more books are released.
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