The Bone House-Stephen Lawhead

Leah Courtney

I will confess that I wanted to love this book.  I've long been a Stephen Lawhead fan and have greatly enjoyed many of his books.  I had a hard time with The Bone House.

First of all, when I chose this book to review, I had no idea that it was book two of a series.  There are some authors whose series books do not have to be read in order.  You can pick up one, and with just a few chapters, you can easily find yourself caught up.  None of Lawhead's books have been that way for me.  I spent the first half of The Bone House just trying to figure out what exactly I was reading.  Despite a list of characters and some background information at the beginning, I was lost through much of the story.  I'm still not clear on some aspects.

Here's what I've got:  Kit Livingstone's grandfather, Cosimo, apparently figured out (not sure how) that he could travel through time and space along ley lines.  He (somehow in the first book) introduced this concept to Kit.  He and his friend were then killed (apparently by an enemy also seeking the secrets of ley travel).  In this sequel, Kit, his girlfriend (maybe?), and a cast of other characters all continue the quest for an unusual map of ley lines made of skin.  In between the stories of these characters are woven other stories of various people in all different time periods.  I never did figure out how all of them fit in and where exactly they all were in time.

If I could get my hands on book one, this series definitely has hope.  Lawhead writes some interesting science fiction, and this was no exception.  The characters were appealing.  The story was really compelling.  There was action, adventure, drama- all the elements of a good story.  The whole ley travel concept was extremely intriguing- almost made me want to study astrophysics (almost).  If I could have understood what exactly was happening, I think it would have been a very good read.  How's that for a positive review?

I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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