The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead
(Bright Empires)

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It is the ultimate quest for the ultimate treasure. Chasing a map tattooed on human skin. Across an omniverse of intersecting realities. To unravel the future of the future.

Kit LivingstoneÆs great-grandfather appears to him in a deserted alley during a tumultuous storm. He reveals an unbelievable story: that the ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legend or the weekend hobby of deluded cranks, but pathways to other worlds. To those who know how to use them, they grant the ability to travel the multi-layered universe of which we ordinarily inhabit only a tiny part.

One explorer knew more than most. Braving every danger, he toured both time and space on voyages of heroic discovery. Ever on his guard and fearful of becoming lost in the cosmos, he developed an intricate codeùa roadmap of symbolsùthat 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.

But the Skin Map itself is not the ultimate goal. It is merely the beginning of a vast and marvelous quest for a prize beyond imagining.

The Bright Empires seriesùfrom acclaimed author Stephen R. Lawheadùis a unique blend of epic treasure hunt, ancient history, alternate realities, cutting-edge physics, philosophy, and mystery. The result is a page-turning, adventure like no other.

ôAnything but ordinary . . . Dynamic settings are mixed with unpredictable adventures [and] parallel worlds.ö ùBookPage 


About Stephen Lawhead

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Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. He is the author of such epics as The King Raven, Song of Albion, and Dragon King Trilogies. Lawhead makes his home in Oxford, England, with his wife.
Published May 30, 2011 by Thomas Nelson. 417 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Fantasy Book Review

This seems to set the book up as a rescue operation while avoiding the bad guys and hunting for the skin map, but unfortunately it never really gets to that point.

Oct 02 2014 | Read Full Review of The Skin Map (Bright Empires)

The Christian Manifesto

The first book of the Song of Albion Seriesstarted very slowly as did Byzantium, so I wasn’t particularly surprised when The Skin Map was slow as well.

Aug 11 2010 | Read Full Review of The Skin Map (Bright Empires)

And will the skin map help?Kit and Cosimo not only pursue the map, they are pursued by others who want the map for their own nefarious schemes.

Sep 27 2010 | Read Full Review of The Skin Map (Bright Empires)

And what does it all have to do with another explorer who left a tattooed part of himself behind: a skin map separated into five pieces, that once found and rejoined could lead Cosimo and Kit to "the secret of the universe—or something even more significant and momentous."I sat down recently wit...

Oct 29 2010 | Read Full Review of The Skin Map (Bright Empires)

Grasping For The Wind

Returning to his own universe, Kit tries to prove to his girlfriend Wilhelmina that it is true, and the two become separated by time and universe and thrust into the center of a race to find the Skin Map, the key to all the universes.

Apr 12 2011 | Read Full Review of The Skin Map (Bright Empires)


In fact, this particular story is one of the better parts of the book, where Wilhelmina, who is separated from her boyfriend Kit during their first encounter with a ‘ley line’, transforms into a thriving businesswoman.

Mar 13 2013 | Read Full Review of The Skin Map (Bright Empires)

When Kit confesses this to Grandfather, the old man explains that Wilhelmina likely went to another place.

Mar 14 2011 | Read Full Review of The Skin Map (Bright Empires)

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