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The Skin Map (Bright Empires) [Hardcover]

Stephen R Lawhead , Steve Lawhead
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers (31 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595548041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595548047
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.3 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 802,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Expected 14 Oct 2010
When I got The Skin Map from Booksneeze (at no charge, no obligations, very awesome), I really had no idea what to expect. I had already read a few of Stephen Lawhead's books, and I knew that he had a diverse range of style. So I dug in with no preconceived notions about what it would be like.

And I loved it.

His mastery of the art of description is beyond belief (I had to stop several times to jump up and down because I loved his style so much, seriously). His level of attention to details like period mindset and speech is a delight to behold (especially for die-hard background-first novelists like me).

My only quibble was that he doesn't end the first book as a stand-alone. He makes you need to read the next one to continue the story arc properly. And that isn't out yet, which is maddening.

And for those of you who are worried about inappropriate content (I was a bit, since his Song of Albion trilogy had some), don't be. It is completely clean. Utterly. I couldn't have been more pleased on that score (and promptly gave it to my little siblings to share).

5 out of 5 stars, very recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Skin Map Audio Book Review 25 Sep 2012
By M G
Format:Audio CD
The Skin Map for me had a few issues, before we even got to the story. Having been an avid listener of CD audiobooks for a long time I have been used to generally good quality cases. Generally made of good hard quality plastic that doesn't feel like after a few months of listening it could break from general wear and tear, but this was not to be for The Skin Map. It is an example of the cases I encountered dating from around 2004 such as "Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban", where it is made from a plastic that has degraded very rapidly over the years I have used it. I prefer to have CD cases where the CD's themselves are held in by the plastic, rather than flimsy fabric holders like they were in The Skin Map.

Now let's got onto talking about the story. The story itself me had an amazing premise that felt like something out of a decent science fiction movie, travelling to different worlds through key lines, it felt like it was going to be like a doctor who episode involving the rift. But it was not to be. For me it felt like the story was trying to be so many things all at the same time that it lost some of the characterisation for me that made it harder to connect with the characters in particular Kit. For me he felt too one directional and didn't have enough depth in his character. I agree with many of the other reviewers on amazon let's hope the next book and series to come from Stephen Lawhead will be a lot better.

I got this audiobook free from Booksneeze. All the opinions contained within this review are genuine and not affected by that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beneath the skin...lies a reallly good book! 12 Sep 2012
I have only had limited experience in the past of Mr.Lawhead, having tried, and then promptly given up, to get into his Pendragon cycle once several years ago. The Skin Map though is an absolutely fantastic read that had me gripped from start to finish! The basic premise is that travel through alternate versions of our reality is possible through the use of Ley Lines; those invisible lines of Energy that cross the surface of our world largely undetected. Kit is standing at the crossroads of one of these Ley Lines in a dark London alley when he is approached by his Great Grandfather. Cosimo explains to Kit that he is involved in a search for something called The Skin Map that charts the course of these Ley Lines and needs Kit's help. This is the reason why he mysteriously disappeared decades before. He has not aged because Inter-dimensional travel slows down the ageing process.

Kit fobs off his Great Grandfather, even after an example of such travel is demonstrated to him, but later returns to the alley with his girlfriend in an attempt to convince her he is not making it all up. But when the pair are separated when they pass through the gateway, Kit suddenly realises that now HE needs his Great Grandfather's help instead of the other way round if he is ever to see his girlfriend again! Mix in a nefariously evil bad guy who has his own reasons for wanting to obtain The Skin Map and what we get is a brilliant and expertly imagined adventure story that takes you on a roller coaster ride through Time and Space...

Like I say, I really enjoyed this and got a lot out of it. It was not without a few flaws (for example ~ how comes no one ever falls through these Ley Lines by accident, surely that would be happening all the time if they are scattered around everywhere?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bright start to the Bright Empires Series 4 Nov 2011
Ley lines, thunderstorms, a great-grandfather appearing in a alley are the ingredients for a treasure quest chasing a map tattooed on human skin through a world of intersecting realities and alternative past and futures. However once the Skin Map is found the quest for the ultimate prize, hidden within the maps secrets, is the real goal.

Lawhead is a master of this kind of story telling. Fast paced action with mysteries to solve by characters that are engaging and believable. I found the book very enjoyable although a little lighter on substance than I usually like. However the premise of the book is so unique and engaging I can forgive that tiny little oversight. Like his other series I will be waiting for the next book to come out with baited breath.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Skin Map
I researched writers I thought may attract my interest and Stephen came up. I watched the you tube trailer for book well worth a look!, this had me more intrigued. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2012 by Mr. S. K. Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup-of-tea
This book (and its sequel) could have been so much more.
Traveling between different universes and worlds... That sounds very exciting. Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by Roald Andresen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Totally enjoyed, could hardly put it down. Another triumph from a master. Cant wait to read the next book, The Bone House (Bright Empires)
Published on 11 Oct 2011 by Steven Bradshaw
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me!
The Skin Map by Stephen R Lawhead.

Oh dear! I am so thankful that I have finally finished this book. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2011 by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully done!
(A review written by my daughter.)

Some might say the appearance of a book is less important but I appreciate the aesthetically pleasing design of "The Skin Map". Read more
Published on 14 July 2011 by D. Heinrichs-Gale
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but disapointing
The Skin Map written by Stephen Lawhead was given to me free by Booksneeze with no obligation as to the type of review I should write. Read more
Published on 13 July 2011 by S. Lamont
3.0 out of 5 stars Might Need a Map
The Skin Map was written by Stephen Lawhead. The book focuses on the accidental adventures of Kit, a young man in modern London. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2011 by frasermurdoch
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