The Skin Map is the first book of Stephen R. Lawhead’s new Bright Empires series. The first thing to pique my interest was the creative chapter titles. Throughout the novel, each chapter title made the reader want to find out more. Chapter 13: “In Which Respectability Suffers a Serious Setback” and Chapter 20: “In Which Luxor’s Nefarious Trade Is Advanced” increased my desire to turn the page and see what happens next.
At first, the main character, Kit, was the everyman plodding through his blah existence in a blah relationship. Enroute to meet Wilhelmina, his other blah half, the world as he knows it is forever changed in Chapter 1: “In Which Old Ghosts Meet”. The reader is quickly drawn in as the story unfolds to reveal unimaginable adventures for both Kit and Wilhelmina.
Drawing on both historical and mythical tales as a loose framework, Lawhead builds an intriguing world “In Which It Is Darkest Before the Dawn”. Adventure, romance and the premise of instantaneous travel brings twists and turns that keep this tale interesting. The Skin Map within the story is the object of obsession for both the good guys and the bad guys. I was left wishing the next book of the series was already available. I recommend this book for a well-told story and an adventure to boot.
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