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The Skin Map

Format: Hardcover

Availability: In stock

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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.


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 Livingstone’s 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 code—a roadmap of symbols—that 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 series—from acclaimed author Stephen R. Lawhead—is 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.

“Anything but ordinary . . . Dynamic settings are mixed with unpredictable adventures [and] parallel worlds.” —BookPage 

Contributor(s) Stephen Lawhead
About the Contributor(s) Stephen Lawhead
Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction.He is the author of such epics asThe King Raven, Song of Albion, and Dragon King Trilogies . Lawhead makes his home in Oxford, England, with his wife. Twitter: @StephenLawhead Facebook: StephenRLawhead
UPC 020049136072
ISBN-10 1595548041
ISBN-13 9781595548047
Release Date Aug 31, 2010
Weight (lbs) 1.3700
Height 9.3
Width 6.6
Length 448
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $24.99
Series Bright Empires
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by martinsonly
Overall Rating
Honestly, I read quite a bit of fiction and I can't remember a recent novel where I just wanted to keep going until I was done, until I started 'The Skin Map'. I'd read a couple of "liked it so-so" reviews but made the purchase anyways, and nothing negative panned out for me. One reviewer thought 'Wilhelmina' was an outdated name and too hard to pronounce (?)- she's just about my favourite character (just say "willa-mina" gave a big "What?!" at the end and headed right for 'The Bone House'. Exotic locales, time travel (sort of), very bad, bad guys, action and outstanding characterization and dialogue. Thanks Mr. lawhead for the great ride so far. (Posted on 3/16/2012)

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