Review: The Skin Map (Bright Empires) Audiobook

The Skin Map
Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Unabridged edition
by Stephen R. Lawhead
ISBN-10: 1400316731
ISBN-13: 978-1400316731

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

Kit Livingston’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 Lawhead—is a unique blending of epic treasure hunt, ancient history, alternate realities, cutting-edge physics, philosophy, and mystery. The result is a page-turning, fantastical adventure like no other.

My Thoughts:

Normally, this is my kind of book. Time travel, alternate realities, and mystery are perfect for a relaxing evening. Having said that, I couldn’t get into this audiobook. The narration was fine, but I just didn’t care about the characters.

Kit was introduced as a dull character and he continued to be an unlikeable dull character. As this bloated story played out, I couldn’t care less if he ever found his missing girlfriend. Finally, the story lurched to what felt like an unnatural stopping point.

It felt as though the book was padded to stretch it into a Trilogy. I couldn’t help but think that this would have been a good novel with a lot of editing. Perhaps what seems to be padding in The Skin Map is needed for books 2 and 3?

As for me, I doubt that I will invest anymore of my time in this series. Sadly, I really can’t recommend this book for anyone.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this audiobook free from Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Don’t you hate that when you like the genre and the premise and the characters can’t hold your attention? As always, an honest review.

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