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The Skin Map                           by Stephen Lawhead

I don’t typically read sci-fi or fantasy books.   This being said, I committed to reviewing this book and I intend to give it a fair review.

The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead has a well developed plot and enjoyable story-world.   The book is written  well, and I enjoyed author’s  British English.

The story follows an extremely boring and mundane British couple Kit and Wilhelmina who are thrown into more adventure than they ever hoped for when Kit’s long lost grandfather introduces him to the concept of lay lines by setting him up to cross into one.  When he finally returns to present day, he is late to meet Wilhelmina which causes her to be angry.  To prove that it is not his fault, Kit drags her to the place where he crossed over and attempts to help her cross as well.  She does, but ends up in an entirely different time and place than Kit.  Of course now that she is “lost in time” it is Kit & his grandfather’s mission to find her and make things right.

I really did not understand many of the aspects that may have been easy to follow for readers of this genre.  I had to look up lay lines, because the idea was just confusing me, and it was confusing for me to keep track of the different layers of what was going on.  The whole omniverse idea while interesting for a moment, was not something I enjoyed as an integral part of the book.  Although the plot twisted greatly at some points, at others it seemed to go on, and on, and on.

I think overall what I took away was that this is a good book, but it just was not for me.  It was not introductory level in it’s genre.

I give it two stars from the perspective of someone used to reading books that take place in our dimension.

This book was given to me for review purposes by BookSneeze.  All opinions are my own.

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Comments on: "Ordinary People Thrust Into Quite Unusual Circumstances" (3)

  1. You’re not alone in having to look some of the things I up. I enjoy many fantasy/sci-fi stories and have read other books by Stephen R. Lawhead, but I have never heard of lay lines before this book. It’s probably something he had heard about while doing research (probably for another book) and decided to insert into this story thread.

    • I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who had a bit of a learning curve on that one. Which of his books/series have you enjoyed the most?

      • I enjoyed his King Raven trilogy, which is a retelling of the Robin Hood story. The first book is Hood. I also enjoyed his Song of Albion trilogy, which is a fantasy story influenced by celtic myths. Lawhead seems to enjoy working Celtic history or myths into his stories. The Paradise War is the first book in that trilogy.

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