Summary? A frustrating first half leads to an exceptional second half of the book. Recommended.
Again, a quick part of the blurb from the Stephen Lawhead’s site. -
One piece of the skin map has been found. Now the race to unravel the future of the future turns deadly.
An avenue of Egyptian sphinxes, an Etruscan tufa tomb, a Bohemian coffee shop, and a Stone Age landscape where universes collide …
The Bone House is a definite continuation from The Skin Map. Without reading part 1, part 2 will not make a whole lot of sense, I don’t think this is the kind of series you can start where you want!
The first half of the book is frankly frustrating. There are at least 5 story lines going on, and some you just have no idea why. And not just 5 story lines all happening around each other (though in many senses they are). One minute you are with someone in London, next with that persons great grandfather but in Ancient Egypt, next with someone else altogether in 18th century Egypt, And next again somewhere in Bohemia. It was interesting, intriguing, but a little messy at the same time.
But somewhere around half way all the story lines start to converge. Once I past this point the book was a page turner – I struggled to put it down, because it utterly caught my imagination. The other thing is that book 2 resolves a lot of the ‘unifinished’ business of book 1, bringing together what was a good story line with lots of lose ends, into something much more coherent.
What to say again without giving much away? Persevere through the first half, take your time to work out who is who and where and when they are, and it will all come together in the end, and it will be rewarding. Stephen Lawhead has already made his intention clear to publish book 3 – The Spirit Well – in September 2012. But unlike book 1, you are not left wondering ‘what??’. There is much to happen and much to be resolved, but this is a much clearer break at the end of the book, which left me feeling good about the story I read, and yet, interested in the next book.
So again, recommended to teenagers and above. For those younger, read and exercise your own discretion! There is nothing untoward in any language or relationships, but there are mature aspects of the book younger readers may or will have difficulty with. An interesting mix of fantasy, science fiction, philosophy and religion.