THE BONE HOUSE – Steven Lawhead (2011)

Steven R. Lawhead’s, The Bone House is the second book in the Bright Empires Series.  Lawhead continues to develop his imaginative work in this novel – a blending of C.S. Lewis, John Bunyan, Dan Brown, and Albert Einstein.

The Bone House is a fascinating mixture of fantasy, ontology, metaphysics, science, and time travel.  But the notion of “time travel” does not exactly do justice to what the author intends to convey in his novel.  He writes more of a so-called multidimensional universe.  Speculative to be sure but it makes for interesting reading.

Lawhead builds the plot line based on volume 1.  In this work, we find Kit “traveling” on an adventure (along with a host of other characters) that lead  to destinations filled with peril and intrigue, ultimately culminating in the discovery of the Bone House.

My biggest criticism is that the story is a bit hard to follow at times.  So interested readers will do well to plunge into volume 1 before tackling this novel.  Positively, Lawhead writes with a great deal of creativity and introduces basic elements of the Christian worldview into the fabric of the story line.  Not my cup of tea – but 3 stars for a valiant effort.

I received a complementary copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze program.

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