CSFF Blog Tour – The Bone House by Stephen Lawhead, Day 1

Strap on your gear. The CSFF Blog Tour is going on a whirlwind journey through time and space via “ley lines” and Stephen Lawhead‘s latest science fantasy/time-travel/historical adventure novel, The Bone House (Thomas Nelson), book 2 in the Bright Empires series.

In that short description you can see some of the contradictions in this novel — science fiction but fantasy, time travel but alternate realities, historical but strong on the adventure.

There’s more where that came from: Christian but with a fortune-telling, blood-letting pagan ceremony. Kit’s story but Mina as the hero, an orphan who is the villain not the victim.

Contradictions and the unexpected — that’s what the reader can expect when he opens The Bone House. But perhaps a proper introduction is warranted. This, from the author himself:

Next, if you’d like a refresher on the first book of the series, The Skin Map, you’ll find a sketch of the story in my review.

Now you’re ready to head off on the tour. During the next three days, enjoy what each of these bloggers has to say about The Bone House:

Each check mark links to a tour article.


  1. Becky, I like your video clip.

    This is one of the few times I’ve seen a book genre called ‘science fantasy/time-travel/historical adventure’ . 🙂


  2. I really like your observation about “an orphan who is the villain not the victim” … very astute and interesting point!


  3. I think the video is well done, a good intro to the series, Tim. And it’s cool to actually hear Stephen Lawhead talk about the work.

    😀 So what do you think? Was it accurate to identify the Bright Empires books with all those genre combos? I was at a loss to find one word that would begin to tell readers what they might expect.

    Thanks for taking the time to give your feedback, Tim.



  4. Robert, thanks. I thought Mr. Lawhead sort of broke the mold with that one. Certainly gave us something out of the ordinary.



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