Kit Livingstone's great-grandfather has re-appeared with an unbelievable story--the ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legends but truly are pathways to other worlds. So few people know how to use them, though, that doing so is fraught with danger.
But one explorer knew more than most. Because of his fear of being unable to find his way home, he developed an intricate code and tattooed his map onto his skin. But the map has since been lost and rival factions are in desperate competition to recover it. What none of them yet realize is that the skin map itself is not the prize at the end of this race . . . but merely the first goal of a vast and marvelous quest to regain Paradise.
Enter the ultimate treasure hunt--with a map made of skin, a playing field of alternate realities, and a prize that is the greatest mystery of all.
- It was ok
It was an ok story. I have three primary issues with it- the story never really went anywhere, the protagonist was the perpetual loser type who never really seemed to grow as a person, and their really is no conclusion at the end. Why can't writers anymore write stories that actually come to a conclusion at the end of the book?
I did, however, go ahead with the second book in the series, then the third. I gave up about half-way through the third book, eventually tiring of more new characters being introduced and the existing ones not having much development.
The concept was cool, the writing and narration were great. I think the Lawhead is a an excellent author, but this story seemed to want to be a grand epic but didn't have enough epic-ness to make it.
YMMV but the story wasn't enough to keep my interest.
- Very interesting but schtoopid.
While I don't think the concept of alternate realities stands up to Biblical revelation or even rational thought, it does make for an interesting story device. After listening to book one I've learned that the bad guy is bad, the ex-girlfriend is clever, the hero is not very impressive and the story is far from being resolved. The narrator was enjoyable to listen to and I intend to get the next book and carry on with this interesting and engaging story.
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