Bright Empires

5 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310 ratings

The Skin Map Publisher's Summary

It is the ultimate quest for the ultimate treasure: chasing a map tattooed on human skin across an omniverse of interesting realities to unravel the future of the future.

Kit Livingston's great-grandfather appears to him in a deserted alley during a tumultuous storm. He reveals an unbelievable story: that the ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legend or the weekend hobby of deluded cranks, but pathways to other worlds. To those who know how to use them, they grant the ability to travel the multi-layered universe of which we ordinarily inhabit only a tiny part. One explorer knew more than most. Braving every danger, he toured both time and space on voyages of heroic discovery. Ever on his guard, and fearful of becoming lost in the cosmos, he developed an intricate code - a roadmap of symbols - that he tattooed onto his own body. This Skin Map has since been lost in time. Now the race is on to recover all the pieces and discover its secrets. But the Skin Map itself is not the ultimate goal. It is merely the beginning of a vast and marvelous quest for a prize beyond imagining.

The Bright Empires series - from acclaimed author Stephen Lawhead - is a unique blending of epic treasure hunt, ancient history, alternate realities, cutting-edge physics, philosophy, and mystery. The result is a unpauseable, fantastical adventure like no other.

©2009 Thomas Nelson, Inc. (P)2009 Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Skin Map

    • Bright Empires, Book 1
    • By: Stephen Lawhead
    • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 457
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 406
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 408

    Kit Livingston's great-grandfather appears to him in a deserted alley during a tumultuous storm. He reveals an unbelievable story: that the ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legend or the weekend hobby of deluded cranks, but pathways to other worlds.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun Book!

    • By Kurt on 03-16-12

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 2

    • The Bone House

    • By: Stephen Lawhead
    • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 278
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 256
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 258

    Kit Livingstone met his great grandfather Cosimo in a rainy alley in London where he discovered the reality of alternate realities.Now he’s on the run – and on a quest, trying to understand the impossible mission he inherited from Cosimo: to restore a map that charts the hidden dimensions of the multiverse while staying one step ahead of the savage Burley Men. The key is the Skin Map – but where it leads and what it means, Kit has no idea. The pieces have been scattered throughout this universe and beyond.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sweet

    • By torain on 01-26-15

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 3

    • The Spirit Well

    • By: Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
    • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 223
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201

    The quest for the Skin Map, originally tattooed on The Man Who is Map is now in pieces and scattered across time and space in a universe of multiple realities.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • intriguing concept. Love the story

    • By Paul on 10-08-12

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 4

    • The Shadow Lamp

    • By: Stephen Lawhead
    • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
    • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165

    The quest for answers - and ultimate survival - hinges on finding the cosmic link between the Skin Map, the Shadow Lamp, and the Spirit Well. The search for the map of blue symbols began in a rainy alley in London but has since expanded through space and time and includes more seekers. Kit, Mina, Gianni, Cass, Haven, and Giles have gathered in Mina's 16th-century coffee house and are united in their determination to find a path back to the Spirit Well.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping

    • By Michael A. Stanton on 02-24-15

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 5

    • The Fatal Tree

    • Bright Empires, Book 5
    • By: Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
    • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150

    It started with small, seemingly insignificant wrinkles in time: A busy bridge suddenly disappears, spilling cars into the sea. A beast from another realm roams modern streets. Napoleon’s army appears in 1930s Damascus ready for battle. But that’s only the beginning as entire realities collide and collapse. The questors are spread throughout the universe. Mina is stuck on a plain of solid ice, her only companion an angry cave lion. Tony and Gianni are monitoring the cataclysmic reversal of the cosmic expansion.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • So much potential, so little delivery

    • By Christopher on 08-26-16

    Regular price: $23.61