Monday, November 11, 2013

Review: The Shadow Lamp by:Stephen R. Lawhead

 The Shadow Lamp (Bright Empires #4)
About the Book:
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. Yet, with their shadow lamps destroyed and key pieces of the map still missing, the journey will be far more difficult than they imagine. And when one of their own disappears with Sir Henry’s cryptic Green Book, they no longer know who to trust.

At the same time, the Zetetic Society has uncovered a terrifying secret which, if proven, will rock the very foundations of Creation. The quest for answers is no longer limited to recovering an unknown treasure. The fate of the universe depends on unraveling the riddle of the Skin Map.

About the Author:
Stephen R. Lawhead is a prolific and bestselling author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. He is best known for his King Raven trilogy, a re-telling of the Robin Hood legend, and Pendragon Cycle, centering on the King Arthur legend. Other notable works include the Song of Albion, Celtic Crusades and Dragon King Trilogies, Byzantium, Patrick, Avalon, and the works of science-fiction Dream Thief and Empyrion saga. Lawhead makes his home in Oxford, England, with his wife. 

My Review:
 Kit, Mina, and brother Lazarus finally found the ley and it's time to go home. But then suddenly Kit senses their not alone and wants to head back to the camp to see if everyone has gone like they said. When they finally get back to the camp everyone is gone and they are forced to stay the night instead of heading back and going home.

 Cass and a few others are headed to a place said to have a ley, so they can head back to their homes. The others send Cass on her way to find it and come back and tell them. She comes upon the house she was sent to find and asks for the man who should be able to help her. But is only turned down. When the lady of the house hears of this, she brings Cass in and lets her stay the night. But that night during dinner, she learns more about the ley and more about what happened the Sir Henry.

 Many things cause these kids to go off course, will they ever make it back home? Or is it all just a lost effort? The author has a well grounded plot and strong characters. The Shadow Lamp is very well written and I enjoyed it as well as my children. I read it aloud to them one rainy afternoon.

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.