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This book was much slower than the first two I read and seemed to jump around quite a bit more too. It took me over two weeks to work through it, for reference I read the first two in a matter of days. Still a good read, just a little long in the tooth to hold my attention. Feb 09, Gina Cochran rated it really liked it Shelves: magical-fantasy. The story of Kit, Mina, and company continues with new characters and new adventures in new dimensions.
Can't wait to read the final book to see how the author brings all the story lines together to "save the world". Apr 04, Honikaua rated it it was ok. Just dragging on I think. And now introducing even more characters. I thought it should have wrapped up by now but no, sigh.
Sep 07, Julie rated it really liked it. Audio book This series just keeps getting better! Apr 25, Leslie rated it really liked it.
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Not as caught up in the Cassandra storyline. I think this has been my favorite book in the series so far. Lots of new plot development and new characters. Excited to read on! Aug 01, June Hanson rated it did not like it. Oct 13, Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing. Stephen R. From the back cover: The search for the map—and the secret behind its cryptic code—intensifies in a quest across time, space, and multiple realities. Something one world cannot contain? Those who desire to unlock that mystery are in a race t Stephen R. Those who desire to unlock that mystery are in a race to possess the secret—for good or evil.
Kit Livingstone is mastering the ability to travel across realities using ley lines and has forged a link from the Bone House, a sacred lodge made of animal bones, to the fabled Spirit Well, a place of profound power. His friend Mina is undercover in a Spanish monastery high in the Pyrenees, learning all she can from a monk named Brother Lazarus.
Still determined to find Kit, she is beginning to experience a greater destiny than she can fathom. Cassandra Clarke is overseeing an archaeological dig in Arizona when a chance encounter transports her to s Damascus. There, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to the Seekers—the last living remnants of the Zetetic Society who need her help to track down the missing Cosimo Livingstone and his grandson Kit. At the heart of the mystery lies the Spirit Well.
There is a concept known as Ley Travel. This is not the same as Time Travel, which is movement between the past, present and the future. No, Ley Travel, which involves lines of electromagnetic force embedded in the Earth can cause jumps not only in time but in space and reality as well. Explorer Arthur Flinders-Petrie used these Ley Lines and recorded his trips by tattooing his map on his torso. When he died this map was divided up in various places and times. Kit Livingstone is still on the quest given to him by his great-grandfather, Cosimo, to restore the skin map.
This is not an easy task as not only is he in search of it others are as well. Others that want the map for selfish purposes and do not want Kit to succeed and will stop at nothing to accomplish this. The Quest is on! The pieces of the puzzle are coming together. Are we there yet? Not hardly, but the getting there is a lot of fun and well worth the wait. I like a good adventure not only where there is action but where we are forced to think as well. Lawhead not only provides us adventure he also gives us much to think about.
Kit and his fellow adventurers are placed in deadly danger time and time again, much like the heroes from the movie serials. Lawhead gives us such great characters that we are always rooting for them to succeed and get together with each other. Lawhead has given us an admirable sequel and I look forward with much anticipation to the next book in this series. For more information on Stephen R.
Lawhead please visit his website: www. To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station www. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Dec 12, Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing. Title: The Spirit Well: Bright Empires Series 3 Author: Stephen Lawhead Pages: Year: Publisher: Thomas Nelson One of the characteristics of this series that is intriguing is the multiple story lines that develop the further along in the series a reader travels. If you look up on YouTube Steven Lawhead and watch interviews for this particular series, I believe you will be amazed at the amount of research he has done.
When the series began with The Skin Map followed by The Bone House, the author shared the titles of the many books he read, books I could not see reading for any reason. However, the fictional stories in the series are surely as thought-provoking as entertaining.
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Here is a brief overview of the first two novels. The Skin Map begins with a character, Arthur Flinders-Petrie, who has various symbols painted on his body, though none of the symbols are known to anyone. Here begins the quest by others who follow to locate and learn the symbols. The setting begins in London, but quickly expands to include other foreign places, people, and times. When he leaves one place or time period and then returns, he finds very little has changed if anything. Some of the characters learn about time travel by accident, others on purpose. The reason for traveling is to bring about good though evil is ever near to trip up or stop the search for truth.
Kit is the great-grandson who is told how to travel and what to search for in book 1. Here, Kit is found even further back in time with a tribe of people it takes him weeks to learn about as it seems they have a unique way of communicating. Mina is a woman who is accidently caught up in time travel originally with Kit in book 1, but gets separated from Kit when they travel on one particular ley line. Now, there is so much more to the above novels, which I encourage you to read before starting this third book. The series is a unique blend of mystery, thriller, suspense, science, archaeology, and more.
Characters in the story come from a vast range of past and current places in the novels. There is tension that runs throughout the books as the search continues, and new characters are added to the mix which broadens the horizon of the plot. The fourth book will be released in September entitled, The Shadow Lamp. The Spirit Well is in my view enlarging the mystery with more new characters along with familiar ones met in earlier books.
Not all characters remain in the tale of the books, and the setting changes frequently as well. This particular story continues on with Kit moving from the Stone Age to a more modern time. Mina or Wilhelmina moves from ancient Prague to her original time in London, then on to begin searching for a way to catch up with Kit. Watching characters go from one time frame to another, always being aware of the change in language, culture, clothing, food, and more makes reading it so very captivating.
Burleigh is a monster from the first novel and present in this one as well, wanting the knowledge and artifacts for his own nefarious purposes. He uses any and all means to take what he wants plus suing people or manipulating them so they must do his bidding regardless of whether they agree or not.
The first two novels were released in , this year The Spirit Well was released, and as previously stated the next installment is due in It is hard to wait so long to see where the next adventure will take place and what will happen to continue to deepen the story line. Just when I think a certain character will no longer appear in the story, somehow the author has woven them in, playing some part in bringing together missing pieces of the puzzle, the skin map. Questions continue to unfold as quickly as the tale does for which the reader can look for the answers to in the last two books of The Bright Empires series.
It is an historical overview of characters, times, places all within the folds of fiction. Share the novels with others, enjoy this third installment and stay tuned when book 4 comes in September My rating is 5 stars. Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Oct 11, Michael Otto rated it it was amazing. Kit finally is able meet up once again with Wilhelmina to compare notes. While Cassandra Carson becomes a new member of ley line travellers and is given an assignment to fulfill.
Sep 07, Jeff Chapman rated it really liked it. The Spirit Well is the third installment in the Bright Empires series. I like the essays Lawhead places at the end of each novel. In this one, he talks about traveling old roads and pilgrimage. Placing my feet exactly where countless others have placed theirs, often over many millennia, I can easily imagine emerging at the other end of the passage a different person, The Spirit Well is the third installment in the Bright Empires series. Placing my feet exactly where countless others have placed theirs, often over many millennia, I can easily imagine emerging at the other end of the passage a different person, in a different time pp.
That's precisely what happens to the characters in this series. Rather, Lawhead presents some new characters and fills in the details behind some of the characters's stories. We learn about Mina's initial experiments with ley travel and how she met her teacher, Brother Lazarus, a monk at a monastery in Spain. Lawhead tells us the story of Arthur Flinders-Petrie's death in Egypt, how the skin map came to be, and why it was separated and scattered.
We don't see much of Archelaeus Burleigh in this book. Cassandra is a paleontologist working a dig in Arizona. Cassandra experiments with the Ghost Road on her own and eventually lands in Damascus, Syria. There she comes across the Zetetic Society and two of its members: Rosemary and Brendan, who try to convince her to join their effort to trace Arthur Flinders-Petrie's discoveries. Brendan tells her that they don't know exactly what Flinders-Petrie discovered but that they think it has something to do with the manipulation of time, perhaps a way to select the desired course of the future.
They also paint the society's mission in broad terms as a struggle between good and evil, a struggle to save the omniverse from a future of ever-expanding evil and suffering. The Zetetic Society received only passing mention in the previous books. The Spirit Well contains much theorizing about ley travel and the nature of the multidimensional omniverse. In a discussion that I still haven't wrapped my head around, Mina tells Kit that she does not have any memory of rescuing him in Egypt because it hasn't happened for her yet.
I won't attempt to explain that one. Mina and Kit also conclude that each person has a single consciousness and that consciousness cannot be split among different worlds. In other words, there is no chance of meeting oneself. The soul is indivisible. Finally, has anyone else noticed that the overwhelming majority of major characters who die do so in Egypt?
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Cosimo dies there. Sir Henry dies there. Arthur dies there. If you're a character in The Bright Empires series, don't go to Egypt. The Spirit Well is a wonderful addition to an engrossing series. I'm already looking forward to book four The Shadow Lamp. If you haven't read the first two books, you must read them before dipping your toes in The Spirit Well or else you'll be as disoriented as Kit and Mina on their first ley jumps. Readers also enjoyed. Science Fiction. Christian Fiction.
About Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. Stephen was born in , in Nebraska in the USA. Most of his early life was spent in America where he earned Stephen R. Most of his early life was spent in America where he earned a university degree in Fine Arts and attended theological college for two years. His first professional writing was done at Campus Life magazine in Chicago, where he was an editor and staff writer.
During his five years at Campus Life he wrote hundreds of articles and several non-fiction books. After a brief foray into the music business—as president of his own record company—he began full-time freelance writing in He moved to England in order to research Celtic legend and history. He has written nine children's books, many of them originally offered to his two sons, Drake and Ross. He is married to Alice Slaikeu Lawhead , also a writer, with whom he has collaborated on some books and articles.
They make their home in Oxford, England. Stephen's non-fiction, fiction and children's titles have been published in twenty-one foreign languages. All of his novels have remained continuously in print in the United States and Britain since they were first published. He has won numereous industry awards for his novels and children's books, and in was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Nebraska. Other books in the series. Bright Empires 5 books. Books by Stephen R. Trivia About The Spirit Well No trivia or quizzes yet.
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