The Skin Map is the first book in a new series by Stephen R. Lawhead called "The Bright Empires." It introduces us to a few characters who have discovered the secret to travel to other dimensions and times by using Ley Lines. Others have learned it in the past, and in fact, one in particular mapped out various routes of these portals, and had them tattooed to his skin. Following the map leads to a treasure that he discovered in his journeys. There is one problem--the map is in pieces and is missing.
I have never read Mr. Lawhead's books before, and rest assured I will be delving into some of his others very soon. (I am already reading the second in this series.) His style is easy to read, but not simplified to the point of being childish. The introductions of new times and places are smooth transitions, and he effortlessly mixes the modern-day speech of main characters Kit and Mina with the older, more formal speech that correspond to the appropriate times.
The story itself is captivating, and draws the reader in very quickly. My only regret is that I will have to wait until all of the books are written and released to discover how this story ends. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading good stories, and likes to escape into other worlds.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Booksneeze.com.