Thursday, May 19, 2011
Ordinary People Thrust Into Quite Unusual Circumstances
The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead has a well developed plot and enjoyable story-world. The book is written well, and I enjoyed author's British English.
The story follows an extremely boring and mundane British couple Kit and Wilhelmina who are thrown into more adventure than they ever hoped for when Kit's long lost grandfather introduces him to the concept of lay lines by setting him up to cross into one. When he finally returns to present day, he is late to meet Wilhelmina which causes her to be angry. To prove that it is not his fault, Kit drags her to the place where he crossed over and attempts to help her cross as well. She does, but ends up in an entirely different time and place than Kit. Of course now that she is "lost in time" it is Kit & his grandfather's mission to find her and make things right.
I really did not understand many of the aspects that may have been easy to follow for readers of this genre. I had to look up lay lines, because the idea was just confusing me, and it was confusing for me to keep track of the different layers of what was going on. The whole omniverse idea while interesting for a moment, was not something I enjoyed as an integral part of the book. Although the plot twisted greatly at some points, at others it seemed to go on, and on, and on.
I think overall what I took away was that this is a good book, but it just was not for me. It was not introductory level in it's genre.
I give it 2 stars from the perspective of someone used to reading books that take place in our dimension.
This book was given to me for review purposes by BookSneeze. All opinions are my own.