I was happy to see that Stephen Lawhead’s The Spirit Well would be featured in this month’s Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy (CSFF) blog tour. I’ve been a long-time Lawhead fan and watch with interest when new book of his comes out.
I really enjoyed The Skin Map, book one in this Bright Empires series (see my post here) and looked forward to book 2, The Bone House, but as you can see in my related blog post here, I was a little disappointed. As such, I was really hoping The Spirit Well (book 3) would pull the strings together and tie up the series nicely — but that was before I realized this is actually a 5-book series.
As book 3 in a 5-book series, The Spirit Well read much like a mid-series book. Lawhead took his time exploring the story line to date, which would probably be good for readers new to the series.
I do love the concept of interdimensional travel via ancient ley lines. This concept echoes to some extent some of his other books, particularly the Paradise War series, in which the ancient lay of the Celtic land plays a part in time travel journeys. In the Bright Empire series, Lawhead has taken his concept a step further, placing the contact points worldwide instead of just in the British Isles.
While I do wish this book had moved along a little more quickly, Stephen Lawhead is without a doubt a masterful writer. I can only hope someday that I can aspire to accomplish what he has as a writer.
Maybe you’d like to check it out for yourself. Here’s the cover teaser:
The search for the map — and the secret behind its cryptic code — intensifies in a quest across time, space, and multiple realities.
But what if the true treasure isn’t the map at all…what if the map marks something far greater? Something one world cannot contain? 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 1950s 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.
But there are darker forces at work in the universe whose agents always seem to be one step ahead of the rest — and they’re all desperate to gain the ultimate prize in this treasure hunt where the stakes increase at every turn. At the heart of the mystery lies the Spirit Well.
I encourage you to check out what the other CSFF bloggers have to say on this tour. You can find their links over in the column to the right. (If you’re receiving this on digest, click over to fantasyandfaith.com and check the column on the far right.)
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour. For more info, here’s an Amazon link: The Spirit Well by Stephen Lawhead.