The Fatal Tree (Bright Empires #5 Final) (ARC)

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Title: The Fatal Tree

Series: Bright Empires #5

Author: Stephen Lawhead

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 360



All the Universes are ending, since Arthur bringing his wife back to life with the Spirit Well pretty much buggered up everything.

Now there is a Fatal Tree guarding the Well so the group can’t get to it and stop Arthur and set the Universe back on track.

Burleigh has a change of heart and tries to help the group.

In the end, everything gets back on track and Evolutiongod can continue its plan.


My Thoughts:

Thankfully, this series ends.

It felt VERY fluffy and it was hard to feel connected to any of the characters. My last book by Lawhead. Sometimes you just don’t want to review a book and this is one of those times.

The Shadow Lamp (Bright Empires #4)



The Shadow Lamp

Bright Empires #4

Author: Stephen Lawhead

3 of 5 Stars


Stephen Lawhead has been my hero since I read his Arthur trilogy when I was a young teen. He did what I thought was impossible: he meshed fantasy with Christian theology, seamlessly and realistically. He didn’t create a new world that broke the rules of ours, but meshed a fantasy one to ours that adhered to rules of our world and a supernatural one.

But this book Lawhead makes it quite clear that he is a theistic evolutionist and leaning much more towards the deistic side of things.  In most books, I can, and do, ignore the underlying theology of the author. But for Lawhead I can’t do that, for my Hero’s have no failings.

And unfortunately, that says as much about me as it does about Mr. Lawhead.

So on to this book. Sadly, it was pretty much on par with the previous 3. It just kind of plodded.  That is really the best I can say for this series. It doesn’t disappoint, it just stolidly moves on. Kind of like a big dumb cow.

There is one more book to go, coming out in Fall/Winter ’14, but after that, I think I might be done with Lawhead. A Hero fallen is one of the worst things ever. 😦

The Bone House

The Bone HouseThe Bone House

Bright Empires #2

Stephen R. Lawhead

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I just turned my brain off and went along for the ride.

Multiple timelines, multiple storylines. I didn’t try to make sense of it.

And Kit is still the stupidest person EVER!!!!!!!!! He gets rescued, then all he has to do it stay in one place, but NO, he gets involved with proto-cavemen and gets lost in time/space.

I like the overall idea of the multiverse, but Lawhead’s treatment, while very different from the scifi point that I am used to, is involving the theological, and I like that!

The Skin Map


The Skin Map
Bright Empires #1
by Stephen R. Lawhead
Ebook, 342 Pages
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Leylines made this fantasy for me.

While I enjoyed this overall, it seemed like the main male character didn’t change AT ALL, while his erstwhile lost girlfriend seemed to become a completely different character all together.

And what the heck is up with Great-X-Grandpa not telling our little hero what the blazes is going on or how to use his power? Seems Gramps might have lost a couple of brain cells with all his jumping around.

I wouldn’t buy this in paper. Not worth the room it would take up. But a fun romp for an afternoon’s read on your ereader.