Sunday, November 10, 2013

CSFF Blog Tour: The Shadow Lamp

The Shadow LampIt's fall and that means it's time for another installment in Stephen Lawhead's Bright Empires series. The Shadow Lamp is book four in the five part epic. With the introduction of new characters and story lines in The Shadow Lamp, I'm curious to see how Lawhead will wrap everything up in the next book. The Bright Empires series is one of those stories that seems like it could go on forever or suddenly come crashing down in the "End of Everything." I like these characters and ley jumping presents endless possibilities. I wouldn't mind reading a lot more books in this series. Each visit in the Bright Empires world is like reuniting with old friends.

Like its predecessor The Spirit Well, The Shadow Lamp provides the history behind several story elements. We accompany one Flinders-Petrie descendant on a trip to Egypt to secret the skin map in an Egyptian tomb and follow another descendant on a quest to steal it from said tomb. Ever hear of anyone drowning in a desert? Ask Charles Flinders-Petrie about it. We learn the origin of the infamous Burleigh men and witness a thrilling sea battle in the process. I guess you could say Burleigh is a good judge of character, although it's not the character most of us are looking for.

The most prominent new character in this installment is Tony Clarke, Cassandra's father. He follows the Ghost Road in pursuit of his daughter and winds up in Damascus, where the Zetetic Society has been expecting him. Clarke is a physicist and his conversations with Brendan Hanno on the state of the universe set up the problem for the next book. Writers are told to make the stakes as high as possible and Lawhead has taken that advice to heart. The Zetetic Society members are convinced that the annihilation of the universe and time itself is at hand unless they somehow redress the balance and keep the universe expanding. I wondered as I was reading how that bad penny Archelaeus Burleigh could be responsible for the collapse of the omniverse, but Kit may have stumbled--as he always does--and caught the real culprit in a pool of trouble way over his head.

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In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of The Shadow Lamp from the publisher.

Check out what other CSFF Bloggers are saying at the links below:
Julie Bihn
Red Bissell
Thomas Clayton Booher
Thomas Fletcher Booher
Beckie Burnham
Karri Compton
Theresa Dunlap
April Erwin
Timothy Hicks
Christopher Hopper
Becky Jesse
Becca Johnson
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Rebekah Loper
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirriam Neal
Writer Rani
Nathan Reimer
Chawna Schroeder
Jojo Sutis
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Rachel Wyant
Phyllis Wheeler
Deborah Wilson


  1. I liked Tony, too, but forgot to mention him in my review. Also, the fact that Stephen has upped the stakes as high as possible is definitely something I'll be waiting to see in book five ... how will he show this happening? That should be some interesting writing!

    1. Yes, definitely looking forward to book five but kind of hoping there will be more.

  2. I'm a big fan of Lawhead, and I read the first book in this series, but I couldn't get into it. Too much jumping around -- character/location -- for my taste. Very rich in history, though. Creative way to blend fantasy with historical fiction.

    1. Jumping around is the name of the game in this series. It's been hard to say a lot about the last two books, although I've enjoyed them, as they have been "middle of the series" entries, pushing the story forward but resolving nothing. Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the first one but I can't say the others are any different.