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Stephen Lawhead is the internationally acclaimed author of many outstanding fantasy and science fiction novels, including The Song of Albion trilogy, and the Pendragon series. Stephen lives in Oxford with his wife Alice. They have two grown up sons.
December 2014 Book of the Month. A book to totally abandon and lose yourself in, well written with a fascinating blend of historical and fantastical, this is a fitting end to ‘The Bright Empires’ series. Just to note, if you haven’t yet read any others, do go back and start at the beginning, although time travel is a regular occurrence in the books, there really is no other place to set forth than with ‘The Skin Map’. The author, like all good fantasy writers, makes the impossible feel not only possible but also substantial and authentic. There is a fairly weighty list of characters and multiple locations and times to keep track of, however as the universe stops expanding and the end of everything is screaming towards them, there is somehow a feeling of neatness and inevitability about this ending. ~ Liz Robinson The Bright Empires series:1. The Skin Map2. The Bone House3. The Spirit Well 4. The Shadow Lamp 5. The Fatal Tree
Kit and the gang are determined to find a path back to the Spirit Well but when one of their own disappears with the coveted green book, they no longer know who to trust. Meanwhile the expansion of the universe is slowing and soon will begin to reverse, heralding the systematic annihilation of all that exists...
The exciting third volume in this epic, multi-dimensional, time-bending fantasy. The search across time and space for the ‘Skin Map’ continues. Kit Livingstone is stuck in the stone age but he has discovered the fabled life-giving spirit well. His girlfriend, Mina, has found a monk whose knowledge of ley lines is unsurpassed but their nemesis Lord Burleigh continues to dog their every footstep. Engrossing and highly readable. The Bright Empires series:1. The Skin Map2. The Bone House3. The Spirit Well 4. The Shadow Lamp 5. The Fatal Tree
First published in 1994 this is the fourth in the Pendragon cycle series where Arthur faces many trials and challenges defending his emerging kingdom. In a black time of plague and pestilence, and of invasion by the Vandal hordes, the Bear of Britain must stand alone against a great and terrible adversary to win the name he treasures above all others.The Pendragon Cycle:1. Taliesin2. Merlin3. Arthur4. Pendragon5. Grail
The fifth and final part of the Pendragon Cycle first published in 1997. An old enemy arises—Queen of Air and Darkness—and Arthur's dreams of establishing his Summer Realm face ruin when the most sacred relic vanishes as the result of a hideous betrayal. The Pendragon Cycle:1. Taliesin2. Merlin3. Arthur4. Pendragon5. Grail
June 2013 Book of the Month. The first in a five book fantasy epic originally published in 1987 played out against a backcloth of Roman Britain and Celtic legend. Atlantis is lost. From the holocaust comes Charis, Lady of the Lake, whose love for the Druid prince Taliesin bridges and unites two worlds. The story of a lost continent, the Fair Folk of Britain, and Britain's greatest bard. This engrossing series weaves Arthurian tales with those of the lost realm of Atlantis across a huge range of characters and places and is highly recommended.The Pendragon Cycle:1. Taliesin2. Merlin3. Arthur4. Pendragon5. Grail
Uther's illegitimate son rises to legendary greatness in a Britain torn by violence, greed, and war. The third in Stephen Lawhead's fantasy epic which was first published in 1989. The Pendragon Cycle:1. Taliesin2. Merlin3. Arthur4. Pendragon5. Grail
Second book in the epic Arthurian fantasy from Stephen Lawhead telling Merlin’s story. Seer, bard, sage, warrior... Merlin's destiny is to prepare the way for the momentous event that will unite the Island of the Mighty: the coming of a king who will usher in the Kingdom of Summer. First published in 1988 it is great to see this epic adventure given a fresh lease of life for a new audience. The Pendragon Cycle:1. Taliesin2. Merlin3. Arthur4. Pendragon5. Grail
The second volume in the epic time-travelling, fantasy adventure series, Bright Empires. Kit's search for the map, giving directions to paradise, continues across multiple universes but Kit is not alone in the race to claim this holy grail of prizes and the quest turns deadly. The Bright Empires series:1. The Skin Map2. The Bone House3. The Spirit Well 4. The Shadow Lamp 5. The Fatal Tree
A time-travelling fantasy about a quest to regain Paradise. The first in what will be a five volume epic called Bright Empires. Son and great grandfather are brought together to find a map that gives access to other worlds and parallel universes. This is classy historical fantasy from an internationally renowned author. The Bright Empires series:1. The Skin Map2. The Bone House3. The Spirit Well 4. The Shadow Lamp 5. The Fatal Tree
Stephen R. Lawhead's acclaimed Bright Empires seriesnow available in one volume!The Skin MapIt is the ultimate quest for the ultimate treasure. Chasing a map tattooed on human skin. Across an omniverse of intersecting realities. To unravel the future of the future.The Bone HouseKit Livingstone met his great-grandfather Cosimo in a rainy alley in London where he discovered the truth about alternate realities. Now he's on the runand on a questtrying to understand the impossible mission he inherited from Cosimo: to restore a map that charts the hidden dimensions of the multiverse. Survival depends on staying one step ahead of the savage Burley Men.The Spirit WellThe Search for the Mapand the secret behind its cryptic codeintensifies in a quest across time, space, and multiple realities.The Shadow LampThe quest for answersand ultimate survivalhinges on finding the cosmic link between the Skin Map, the Shadow Lamp, and the Spirit Well.The Fatal TreeIt started with small, seemingly insignificant wrinkles in time: A busy bridge suddenly disappears, spilling cars into the sea. A beast from another realm roams modern streets. Napoleon's army appears in 1930s Damascus ready for battle. But that's only the beginning as entire realities collide and collapse.
Enjoy books three, four, and five in Stephen Lawhead's Bright Empires series!The Spirit WellThe Search for the Mapand the secret behind its cryptic codeintensifies in a quest across time, space, and multiple realities.The Shadow LampThe quest for answersand ultimate survivalhinges on finding the cosmic link between the Skin Map, the Shadow Lamp, and the Spirit Well.The Fatal TreeIt started with small, seemingly insignificant wrinkles in time: A busy bridge suddenly disappears, spilling cars into the sea. A beast from another realm roams modern streets. Napoleon's army appears in 1930s Damascus ready for battle. But that's only the beginning as entire realities collide and collapse.
Enjoy books one and two in Stephen Lawhead's Bright Empires series as an e-book collection!The Skin MapIt is the ultimate quest for the ultimate treasure. Chasing a map tattooed on human skin. Across an omniverse of intersecting realities. To unravel the future of the future.The Bone HouseKit Livingstone met his great-grandfather Cosimo in a rainy alley in London where he discovered the truth about alternate realities. Now he's on the runand on a questtrying to understand the impossible mission he inherited from Cosimo: to restore a map that charts the hidden dimensions of the multiverse. Survival depends on staying one step ahead of the savage Burley Men.
Bestselling author Stephen R. Lawhead's Song of Albion Trilogy now available in one volume!The Paradise WarLewis Gillies is an American graduate student in Oxford who should be getting on with his life. Yet for some reason, he finds himself speeding north with his roommate Simon on a larkhalf-heartedly searching for a long-extinct creature allegedly spotted in a misty glen in Scotland. Expecting little more than a weekend diversion, Lewis accidently crosses through a mystical gateway where two worlds meet: into the time-between-times, as the ancient Celts called it. And into the heart of a collision between good and evil that's been raging since long before Lewis was born.The Silver HandThe great king is dead and his kingdom lies in ruins. Treachery and brutality rule the land, and Albion is the scene of an epic struggle for the throne.Lewis is now known as Llew in this Otherworld and has become a threat to the usurper Meldron. Exiled and driven from the clan, he must seek the meaning behind a mysterious prophecythe making of a true king and the revealing of a long-awaited champion: Silver Hand.The Endless KnotFires rage in Albion: strange, hidden, dark-flamed, invisible to the eye. In the midst of it, Llew must journey to the Foul Land to redeem his greatest treasure. As the last battle begins, the myths, passions, and heroism of an ancient people come to life . . . and Llew Silver Hand will face a challenge that will test his very soul.
Bestselling author Stephen R. Lawhead's Dragon King Trilogynow available in one volume.In the Hall of the Dragon KingCarrying a sealed message from the war-hero Dragon King to the queen, Quentin and his outlaw companion, Theido, plunge headlong into a fantastic odyssey and mystic quest. In his valiant efforts to save the kingdom and fulfill his unique destiny, he will cross strange and wondrous lands filled withbrave knights, beautiful maidens, a mysterious hermit, and a deadly, giant serpent.The Warlords of NinIt has been ten years since Quentin helped the Dragon King battle the monstrous sorcerer Nimrood. Since then, there has been peace in the land of Mensandor. But everything changes when an urgent message summons Quentin to the dying king. The brightening Wolf Star is an omen of impending evil that might just herald the beginning of the end of mankind. The Sword and the FlameThe Dragon King who now rules the land of Mensandor is none other than Quentin, whose courage and heroism have slowly transformed him from an orphaned servant into a war hero, respected leader, and a fierce man of faith. Shattered by the death of a dear and trusted friend, the abduction of his beloved son, and the loss of his enchanted sword, Quentin finds his faith tested like never before.
Driven from their ancestral homeland, outlaw Rhi Bran and his band have made their home in the forest of the March, and are feared by all for their unrivalled skill with the longbow. But they cannot hide forever. Bold action is required, and they are willing to die in order to win peace for the people of Elfael. Bran's companions include the mighty champion Iwan, skilled forester Will Scarlet, rough-and-ready priest Friar Tuck and, new to the band, vagabond minstrel Alan a'Dale. Together they have constructed a desperate plan to rid themselves of the barbarous Ffreinc, led by the malevolent Abbot Hugo and Guy of Gysburne. Severely outnumbered, the band must rely on their wits, their intimate knowledge of the forest, and all their fighting prowess if they are to prevail.
From his gaol cell, outlaw Will Scatlocke waits to be hanged. Before he swings, Will - known to his friends as Scarlet - dictates his story to Odo, a duplicitous monk who has been given the job of recording his confession. Odo serves the ambitions of Abbot Hugo, who is gathering evidence that will lead to the capture of the men who have plagued the aristocracy and robbed the church of treasure. Hugo seeks the destruction of the elusive King Raven and his band, the Grellon. Driven from his home in the north of England, Will has trekked to Wales to join his fortunes with that of the man whose reputation is growing throughout Britain. A forester skilled with the longbow, Will is soon part of Bran ap Brychan's inner circle. In a failed attempt to kidnap sheriff Richard de Glanville, Will is captured. With rumours of conspiracy deepening at court, the humble prisoner becomes a vital link to the outlaws who abandoned him - and on whose loyalty their lives depend - and the throne of England. Stephen R. Lawhead's King Raven series brings to life the legend of Robin Hood as never before.
A new reign of terror has brought fear and hatred to the land, while an ancient legend stirs in the heart of the wildwood ... The Norman conquest of England is complete - but for one young man the battle has only just begun. When Bran ap Brychan's father is murdered by Norman soldiers, he flees to London, seeking justice. The journey is long and hard - and the suffering of those he meets along the way fuels his anger. With his demands dismissed, Bran has no choice but to return home, but a worse fate still awaits him there. His lands have been confiscated and his people subjugated by a brutal and corrupt regime. Should Bran flee for his life or protect his people by surrendering to his father's murderers? The answer, perhaps, is known only to the Raven King - a creature of myth and magic born of the darkest shadows in the forest. Stephen R. Lawhead's Hood brings to life the legend of Robin Hood as never before.
Set in an era of brutal conflict and turmoil, this epic adventure is the first novel to tell the full story of the slave who became a saint, of the man who rose to the challenge of his time and changed the course of history. In the summer of 405AD, Irish raiders attack the western coast of Wales, carving a fiery swathe through the peaceful countryside. Among the survivors who are rounded up and taken back to Ireland is Succat: an impulsive sixteen-year-old son of a powerful Roman family. Succat is sold as a slave and put to work tending sheep. Repeated escape attempts lead to ever more brutal and savage beatings, until he comes to the attention of Cormac, a young novice druid. The two strike up an unlikely friendship and, as Succat learns the ways of the Irish people, he is given a new name by the druid: Patrick. With a new name begins Patrick's new life: he is married, and returns to his home to claim his inheritance, only to find his father's estate in ruins. So begins a calamitous journey that will lead him to Tours, see him join the Roman Legion as a soldier, suffer the the horrors of a plague-filled Rome; and thence back to Ireland, where he will embark on a mission for which his name will be remembered throughout history. In the spirit of Bernard Cornwell's Arthurian cycle, Patrick is a gritty and unsentimental portrait of one of the Western world's great icons, featuring an accurate and compelling rendering of the historical period - an era full of brutal conflict, adventure, turmoil, and visionary inspiration.
A magnificent tale which begins with the tragedy of Atlantis and the arrival in Britain of King Avallach. In this world, Celtic chieftains struggle for survival in the twilight of Rome's power, and one heroic figure towers over all, the Prince Taliesin, in whom is the sum of human greatness. This is a tale of a love that spawns the miracle of Merlin and Arthur and a destiny that is more than a kingdom.