CSFF Blog Tour “The Shadow Lamp” – A Book Review

shadowlamp-coverIt’s time for the CSFF (Christian Science-Fiction & Fantasy) Tour. This month we’re reviewing The Shadow Lamp by Stephen Lawhead. Check out my fellow reviewers’ blogs (listed below) for their reviews. As part of the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.


I can’t believe a year has gone by since the previous book in this series. However, as with most of Lawhead’s books, it was well worth the wait.

This is book 4 of a 5 book Bright Empire series. Feel free to go ahead and read my previous review for book 3. I strongly suggest starting with book 1, but Lawhead includes a comprehensive character description and summary which will help bring you up to speed. However it doesn’t go into detail explaining the mysterious phenomenon of inter-dimensional travel along ley lines, so just go and read the previous books.

All the major characters have significant roles in the book. The race is on to find the “skin map” and get to the “well of souls”. Eternal life is the reward but the cost is higher than anyone can fathom. The author takes the readers on a fast paced ride just as if you are traveling the ley lines together with the characters. This book is more of a page turner than the previous book, which as I stated in my previous review was the palate cleanser of this 5 course meal. This is the main the course and a lot of “meaty” concepts are served, such as dark mater, expanding universe, and meta-physics. Side dish of a potential love interest between Kit and the new girl, Cass round out a delicious story. Enjoy.

How does this series end? Will it end on a sweet note or an epic disaster? I guess we’ll have to just wait and see.


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To learn what the other CSFF bloggers (especially my good friend Christopher Hopper) are saying, follow the links below:

Julie Bihn
Red Bissell
Thomas Clayton Booher
Thomas Fletcher Booher
Beckie Burnham
Jeff Chapman
Karri Compton
Theresa Dunlap
April Erwin
Timothy Hicks
Becky Jesse
Becca Johnson
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Rebekah Loper
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirriam Neal
Writer Rani
Chawna Schroeder
Jojo Sutis
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Rachel Wyant
Phyllis Wheeler
Deborah Wilson

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Comments: 5

  1. Meagan @ Blooming with Books November 13, 2013 at 8:59 pm Reply

    I totally agree that this was a page turner and it definitely held my attention.

    As to the ending my thought is that a possible outcome could be as follows:
    Arthur Flinders-Petrie will have to die so that he can’t save Xian-Li by taking
    her into the Spirit Well, so they will have to alter the past as they know it
    and thus negate the entire series and this will keep the quest for the Skin
    Map from ever happening

  2. KC November 13, 2013 at 1:22 pm Reply

    I don’t agree that this one was a page-turner. I thought it a bit slow, as some others did. But it was still brilliant and I do look forward to the conclusion.

    • Nathan November 13, 2013 at 2:23 pm Reply

      Thanks for the feedback. To me it seems like the pace is getting faster toward the conclusion.

  3. Rebecca LuElla Miller November 12, 2013 at 2:24 pm Reply

    Interesting question at the end. I’ve never considered the series would end in a disaster, but I can’t imagine how he’s going to pull all these threads together in just one more book. As always, I appreciate your perspective.


    • Nathan November 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm Reply

      Thanks. If I was a betting man, I would bet it won’t end in a disaster but at this point anything’s possible.

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