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.Β  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.Β  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 Spirit Well

The Spirit WellThe Spirit Well

Bright Empires #3

Stephen Lawhead

3 of 5 Stars


The story plodded along. I was also concerned by the theology expressed by some of the characters, as I wasn’t able to tell if it was just the characters talking or Lawhead being extremely ecumenical…

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!