The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead
Kit Livingstone's great-grandfather has re-appeared with an unbelievable story--the ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legends but truly are pathways to other worlds. So few people know how to use them, though, that doing so is fraught with danger.
But one explorer knew more than most. Because of his fear of being unable to find his way home, he developed an intricate code and tattooed his map onto his skin. But the map has since been lost and rival factions are in desperate competition to recover it. What none of them yet realize is that the skin map itself is not the prize at the end of this race . . . but merely the first goal of a vast and marvelous quest to regain Paradise.
Enter the ultimate treasure hunt--with a map made of skin, a playing field of alternate realities, and a prize that is the greatest mystery of all.
I received this book from one of the book blog giveaways that I entered. I was a little bit skeptical to read this book, a book called the Skin Map? Hmmm, let me tell you that I was pleasantly surprised!! I LOVED this book!!
Loved the characters, loved Kit with all his failings, and really liked the relationship that he was developing with his great-grandfather, Cosimo. Didn't really like Wilhelmina at first, but she really came into her own once she and Kit were separated. There is even a creepy bad guy in Lord Burleigh.
There is action in this book, mystery, and even some wonderful love stories.
The only complaint I have is that it is part of a series and the next one doesn't come out until September 2011!! ARG!!!