November 2010 Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour: The Skin Map, Day 1

Christian Fantasy CSFF Blog Tour

Fall has made a full appearance, along with another Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy blog tour novel–The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead, an excellent story to curl up with on a cold, rainy evening. By way of introduction, I’d like to mention a few things you can expect from The Skin Map:

  • Adventure…and lots of it, spanning alternate worlds and times. As Cosimo says, “Here’s to dodgy adventures with disreputable relatives.”
  • Puzzles that need piecing together. As you shift back and forth between worlds and centuries, you’ll find yourself attempting to unravel the mystery of the ley lines right alongside Kit Livingstone.
  • A view of many unique cultures–ancient Egypt, 17th century England, China during the Qing Dynasty, and several others…but they won’t look exactly like you’d expect.
  • Devious villains who utilize the best weapons of a variety of eras, including a giant cave cat named Baby. (Was anyone else reminded of the Katherine Hepburn film Bringing up Baby? The two big cats hardly resemble each other, but that was the first thing that came to mind.)
  • Words that add color and flavor to the story, like pong and sprog, anywhen and inasmuch.
  • Excellent chapter titles that hint at the adventures contained therein, such as “In Which The Intrepid Travelers Are Nobbled” or “In Which Dragons Are Not Confined to Statues” or “In Which Fragile Hopes Are Cruelly Dashed.”

Last but not least, Thomas Nelson made a video trailer to introduce the book, which you may enjoy taking a peek at:

If any of these items catch your attention, stop by tomorrow for a full review of The Skin Map. And for more discussion of the book, stop by the the other sites on the tour:

Disclaimer: In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.


  • Jason Joyner
    November 1, 2010 - 9:03 pm · Reply


    I’ve tried to leave a comment the last two blog tours, but my work computer doesn’t seem to like your blog! Now I’m trying at home. I have enjoyed your posts so far, and you have been a great addition to the CSFF Tour. Keep it up, and we’re glad to have you.


    • Sarah Sawyer
      November 3, 2010 - 1:16 pm · Reply

      Thank you, Jason! I’ve enjoyed being part of the tour and getting to know the other participants a little. And I’m glad your home computer and my blog can play nicely together. 🙂

    • Sarah Sawyer
      November 3, 2010 - 1:17 pm · Reply

      Yes…I thought Cosimo had quite a few good lines. 🙂 I’m glad to hear someone else enjoyed the fun chapter titles. You don’t see those too often anymore.

  • Jeff Chapman
    November 3, 2010 - 3:30 pm · Reply

    I thought the chapter titles gave the novel a 19th-century feel which was very appropriate to the subject matter. I also thought about Bringing up Baby. I’m sure that name was not a coincidence.

    • Sarah Sawyer
      November 9, 2010 - 7:29 pm · Reply

      Glad to know I’m not the only one who noticed! It’s fun when authors slide in little references like that.

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