Stephen Lawhead

Stephen Lawhead is an American author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. Born 1950, in Nebraska, he earned a university degree in Fine Arts and attended theological seminary for two years.

After a brief and unsuccessful foray into the music business he launched his writing career in 1981. In the Hall of the Dragon King was his first novel.

In 1986 the Lawhead family moved to the United Kingdom so that Stephen could conduct research for the Pendragon Cycle books. They settled there permanently in 1990, with some years spent living in Austria and a sabbatical in the United States.

In addition to his twenty-four novels, Stephen Lawhead has written nine children's books. He has won numerous industry awards, and in 2003 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Nebraska.

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Stephen Lawhead books reviewed


Dragon King trilogy

  • In the Hall of the Dragon King (1982)
  • The Warlords of Nin (1983)
  • The Sword and the Flame (1984)

Empyrion Saga

  • Empyrion I: The Search for Fierra (1985)
  • Empyrion II: The Siege of Dome (1986)

The Pendragon Cycle

  • Taliesin (1987)
    It was a time of legend, when the last shadows of the mighty Roman conqueror faded from the captured Isle of Britain. While, across a vast sea, bloody war shattered a peace that had flourished for two thousand years in the doomed kingdom of Atlantis. This is the remarkable adventure of Charis - the courageous princess from Atlantis who escapes the terrible devastation of her land - and of the fabled seer and druid prince Taliesin, singer at the dawn of the age. It is a story of an incomparable love that joins two astonishing worlds amid the fires of chaos, and spawns the miracles of Merlin - and Arthur the king! This is the first book of The Pendragon Cycle.
  • Merlin (1988)
  • Arthur (1989)
  • Pendragon (1994)
  • Grail (1997)

The Song of Albion

  • The Paradise War (1991)
  • The Silver Hand (1992)
  • The Endless Knot (1993)

The Celtic Crusades

  • The Iron Lance (1998)
  • The Black Rood (2000)
  • The Mystic Rose (2001)
    Duncan has returned with his new wife to the fastness of Banvard, to continue his father Murdo’s good work in building a powerful and devout community. Even more precious a gift than his wife, though, is the other item that Duncan has brought to the Scottish clan: the Black Rood, the holy Cross of the Crucifixion that Duncan rescued from the clutches of the Knights Templar. Yet the reach of the Templars is long, and soon Duncan and his loved ones find themselves under attack from the Christian Knights. Duncan’s daughter Cait is forced to flee, and soon finds herself on a boat heading for the Moorish strongholds of Spain, where she will find herself mired in a battle for religious supremacy which threatens to leave only corpses in its wake. Cait appears to have little hope of survival, but it seems that the pious devotion of her forebears is about to bear miraculous fruit. And the possibility of her survival becomes intertwined with the discovery of the most holy relic of all…

King Raven Trilogy

  • Hood (2006)
  • Scarlet (2007)
  • Tuck (2009)

Bright Empires

  • The Skin Map (2010)
    It is the ultimate quest for the ultimate treasure: chasing a map tattooed on human skin across an omniverse of interesting realities to unravel the future of the future. Kit Livingston's great-grandfather appears to him in a deserted alley during a tumultuous storm. He reveals an unbelievable story: that the ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legend or the weekend hobby of deluded cranks, but pathways to other worlds. To those who know how to use them, they grant the ability to travel the multi-layered universe of which we ordinarily inhabit only a tiny part. One explorer knew more than most. Braving every danger, he toured both time and space on voyages of heroic discovery. Ever on his guard, and fearful of becoming lost in the cosmos, he developed an intricate code - a roadmap of symbols - that he tattooed onto his own body. This Skin Map has since been lost in time. Now the race is on to recover all the pieces and discover its secrets. But the Skin Map itself is not the ultimate goal. It is merely the beginning of a vast and marvelous quest for a prize beyond imagining.
  • The Bone House (2011)
  • The Spirit Well (2012)
  • The Shadow Lamp (2013)
  • The Fatal Tree (2014)

Stand alone novels

  • Dream Thief (1983)
  • Byzantium (1996)
  • Avalon: The Return of King Arthur (1999)
  • Patrick: Son of Ireland (2003)

Children's novels

  • Brown Ears: The adventures of a lost-and-found rabbit (1988)
  • Brown Ears at Sea: More adventures of a lost-and-found rabbit (1990)
  • Howard Had A Spaceship (1986)
  • Howard Had A Submarine (1987)
  • Howard Had A Hot Air Balloon (1988)
  • Howard Had A Shrinking Machine (1988)
  • The Tale of Jeremy Vole (1990)
  • The Tale of Timothy Mallard (1990)
  • The Tale of Annabelle Hedgehog (1990)