CS Lakin’s book The Map Across Time is the second book in her Gates of Heaven series. It is a fairy tale written for adults (though older youth will enjoy it as well) telling the story of twins who are born into nobility. The sister is beautiful and popular while her brother was born with deformities which made even his father the king shun him. But both sister and brother must fulfill their destiny for saving the kingdom from the evil curse that has been tightening its grip on the city over centuries.

Drawing heavily upon the wisdom literature of the Bible, Lakin spins a story that illustrates the importance of a person’s character, wisdom and the path they choose to take. Lest you think it is a boring, in-your-face morality tale be advised that it contains the murder of the queen, a talking pig and travel through time with the use of a magical map. I plan to go back and read the first book in this series after having read this one, though I don’t think I missed out on anything in the story from not  having read Lakin’s earlier book, The Wolf of Tebron.

For more information on the series, check out CS Lakin’s website for it. I received a free copy of  this book in exchange for reviewing it; my review is unbiased nonetheless.