December 9, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: The Bronze And The Brimstone by Lory S. Kaufman

The Bronze and the Brimstone is Book Two in the Verona Trilogy and is a YA Science Fiction Fantasy.

The tale continues where Shamira, Hansum and Lincoln left off in the first book, The Lens and the Looker (read my review here.) still stuck in 14th century Verona without a clue as to how to return home.

Along the way they, with the help of their genie Pan, meet many interesting characters who help guide them to their destiny.  During their journey they bring many technological aspects to light, including the telescope and the three have to deal with the political outcome that ensues.

The people of Verona have come to view Hansum in a different light and they focus their attentions on him and Hansum must learn who his true friends are.  He does deeds that are underhanded and sneaky and his actions almost cost him and his friends their lives.  Shamira falls in love with diastrous results and Lincoln begins to become a part of the life of Verona and finds he there are some things he is adept at doing.

During their quest, each of them must struggle with themselves and those around them, will they survive the trials set before them or will their desires provide their doom?

I thought this was a fitting sequel, again, author Lory S. Kaufman is able to adeptly blend history with fiction fantasy.  I loved reading the historical aspects dispersed throughout the pages and thought everything blended well.

I thought the turmoils and tragedies the children found themselves in to be gripping and entertaining.  I wish the story didn't seem to center so much around Hansum and would've liked to have seen more of Shamira and Lincoln.  I thought Hansum's actions when the townsfolk took interest to be fitting for his character.

I enjoyed the town intrigue and how each of them interacted with the children and was surprised by a few of the outcomes.  The plot twists and turns are enough to keep the average reader guessing and the story ending had a great finish.

I would give The Bronze and the Brimstone a three and a half out of five stars.  I had some issues with the "adult" content found within, it often flowed along juvenile lines and the romantic aspect of the story was disappointing.  I also had some problems with dream sequence, it wasn't expressed in a proper manner and I was left wondering what I had just read.  However, the history blending with technology is a great read and the series would be suitable for anyone who enjoys the mix.

SYNOPSIS:
"What could go wrong in the 14th-century for three time-traveling teens? How about – EVERYTHING!Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln, three teens from the 24th century, are trapped in 14th-century Verona, Italy. They’ve survived many deadly experiences by keeping their wits about them and by introducing futuristic technology into the past. Principal among these inventions is the telescope, which brought them to the attention of the rich and powerful.But standing out can get you into unexpected and dangerous situations. The nobles of Verona now believe Hansum is a savant, a genius inventor, especially after he brings them plans for advanced cannons and black powder. Being the center of attention is great, but the potential for trouble is now exponentially greater because people are watching Hansum’s every move.Meanwhile, artistic genius Shamira has fallen for a Florentine artist with bloody and disastrous consequences. Lincoln, considered an incompetent back home in the 24th-century, has blossomed – at least until he’s shot in the head with an arrow. And Hansum, after secretly marrying his new master’s beautiful daughter, Guilietta, is offered the hand in marriage of lady Beatrice, daughter of the ruler of Verona. To refuse could mean calamity for all the teens.Amazingly, none of this is their biggest challenge. Because a rash illness is spreading across Verona – and it is threatening to consume everyone.Do they have a future in this past?


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