Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Bronze and the Brimstone by Lory S. Kaufman

Title: The Bronze and the Brimstone

Author: Lory S. Kaufman

Published: The Fiction Studio, 2011

Pages: 334

Series: Book 2, The Verona Trilogy

Summary: 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 to 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 disasterous 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?   (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:  I was intrigued by how the first book ended to continue on with this book and I have to say that this wasn't how I had expected it to be.  There were quite a few twists and turns in the plot of the book that I really did not see coming.

Once again I was questioning the actions of the three protagonists.  I don't understand why Hansum insisted on adding future technologies into the past.  It just seemed to lead to more trouble and so I just couldn't understand his motivations for doing it.

I think that my favourite characters were Guilietta and Shamira.  They both seemed pretty cool and I felt I liked their motivations and actions a little more than any of the others.  They also felt more genuine to me.

I thought the story line of The Bronze and the Brimstone was quite unique and it was very action packed, there was never a dull moment.  I thought it was interesting how some things were introduced and resolved sooner than others.

The ending sort of surprised me a lot and I now have a lot more questions that I'm hoping will get answered in the third book.  I felt that the ending sort of made things more complicated and while most things were resolved in this book the ending kind of opened up a new can of worms.

Overall, I thought that The Bronze and the Brimstone was quite an interesting book but I wasn't completely in love with it.  I will however, be on the lookout for the next book in the series as I am intrigued.

Source: Pump up Your Book

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