Review: The Bronze and The Brimstone by Lory S. Kaufman

Lizzie     Nov 10th, 2011     Dystopian, Fantasy, Reviews     0 Replies

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Fiction Std (June 7, 2011)
Source: Received from publicist
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936558084
ISBN-13: 978-1936558087

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?

Lory Kaufman is one of the most creative writers I’ve read this year. I really enjoyed The Lens and the Looker but I think, without a doubt, I liked The Bronze and The Brimstone even better. Much, much better. I can tell Lory really caught his footing as he wrote this.

In this book, the danger gets real. Hansum is playing a dangerous game with the people of the fourteenth century, and some of them are starting to suspect so. On top of that, a strange illness is spreading throughout Europe. You can probably guess what that illness is but for the characters, it’s all the more terror. Things heat up and go awry.

And I loved every minute of it. Like the last book, it took a little bit of time before things really got going, however there was a lot going on in the beginning. As well as the intense action that picks up, there are several heart wrenching scenes that broke my heart. I actually teared up! And trust me, I don’t do that often. There’ve been very few books this year that I’ve read that have made me tear up or cry. When a book can do that to me, and then rip me into scary action, I know it’s a hit.

What do I think overall? Lory is an amazing, creative writer who is invested in his books. You can tell he did a lot to make sure the story did match up with history (and then shake it up with introducing technology before its time). I cannot wait to read the last book of the trilogy, The Loved and the Lost! Is it here yet?! I’m so interested to see where that one goes.

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