Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Bronze and the Brimstone Book Review

I don't know if you remember about a month or so ago I read the first book in this series of three written by Lory S. Kaufman and she named the series the Verona Trilogy. This is the 2nd book in that series. The first book was called The Lens and the Looker.
Here is what is on the back cover of this very fast paced book #2 in this series:
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?
I did not think that things could get much worse for the three teens from the future but in this book they get everything thrown at them and wow, what a trip it has been!

But, then, everything is not as it seems and I was thinking to myself, but there is another book coming so it can't end this way or there would be no need for another book. What an imagination to dream up all this stuff and make it sound so real (well, except for the time travel part) everything else sounds pretty pausible as far as what happens back in that century.

You really want to cheer Uglinio on for he is the most ugliest man in all of Verona and all he wants is for someone to love him and he tries too hard and picks the wrong woman to go after or else alot of these things would not have happened.

I was also a little depressed to find out that their priest in this whole affair was also a robber and not really a good priest.  So, instead of being a good influence on Uglinio, he turns out to be a bad influence.

Greed, jealousy and bad judgement mixed in with ignorant teachings and passed down idea's from their parents, the people of Verona are a mixture of good and bad, but when disaster strikes, they really turn ugly and unforgiving and forget how much the teens helped their whole town by providing jobs for various companies that employed help.

Even the romances of the book got all mixed up and intertwined with goodness and deceit.  I did find it an awesome book to read but did not like the ending one bit. So, I am hoping the 3rd and final book will be something I hope can make everyone happy or at least content.

Happy Reading!

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.