Author: Lory S. Kaufman
Series: The Verona Trilogy
Number in Series: 2
Release Date: Decemeber 13, 2012
Publisher: Fiction Studio
Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction/ Dystopian/Historical Fiction/Romance
Synopsis from Pump Up Your Books
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?
The Bronze and The Brimstone is the second book in the Verona Trilogy. This time around we follow the gang as we see how they are successfully surviving in 14th century Italy. Hansum is seen as a genius inventor and everyone wants to pick his brain for his inventions for war. Shamira and Lincoln are also doing well and thriving. But all the success brings more than they bargain for when they start to see the ugly side of success. Not only does Hansum have to figure out a way to keep the Podesta happy, but he must keep the Master of the house happy. He loves and wants to marry his daughter, Guiletta, but neither the Podest nor the Master will accept. And to make things worse, given the time period and where they are, the Black Plague is soon to be on them. They don’t even know the beginning of horror yet.
What an amazing sequel. This was even better than the first book. It was so exciting and quite the rollercoaster. There were definitely a few tears from me. I loved the gang even more this time around. They were so immature in the first book. I love how much they have grown and accepted their situation. They could have easily gone around moping around, wanting everyone to do the work for them. In this book, we mainly follow Hansum aka Romero. I was most satisfied with his progress from the first book. He was just so spoiled. We also still have Pan. He is the chip that helps guide the group and tells them about the inventions that will help them succeed. I am so happy they had Pan. If not for him, I can not imagine how these guys would survive, mainly Hansum. With Hansum’s success, he is beginning to see the ugly side of those he works with and how easily people can turn on you if they don’t get what they want.
There were amazing plot twists in this book. The main one at the end I kind of had a feeling about. It just wouldn’t have made sense otherwise if you think about it. But there were many other things that I didn’t see coming. The Podesta is so desperate to get more of Hansum’s genius; he did something absolutely awful in this book that resulted in something even more terrible happening. This was weird for me because Hansum’s reaction to it wasn’t what it should have been. I would have done something. That was just unforgivable and it was all due to his selfishness. I don’t think the Podesta is evil per se, but he looks out for number one and that is it. There is even a story with Father Lorenzo. Oh my goodness, I could rant about him all day. I couldn’t believe him especially in the end. Wow!
This book was an exciting read from beginning to end. I was never bored and Kaufman really through a lot of incredible loops at us. Again, there were tears and laughs. I felt quite a connection with the characters. We do get a little more of the side characters in this book, but not nearly enough for me. But I still loved the book. You really won’t believe where this book goes. Highly recommend this read for those looking for a unique kind of science fiction. I love the world set in the past. I actually feel like I am there, Kaufman does such a great job bringing it to life. Definitely check this trilogy out.
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