Friday, October 21, 2011
The Bronze and the Brimstone - Lory Kaufman
Publisher: The Fiction Studio
Publish Date: June 7, 2011
The second book in the Verona Trilogy finds our heroes settled into life in 14th century Verona. The boys work making 'discs for the eyes', while Shamira is a kitchen girl.
The historical detail is wonderful - the clothes, everyday living, the deceit and deception!
This book deals mainly with Hansum, or as he is known, Romero. It does feature Lincoln and Shamira, but mostly as asides. I hope we see more of them in detail in book 3.
Hansum (Romero) has come to the attention of the nobles by 'inventing' lookers (telescopes) with the help of their genie and now has introduced cannons and black powder. It's the age-old time travel questions - How does introducing technology, before it happens naturally, work out? The answer, as always, is IT DOESN'T! Before Hansum knows what's going on, he's living with the nobles and being offered the hand of a beautiful girl. The biggest problem is that he's already secretly married to his old Master's daughter, Guilietta. He can't tell the nobles, he's seen what they do to people that displease them. So he tells them he loves Guilietta and wants to marry her and believes that they are trying to help him achieve that. Meanwhile, Guilietta doesn't feel so great...
By the end of the book, the genie is smashed and worthless, Black Death is sweeping through the town and Hansum fears all is lost. As did I. The end is very exciting and I can't wait to read more!
If you'd like some fun, go check out www.history-camp.com while waiting for the next book!