14 Dec 2011

The bronze and the brimstone - Review by Jenny Needham

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What's it about?
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 centre of attention is great, but the potential for trouble is now exponentially greater because people are watching Hansums 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 masters 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.


Book one - The lens and the looker review
Jenny's review:
This is the second book in this series, and I was really looking forward to this book after the last one ended. I did find that although I love the characters and the storyline, this book was very difficult to lose myself in and I found that I was picking up and putting down this book a lot. This book continues where the last left off, with the teens in the 14th century, adding new technology that would not be seen for years in the real world. Inventing cannons and black powder brings Hansum even more to the attention of the rich, wanting to use him to gain over their enemies, when he is asked to marry lady Beatrice a whole new situation arises as he is already married to Guilietta his masters daughter this is unknown to everyone except a select few.

The information about 14th century Verona continues to be given, and the author gives great background to all characters new and old. The story is well written and the characters loveable. I especially like Lincoln with his funny stories, strange 24th century language and jokes. He has a way of making you laugh just with what he says especially at the wrong time. I enjoyed reading the book and would like to read the final part to see where everything is going to end, and to see where the trio are going to end up next.

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