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


The Bronze and the Brimstone Book 2Title: The Bronze and the Brimstone (Book II of the Verona Trilogy)

Author: Lory S. Kaufman

Description (from Goodreads):

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 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?



I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

The Bronze and the Brimstone is the second book in the Verona Trilogy which is young adult science fiction/fantasy. It starts where The Lens and the Looker leaves off and it was one of those books that I stayed up reading all night because I couldn’t put it down.

The Bronze and the Brimstone is well written and easy to follow. It has a lot of twists and turns. And what an ending!

The characters are well described. The main characters, Hansum, Shamira, and Lincoln continue to grow. There were times that I was concerned about Hansum, though. It seemed like he was growing to be more like the men he worked for and was losing sight of who he really was.

I definitely recommend The Bronze and the Brimstone  for young adults as well as adults. I’m looking forward to reading the last book in the trilogy, The Loved and the Lost.


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About the Author:

6-23-2014 8-05-55 PMLory Kaufman lives and works in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. His post-dystopian novels and their positive bent come from his interest in environmentalism, sustainability, population studies, history, and wanting to have a serious discussion about the future. Plus, he likes to have a good time.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Bronze and the Brimstone by Lory S. Kaufman

  1. Lory Kaufman June 29, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    I appreciate your recommendation for both young adult and adult. The touchstone for my writing is William Golding’s LORD OF THE FLIES, a book that can be read and appreciated by readers, whether they are thirteen or one hundred and thirteen. And I’m glad you found the ending satisfying and exciting. I look forward to your final review of the trilogy. Most gratefully, Lory Kaufman, Kingston, Ontario


    • sleepygirl2 June 29, 2014 / 5:15 pm

      Young adult fiction has become one of my favorite genres. I have found that some of them are geared more to young adults but many, like yours, are for readers of all ages even though they’re in the young adult category. I am enjoying this series and I’m hoping you will have another book coming in the future?


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