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Verity and Jasper (disguised as an old tin cup) are forced to flee Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1862, pursued by demons and assassins sent by the Honourable Merchantry, a corporation of sorcerers that secretly controls the world. It aims to possess the goofy ...
Verity and Jasper (disguised as an old tin cup) are forced to flee Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1862, pursued by demons and assassins sent by the Honourable Merchantry, a corporation of sorcerers that secretly controls the world. It aims to possess the goofy blade and the magical stone that powers it, before the reluctant Verity can master her new powers and overthrow the Merchantry.
Aided by a wacky collection of enchanted allies, including Roman Legionary rats and combat pelicans, Verity must find a way through the battling Union and Confederate armies while avoiding corrupt mages, hellish weaponry, and her own fears. She also has to cope with Jasper's twisted sense of humor and the need to recharge his magic with favors no 12 year-old girl should do, like smoking corncob pipes.
Full of sly references to Huckleberry Finn and other literary classics, BRIMSTONE AND LILY is the first book in the Legacy Stone series of tongue-in-cheek alternate-reality Civil War adventures.
Posted December 24, 2011
I wasnt sure if I was going to like this when I picked it up, but once I started reading it I couldnt put it down. Its nice to see a fresh concept in a genre you love. The characters are engaging and the writing is well done. I highly recomend this book if you like history and fantasy since it combines both.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2010
When the curious, unsuspecting Verity falls through the floor of the infamous Ford's Theatre, her life is suddenly changed in ways she could never imagine...introduced to a wise-cracking, telepathic sword named Jasper, the innocent twelve-year old promptly learns that she has been chosen to be the savior of the world. The year is 1862, and with the Union and Confederate armies battling for the soul of the nation, Verity is charged with preventing a secret cabal of sorcerers from gaining control of Jasper - and the magical stone that lends him all his powers - in order to further their oppressive grip on the world. Aided by everything from legionnaire rats to combat pelicans, young Verity is forced to grow up fast - with nothing less than the fate of all humanity resting on the success or failure of her crucial quest...
Throroughly well crafted, Brimstone And Lily is nothing if not imaginative. In his considerably creative tale, author Terry Kroenung pays special homage to a host of incomparable literary masters - including Twain, Carroll, et al - in presenting a highly entertaining account with vivid, unique characters and an engaging central plotline. Further bolstered by his trademark flair for the whimsical and deft sense of humor, Brimstone And Lily is cultural parody at its best, treating the reader to an escapist tale of alternate reality adventure that draws you in and holds you at rapt attention from the very beginning.
Impressively well thought out, Brimstone And Lily is the exciting debut of what one can only hope is a long, multi-volume literary series. A highly recommended read.
Posted February 2, 2010
Verity and crew are so engaging that the reader may well be compelled to read this jewel of a book in one sitting. Hard to put down once you start reading. A refreshing departure from overly graphic violence/sexual content. Quick, yet satisfying character development for a wonderful assortment of quirky heroes and villians. Bless your imaginative heart, Mr. Kroenung!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 16, 2009
OK, so I wrote BRIMSTONE AND LILY. This is America, Don't I get at least one measly vote? :) The novel is a hybrid: YA/adult, historical urban fantasy/a parody of quest-lit and HUCK FINN. It features pirates, ninjas, zombies, a gazillion swordfights, combat pelicans, evil sorcerers, bloody Civil War battles, rats who talk like Elmer Fudd, demons who talk like Shakespeare, a talking sword who loves insults and puns, Napoleon's Old Guard, poop monsters, and John Wilkes Booth. What's not to love? I also filled it with dozens of allusions to HUCK FINN, MOBY DICK, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, several Dickens classics, even THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (that's why Chapter 42 is called "Very, Very Improbable", for instance). Give it a try. All you have to lose is your bad mood.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.