Monday, December 22, 2014

Silver Mirrors by A.A. Aguirre [Review]

Silver Mirrors by A.A. Aguirre
Silver Mirrors (Apparatus Infernum #2) by A.A. Aguirre
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: October 30, 2014

Apparatus Infernum
1. Bronze Gods
2. Silver Mirrors - Paperback | Kindle

A.A. Aguirre
[A.A. Aguirre is the pen name for husband/wife writing team Ann and Andres Aguirre]
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
As powerful magic comes creeping back, dangerous days are dawning…...

Criminal Investigation Division inspectors Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko were lucky to make it out of their last mission alive. Since then, strange troubles have plagued the city of steam and shadows, apparently as a result of magic released during the CID inspectors’ desperate interruption of an ancient ritual. The fabric of the world has been unsettled, and the Council has assigned Mikani and Ritsuko to investigate.

They soon discover that matters are worse than they imagined. Machines have developed minds of their own, cragger pirates are raiding the seas with relentless aggression, and mad elementals are running amok. As the chaos builds to a crescendo, Mikani and Ritsuko must fight a war on two fronts—and this time, they may not be able to turn the deadly tide….
Thoughts on Silver Mirrors: It's been a while since I read book 1 in this series. I remember loving the crazy, complicated twists Mikani and Ritsuko found as they followed the trail of clues to figure out what was going on. This book is no less complicated as our two inspectors have to unravel the hows and whys of what's been happening since they solved (or however you want to look at it) their last case.

On top of that, Ritsuko has gained an interesting ability tied in with the final disastrous ritual she and Mikani disrupted, the two of them have to team up with one of Mikani's lady friends to continue following the investigation, and there is plenty of danger on the high seas and in the port towns they have to get to. Needless to say, there's a lot going on here.

BUT... there's also a lot of emotion in this book. After their brush with death in book 1, both Mikani and Ritsuko are looking at one another in a new light. Or maybe it's not new. Maybe they're just willing to acknowledge that there might be more between them than a simple partnership. Mikani practically falls apart when Ritsuko is put in danger. Ritsuko goes back and forth between enjoying her time with him and telling herself nothing can come from it. It's oddly sweet how hard their fighting to convince themselves that the other is just a friend.

In the end, big things happen. The world expands by leaps and bounds as the story progresses and revelations are discovered that throw everything they've believed about the past into question. This is a complex, emotional story and I kinda like it a lot.

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