Monday, April 7, 2014

Bronze Gods by A.A. Aguirre [Review]
Bronze Gods (Apparatus Infernum #1) by A.A. Aguirre
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: December 30, 2013

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

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):
Danger stalks the city of steam and shadows.

Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko work all hours in the Criminal Investigation Division, keeping citizens safe. He’s a charming rogue with an uncanny sixth sense; she’s all logic—and the division’s first female inspector. Between his instincts and her brains, they collar more criminals than any other partnership in the CID.

Then they’re assigned a potentially volatile case in which one misstep could end their careers. At first, the search for a missing heiress seems straightforward, but when the girl is found murdered—her body charred to cinders—Mikani and Ritsuko’s modus operandi is challenged as never before. It soon becomes clear the bogeyman has stepped out of nightmares to stalk gaslit streets, and it’s up to them to hunt him down. There’s a madman on the loose, weaving blood and magic in an intricate, lethal ritual that could mean the end of everything…
Thoughts on Bronze Gods: As a long time fan of Ann Aguirre, I picked this book up expecting to be pulled into a dark, dangerous world where nothing is as it seems. I wasn't disappointed. The world is intriguing and feels big and grand. The characters are caught between the world of the upper class Houses and the lower class who struggle to make their way and resent the Houses and what they stand for.

Mikani and Ritsuko are an outstanding duo. While the focus of this story is on the investigation and the mystery of who's behind the murders, the flares of attraction the two feel for one another pop up every so often to add an extra level of spice. Frankly, I enjoyed both Ritsuko and Mikani's reactions to these moments. Considering they're in the middle of a potentially career-ending case, finding yourself with the hots for your partner is downright distracting.

Throw in a three year friendship/partnership that neither wants to disrupt and they're both in a bit of a pickle.

The investigation itself is grisly at times. Dead girls who are killed in horrific ways coupled with Mikani's ability to see what was done to them makes for some tense crime scenes. I do love how Mikani's ability extracts such a hard toll on him. Nothing comes for free and his ability to sense is no exception.

While this mystery is cleared up nicely, there are plenty of questions left unanswered to fuel future books. Mikani and Ritsuko will get to dig in deep again in book 2 and walk a careful line with their distracting attraction while trying to solve another mystery. I can't wait.

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