Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Review: Bronze Gods by A.A Aguirre

Bronze Gods (Apparatus Infernum #1) by A.A. Aguirre

Hy Breasil is grimmer than it used to be.

Before the Architect closed the door, there were regular crossings, and a great war decimated both humans and Ferishers. The native fae who refused to treat with the invaders faded; their bodies withered and died, stranding them as hungry, angry spirits that haunt the countryside.

That means there’s always trouble brewing in Dorstaad.

Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko work for the Criminal Investigation Department, keeping citizens safe from things that go bump in the night. He’s a hardboiled cynic with an uncanny sixth sense; she’s determined to justify her promotion as the first female detective in her division. Together, they’re trying to keep a black tide from drowning the city.

But when the second body surfaces, murdered with the same type of infernal device, the entire CID must face the truth. There’s a madman on the loose, twining magic and blood… and only Mikani and Ritsuko can unravel the intricate, lethal conspiracy before the Royale killer completes his macabre plan, unleashing old, forbidden magic on an unsuspecting populace. If the maniac succeeds, it could mean the end of everything…

My Thoughts:
Not quite like anything I've read before, and I mean that in the best way. An interesting combination of steampunk, urban fantasy, and a detective novel. The characters are intriguing and have personality. The relationship between Mikani and Ritsuko, working and otherwise, is enjoyable to read. The banter between them is fun. I loved this and look forward to the next book in the series.

My Rating: *****
Steam Factor: !
*Notes: Some blood and gore, but not graphic.

My Source: Goodreads giveaway

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