Publish Date: April 30, 2013
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Order Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: 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…
Review: Steampunk is usually not my thing (aside from ‘Warehouse 13’!), but I gained a new appreciation for it from reading A.A. Aguirre’s debut book ‘Bronze Gods’. I think because it was not only a mix of steampunk and magic, but the “steampunk”-y aspects of the story weren’t shoved in your face every five seconds as it was the backdrop for the plot and characters. I felt the characters and the action were the driving focus of the story and I was caught up in both very quickly. I loved the main characters, Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Inspectors Mikani and Ritsuko, as they made a fully complimentary team with both their strengths and weaknesses. ‘Bronze Gods’ is a haunting marriage of noir, mystery, magic, steampunk, with truly likable characters, which I think will appeal to a wide audience!
Apparatus Infernum series: Bronze Gods (1)