Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Bronze Gods: By A.A. Aguirre



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 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 where 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 will be challenged as never before. Before long, it's 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...


It’s rare to find an author who can wield their craft with enough versatility and expertise to be able to write in different genres. Ann Aguirre (or A.A. Aguirre as she’s known in this series) has written not only in steampunk (Apparatus Infernum), but also in science fiction (Sirantha Jax), YA (Enclave), and urban fantasy (Corine Solomon). Not only that, but throughout all of these series Aguirre has written all of these books with engaging plots and likeable characters.

That was actually the thing I liked most about Bronze Gods, how fantastic the two main characters (Mikani and Ritsuko) are. Ritsuko is a woman who has worked hard for her career. She is smart and meticulous but her real strength comes from working harder than anyone else out there. Mikani on the other hand is brash and unapologetic. He is able to use magic, but only at great risk to himself. These two make a great pair who complement each other in their manners and detective skills. But most importantly readers will love to read the subtle romantic tension between these characters. Unlike many books that thrust unrealistic love stories (falling in love in hours and risking their lives to save someone they barely know) upon their protagonists, Agguire has built a much more impressive, realistic, and engaging romantic tension. Think the subtle romantic tension in the TV shows Bones or the West Wing (between Donna and Josh) rather than How I Met Your Mother or The Big Bang Theory (not that I have anything against HIMYM or TBBT, personally I love them both).

Of course, besides fantastic characters Aguirre also does an amazing job giving the readers plenty of action and mystery to work their teeth on. Readers will be glued to their seats as they eagerly anticipate what will happen next. Of course, Aguirre does a great job at the end of tying of many of the pieces of the case while still leaving a few pieces missing that will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.

All in all, I really liked Bronze Gods and think fans of steampunk and Aguirre’s fans from her other works will love this new series.


Publisher: Ace

Published: April 30th, 2013

Price: $7.99

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