May 7, 2013

{Review} of Bronze Gods by A.A. Aguirre

Bronze Gods by A.A. Aguirre
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Steampunk, Fae
RECEIVED: Publisher
AUTHORS BLOG: A.A. Aguirres' Site

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…

Aguirre has done it again! She has sucked me into another one of her creatively detail edworlds and two lead characters that carried so much spark. This is one heck of a mystery story with lots of steampunk elements mixed with some Fae folklore and magic.

Bronze Gods follows Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko, two CID inspectors who have been brought in on a missing persons case. But when the case take a turn for the worse and both inspectors began a hunt for a madman that has created an unusual machine that has now killed. With magic and chaos missed in they will stop at nothing until they catch this murder, even if it means they maybe come face to face with death.

Janus Mikani is one heck of a charmer with the ladies but also a fine inspector who has an unusual sense that helps him with cases. He’s definitely the act first aggressor, while his partner Ritsuko does all the logical thinking. His ability helps him see impressions and heightened sense while at crimes scene or when interviewing. It was an interesting dynamic with Mikani and Ritsuko, she is his number one supporter and always understands when he needed her.

Celeste Ritsuko is one smart girl who is trying to do a “mans” job. She is the calmer half in the duo, making sure to smooth things over when her partner steps on some toes along the way. Both of them are work alcoholics and determined to take down this murderer. I like how she becomes more independent the longer shes around Mikani, he makes her stronger and feel safe.

What I loved most about these two working together was that they really enjoy their work, they want to stop the bad guys, but they have such great respect for each other. The humor and sarcasm create such a fun dynamic between the two and some intensely great scene of chemistry. The possibility of romance is hinted, kind of like the television show Castle, its focused on and they both are trying to figure out their true feelings.

The folklore, the backstory is brought to life through dreams in each chapter. The main point is that ships with humans came to the land that was once ruled by the Ferishers aka Fae people. But a war came that needed to be stopped and the compromised was of a fae prince and human married. This created the Houses and those who have some Ferisher blood with unique abilities (Like Mikani).

Overall I loved this intense mystery, the steampunk is very lax and only focused on with the machine the murder created. I loved that the mystery took so many twist and turns, introducing many secondary characters that took the reader more into the Fae storyline. There is a lot of humor, romantic chemistry, fantastic mystery, and one heck of an ending. This of course is only the beginning of the series and some questions still need to be answered, I can’t wait to continue on the next mystery adventure with this entertaining duo.

This is adult urban fantasy with lots of mystery; fans of Rachel Vincent’s Unbound series and Kim Harrison’s Hollow series will love Bronze Gods by A.A. Agurrie.

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