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Bronze Gods (An Apparatus Infernum Novel) [Kindle Edition]

A. A. Aguirre
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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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…

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"Aguirre has a gift for creating strong characters who keep her readers coming back for more." (Publishers Weekly)"

About the Author

A.A. Aguirre is the pseudonym for Ann & Andres Aguirre, a husband-wife writing team. Ann Aguirre has written over twenty books, including the Sirathan Jax series, the Corine Solomon Series, the Razorland Trilogy, the Skin Series and the Dread Queen Series. Notable awards include RITA Award, Top 10 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, and YALSA Best of 2011.

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  • File Size: 932 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (April 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KUWRDY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,745 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect steampunk adventure April 30, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hmm, let's see: steampunk noir, fantastic worldbuilding, characters I fell in love with almost instantly, crime scenes worthy of Patricia Cornwell, clockwork, LOTS of sexual tension and a heart-stopping conclusion. All in a single book, my friends.

Centuries ago in a land called Hy Breasil, native Ferishers and strayed humans saw marriage as a way to stop the war between their two races. Sons and daughters of the two great Courts married the conquerors in an attempt to save themselves from annihilation. Today, very little Fey blood remains and the gifts it offers are often both unwelcome and dangerous.

In the great city of Dorstaad, two Criminal Investigation Division inspectors, Celeste Ritsuko and Janus Mikani, do excellent work despite the hostility they occasionally face. They are each other's exact opposites: she, measured, well organized and precise, excellent at drawing conclusions from evidence she pedantically collects; and he, a charmer who mostly runs on intuition and solves cases using gifts his Fey blood provides.

Ritsuko and Mikani begin as co-workers and friends and they remain friends. It is a wonderful thing they have, a purely platonic relationship built on trust and mutual understanding. There is attraction of course, but neither of them is willing to risk what they already have for something that may or may not work... probably not, considering Mikani's track record. Neither of them admits, even to themselves, that they might be moving towards something more, a different kind of relationship, no longer safe, but risky and exciting at the same time. Theirs is a subtle, tentative dance, a slow-burning romance at its finest and one that will leave you desperate to know if and when they'll take the plunge.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for more of Mikani and Ritsuko May 4, 2013
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There weren't a great deal of steampunk elements in this initial foray into the alternate Victorian Bronze Gods world, as the leads Inspectors Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko search for the a murderer who is killing young women from prominent Ferisher (Fae) Houses.

I enjoyed watching Mikani and Ritsuko pound the pavement to solve the high profile case, and that, as they pursue the leads together and individually, there were enough clues that I was able to figure out the 'who done it' along with them. While the investigation of the crime perpetrated using magical technology was interesting, it is Mikani and Ritsuko themselves who really make this book shine. They are a fabulous pair, and they work together so well that despite the fact that they are polar opposites - she's human, thorough and diplomatic and he's part Ferisher, intuitive and not much for social niceties - it is almost like they have a mental connection.

So, I thoroughly enjoyed this first joint effort from the Aguirres (Ann and Andres) - steampunk, mystery, and magic with with a very intriguing starring pair (and just a hint of romance to come) - I am already looking forward to their next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Home Run May 7, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ann Aguirre (writing this time with her husband, Andres) has done it again, created characters with whom I really, really want to spend more time. The world building is interesting and the mystery, though I did figure it out before the end, was still engaging. This book had a very steampunk noir feeling to it and I think the authors pulled it off quite well. Told in third person I sometimes found myself confused as to who was saying a line at any given point but ultimately this was not a significant stumbling block for me and certainly didn't inhibit my overall enjoyment.

The highlight though for me was the lead pairing of Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko. Inspectors for the Criminal Investigation Division, they've been partners on the job for three years and though they come at the world from very different places - he's a rumpled mess who can't hang onto a relationship to save his life and she's the elegant and always put-together woman who has had to fight her way into a man's world - they work together like a well oiled machine. I got Mulder and Scully vibes which, in my book, can only ever be a good thing. Romance isn't the mainstay of this story but the increasingly flirtatious banter between Mikani and Ritsuko is a definite plus and has me eager to see how or if things will develop in the follow-up book due next year.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit slow.... May 30, 2013
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This is a very well written story, that had the potential to be amazing, but for me it dragged and was very slow all the way to the end. I think it suffers from the first book in a series syndrome with to much information making the story convoluted in a confusing way.

I so wanted the heroine to be a strong kick butt, take no prisoners kind of gal and the synopsis makes it seem like she will be, however, shortly into the book she comes across as soft and femininely needy several times. The "romance" aspect of the story was plain and simply uncomfortable.

The word `partner' was used so many times I wanted to scream, seriously we know they are partners not only was it used in a chummy Benson and Stabler way, but good lord it was said so often in a way to make them set boundaries between themselves. arrggg

One other thing that for me personally was very distracting were the names Mikani and Ritsuko during most of the book the characters first names are not used so using the last names even though they are lovely out of the ordinary names there was no feminine and masculine flavor to the names. Which for me made it so I had to concentrate on who was who when the dialog went back and forth. Again, a flow issue for me.

I know this book got many 5 star ratings and folks are gushing how wonderful it is, but I thought it was almost boring in parts and had to make myself pick it up several times after putting it down. It was written well, just missed the mark for me.

I'm not sure who I would recommend this to....before I'd recommend to anyone I would need to read the next book in the series, to see if it was the 1st book in a series information dump and slow confusing pace or the style of writing.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk, Fantasy, Action, Oh My!
I have read many Ann Aguirre novels and must admit I'm a fan of all her books. I've enjoyed every series, this novel is no exception for me. Read more
Published 4 days ago by CraftyRaven
5.0 out of 5 stars Celtic Steampunk
In an England that never was, two detectives try to solve a set of murders involving magical machines and wayward ladies. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Andrew Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent steampunk noir!
Bronze Gods offers a wonderful steampunk noir mystery with a touch of elfin magic, to boot. The protagonists' relationship is delightfully complex and the secondary characters are... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Margo
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I bought Bronze Gods for primarily two reasons; the cover and because it is half written by Ann Aguirre. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Van @ Short and Sweet reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent start to a new series
This is the first in a new series by Ann Aguirre and her husband, Andres, designated “Apparatus Infernum. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. G. Hulan
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasure to Read
Well plotted, good characters, intriguing world crossing streamlining & urban noir. And we'll written & edited...for a very pleasant change. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Unmacht
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reading the Paranormal Review
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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kelly Rubidoux
3.0 out of 5 stars magic detectives
A. A. Aguirre (Husband and wife Ann and Andres) have a nice police procedural set in a world of magic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Henry L. Lazarus
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the first husband wife book collaboration I've read, and not my...
Ann Aguirre is one of my favorite authors. This book is a collaboration between her husband and her. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mamamoocz
5.0 out of 5 stars nuanced
This is a proper novel, at least relative to all the other trashy B grade steampunk-romance-fantasy-scifi stuff I usually read (and guiltily enjoy). Read more
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ann Aguirre has been a clown, a clerk, a savior of stray kittens, and a voice actress, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in Mexico with her husband and children. She writes all manner of genre fiction for adults and teens.

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