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Bronze Gods (An Apparatus Infernum Novel Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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I really enjoyed this fantasy mystery. I like the setting in a world powered by steam and magic. And I liked the characters who are police inspectors. Read morePublished 7 months ago by K. M. Martin
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Bronze Gods features a male and female inspector duo set in a fantasy world that is reminiscent of Victorian England but is most... Read more
When I first began it, I felt it was a bit slow and clunky setting the world for us. However, it really began to pick up. Read morePublished 14 months ago by KCarlson
As usual with the first book in a series, it started a little slow. However as the story gains momentum, it is an enjoyable ride.Published 16 months ago by Caroline
Thriller set in a steampunk universe, yet the quest for magic drives the plot. The characterisations are not sacrificed to mystery. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kim E. Power
I enjoyed reading this book. It had a good balance of steampunk elements, strong characters, a riveting plot, fantasy and suspense. Read morePublished 18 months ago by BellaChica
Rich prose, engaging characters.. Ending was a bit broadcasted so it was no surprise, but the delicious writing style more than made up for it and left me completely satisfied. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sheri