Bronze Gods

Bronze Gods

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by A. A. Aguirre

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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


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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Penguin Publishing Group
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Apparatus Infernum Novel , #1
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18 Years

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A.A. Aguirre, a pseudonym for husband-wife writing team Ann & Andres Aguirre, is the author of the Apparatus Infernum novels, Ann specializes in compelling characters; Andres excels at meticulous worldbuilding. By day, she's a bestselling novelist, the USA Today bestselling author of the Sirantha Jax novels, the Dred Chronicles, and the Corine Solomon novels, and he is a pharmaceuticals tycoon. Together, they form Megatron. Or not. Actually, they write books.

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Bronze Gods 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m a big fan of Ann Aguirre, steampunk, and fae, so I was super excited to read Bronze Gods. It had all the making of a knock out read. Up until about 55%, I was seriously questioning the book. I was confused by the plot, the world, and the quickly changing POVs. I was lamenting that this series might be an adventure I did not go on with the Aguirre writing team. At 60%, something amazing happened. Suddenly the plot stabilized, things came together, it was easier to understand which POV I was in and what was going on with the investigation. The plot started making sense and I was able to relate to the two of the three main characters. Where I struggled to get through the first half, I enjoyed the last 40% of the book. I’m interested in the world and in the two detectives. I like their burgeoning relationship as more than partners. I like Mikani’s powers and what it costs him to use them. I like that he enjoys a good fight and standing up for people he cares about. I like Ritsuko’s drive for details and her struggle against working in a male dominated world. I’m not as interested in Aurelia, but enough of the story was devoted to her that I’ll feel a little put out if there’s not a follow up on her in the next book, even though I have zero interest in her character. At the end, I knew I would read the next book in the series, but I’m left feeling uneasy about Bronze Gods. I feel like I should reread the book to fully wrap my head around what all was happening in the first part, but I have absolutely no desire to do so. All around, I thought this one was a missed the mark, but it left me interested enough to give the next book a chance to redeem the series. *Originally posted on goodreads
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you like steampunk? Fairies? Murder mysteries? Detectives? Plot twists? Beautiful writing and outstanding world building? Charming, indulgent, witty, surprisingly tender hero? Kickass, pragmatic, clever, immaculate heroines? If you do, I don't know why you're still reading this review when you could be reading the best book that has ever come into existence in a long time—...possibly forever. I'm still riding the high reading this book has given me after a week. Do yourself a favor and read this book.
Darkstarr More than 1 year ago
Very good. Steam punk noir in an alternate history. Two detective inspector partners, one male and one the first female inspector, try to solve magical ritualistic killings of women from powerful families. The writing is excellent and story keeps you reading all night. I liked the main characters, and the minor characters were interesting, too. I went to Ann Aguirre's website and it says the second book in the series is coming out March 2014. Can't wait. Bought this as an e-book and the formatting was perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't come across a book that was this engrossing in several years; I had a hard time putting it down! I loved the two main characters and their relationship, the writing was beautiful, the grammar and vocabulary outstanding, and the story itself was captivating. This reminds me somewhat of the first Greyfriar book, in its immense enjoyability and a certain atmosphere. This is combination steampunk, fantasy, mystery, policework, and a touch of romance. My only negative is that the 2nd book is not out yet! Very highly recommended.
ramore More than 1 year ago
Wow! One of the best books I have read in recent years! Can I give it more than 5 stars? This one is going on my favorites list. Bronze Gods has a little bit of everything. Alternative history/fantasy/mystery/suspense with a hint of romance. Beautifully written! You will be immersed in a world reminiscent of Victorian England, making elements of the story familiar enough to connect with. But it is definitely not Victorian England. The unique history with ties to magical powers makes it a dark and dangerous place to live. Mikani and Risuko are the Inspectors trying to make sense of some horrible crimes. Both bring their own talents to the investigation, chasing down clues to solve the mystery before a madman's quest for power brings terrible consequences to all. I really like this book! The plot was riveting, the characters, fascinating. And the action was well entrenched in the gritty and intriguing world of Hy Breasil. The complexity of the world and the plot left me wanting more. Did I mention the beautiful writing? “Twilight crept up on her, bearing purples as a gift.” I wish I had written that. Yet all the exquisite writing does not impede the unrelenting action. I absorbed this book! If you are considering reading this book, don't hesitate any longer. Go for it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Ann's Jax series so I picked this up for that reason only. I'd just finished another book of the same genre and thought this probably wouldn't match details etc. Not only was I throughly brought into the story I'll short list the next in the series to buy on release. Well written characters I would like as friends - and now I'm worried about some of them hanging in the fog of printings ahead. Here's hoping this series continues for a full arch or two.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good story hopefully it will be a series. I kind of like steampunk. No sex scenes which is good for prudes out there. Main characters are good together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had been reading another steam punk series and was waiting for the next book. So, I thought I would look for another series. I ran across this and de fixed to give it a try. I'm certainly glad that I did!!
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Annie and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog This book has been on my bookshelf for what seems like forever and I feel terrible for not reading this until now because it’s an amazing book! The author is actually Ann Aguirre, a favorite author of mine who has written some of my favorite characters and her husband, Andres. This duo has really created a wonderful world here. It’s Steampunk noir with a touch of a Urban Fantasy feel and some romance thrown in. You really get a bit of everything in this story! The entire series is based on Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko, partners in the Criminal Investigation Division or the CID. When a woman goes missing, they begin an investigation to search for her. Along the way, more mysterious things are happening and as other discoveries are made, Mikani and Ritsuko are tested. First off, I have to talk about the writing in this one. It’s flawless. FLAWLESS. Aguirre has always been a fantastic writer but I was really floored with the way they were able to create such a lush world while progressing the story and keeping readers engaged. There’s just enough descriptions to paint a picture of the world, but it never weighs down the rest of the book. This book is pretty action-packed and with the Steampunk and Paranormal aspects thrown in, you have a world that’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Mikani and Ritsuko’s professional relationship kind of reminds me of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. As they follow their leads, they almost seem to move in sync with one another. They are finishing each other’s sentences and always seem to be aware of what the other person is thinking or doing. I can’t wait to see what Aguirre has in store for them in the next book! I’ve always been very picky when it comes to Steampunk novels, but A.A. Aguirre has created a world that was easy for me to fall into and lose myself. The Apparatus Inferunum series is definitely one to watch out for!
ReesesSH More than 1 year ago
I had gotten the second book in this series for review so I went out and grabbed the first one for my shelf and then let them both sit there for a year or more. Terrible I know. I had honestly tried to pick the books up before and it just wasn’t clicking for me. I mean I am a huge fan of Ann Aguirre’s YA and NA books but her Adult Fiction books? I just couldn’t bring myself to pick them up. Finally, I put them up on my Authors to Finish challenge and finally got the reading them. What an idiot I was to doubt that I would love these books. Seriously amazing. The world of Bronze Gods is a mix of magic, fantasy, mystery, brutal murders, and has a steampunk vibe to it if you didn’t gage that from the cover. There once was a way for the faerie kingdoms to go back and forth between the realms, until a man named The Architect closed the doors. There are definitely a lot of politics in this world when it comes to who can do what and where due to territory issues. In the middle of all of this are our main characters Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko who work for the CID or Criminal Investigation Department. Celeste is the first and only woman to become an investigator and deals with a lot of issues with always having to prove herself at work. Her partner Janus has special powers that help them solve cases super fast. While he is known for causing fights and getting into trouble they work well as a team. Until girls with powerful families of the Courts are being brutally murdered with strange machines and the more evidence the two detectives turn up leads them to another body or into more danger. This case backed by the Court houses could mean Celeste could lose her job as a detective and Janus could lose his best friend and partner. Now there is a budding romance. I like how it starts as a slow burn throughout the book. Nothing really happens since Ann Aguirre always tries to keep her books realistic, but the romance is there and I was definitely rooting for it. This whole book had me on the edge of my seat and had my mind whirling with questions and possibilities. Seriously there is never a dull moment in this book, and I wad forced (happily) to pay attention to everything that was happening since every detail was important. I really enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read the sequel. This writing couple certainly did a fantastic job. I’m not sure what type of books you would have to enjoy to like this book, but I seriously enjoyed so if you usually like the books I read I guess that could be a clue you may like this one. If you like humorous books with dark edges, murder mystery, fantasy feely books with a strong female character and a sexy cocky smart male lead with alternating POV’s you may need to check this book out. Don’t go off of the description completely since it’s confusing.
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Intriguing and well written. Looking forward to next volume.
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Excellant book. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic book!
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A good read