Bronze Gods, APPARATUS INFERNUM Book #1
by A.A Aguirre
Synopsis: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…
Bronze Gods by A. A. Aguirre is a mix of fantasy, steam punk and crime solving mystery. I liked the story and the two main characters quite a lot, but I must admit that I found some of the plot lines kind of predictable.
Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko are two police detectives. He is a wild card with the ability to read people. She is logical and methodical. They couldn’t be more unalike and yet together they solve more cases than anyone else in the Criminal Investigation Division. When they are assigned a missing persons case, they discover more is at hand that a lost heiress. Following several deaths, the city becomes a powder keg and Mikani and Ritsuko must sift through scant clues and try to stop a magic using killer before mob violence erupts.
The chemistry between Mikani and Ritsuko propels this story. Bronze Gods is the first book in a new series and I plan to read the next installment when it is released.