I am absolutely thrilled to be among a very select few bloggers who are lucky enough to
be a part of the The Bronze Gods Tour hosted by my dear friend Maja@ The Nocturnal Library. Maja and I connected before we even started our blogs on Goodreads, and we, in fact, started our blogs the same week. Maja is a huge connoisseur of Urban Fantasy books, and she is an especially big fan of Ann Aguirre. I promised Maja I would read more Aguirre books and this was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. I have the exquisite pleasure of presenting you with some documents that were "borrowed" from the case files of The Bronze Gods. I am getting ahead of myself, before we get to all that I want to introduce you to Ann:
A.A. Aguirre is the pseudonym for Ann & Andres Aguirre, a husband-wife writing team. She specializes in compelling characters; he excels at meticulous worldbuilding. By day, she's a USA Today bestselling novelist, and he is a pharmaceuticals tycoon.
Born in Mexico, Andres spent his early years traveling and getting in trouble everywhere else. Along the way, he got a degree from Pepperdine in economics and international business. Ann was born in the Midwest and has a degree in English Literature from Ball State. She's traveled less than Andres and gotten into less trouble, but scaling Macchu Pichu should count for something, right?
Now settled, if not fully domesticated, Andres lives with his love, Ann, their fantastic kids, one whiny cat, and two wistful dogs. To find out more about Ann visit her website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.
Here is a memo from the CID of Dorstaad regaring some sensitve documents:
The Criminal Investigation Division of the great city of Dorstaad doesn't normally allow just anyone to access their case files, but after several days of aggressive negotiations (bribery may or may not have been involved, and I am not sure who accepted the bribe and let them in, but I will find out!), a group of curious bloggers, led by the ever resourceful Maja@ The Nocturnal Library, sneaked in and rummaged through some of the more peculiar cases cracked by the top inspectors, Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko. Some of these rather sensitive documents disappeared, since the visit appeared to be unsupervised. These bloggers poked and prodded and without permission (a right nosey bunch they are I must say) absconded with some notes and personal correspondence between Mikani and Ritsuko. These documents were copied and distributed amongst the six of them. The dirty half dozen are posting these leaked documents on their blogs. When pieced together the correspondence are clues to a story. It is advisable that these bloggers be stopped before too much is revealed. I wouldn't be surprised if they went into hiding after posting this sensitive material......
Here is a glimpse at two of these documents:
Shhh!!! Keep this under wraps! See the rest of these stolen snippets on the rest of the dirty half dozen blogs.
April 30th The Nocturnal Library
May 1st Heidi @ Rainy Day Ramblings
May 2nd Jenny @ Supernatural Snark
May 3rd Mary @ Book Swarm
May 6th Melissa @ Books and Things
May 7th Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
A huge thanks to Ann and to Maja for hosting this tour. I am so thankful that I was able to help get the word out about this fabulous book! Ms. Aguirre is indeed a very busy lady. Watch for the third book in her Enclave Trilogy: Horde releasing this fall.
As part of the tour I am able to offer you all a chance to win a signed copy of The Bronze Gods. Ms. Aguirre is generously making this giveaway International! Fill out the Rafflecopter to enter. Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more chances to win! a Rafflecopter giveaway
Finally, here is my review:
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…
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Ace.
Four Stars: An engaging and entertaining mystery with an amazing duo!
For Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko, it is proving to be anything but business as usual. Tonight, the inspector team has been assigned to investigate the disappearance of a young lady from one of the powerful Houses. From the get go, Mikani senses something isn't right with this case. Before they know it, they are in deep! The young lady turns up murdered in a bizarre machine made of mirrors. It isn't a good thing to anger the powerful heads of The Houses. If Mikani and Ritsuko can't solve this case in a timely manner it could be the end of their careers. Unfortunately, the two don't realize they are up against a very old and powerful magic that won't stop before it reaches it goal. Can Mikani and Ritsuko catch a killer or will they die trying?
What I Liked:
- This is one of those reads that is complex and intriguing. You can't go into this expecting to flit through the pages and not pay attention or you will miss many important details. This is a book geared toward the smart, savvy reader. If you enjoy mysteries that are intricate pick this one up! Just make sure you have time and attention to devote to this book! The story ends up being a well mapped out murder mystery with a couple of surprising twists at the end, and even though I thought I had it figured out, I was stunned at the final encounter with the villain.
- I liked the interesting world building in this one. There are just enough details to create a solid world, but it is never overburdened with explantations. I thought that it struck just the right balance with the world building. Not too much and not too little, it is just right. In the end, you get a steampunk world that is run by very powerful Houses. All the old fey magic for the most part has been drown out, but just enough remains to make things interesting.
- How I loved the duo of Mikani and Ritsuko. They are the perfect team. Mikani is rash, brazen and quick to make assumptions. He possesses a bit of magic which allows him to open himself up to impressions and sense things. Unfortunately, using his magic comes at a heavy price, as at times, Mikani experiences severe headaches and crippling pain. He is a bit of a rake, and he has left a trail of broken hearts behind as he cannot commit. I loved that he was a bit domesticated and even baked his own bread. The other half of the duo is Ritsuko. She is a determined woman who has spent her entire life trying to prove that just because she is a woman doesn't mean she isn't capable of being a top notch Inspector. Ritsuko is the level head of the pair. She is all about meticulous attention to detail, meaning she isn't above crawling around a crime scene on her hands looking for clues. Ritsuko is intrepid and smart. She knows how to bargain to get her way, and she is quick to smooth rumpled feathers when Mikani is too forward. How I admired her tenacity and strength. Especially her fierce determination to succeed in a world where women aren't meant to have careers. Ritusuko works twice as hard to prove herself as she attempts to tear down those discriminatory barriers. Both of these characters are top notch!
- Let's talk about the romance..... for all of you expecting a sizzling, breathtaking romance you will likely be disappointed because the romance in this one is very subtle. You have an attraction that has been building between Ritsuko and Mikani over the last three years of their partnership. They are friends and partners, but all the while there is this scintillating, subtle tension between them. It is a little touch here, a sexual innuendo there, and above all the fierce loyalty. I waited breathlessly for it to explode, but alas it remains a dance of flirting and hints for now. I was reminded over and over between the relationship of Mulder and Scully from The X Files. I personally liked that it was all about the simple things, and I thoroughly enjoyed the sexual tension that is mounting between the pair. I have no doubt that when the time comes the passion will be explosive so for now I am willing to continue to enjoy the dance of seduction!
- I loved that the ending was not only dynamite with all the action and the stunning twist, but I liked that for the most part, it resolved neatly, until Ritsuko starts tugging at this little thread of gnawing suspicion. Her desire to have everything tied up leads her to the remaining thread that the team will be following in the next book. I am always a fan of books that provide me with a solid resolution. I got almost all the answers I desired with this one!
And The Not So Much:
- I was disappointed that there was not more steampunk in this one. I was expecting from the cover and the title that it would be filled with plenty of steampunk gadgets and gizmos, but there are very few of them. This is not a big deal, but I personally am a reader that enjoys all the fun little steampunk inventions and I wished that there were more. If you are a reader that needs your steampunk to be all about the inventions, you may be a bit let down. I personally thought that the characters and the story made up for the lack of steampunk.
- Perhaps this was just me, but I felt like I never had a handle on what exactly the Bronze Gods are. Throughout the book, the characters are always referring to the The Bronze Gods, mostly in phrases where they are uttering in exasperation to the powers that be. I was needing a bit more depth and detail on the whole Bronze Gods angle.
- I was never clear on what exactly the Architect did. I am guessing he somehow closed the door between the Fey and human world and eradicated the magic, but I was never sure on his role. I am hoping to learn more about him next time out.
- As I discussed earlier, this book is not a light read. Not that it is dark or gritty or anything like that, albeit the murders, especially the first are a bit gruesome, but more because it is a book with lots of details and complexity. Don't even attempt to read this if you are distracted or tired, it won't work. It was also a tiny bit slow at the beginning for me, but that is soon rectified and it definitely picks up!
The Bronze Gods is an intriguing tale that focuses on the terrific crime fighting skills of two engaging and resourceful Inspectors. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and world building, and I was especially enamored with the subtle romance. If you are looking to try a smart steampunk mystery definitely pick up this one! I think you will be thoroughly impressed. I personally cannot wait to see where the next book takes us!
“Dorstaad was a dark mistress tonight. Clouds hung heavy over the city, threatening rain.”
“Gunwood narrowed his eyes. “One of these days, someone will shoot you, and you won’t be wearing the right vest.”
“Please don’t kill my partner, sir. Though he can be difficult, I’m used to him... and it woudl be a bother to train someone new.”
“Some people make make insipid foes, as they can’t be bothered to take action. They content themselves with wishing ill rather than working toward it.”
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.