Published by Ace on April 30, 2013
Genres: Adult SFF, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
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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 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 where 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 will be challenged as never before. Before long, it's 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...
Verbal sparring with a velvet touch
Bronze Gods features a male and female inspector duo set in a fantasy world that is reminiscent of Victorian England but is most definitely a unique world all its own. I wouldn’t call this steampunk but it did have that sort of steamy, gaslit punk flair to it as there is a melding of magic and technology that creates something new. Magic-gas-punk? Oh, dear that won’t do either, sounds like a an extreme gastro intestinal upset. I honestly don’t know how to accurately describe it other than impressive. Now onto the inspectors, Janus Mikani (the male) and Celeste Ritsuko are one dynamite kick butt pair working for the CID of the city. I tell you with as much chemistry between these two it’s a wonder they could focus on solving who ate the last scone let alone murders. Just kidding, just kidding – I have to give them more credit than that, they are an excellent investigative team and their banter as well emotional tension is actually what I liked most about their partnership.
Kidnappings, Murder and Mystery
All fabulous elements to start a fresh new series off right. So there is a missing girl who happens to be from one of the biggest well-to-do Houses in the city. Of course you know she has to go and turn up dead and that puts our inspectors in the hot seat. The pressure is on and the clock is ticking early on in this book and while there were a few parts that made you wonder “now where are they really going with this” luckily it all comes together in the end. There were enough scenes of action peppered throughout the book to keep things rolling along rather smoothly.
So you say you like they fey?
Well if you do then you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the twist Bronze Gods on the fey. Here they are called Ferishers and have long past interbred with mortals to the point where pure blooded ferishers no longer exist in this world. There are plenty of references to the summer and winter fey and a very minimal amount of flashbacks into some historical moments which were done quite nicely. I found this books version of fey to be really interesting and while I really could have used more background on how everything works and a bit more background world building I am really hoping that we are going to have more slowly revealed to us in the forthcoming books. Definitely a fun new urban fantasy series I would recommend.