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Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk
The dynamite duo of Ann and Andres Aguirre is back with the second kick-ass installment of their dark steampunk/fantasy Apparatus Infernum series. Criminal Investigation Division inspectors Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko are learning no successful resolution goes unpunished, as they are again given an unexpectedly treacherous case. Aguirre does an excellent job evoking a dangerous world where magic, elementals and technology collide with hazardous results. Impressive worldbuilding and character development make this time well spent!
Although they successfully interrupted a terrifying and dangerous ancient ritual, Inspectors Mikani and Ritsuko find the fabric of their world has been damaged and strange events are occurring. Now they’ve been assigned to investigate unsettling occurrences in the mining camps on the Winter Isle. With transportation limited, Mikani decides to approach ex-lover Saskia Braelan for passage on her ship, the Gull. As the ship and crew get closer to Winter Isle, they discover things are much worse than they suspected — there are vicious pirates and mad elementals running amok. (ACE, May, 336 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith
Published: May 2014