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Silver Mirrors (An Apparatus Infernum Novel) [Kindle Edition]

A. A. Aguirre

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“Fantastic…A fabulous introduction to a dark and dangerous world filled with tricksy magic, fantastical steampunk elements and a detective duo worth their weight in gold.”—The Book Swarm

“[Aguirre] does an amazing job giving the readers plenty of action and mystery to work their teeth on.”—Whatchamacallit Reviews

“Steampunk noir, fantastic worldbuilding, characters I fell in love with almost instantly, crime scenes worthy of Patricia Cornwell, clockwork, LOTS of sexual tension and a heart-stopping conclusion. All in a single book.”—The Nocturnal Library

“Humor, romantic chemistry, fantastic mystery, and one heck of an ending.”—Seeing Night Book Reviews

“Aguirre’s steampunk world has a gorgeous backstory…Plenty of action, tension, surprises, heart-stopping moments, additional delightful supporting cast, and fantastic attention to detail…If you enjoy steampunk, fantasy, mysteries, or thrillers, I think you’ll find plenty in here to enthrall you.”—Errant Dream Reviews

“Team Aguirre delivers protagonists whose strengths and weaknesses complement each other, forming a first-rate partnership…This is a killer blend of steampunk and fantasy!”—RT Book Reviews

“Outstanding!...A. A. Aguirre has crafted a dynamic team in a fantastic world that I cannot wait to visit again.”—SciFiPulse.net

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As powerful magic comes creeping back, dangerous days are dawning…

Criminal Investigation Division inspectors Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko were lucky to make it out of their last mission alive. Since then, strange troubles have plagued the city of steam and shadows, apparently as a result of magic released during the CID inspectors’ desperate interruption of an ancient ritual. The fabric of the world has been unsettled, and the Council has assigned Mikani and Ritsuko to investigate.

They soon discover that matters are worse than they imagined. Machines have developed minds of their own, cragger pirates are raiding the seas with relentless aggression, and mad elementals are running amok. As the chaos builds to a crescendo, Mikani and Ritsuko must fight a war on two fronts—and this time, they may not be able to turn the deadly tide…


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1671 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425258203
  • Publisher: Ace (April 29 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FX7LVZ8
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a let down June 13 2014
By Veronica L. Gonzalez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As much as I liked the first book, this second instalment never really made me feel much. It's telling that it took me five days to finish the book because when I'm well and truly hooked I can't put a book down. Sadly, that was not the case this time. It seemed like the book took a long time to get to the point and by the time it did I found I wasn't particularly interested anymore. The story is still told in third person, which meant that we got quite a bit of some secondary characters that I could've done without, frankly. I'm not giving up on the series yet (assuming there are more books to come) but I'm hoping it can recapture the something-something this book seemed to lack for me. I'm also hoping the authors cut back on the constant mental asides from the characters. I found that most annoying after awhile.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done! May 8 2014
By Michele Price - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am honestly surprised that there are only two reviews for Silver Mirrors. I am not surprised they are both five stars :-). Bronze Gods was one of my favorite books last year, Silver Mirrors is even better.
In this follow-up, you get more information about everything. You find out more about the background of both main characters as well as the world itself and the magic and elementals running through it. There is non-stop action and a romance that builds slowly throughout the book. The pace of the book is just right without a lot of contrived plot devices. Just an overall excellent book. I highly recommend the series, hopefully there is a third book waiting just around the corner :-).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Series! April 29 2014
By rann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wow! You are in for a heck of an adventure with Ritsuko and Mikani when you read Silver Mirrors! After I proclaimed Bronze Gods as the best book of 2013, I was almost afraid to read the follow up in the Apparatus Infernum series. Could it possibly be as good? The answer is a resounding YES!

While Bronze Gods was more of a murder mystery, Silver Mirrors is a series of all-out, no holds barred, bare-fisted confrontations with the dark magical forces that inhabit Hy Breasil's Winter Island. There is no time to catch your breath between chapters. The only thing softening the action is the slow burning romance between our heroes. You will learn a little more of Mikani's past, and then cross your fingers for both Ritusko's and Mikani's future. All I can say is AWESOME!

I truly love this series. The setting and concepts are highly original and thought-provoking. I hope they prove to be fodder for a long, successful series of books!

True story - Shortly before I starting reading Silver Mirrors, I watched a TV show on Atlantis-like lost lands. They talked about the island of Hy Breasil. I had never heard of it before, but I suppose that is because the Architect did such a good job of hiding it from the rest of the world.....

I got an advance copy from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
4.0 out of 5 stars Was more than I was expecting Sept. 12 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked this one a lot better than Bronze Gods although I wish that the explanation of the history of the Ferishers (Fey) and what exactly happened to them. I mean if their descendants only have like a sliver of Ferisher blood long lived/immortal then shouldn't the pure blood ones be immortal as well? I may have read over it too quickly or wasn't paying close attention in case it was explained but I mean the Ferishers just up and vanished leaving behind their kin. The summary on Goodreads says that their bodies withered and died turning their souls into angry hungry spirits that haunt the countryside but how did they wither and die? Why? And just who is the Architect?
Anyway back to Silver Mirrors. The action didn't start out in the middle like Bronze Gods did but almost started out right off which was a plus for me. When I have to read almost halfway through the book just to get some action scenes-not the sexual kind-I give up on it. But in Silver Mirrors the action was quick to start and continued throughout the book another bonus. I enjoyed the growing feelings between Ritsuko and Mikani and only wish that they had acted on those feelings. I wasn't too thrilled about Mikani's ex weather witch showing up but hey, every good story gotta have a complicated love triangle right? I enjoyed how the author(s) got creative with the four elementals,what they were and all that. I disliked how Ritsuko was drawn toward another man even with her feelings for her partner on the rise. The moments when Mikani is fiercely and violently protective of his partner had me going "aww, that's sweet even if he did almost kill the guy(s)". And when he's so desperate and frantic, the emotion and pain he felt and experienced had me wishing that their blossoming romance would quickly happen. There were a few parts where I was unsure of what exactly what was going on, mostly because of the words used and the phrases. I wish the authors would use easier words to describe something, I get that it's steam punk but when I'm always having to look up the meaning of a word I already know because my definition doesn't seem to match with what the word being used in the sentence it loses points. I enjoy how Ritsuko is so proper and a respectful young lady and yet she can still kick ass in her fancy clothes and just filthy. I enjoy how Mikani seems to be softening and it's because of Ritsuko I'm just afraid that she's going to soften him up and some other woman will come by and snatch him up before the two of them can get something going.
The action in this book is great as well as the increasing attraction and feelings between Ritsuko and Mikani is wonderful as well as how the authors can show you a world that you've only dreamed about. I enjoyed how the story flowed mostly, there were a few places where it was choppy and didn't flow as smoothly and how each chapter seemed like a new adventure keeping the reader keep on reading all night long. I could barely put my Kindle down or my phone-kindle app-and having to work just about killed me because I could barely wait to get back to reading.
Plot: A+
Characters development: B+
Flowing of story: A-
Action/Adventure: A+
Explanations: B-
So pretty much the book was great and I will definitely read it again in the future.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reading the Paranormal Review Nov. 16 2014
By Kelly Rubidoux - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
It's been a while since I read book 1 in this series. I remember loving the crazy, complicated twists Mikani and Ritsuko found as they followed the trail of clues to figure out what was going on. This book is no less complicated as our two inspectors have to unravel the hows and whys of what's been happening since they solved (or however you want to look at it) their last case.

On top of that, Ritsuko has gained an interesting ability tied in with the final disastrous ritual she and Mikani disrupted, the two of them have to team up with one of Mikani's lady friends to continue following the investigation, and there is plenty of danger on the high seas and in the port towns they have to get to. Needless to say, there's a lot going on here.

BUT... there's also a lot of emotion in this book. After their brush with death in book 1, both Mikani and Ritsuko are looking at one another in a new light. Or maybe it's not new. Maybe they're just willing to acknowledge that there might be more between them than a simple partnership. Mikani practically falls apart when Ritsuko is put in danger. Ritsuko goes back and forth between enjoying her time with him and telling herself nothing can come from it. It's oddly sweet how hard their fighting to convince themselves that the other is just a friend.

In the end, big things happen. The world expands by leaps and bounds as the story progresses and revelations are discovered that throw everything they've believed about the past into question. This is a complex, emotional story and I kinda like it a lot.

-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

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