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

A. A. Aguirre

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Praise for Bronze Gods

“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.”—

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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
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  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (April 29 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a let down June 13 2014
By Veronica 87 - Published on
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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
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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
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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
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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 Excellent fantasy-steampunk sequel! May 28 2014
By Van @ Short and Sweet reviews - Published on
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Disclosure: I received a review copy from the author in exchange for a honest review.

Silver Mirrors, the second book in the Apparatus Infernum series takes place one month after the events of Bronze Gods. CID inspectors Ritsuko and Mikani are still recovering from the aftermath of the first book when they stopped a Ferisher prince from opening the gates for the dead souls of Ferishers beyond the veil. Ritsuko and Mikani barely have time to recover when they are summoned by the Architect to investigate strange occurrences developing all over Dorstaad; Trains and mirrors are screaming and carriages are acting like they’re possessed. It’s once again up to Ritsuko and Mikani to solve the problem plaguing Hy Breasil.

In Silver Mirrors, Ritsuko and Mikani leave the city of Dorstaad for the Winter Isle taking them on an adventure on the high seas and the dark mysterious land beyond the mountains. There was nonstop action once the inspectors board the pirate ship, captained by none other than Mikani’s ex-girlfriend Saskia and her motley crew. The group is attacked on all fronts from beginning to end; from fire elementals, cragger pirates, rock golem, a witch, and even an almighty dragon residing in the mountains. The second book is definitely jammed pack, but it was a nice change of pace from the first book where it was a straightforward murder mystery. I also really enjoyed the expanded world of Hy Breasil and the new characters. In Bronze Gods readers saw more of the mechanical aspect of the world building, the different devices used, and in Silver Mirrors we saw the magical sides, full of different creatures/elementals. Furthermore, readers get more back-story of the time before the Architect enforced a barrier around Hy Breasil; a time when the elementals and Ferisher courts ruled the world. I also loved the new addition of characters, mostly in the form of Saskia’s crew who were a lively unique bunch.

Beside all the crazy action going on in book two, we get a side plot involving Ritsuko and Mikani’s complicated-changing relationship. Things have differently taken a turn at the end of the first book, Ritsuko and Mikani’s feeling for one another go beyond mere partners; they both have deep feelings for one another but aren’t sure if the other reciprocate it. While everyone around them sees that they should be together, they are oblivious to one another. It was quite vexing, I mean seriously?! It’s so obvious!! I appreciate the slow burning tension between the two main leads as it was one of the things I loved in the first book, but it was really like the two were completely blind to the other person’s feelings. And I must add it was refreshing to see Saskia support Ritsuko and Mikani’s relationship…most (not saying there’s none but rarely) exes in fiction/or real life wouldn’t be so supportive or genuinely happy.

I loved everything about Silver Mirrors, and can’t wait to see what the authors have in store for the characters/series. This is an amazing series, with incredible world building and characters that make this series stand out among others of its kind. If you’re looking for a character driven and unique fantasy steampunk novel, look no further… Apparatus Infernum is it! I highly recommend this series to everyone, definitely a series you don’t want to miss!

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