Release Date: 10/10/13
Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko work all hours in the Criminal Investigation Division, keeping the citizens of Dorstaad safe. They're assigned a potentially volatile case where one misstep could end their careers. A ruthless killer is stalking the gaslit streets, weaving blood and magic in a lethal ritual that could mean the end of everything they hold dear...
Ann was an author I first got to grips with when she originally released Grimspace. I fell in love with her characterisation; they jumped from the page into the readers imagination and helped make the pages fly by. They felt real, they had nuances and of course many facets that the reader couldn’t help but fall in love with.
So when I learned that she was writing an Urban Fantasy Steampunk title I couldn’t wait to see if the skills that she presented with her debut would carry on in this new title. Not only did this happen but as an author she has grown learning new skills with each new release so much so that I felt that there was nothing that I could really pick any problems with between the pages.
As with her original novel, here, the characters speak volumes, the world is imaginative, has humans with fae powers and of course brings a kick ass murder mystery to the fore for the principle players to delve into. It works on a great many levels and when you add cracking prose, to the mix alongside an author writing style that’s instantly identifiable as an Ann Aguirre, then all round I was a more than happy reader. Great stuff and definitely something that I’ll be adding to quite a few people’s Christmas Gift baskets.