Note: This book was provided to me free of charge by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
I don’t think I’ve been as excited for a novel for a while as this one because I love when books take place in my home town of Brisbane. It’s fun to look at the landmarks and think of what happened. Add in a secret supernatural world sitting right under our noses and I was jazzed as hell. It’s sort of a hard book to pin down genre-wise. My best description would be it’s an urban fantasy crime thriller.
Verity Fassbinder has her feet in two worlds. The daughter of one human and one Weyrd parent, she has very little power herself, but does claim unusual strength – and the ability to walk between us and the other – as a couple of her talents. As such a rarity, she is charged with keeping the peace between both races, and ensuring the Weyrd remain hidden from us.
But now Sirens are dying, illegal wine made from the tears of human children is for sale – and in the hands of those Weyrd who hold with the old ways – and someone has released an unknown and terrifyingly destructive force on the streets of Brisbane.
And Verity must investigate – or risk ancient forces carving our world apart.
I’m not going to lie, I had high hopes here and I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. Angela Slatter has built a fantastically detailed world and written a cracking plot and characters. I am girl crushing on Verity Fassbender so hard right now. A cross between iZombie‘s Liv and Jessica Jones (without the alcoholism), she’s a tough PI who takes on the Weryd cases no-one else will. She’s true to life, imperfect and fairly awesome. I also loved her driver, Ziggi who was great comic relief without trying too hard to be.
Angela Slatter has great world building skills, managing to give just enough information about this alterna-Brisbane to keep readers intrigued. Concepts of family and children drive the story, so a lot of time is spent on the relationships between characters. I loved how they interacted with each other and while you can see they’ve all known each other for some time, tedious backstory is kept to a minimum. This book definitely warrants a second read and I’d recommend it to anyone, especially those who don’t normally like fantasy. Verity Fassbender definitely deserves her own TV series.
The Not So Good
Honestly, I don’t have a lot of negative things to say, I pretty much loved the whole thing. It is a slow starter because it has to give information about a pretty crazy universe but after that the pace picks up nicely. It’s a super small criticism though, and I look forward to reading more from Angela Slatter.
My Rating: (4.5 / 5)
Vigil by Angela Slatter is published in Australia by Hachette and is available now.