Welcome to a mini, spoiler free, review of Vigil by Angela Slatter. Book two Corpselight is out this July so I thought I’d share a few of my thoughts on the first book which came out last year! Look out for my review of Corpselight for the blog tour on July 27!
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.
Author: Angela Slatter
Genre: urban fantasy
Publisher: Hachette Australia
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I didn’t realise how much I would enjoy this book. It was a tantalizing mixture of crime combined with the supernatural and I loved it! Verity is sarcastic and driven, and often I’d find myself laughing aloud at her observations or comments. Plus, the supporting characters Bela, David, Ziggi, Mel and Lizzie (and a whole host of others) were incredible; all had their own quirks and personalities, I could visualize them alongside Verity without a problem.
It was also refreshing to read about mythological creatures like sirens, especially the way they’re conveyed in Vigil: they’re arrogant and private, with sharp claws and teeth. Not romanticized at all, especially by Verity’s blatant, sarcastic voice. And all in Brisbane, YAAAS AUSTRALIA! So refreshing to see urban fantasy in my own country when I’m so used to reading about it in New York, for example!
Overall I was thoroughly captured by this! I loved the mythology, the writing was excellent and engaging, and the story twisted in ways I didn’t expect. I’ll definitely be picking up the sequel when it comes out!! If you enjoy crime, urban fantasy, or the supernatural, I am positive you will love this.
4.5 / 5 stars