- Publisher: Quercus Publishing (July 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1784294020
- ISBN-13: 978-1784294021
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vigil: Verity Fassbinder Book 1 Paperback – July 7, 2016
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Slatter excels at creating relatable and complex main characters that feel real enough that they might step off the page. She does that in this book too with Verity Fassbinder: a woman haunted by her past (her father was a less than savoury character to say the least), with a sometimes cranky disposition (who can blame her, what with all the shape-shifting, magic-wielding nutcases he has to deal with), and a sharp tongue that occasionally…OK, often, gets her into trouble. All of that makes her a wonderful protagonist.
The fantasy element of the story is strong, intertwining creatures of myth, legend, and fairytales, all of them living just beneath the surface, or on the margins of “normal” society in Brisbane. I really loved how Slatter puts her own spin on many of the Weyrd: sirens, the boatsman, norns… they are all just a bit different than what you might expect. (Some of them run great coffee shops, for example!) The story is dark and suspenseful: several passages had me on the edge of my seat, and other passages are hauntingly creepy; but Slatter’s (and Verity’s) sense of humour and humanity give the story a lot of heart, too.
Verity is half-human, half-Weyrd. However, her father (the magical parent) was convicted of a horrific crime while she was a child, and many people still shun her. She seems to do odd jobs for Weyrd people who need help - a bit like a PI. She also regularly works for the local magical council, and her contact with them is a vampire, Bela, who you quickly learn she's had a relationship with in the past.
This is one of those stories that hits the ground running - Verity doesn't explain in her internal monologue how long ago she broke up with Bela, or the specifics of how she's badly injured her leg, or how she knows the man who frequently acts as her driver. She's quickly asked to investigate the problem of disappearing children, and we're off. I liked that there is a lot going on in this book. Verity is trying to balance several cases at once, and while I suspected that some of the strands might tie together later in the book, there are a lot of different things happening, which kept the pace swift; I couldn't stop turning the pages.
I felt like all the main characters had a lot of depth to them. Each major player is interesting enough that I'd like to read at least a short story of novella that just focuses on them, and I'm glad that some of my favourites will undoubtedly be regulars in the series as it develops. I really enjoyed having Verity as the narrator, too: she's a very likeable character, quite sarcastic, but working very hard to protect the people living in her city (Brisbane) whether she likes the individuals or not.
Vigil is a great new urban fantasy novel: crimes to be solved in a world of both humans and magic. The characters are intriguing and the plot has many layers. I'm giving the book 8/10, and I'll definitely be buying book two of the series!
Even though I wouldn’t call myself a fan of Urban Fantasy, I keep encountering books in that genre which I really enjoy. This is one of them. I tried it on the strength of really loving her 2015 novella Of Sorrow and Such, and I was glad that I did. It’s a detective murder mystery featuring a flawed but likeable protagonist, with bonus fantasy worldbuilding – and if you think that might appeal, I strongly recommend this. The sequel, Corpselight, comes out in July 2017, and I will definitely be picking it up.
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