Vigil by Angela Slatter
Published July 7th 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review
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.
In this books there are two different kinds of people: the Normal, that are normal people, and the Weyrd, that are creatures with supernatural capabilities.. The Weyrd use customized clothes and accessories to hide their features so that they can pass for Normals. The two live mostly in peace but then wine made of children’s tears appears in the market and Sirens start showing up dead. Verity Fassbinder is half Normal, half Weyrd and has to solve the mystery and discover who’s behind it. She has to solve it fast before the tragedy spreads to the Normal.
Let’s start with the characters. Verity Fassbinder, the main character, showed character development right from the beginning. Her back story was rich and made her a strong protagonist. She was not the perfect person, which made the book a lot better for me. Morally perfect protagonist annoy me and I’m glad the author wrote Verity the way she did. I also loved the fact that she was able to work for her ex-boyfriend, Bela, without trying to get him back. She was able to get a Normal boyfriend, David, and didn’t screw it up with hidden feelings for Bela. Overall, I consider that the characters were well-thought out and wonderfully written. The author could have ruined it with overused tropes and I’m glad she didn’t.
Now, the plot. I admired the fact that something relevant was always happening. Verity was always doing something, talking to someone, in order to solve the cases she had. The plot was complex and there were a lot of things happening at the same time. Even though that ended up being a good thing in the end, there were some times that I felt lost. It made the book hard to read while tired because I just didn’t have the energy to puzzle everything together in my mind. Still, I loved the story.
The writing was simple and straight-forward, which combined well with the rich and complex plot.
If you like urban fantasy and mystery books, you should try Vigil.
Rating: 4,5 stars