Author: Angela Slatter
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Pages: 400 pages
Release date: July 2016
Verity Fassbinder has her feet in two worlds. The daughter of one human and one Weryd 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 the 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.
Thoughts on the book: Vigil is the first book in the Verity Fassbinder books and introduces us to the main character Verity who is half Weyrd/half normal. Being that she is both she can dabble in both worlds which makes hers the perfect person to keep the peace between the two and investigate claims that have been made against both, although it must be said is kind of more able to fit in in the normal world as the Weyrd world find it hard to deal with half breeds. And is Vigil there is a lot to investigate, with the increasing number of Siren deaths, wine being made from the tears of children (which is specifically forbidden) and a whirlwind type creature pulling people off the streets and from their homes. Will Verity close all of the cases before the end of the book?
First off I have to admit something. I have had this book on my shelf since last year and properly never would have picked it up if I hadn't decided to be apart of the blog tour for the second book in the series (Corpselight). One of the main reasons I kept putting it aside was because of the cover. I thought it was a very weird cover and had no idea why they out a weird shape with a blob on one end on it (yes I did actually have my glasses on). So when I recieved the second book and saw the cover I thought they were so different how could they be part of the same series. Upon starting Vigil and reading about the Sirens and then actually looking closer at the cover I realised how stupid I had been. It's not a silly boring cover at all but an actual very beautiful picture of a Siren. I really don't understand how it took me so long to realise. Needless to say, Never Judge a Book by its Cover.
Now that I have admitted that I have to say I absolutely devoured this book. When I first started really getting back into reading I loved Paranormal books and would constantly only read them. Since that phase though I have backed off immensely and now read a lot more fantasy (I have also had fazes of chic lit, dystopian, non-fiction the list goes on). So picking up Vigil was like going right back to those Paranormal days but Vigil was so much better than those. The Weryd world that Angela Slatter has created is fantastic and to base it alongside an Australia town is even better because when a place is referenced we basically know what it is or what it's based on. All the different paranormal people who Verity meets and deals with are loosely based on mythical creatures like her father who was a kinderfesser, a modern day child eater or in this case butcher. So if you didn't really know what one was like you could look it up and basically find the equivalent of it.
The main female lead character Verity, is such a strong, kick ass women that doesn't take crap from anyone and can fight her way out better than most full blood Weyrd. She also has the added pressure of her boss being her ex but that doesn't seem to really bother her too much when she meets David. Now I have to admit that David is a bit of a sore spot for me and why I took a star off. I felt that the relationship just seemed to happen way to quickly and I kept sitting there throughout the whole book waiting for him to turn bad or tell her that he was actually Weyrd or part Weyrd. I don't know why this was either because he seems really nice, but that could have been why because he was just too nice and normally people turn out to be hiding something when they are that nice.
And finally the last thing that I would like to mention is all of the amazing mysterious that need to be solved by Verit and her team. Even though there seems to be so much happening you don't ever lose focus of what's going on and are always kept guessing if your on the right track, but in the end you will be very satisfied. I'm really looking forward to book 2 and many more to come.