Book Review: Vigil by Angela Slatter


Vigil (Verity Fassbender #1) by Angela Slatter
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Publication Date: 7th July 2016
Genre: Speculative / Urban Fantasy

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.


Vigil wasn’t at all what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised. The story takes place in a modified version of Brisbane which has both the normal human elements as well as those of the Weyrd. It follows Verity’s investigation into the Weyrd’s involvement in the disappearance of normal human children, including a more personal element, and becomes more complex with added layers of intrigue as the novel progresses.

The relationships Verity has with the other characters, such as her ex-boyfriend and boss, the sisters in the cafe, her neighbours, and potential love interests, as well as the other inhabitants of both worlds, provides a deeper insight into her character as well as theirs. While certainly a badass, Verity is also a kind person, which makes you love her just a little bit more. She is a great main character who navigates both worlds with a quirky kind of charm.

I was drawn into the world Angela Slatter created and read this book realitively quickly. Vigil is a page turner, and a fun one at that. I look forward to reading the next of Verity’s adventures.