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Vigil: Verity Fassbinder Book 1 by [Slatter, Angela]
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Length: 368 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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'Slatter's work is excellent, and eminently readable . . . It's easy to see how she's managed to make such an impact on the genre' - British Fantasy Society. A rich and exciting new urban fantasy, perfect for fans of Harry Dresden and Kinsey Milhone.

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 is the first book in award-winning author Angela Slatter's Verity Fassbinder series.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3927 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (7 July 2016)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012E3LOZK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,665 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Half-human, half-weyrd Verity Fassbinder can walk the line between the denizens of those two worlds, and so she is entrusted by the supernatural creatures to keep the peace, shield the humans from becoming aware of them, and – when crimes involving the weyrd occur – investigating and ensuring that their fragile hidden existence is not threatened. When Sirens start being found dead and dying, horribly mutilated, it’s up to Verity to find the culprit and stop them before an unthinkable confrontation between the two worlds occurs.

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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Vigil...an exciting new addition to the 'Australian Authors I will give as gifts to my friends' list.
The lead character Verity Fassbender is smart and funny and I found myself laughing out loud at the inherent wit in Angela Slatter's writing. A very cruisy and enjoyable read. The magic world that is Brisneyland has me wondering whether a trip to Queensland might be on the cards next holidays. If you love Ben Aaronovich's 'Rivers of London' series you will find a lot to like about this book. I can't wait for the next instalment. :)
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first of all I would like to say for a debut novel by an Aussie is awesome. I was sent Vigil by Hachette, it is not my usual style of reading, the gritty crime mystery is not really something I read a lot of but considering that Vigil was written by an australian and based in Brisbane where I have spent a lot of time growing up I couldn't resist picking it up.

I was hooked by this story a murder mystery with a tough kickass heroine, a mix of fantasy with a touch of romance and non stop action, this story was spellbinding and I could not put it down.

Character wise I loved Varity, sassy, strong and not afraid to take on the world, she really was a heroine you could look up to without the usual display of softness or helplessness that is seen in some stories. The secondary characters have a life of their own as well everyone is amazingly detailed and doesn't fade into the background.

There was only one thing that I not so much disliked but found a little bit annoying at times, the descriptions may have been too much detail into ordinary things such as down to the type of wood a door was made out of which I wouldn't know what it looked like anyway. I understand that Angela was trying to really give you the sense of being there but sometimes the descriptions of items or places dragged on a bit too long, for me.

Overall I loved this book and I would not have even noticed it had it not been sent to me. I can't wait to read the next in the series and I will definately promote the crap out of it.

Highly recommend Vigil the First in the Verity Fassbinder series for anyone who is getting tired of the whole paranormal y.a drama genre, and wants to read something more mature.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this. It ticked a bunch of boxes for me, including:
- engaging, easy-to-read-because-it's-good writing
- immersive world building
- pacey, full-of-twists-and-turns plot
- an interesting and unique take on the fantastical underworld that makes this genre tick.
I could rabbit on a while about the strong, tenacious, smart-arse, do-it-herself protagonist, but I have probably already used up my quotient of hyphens.
Looking forward to the next one.
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Depending on where your allegiance lies, Verity Fassbinder is the sole survivor of an eldritch providore - or a monster' s orphan. Trapped between Normals and the Weyrd, she finds herself trying to right wrongs on both sises.

You'll find the setting, urban Brisbane, familiar from the works of John Birmingham and Trent Jamieson, yet deliciously different.

Hanging out for the next of Verity's adventures, Corpselight.
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