Vigil is urban fantasy but owes a great deal to the detective novel. Verity Fassbinder’s mother was Normal but her father was Weyrd. (As in child-eating-Weyrd) You may not know it but the Normals and the Weyrd live side by side on Brisbane’s streets. The strange people you see on the streets of West End. Sometimes they are weird and sometimes they are Weyrd. The Weyrd hide their weirdness to get by among the Normals. (I am happy to say we Normals are the majority.)
Sometimes the Weyrd stray back into their old ways. For instance, torturing children to harvest their tears for wine. This is where Verity comes in, able to walk in both worlds she investigates the crimes of the Weyrd to bring them to justice. A lot of the time she is grumpy and tired and hungry.
The world Slatter builds is full of creatures – sirens, angels, vampire-like things, witchy people, people with claws, people with snakes for hair.
Fantasy is not the usual territory of the Pocket Book Club. However, most of us could name a fantasy we had fallen in love with – Donaldson’s Covenant series, or Fowles’ The Magus (Reading the synopsis I am not sure if The Magus is fantasy but it was mentioned – opinion anyone?)
By far what we enjoyed the most was reading about a city we know so well. It got us talking about the lack of books set in Brisbane. Do people in New York get sick of seeing movies or reading books set in New York? We feel the list of books set in Brisbane is too scant. The sub-tropical city deserves some gothic horror, or perhaps an art scandal on the south bank of the river.
We ate light floaty angel cake baked by Marianne in celebration of the Angels in Vigil.
Next month we read Hold by Kirsten Tranter