Note: I received a copy of Corpselight from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Angela Slatter’s works are a perfect fit for my reading tastes, she specialises in distinctive female characters and dark re-imaginings of familiar folklore and mythology. With the Verity Fassbinder duology, she breathes new life into the Urban Fantasy genre. If you enjoyed American Gods for reinterpreting numerous cultural mythologies and their place in America, you’ll love this Australian exploration of supernatural beings. If you loved the Dresden Files butthought there were not nearly enough females taking charge, Verity is the answer to all your woes.
Here’s a list of reasons why you should get into this series immediately:
- The Aussie Setting: There are countless of paranormal fantasy unfolding in the streets of New York or the underbelly of London, they have begun to blur together in my mind. Vigil and Corpselight are set in an alternate Brisbane, affectionately nicknamed Brisneyland. Within these books, I can delight in recognising landmarks such as the stunning Mount Coot-tha, yet still be enthralled by the presence of supernatural mysteries about winged-women and shapeshifters.
- The Dry and Sarcastic Humour: Verity is such an entertaining narrator, partly because she knows how to make me laugh (especially when it comes to the Fassbinder’s Law of Handbag, I can 110% relate). She’s witty and pragmatic, and I love her banter with all of the characters she comes across.
- Well-Balanced Romantic Relationship: While most of the books are concerned with supernatural investigations, there is a sweet love story developing in the background of both books. I find many of the alpha-male characters we often come across in the Urban Fantasy genre off-putting. Verity’s love interest, with his earnest and golden-hearted nature, is a welcomed change of pace. I love the reversal of gender roles in their relationship.
- The Distinctive Worldbuilding: Although there are plenty of books about the hidden supernatural world, Angela Slatter manages to create something unique with the Weyrd of Brisneyland. You won’t find just the regular vampires and werewolves amongst the denizens of Verity’s world. The creatures and beings within the Weyrd community are born of the belief of the multicultural mix within Australia. There are various mythologies from all around the world being used to create a complex and vivid urban fantasy landscape.
- The Intriguing Mysteries: Like the next reader, I adore a good whodunnit mystery – and these books combine the mystery elements deftly with the supernatural ones. If you’re a fan of paranormal investigators such as Harry Dresden, you’ll love the company of Verity Fassbinder and her team. There are twists and turns throughout the novels, and I was kept guessing until the very end with both books.
- A Heroine Who Defies Categorisation: Aside from the aforementioned sarcastic and witty sense of humour, I also love how complex Verity’s characterisation is. She is strong and independent, resourceful and clever, but she’s also riddled with insecurities and prone to rash impulses. She’s perceptive of human nature, yet she also judges people too quickly. In short, she’s flawed and lovable, and I adore how human she remains despite the constant fantastical happenings within her world.
The points below contain spoilers for the ending of Vigil, it does NOT contain spoilers for Corpselight. If you haven’t read Vigil, avert your eyes!
7. Expectant Mothers Can Kick Ass, Too: I love that Corpselight begins with Verity during the last weeks of her pregnancy. Women are so often relegated to the sideline of action scenes as soon as we reach a certain milestone, so it’s a victory to see Verity dive into investigations of supernatural ectoplasm and kitsune while heavily pregnant. I also enjoyed the book’s exploration of the theme of family and motherhood in Corpselight.
End of Vigil Spoilers.
I’ve included a little more information about the books and the blog tour below, in case you wanted to check the series out! Thank you to Hachette Australia and Jo Fletcher Books for organising this blog tour.
Goodreads Link: VIGIL // CORPSELIGHT
Angela Slatter’s Website
8 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Corpselight by Angela Slatter”
I hadn’t heard of this, but this sounds like such a fun read! Awesome female lead, a mystery and a fantasy setting? Yes please!
I hadn’t heard of this book but it sounds awesome! Adding it to my tbr! 🙂
This sounds like such an amazing book! 🙂 A great protagonist, an intriguing mystery, and a well-written setting? Count me in! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ❤
Ok, I’d not heard of these books but you’ve convinced me I definitely should have. I mean, it sounds awesome and the first book is just 99p right now so I’ve gone and got myself a copy. Fingers crossed I’m as impressed by the book as it sounds like I should be with this series.
Couldn’t read the entire review because of spoilers but this seems really interesting! I don’t know why I haven’t heard of it before. Thanks for sharing💕
Woo, thanks for bringing my attention to a book I might otherwise have missed out on! Aussie lit is amazing, and I’m interested in broadening my horizons re: folklore. Also, I am so here for pregnant women kicking ass and taking names.
This series sounds right up my alley! Though I’m shocked at how hard it is to get my hands on Vigil– I’ve put in an inter-library loan but like only 5 libraries in the entire US say that they have it? I hope it’s worth the wait 🙂
Yesss, I definitely love the Brisbane setting for obvious reasons, and the world building and mysteries are definitely what kept me reading in the novel! I also love the heroine and her sarcasm, so hilarious lol.