Sunday 9 July 2017

CORPSELIGHT by Angela Slatter

Life in Brisbane is never simple for those who walk between the worlds.

Verity's all about protecting her city, but right now that's mostly running surveillance and handling the less exciting cases for the Weyrd Council - after all, it's hard to chase the bad guys through the streets of Brisbane when you're really, really pregnant. 

An insurance investigation sounds pretty harmless, even if it is for 'Unusual Happenstance'. That's not usually a clause Normals use - it covers all-purpose hauntings, angry genii loci, ectoplasmic home invasion, demonic possession, that sort of thing - but Susan Beckett's claimed three times in three months. Her house keeps getting inundated with mud, but she's still insisting she doesn't need or want help . . . until the dry-land drownings begin.

V's first lead in takes her to Chinatown, where she is confronted by kitsune assassins. But when she suddenly goes into labour, it's clear the fox spirits arenot going to be helpful.

I read Vigil last year and really enjoyed it. I thought it was an awesome urban fantasy book set in Australia. So I was looking forward to reading the next book.

Verity deals with a lot of otherwordly stuff every single day, but she's now dealing with a new challenge: pregnancy. She's expecting her first child and because she's temporarily lost her strength, can't really perform her usual PI duties.

She's doing odd, less dangerous jobs. But when she starts looking into what first appears to be a very strange series of insurance claims, Verity finds herself getting caught up in something a lot deeper. As if being pregnant isn't hard enough, soon she finds herself the target of a pack of kitsune. Girls who lead her to someone very unexpected, but also might shatter the normal life she's trying to live...

Well. That was quite the ride through Brisneyland and beyond. I didn't expect so much to be revealed, and definitely didn't see the root of the very messed up main storyline coming. There were some very cool surprises and quite a few secrets revealed, but it's obvious that there's still plenty left to unravel.

I also liked the fact that insurance cover for the Weyrd stuff average humans know nothing about is explored. Very interesting concept.

Corpselight is another energetic and intriguing addition to this very entertaining urban fantasy series. The world of the Weyrd is full of strange and interesting characters. It also opens even wider in this book, and leaves the reader wondering what will happen next to Verity, her family and friends. Especially after that ending!

No matter what, it looks like Verity will always end up in the middle of all the trouble.

Corpselight, July 2017, ISBN 9781784294342, Jo Fletcher Books

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