RESTORATION by Angela Slatter
Jo Fletcher Books, s/b, £16.99
Reviewed by Matthew Johns
This is the third of the excellent and very successful Verity Fassbinder series, which effortlessly brings magic (or Weyrd, as Slatter calls it) into a modern Brisbane. Verity is half human, half Weyrd, and having previously been an enforcer of laws, detective and general bad-ass has now changed careers to work for a psychotic fallen angel. She’s facing a race against time to work out what her new boss is up to, while protecting her family and friends and ensuring she doesn’t get killed in the process.
Slatter’s work is a delight to consume, with the words practically leaping off the page into the eagerly awaiting reader’s eyes. It’s hard to review a book without comparing it to something else, but if you’ve enjoyed the Harry Dresden series or even things like Preacher or Lucifer on TV, then you’ll love this. Full of grit, action and dark humour, you cannot help but marvel at the talent that Slatter has and wonder when the rights to a TV series will be purchased by one of the streaming media services! The book ends with a definite conclusion to the story arc, but also leaves a trail for future novels in the series – I for one hope to see more of these on bookshelves soon.