Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his individual life falls apart around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while attempting to break the trick of his curse.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most special magical skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.
When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is required to play investigator– while preventing real investigators who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.
Glasgow is an exceptional city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of checking out Scotland– and for great factor– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. It was quite the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long time, but when it collapsed a few decades back, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing together alongside contemporary buildings.
There are thousands of dishes for ink and great deals of them are flammable
Accidental fires and residential or commercial property damage were so typical in the old days that inkmakers had to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit went bad. Without heating the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly recommend as an excellent start, and it has an extensive bibliography for more reading. The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats red or worn lipstick, youve most likely been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive beautiful rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a location later in the series.
Public transport is pretty rad
Ive resided in places without a decent public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly pleased. Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that normally offer an old stone church, a pub, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there once, which is most likely true considering that its not an enormous nation and those guys navigated. The relative ease of navigating both urban and rural locations without owning a vehicle revealed me that my protagonist didnt need a cars and truck. Cabs and hitchhiking would pick up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not handle the journey.
Haggis is freaking tasty
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, due to the fact that I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everyone who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually need to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.
It gets portrayed as this stuff you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the first time I attempted it since it had been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.
The accents are pure dazzling
I didnt try to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a huge task– but I did decide on a few words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie might state them to provide the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to read. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.
Many Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other home entertainment, but spend a long time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a broad range of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other locations of Scotland, I needed a professional reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that individuals typically connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get used in the country here and there, however was not truly a thing that Weegies state. Likewise, calling somebody a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a quite cool concept. He is the author of A Plague of Giants and the New York Times bestselling The Iron Druid Chronicles series.
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Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that usually provide an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is most likely true given that its not a massive country and those guys got around.
He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.
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Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together along with modern-day structures. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive charming rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a location later in the series.