Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only interact 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 trying to crack the secret of his curse.
But when his most current apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is required to play detective– while preventing real detectives who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.
Glasgow is an impressive city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of visiting Scotland– and for good factor– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. It was rather the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long time, however when it collapsed a few years ago, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern structures.
There are countless dishes for ink and great deals of them are combustible
Accidental fires and home damage were so common in the old days that inkmakers needed to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit went bad. The primary culprit behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly awful, produces toxic vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating up the oil sufficiently in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much more secure, but doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.
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 further reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats red or used lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny portion of the research study I did end up being used in the book; it was a massive lovely rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.
Public transportation is pretty rad
Ive resided in locations without a decent public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly impressed. Glasgow has a small train that circles the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that generally provide an old stone church, a club, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is probably real because its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around. The relative ease of navigating both metropolitan and rural locations without owning an automobile showed me that my protagonist didnt need a car. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not manage the journey.
Haggis is freaking tasty
For reals. And I enjoy tatties and neeps too. It gets portrayed as this things you just eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced the very 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. Had it as frequently as I could while I existed, because it is not commonly available beyond Scotland.
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super happy for everyone who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I truly require to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.
The accents are pure fantastic
I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be a gigantic task– but I did settle on a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie might say them to provide the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I needed a professional reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word might get used in the nation here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies state.
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Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that generally provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is probably true because its not a massive nation and those men got around.
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Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with contemporary structures. A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous charming rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.
He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.