Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct magical talent. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.
However he is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak accidents. As his personal life collapses around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the trick of his curse.
But when his newest apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding actual detectives who are wondering why death appears to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to make it through.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks consider visiting Scotland– and for great factor– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however even more cost effective. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis full of scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; several football teams to cheer (and battle) for; an eldritch organ in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & & Museum; master distillers of whisky and gin that are the envy of the world; and it utilized to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was delivered to Glasgow first and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a great deal of cash and cancer. It was quite the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long period of time, however when it collapsed a few years back, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with modern structures. Generally its a great city in which to set an urban fantasy, due to the fact that basically anything can happen there.
There are countless recipes for ink and great deals of them are combustible
Accidental fires and residential or commercial property damage were so common in the old days that inkmakers had to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit went bad. The primary offender behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly dreadful, produces harmful vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating the oil sufficiently in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial procedure now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.
I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as an excellent start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for additional reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats worn or red lipstick, youve probably been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A tiny portion of the research study I did end up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic charming rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a location later in the series.
Public transportation is quite rad
Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that usually offer an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is probably real given that its not a massive nation and those men got around.
Haggis is freaking scrumptious
It gets represented as this stuff you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I tried it due to the fact that it had been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.
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! Dang, I really need to find some where Im at now.
The accents are pure fantastic
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various sound. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I needed an expert reader from Glasgow to take a look 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 actually a thing that Weegies state.
I didnt attempt to recreate everything you hear– that would be an enormous job– but I did pick a couple of words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie may say them to supply the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to read. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a pretty 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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Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern-day structures. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive lovely bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a location later in the series.
Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically offer an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is most likely real since its not a gigantic country and those men got around.
He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.