Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most distinct wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly 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 forced to play investigator– while preventing real investigators who are wondering why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.
Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the written word or speech apps. As his individual life collapses around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while attempting to split the trick of his curse.
Glasgow is an exceptional city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for good reason– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was quite the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a long time, however 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 affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern-day buildings.
There are thousands of recipes for ink and great deals of them are combustible
Unexpected fires and 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 up the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly surprising to me. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful 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 in the series.
Public transport is pretty rad
Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that typically use 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 probably true because its not a massive country and those guys got around.
Haggis is freaking delicious
For reals. And I love tatties and neeps too. It gets represented as this stuff you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I tried it since it had actually been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as frequently as I might 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 attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super delighted for everybody who likes it! Dang, I truly need to discover some where Im at now.
The accents are pure dazzling
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different noise. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I needed a professional reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word may get utilized in the country here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies say.
I didnt try to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a huge task– however I did settle on a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie might state them to offer the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a quite awesome 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 taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with contemporary structures. A small portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive charming bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a location later in the series.
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He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that usually use 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 most likely true considering that its not a gigantic nation and those guys got around.