Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to split the secret of his curse.
When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play detective– while avoiding real detectives who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Glasgow is an exceptional city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for good factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long time, however when it collapsed a few years ago, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern buildings.
There are countless dishes for ink and great deals of them are flammable
The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically surprising to me. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous beautiful 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 find a place later on in the series.
Accidental fires and home damage were so typical in the old days that inkmakers needed to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit spoiled. The main culprit behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly dreadful, produces toxic vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial procedure now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.
Public transport is pretty rad
Ive resided in places without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly amazed. Glasgow has a little train that circles the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to navigate quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that typically offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed once, which is probably true since its not a massive nation and those guys navigated. The relative ease of getting around both metropolitan and rural areas without owning a car revealed me that my lead character didnt need a car. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not deal with the journey.
Haggis is freaking scrumptious
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 taste buds. Super delighted for everyone who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually require to find some where Im at now. I miss it.
It gets represented as this stuff you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had actually been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot.
The accents are pure brilliant
Many Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other home entertainment, but spend some time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a wide variety of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely 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 people often associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word may get used in the nation here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies say. Likewise, calling somebody a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or perhaps pajamas.
I didnt try to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a giant task– but I did pick a couple of words and phrases to regularly render the way a Weegie may state them to provide 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 appreciate the accents that method.
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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.
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Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically provide an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there once, which is most likely real because its not an enormous nation and those men got around.
Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside contemporary structures. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive charming bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.