When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding real detectives who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.
However he is also cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak mishaps. As his individual life falls apart around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to split the secret of his curse.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most special magical talent. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of checking out Scotland– and for great reason– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was quite the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of decades earlier, the city population generally halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside contemporary buildings.
There are thousands of dishes for ink and great deals of them are combustible
I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely recommend as an excellent start, and it has an extensive bibliography for additional reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats red or used lipstick, youve probably been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.
Accidental fires and property 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 spoiled. The primary perpetrator behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells really horrible, produces harmful vapors, and can explode at any time. Without warming the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.
Public transportation is quite 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 impressed. Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to navigate pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that generally 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 considering that its not a gigantic nation and those guys navigated. The relative ease of navigating both city and rural areas without owning a car revealed me that my protagonist didnt require a car. Taxis and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not manage the journey.
Haggis is freaking delicious
It gets depicted as this stuff you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the first time I tried it due to the fact that it had actually 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, because I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super delighted 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, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various noise. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word may get utilized in the nation here and there, however was not truly a thing that Weegies state.
I didnt attempt to recreate everything you hear– that would be a huge task– but I did settle on a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie might state them to offer the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a quite clever 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 train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that typically offer 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 most likely true given that its not an enormous country and those dudes got around.
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Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with modern buildings. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a place later in the series.
He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.