Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most special wonderful talent. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.
However he is also cursed. 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. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak mishaps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his curse.
However when his newest 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 investigator– while avoiding actual detectives who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.
Glasgow is an impressive city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks believe of visiting Scotland– and for excellent reason– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however much more economical. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; numerous 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 used to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was shipped to Glasgow initially and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a lot of money and cancer. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a long period of time, however when it collapsed a few years earlier, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together alongside contemporary structures. Generally its a fantastic city in which to set an urban dream, because pretty much anything can happen there.
There are countless dishes for ink and great deals of them are combustible
The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic lovely bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.
Unintentional 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. Without warming the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
Public transportation is pretty rad
Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that usually provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is probably real considering that its not a gigantic nation and those dudes got around.
Haggis is freaking scrumptious
It gets represented as this things you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I attempted it because it had actually been constructed 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, since I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everybody who likes it! Dang, I actually need to discover some where Im at now.
The accents are pure brilliant
I didnt try to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a giant job– but I did pick a couple of words and phrases to regularly render the way a Weegie might say them to offer the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to read. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various noise. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct 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, but was not truly a thing that Weegies say.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a pretty awesome idea. He is the author of A Plague of Giants and the New York Times bestselling The Iron Druid Chronicles series.
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He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.
Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside contemporary structures. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a place later in the series.
Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that generally offer an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is probably real given that its not a massive country and those men got around.