When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is required to play investigator– while preventing real investigators who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most special wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.
But he is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak accidents. As his personal life crumbles around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to break the trick of his curse.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of going to Scotland– and for excellent factor– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was rather the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of years ago, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with contemporary structures.
There are countless dishes for ink and lots of them are flammable
The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful bunny 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 on in the series.
Unexpected 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 primary perpetrator behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells really dreadful, produces toxic vapors, and can explode at any time. Without heating up the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial process now is much more secure, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.
Public transport is pretty rad
Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that typically provide an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is most likely real because its not a gigantic country and those men got around.
Haggis is freaking tasty
For reals. And I enjoy tatties and neeps too. It gets represented as this stuff you only consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as frequently as I might while I existed, because it is not widely offered outside of Scotland.
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everybody who likes it! Dang, I actually require to find 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 choose a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie might say them to provide the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I needed a professional 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 country here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies say.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a quite 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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He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly 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 permits people to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that generally use an old stone church, a bar, 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 massive country and those guys got around.
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 modern-day buildings. 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 use for the very first book will likely find a location later on in the series.