He is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak accidents. As his individual life collapses around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to break the trick of his curse.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most unique wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.
However when his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play detective– while preventing real detectives who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to make it through.
Glasgow is an impressive city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of checking out Scotland– and for excellent reason– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but much more cost effective. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis complete of spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; several football groups to cheer (and fight) 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 utilized to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was shipped to Glasgow first and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a whole lot of money and cancer. It was quite the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a very long time, but when it collapsed a few decades ago, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with modern-day buildings. Essentially its a fantastic city in which to set a metropolitan fantasy, because practically anything can occur there.
There are thousands of recipes for ink and lots of them are combustible
Unexpected fires and home 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 beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous lovely bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.
Public transport is pretty rad
Ive resided in locations without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily impressed. Glasgow has a little train that circles the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to navigate quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that generally offer an old stone church, a pub, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed as soon as, which is most likely true considering that its not an enormous nation and those guys got around. The relative ease of getting around both rural and city locations without owning a vehicle showed me that my protagonist didnt require a car. Cabs and hitchhiking would select up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not manage 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 pleased for everyone who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I truly need to find some where Im at now. I miss it.
It gets portrayed as this things you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I admit I winced the very first time I attempted it since it had actually been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot.
The accents are pure dazzling
I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be a gargantuan job– however I did pick a few words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie may state them to supply the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various sound. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I required a professional reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word might get utilized in the nation here and there, but was not truly a thing that Weegies state.
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Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together along with contemporary buildings. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic charming bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.
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Glasgow has a small train 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 travelers. Many impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating 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 actually been there when, which is most likely real considering that its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around.
He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.