However when his newest 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 detective– while preventing 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 require the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most distinct magical skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.
However he is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak mishaps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to split 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 good reason– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls 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 few years ago, the city population generally halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting along with contemporary structures.
There are countless recipes for ink and great deals of them are flammable
I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely recommend as an excellent start, and it has a substantial bibliography for additional reading. The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats used or red lipstick, youve most likely been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research 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 on in the series.
Unintentional 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. The primary perpetrator behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells really dreadful, produces hazardous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating up the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial procedure now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.
Public transport is quite rad
Ive lived in places without a decent public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily impressed. Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to navigate pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that generally offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed as soon as, which is probably real because its not an enormous country and those men got around. The relative ease of getting around both rural and city locations without owning a vehicle revealed me that my lead character didnt require a cars and truck. Taxis and hitchhiking would select up the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.
Haggis is freaking tasty
It gets portrayed as this stuff you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I admit I winced the very 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.
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super happy for everybody who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I truly require to find some where Im at now. I miss it.
The accents are pure dazzling
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I required an expert 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 nation here and there, but was not actually a thing that Weegies say.
I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a colossal task– however I did decide on a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the method a Weegie may state them to offer the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a pretty 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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Now theres a lot of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with modern structures. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive lovely rabbit 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 location later in the series.
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He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.
Glasgow has a little 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 car– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that normally 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 true since its not a gigantic nation and those dudes got around.