Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct magical talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.
However when his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is required to play detective– while preventing real detectives who are questioning why death appears to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.
Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the written word or speech apps. As his individual life falls apart around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to split the trick of his curse.
Glasgow is a remarkable city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of going to Scotland– and for excellent reason– however Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. It was quite the commercial 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 housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern structures.
There are countless dishes for ink and lots of them are flammable
Unexpected fires and residential or commercial property 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 sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly advise as a good start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for further reading. The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats used or red lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research study I did end up being used 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 discover a location later in the series.
Public transport is quite rad
Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that typically provide an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is most likely real since its not an enormous nation and those men got around.
Haggis is freaking delicious
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 palate. Super pleased for everyone who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really require to find some where Im at now. I miss it.
For reals. And I enjoy tatties and neeps too. It gets represented as this things you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I attempted it because it had actually 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 was there, due to the fact that it is not widely available beyond Scotland.
The accents are pure dazzling
The majority of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other entertainment, however invest some time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a vast array of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other areas of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that individuals frequently connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get used in the country occasionally, however was not truly a thing that Weegies say. Likewise, calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.
I didnt try to replicate everything you hear– that would be a big task– however I did decide on a few words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie may say them to supply the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a quite clever 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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Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but 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. A lot of impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that typically use an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is most likely real because its not a massive country and those guys got around.
Now theres a lot of financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern buildings. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.
He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.
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