Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most unique magical skill. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.
Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life falls apart around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while attempting to break the secret of his curse.
When his most current 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 avoiding actual detectives who are questioning why death seems to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of visiting Scotland– and for good factor– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was quite the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of decades back, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern-day structures.
There are thousands of recipes for ink and lots of them are flammable
Unexpected 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 sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially unexpected to me. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a place later in the series.
Public transport is pretty rad
Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that typically offer an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is most likely real considering that its not a massive country and those men got around.
Haggis is freaking tasty
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, due to the fact that I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super happy for everybody who likes it! Dang, I truly require to discover some where Im at now.
It gets depicted as this things you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I admit I winced the very first time I tried it due to the fact that it had actually been developed 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 attempt to recreate everything you hear– that would be an enormous job– however I did choose a few words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie might say them to supply the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told 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 sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word may get utilized in the country here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies state.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes 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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Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern-day structures. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous lovely rabbit hole that runs 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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Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that normally use an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is most likely true given that its not a gigantic country and those men got around.
He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.