However when his most current apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is required to play detective– while avoiding real investigators who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most distinct wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.
Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the trick of his curse.
Glasgow is a remarkable city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think about visiting Scotland– and for excellent factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however even more budget friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis full of creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; several football groups to cheer (and battle) 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 delivered to Glasgow initially and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a whole lot of money and cancer. It was quite the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long period of time, but when it collapsed a few years back, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together alongside contemporary structures. Basically its a fantastic city in which to set a metropolitan dream, due to the fact that quite much anything can take place there.
There are countless dishes for ink and lots of them are flammable
Unintentional 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 the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly advise as a good start, and it has an extensive bibliography for further reading. The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats used or red lipstick, youve probably been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive beautiful bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.
Public transportation is pretty rad
Ive resided in locations without a decent public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly amazed. Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to navigate quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages 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 actually existed as soon as, which is probably real because its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around. The relative ease of navigating both rural and urban locations without owning a vehicle showed me that my lead character didnt require a cars and truck. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not deal with the journey.
Haggis is freaking scrumptious
It gets represented as this things you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super delighted for everybody who likes it! Dang, I truly require to find some where Im at now.
The accents are pure fantastic
I didnt attempt to replicate everything you hear– that would be a big job– however I did decide on a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie might state them to provide the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Obviously, 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 an entirely various noise. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is unique 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 nation here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies state.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a pretty nifty 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 little train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that typically use an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is probably true considering that its not a massive country and those dudes got around.
He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.
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Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together with modern buildings. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive charming 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.