When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns 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 investigator– while preventing actual investigators who are wondering why death appears to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.
Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his individual life falls apart around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the trick of his curse.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique magical talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Glasgow is an impressive city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think about going to Scotland– and for good reason– however Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however much more budget-friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; numerous 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 used to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was delivered to Glasgow initially and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a lot of money and cancer. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long time, however when it collapsed a few decades back, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with contemporary buildings. Essentially its a great city in which to set an urban fantasy, due to the fact that basically anything can take place there.
There are thousands of recipes for ink and lots of them are flammable
Unexpected fires and 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 spoiled. The main perpetrator behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly dreadful, produces toxic vapors, and can take off at any time. Without heating up the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial procedure now is much more secure, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.
The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly surprising to me. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a location later in the series.
Public transport is pretty rad
Ive resided in places without a decent public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily pleased. Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals 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 captivating wee villages that generally 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 true since its not an enormous country and those dudes navigated. The relative ease of getting around both metropolitan and rural areas without owning a lorry showed me that my lead character didnt need a cars and truck. Taxis and hitchhiking would choose up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not manage the journey.
Haggis is freaking tasty
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 delighted for everyone who likes it! Dang, I actually need to discover some where Im at now.
For reals. And I enjoy tatties and neeps too. It gets depicted 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 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, because it is not extensively offered beyond Scotland.
The accents are pure brilliant
I didnt try to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a big job– however I did settle on a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie may say them to offer the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.
Many Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other home entertainment, but invest some time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a large range of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different noise. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that people often connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get used in the country occasionally, however was not actually a thing that Weegies state. Calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a quite 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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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.
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 a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that usually provide an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is probably true since its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around.
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Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern structures. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being used 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.