But 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 forced to play detective– while avoiding 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 mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.
However he is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak accidents. As his individual life collapses around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to split the secret of his curse.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most special magical talent. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Glasgow is an impressive city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think about checking out Scotland– and for good factor– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but far more budget friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis full of scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; several football teams 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 used 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 rather the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long period of time, but when it collapsed a few years ago, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with modern-day structures. Basically its a wonderful city in which to set an urban dream, because practically anything can take place there.
There are countless recipes for ink and lots of them are flammable
Accidental 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 heating the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as an excellent start, and it has an extensive bibliography for additional reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed 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 tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic charming bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a place later in the series.
Public transportation is pretty rad
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that usually 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 once, which is most likely real given that its not a massive country and those dudes got around.
Haggis is freaking scrumptious
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I tried that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super pleased for everyone who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually require to find some where Im at now. I miss it.
It gets portrayed as this stuff you only consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.
The accents are pure brilliant
I didnt try to recreate everything you hear– that would be a big task– but I did choose a few words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie might say them to supply the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different noise. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word might get utilized in the nation here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies say.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a quite nifty 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 captivated ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.
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Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Many remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that usually offer 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 real because its not a massive country and those men got around.
Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with contemporary buildings. A small portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.