When his latest 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 investigator– while avoiding actual detectives who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct magical talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.
However he is also cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak accidents. As his personal life collapses around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to split the trick of his curse.
Glasgow is an exceptional 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 onions and trolls and parfaits. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, however 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 real estate more sensible there. 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-day structures.
There are countless dishes for ink and great deals of them are flammable
Unintentional 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 went bad. Without warming the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely recommend as an excellent start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for more reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats worn or red lipstick, youve probably been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive charming bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.
Public transportation is pretty rad
Ive resided in locations without a decent public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly satisfied. Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that normally provide an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed when, which is probably true since its not an enormous nation and those men got around. The relative ease of navigating both rural and city locations without owning an automobile showed me that my protagonist didnt require a cars and truck. Cabs and hitchhiking would pick 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, since I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everybody who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really need to find some where Im at now. I miss it.
For reals. And I like tatties and neeps too. It gets portrayed as this stuff you only consume on a dare, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I attempted it since it had been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as frequently as I could while I existed, because it is not commonly offered beyond Scotland.
The accents are pure fantastic
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different noise. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word might get utilized in the nation here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies state.
I didnt try to recreate everything you hear– that would be a colossal job– however I did decide on a few words and phrases to regularly render the way a Weegie might say them to supply the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a quite awesome 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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Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern buildings. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.
He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.
Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. Many impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that usually provide an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is most likely real because its not an enormous country and those dudes got around.