Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. As his individual life collapses around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the secret of his curse.
When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is required to play investigator– while avoiding actual investigators who are wondering 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 mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.
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 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.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for good factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls 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 need; several 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 shipped to Glasgow initially and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a great deal of cash and cancer. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long period of time, however when it collapsed a few decades earlier, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting together with contemporary structures. Essentially its a fantastic city in which to set a metropolitan dream, due to the fact that basically anything can take place there.
There are thousands of recipes for ink and great deals of them are combustible
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 went bad. Without heating up the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely recommend as a good start, and it has a substantial bibliography for more reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats worn or red lipstick, youve probably been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny portion of the research I did end up being used in the book; it was a gigantic charming bunny hole that operates 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 on in the series.
Public transportation is pretty rad
Ive resided in locations without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly amazed. Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that normally provide an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed once, which is probably true because its not a gigantic nation and those guys navigated. The relative ease of getting around both city and rural areas without owning a car revealed me that my protagonist didnt require an automobile. Taxis and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not deal with the journey.
Haggis is freaking tasty
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super delighted for everyone who likes it! Dang, I really need to find some where Im at now.
It gets represented as this stuff you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I attempted it because it had been built 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
The majority of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other home entertainment, however invest some time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a vast array of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I needed an expert reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that people often associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word might get used in the country here and there, but was not truly a thing that Weegies state. Likewise, calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.
I didnt attempt to recreate whatever you hear– that would be an enormous task– however I did decide on a few words and phrases to regularly render the way a Weegie may say them to supply the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a pretty 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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Now theres a lot of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting together with modern-day structures. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous lovely bunny hole that operates 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 on in the series.
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Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically offer an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is probably real considering that its not a gigantic country and those dudes got around.
He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.