Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most unique wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his individual life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to break the secret of his curse.
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 detective– while preventing real investigators who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for good reason– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was quite the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of decades ago, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting together with modern buildings.
There are thousands of dishes for ink and great deals of them are combustible
I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly recommend as a good start, and it has an extensive bibliography for additional reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or used lipstick, youve probably been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research study I did end up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful 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.
Unexpected fires and home 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 sufficiently in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
Public transport is quite rad
Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating 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 been there once, which is probably real since its not a massive nation and those men got around.
Haggis is freaking scrumptious
For reals. And I like neeps and tatties too. It gets portrayed as this things you just eat on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I tried it because 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 often as I might while I was there, due to the fact that it is not extensively readily available outside of Scotland.
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 taste buds. Super delighted for everybody who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really require to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.
The accents are pure dazzling
I didnt attempt to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a gargantuan job– but I did settle on a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie may state them to offer the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.
A lot 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 wide variety of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other areas of Scotland, I required an expert reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that people typically associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word might get utilized in the nation occasionally, but was not actually a thing that Weegies say. Likewise, calling somebody a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or perhaps pajamas.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a pretty clever 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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Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages 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 as soon as, which is probably real given that its not a massive country and those dudes got around.
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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.
Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening 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 structures. 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 everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.