But he is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak mishaps. As his individual life crumbles around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to split the secret of his curse.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most special magical skill. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.
However when his newest apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding real detectives who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.
Glasgow is an exceptional 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 center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a long time, however when it collapsed a few decades back, the city population generally halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern-day buildings.
There are countless dishes for ink and great deals of them are combustible
I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly suggest as a good start, and it has an extensive bibliography for more reading. The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats worn or red lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research study 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 a few of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find 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 warming the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
Public transport is quite rad
Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that normally offer 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 true given that its not a massive country and those dudes got around.
Haggis is freaking delicious
For reals. And I enjoy neeps and tatties too. It gets depicted as this things you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the first time I tried it due to the fact that it had actually been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as often as I could while I existed, since it is not extensively available beyond Scotland.
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I tried that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super delighted for everybody who likes it! Dang, I really need to discover some where Im at now.
The accents are pure fantastic
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different noise. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I needed an expert 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.
I didnt try to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a gigantic job– however I did pick a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie may state them to supply the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty cool idea. 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 occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern-day buildings. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized 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 use for the first book will likely find a location later on in the series.
He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. Many impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that generally use 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 most likely true because its not a gigantic country and those dudes got around.