Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most unique magical skill. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.
He is likewise cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak mishaps. As his individual life collapses around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the trick of his curse.
When his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play detective– while preventing actual investigators 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 help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of visiting Scotland– and for good factor– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long time, however when it collapsed a few decades earlier, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern structures.
There are thousands of recipes for ink and great deals of them are flammable
Accidental fires and 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 ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically surprising to me. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic 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.
Public transport is pretty rad
Ive lived in locations without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly satisfied. Glasgow has a small train that circles the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages 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 when, which is probably true given that its not a gigantic country and those guys got around. The relative ease of navigating both rural and city areas without owning an automobile revealed me that my lead character didnt require a car. Cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.
Haggis is freaking tasty
For reals. And I like tatties and neeps too. It gets represented as this things you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I tried 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 might while I existed, 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 palate. Super pleased for everybody who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really need to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.
The accents are pure dazzling
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 unique from other areas of Scotland, I required a professional 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 really a thing that Weegies say.
I didnt attempt to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be a gigantic job– but I did pick a few words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie might say them to provide the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a quite 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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He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that generally provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is most likely true because its not a massive country and those dudes got around.
Now theres a lot of finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern structures. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic 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 location later in the series.