Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the composed word or speech apps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the trick of his curse.
However when his latest 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 required to play investigator– while preventing actual detectives who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require 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 special wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of going to Scotland– and for good factor– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was rather the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, however when it collapsed a few years ago, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern-day structures.
There are thousands of dishes for ink and great deals of them are combustible
The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive 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 place later on in the series.
Unexpected 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. The primary perpetrator behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells actually terrible, produces toxic vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating up the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial procedure now is much more secure, but doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.
Public transport is quite rad
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. Most remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that typically provide 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 because its not a gigantic country and those men got around.
Haggis is freaking delicious
For reals. And I love neeps and tatties too. It gets represented as this things you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the first time I tried it because it had been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as frequently as I could while I was there, since it is not extensively offered outside of Scotland.
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super happy for everybody who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I truly need to find some where Im at now. I miss it.
The accents are pure fantastic
I didnt attempt to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a giant task– but I did choose a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie may state them to offer the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I needed 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 used in the country here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies state.
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Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however 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 travelers. A lot of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that generally provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is probably real since its not an enormous nation and those guys got around.
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He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern-day buildings. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous beautiful 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 place later in the series.