Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most distinct wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.
But he is likewise cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak accidents. As his personal life falls apart around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while attempting to break 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 criminal activity. Now Al is required to play investigator– while avoiding real investigators who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks consider checking out Scotland– and for great factor– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but even more affordable. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis full of creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; multiple football teams to cheer (and battle) 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 utilized to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was delivered to Glasgow initially and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a great deal of cash and cancer. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of years ago, 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 finance and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting together with modern-day buildings. Basically its a fantastic city in which to set a metropolitan dream, because practically anything can occur there.
There are thousands of dishes for ink and great deals of them are flammable
Accidental fires and home 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 spoiled. The main culprit behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells actually awful, produces hazardous vapors, and can take off at any time. Without heating the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.
The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially unexpected to me. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a place later on in the series.
Public transport is quite rad
Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that generally offer an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is most likely real given that its not a massive country and those men got around.
Haggis is freaking tasty
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super delighted for everyone who likes it! Dang, I really need to discover some where Im at now.
For reals. And I love tatties and neeps too. It gets represented as this things you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the first time I attempted it because it had actually 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 often as I could while I existed, because it is not commonly available beyond Scotland.
The accents are pure brilliant
I didnt attempt to recreate everything you hear– that would be a giant job– but I did choose a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie may state them to offer the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various noise. Since 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 may get utilized in the nation here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies state.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a pretty awesome 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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He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.
Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting together with contemporary structures. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.
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 a car– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that generally provide an old stone church, a pub, 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 gigantic country and those dudes got around.
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