Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique wonderful talent. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.
He is also cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak mishaps. As his individual life crumbles around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to split the trick of his curse.
But when his latest apprentice, Gordie, shows 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 avoiding actual investigators who are questioning why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.
Glasgow is an exceptional city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for excellent factor– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of years earlier, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with modern structures.
There are thousands of dishes for ink and great deals of them are combustible
Accidental fires and residential or commercial 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 sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely advise as an excellent start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for further reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats used or red lipstick, youve probably been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic lovely bunny hole that runs 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.
Public transportation is quite rad
Ive lived in locations without a decent public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily satisfied. Glasgow has a small train that circles the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to navigate pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that typically provide an old stone church, a club, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed as soon as, which is most likely real since its not a gigantic nation and those dudes navigated. The relative ease of getting around both rural and city areas without owning an automobile showed me that my lead character didnt require a vehicle. Taxis and hitchhiking would pick up the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt handle the journey.
Haggis is freaking tasty
For reals. And I love tatties and neeps too. It gets represented as this things you only consume on a dare, and yeah, I admit I winced the very first time I tried it because it had been constructed up 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 could while I was there, since it is not widely offered 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 palate. Super delighted for everyone who likes it! Dang, I truly need to discover some where Im at now.
The accents are pure dazzling
Most Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other home entertainment, but spend a long time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a vast array of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various noise. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that individuals typically associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get used in the country occasionally, but was not actually a thing that Weegies say. Calling someone a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.
I didnt attempt to replicate everything you hear– that would be a giant task– but I did pick a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the method a Weegie may say them to provide the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to read. Obviously, 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 believes tacos are a pretty nifty 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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Now theres a lot of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together with modern structures. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic charming 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 find a place later in the series.
He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely 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 as soon as, which is most likely real because its not a gigantic nation and those guys got around.