However when his newest apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is required to play detective– while avoiding actual investigators who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.
He is also cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak mishaps. As his individual life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to break the trick of his curse.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most distinct wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.
Glasgow is a remarkable city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of visiting Scotland– and for great reason– 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 industry was substantial for a long time, however when it collapsed a few decades ago, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together alongside contemporary buildings.
There are thousands of dishes for ink and great deals of them are flammable
I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as a good start, and it has an extensive bibliography for more reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats red or used lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small portion of the research study I did end up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic lovely bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later on in the series.
Accidental fires and property damage were so common in the old days that inkmakers needed to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit spoiled. The main offender behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly horrible, produces poisonous vapors, and can explode at any time. Without heating the oil sufficiently in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial process now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.
Public transport is quite rad
Ive resided in locations without a decent public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily amazed. Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however 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 travelers. Many remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that generally offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed once, which is probably true since its not a massive nation and those guys navigated. The relative ease of getting around both rural and city areas without owning an automobile revealed me that my protagonist didnt need a car. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would pick up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.
Haggis is freaking scrumptious
For reals. And I like neeps and tatties too. It gets depicted as this stuff you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I winced the first time I attempted it because it had actually 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 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 attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super delighted for everybody who likes it! Dang, I truly need to find some where Im at now.
The accents are pure dazzling
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various sound. 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 used in the country here and there, but was not actually a thing that Weegies say.
I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a big job– however I did pick a couple of words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie may state them to provide the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty 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 amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of different 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 a car– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that usually 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 when, which is probably real considering that its not a gigantic country and those dudes got around.
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Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing together along with contemporary buildings. A tiny fraction 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 everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a place later in the series.