But when his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is required to play detective– while preventing actual investigators who are questioning why death seems 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.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique wonderful talent. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.
However he is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in strange freak mishaps. As his individual life crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to split the trick of his curse.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for excellent factor– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions 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, but when it collapsed a couple of years ago, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together with modern buildings.
There are countless dishes for ink and lots of them are combustible
Accidental fires and property 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 went bad. The main offender behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly horrible, produces hazardous vapors, and can take off at any time. Without heating the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much more secure, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.
I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely recommend as a good start, and it has a substantial bibliography for further reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or worn lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research I did end up being used in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a location later on in the series.
Public transport is quite rad
Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Many impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns 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 most likely real considering that its not an enormous country and those guys got around.
Haggis is freaking delicious
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 everyone who likes it! Dang, I truly need to find some where Im at now.
For reals. And I love neeps and tatties too. It gets depicted as this things you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the first time I tried it due to the fact that it had actually been constructed 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 could while I was there, due to the fact that it is not extensively available beyond Scotland.
The accents are pure fantastic
I didnt try to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a giant job– but I did settle on a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie might say them to provide the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.
Many Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other home entertainment, however spend a long time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a broad variety of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different sound. Since the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other areas 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 people often connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get used in the country here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies say. Calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a quite cool 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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Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that typically use an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is most likely true given that its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around.
He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Now theres a lot of finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with contemporary buildings. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous charming bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.