Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most distinct magical skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.
But he is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak mishaps. As his individual life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while attempting to split the secret of his curse.
However when his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is required to play investigator– while avoiding real investigators who are questioning why death appears to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for good factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of decades earlier, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together alongside modern-day buildings.
There are thousands of dishes for ink and great deals of them are flammable
Unintentional 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 spoiled. The main culprit behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells actually dreadful, produces poisonous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating up the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial procedure now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.
I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly recommend as a good start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for more reading. The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats worn or red lipstick, youve probably been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny portion of the research I did end up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous charming rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.
Public transport is pretty rad
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Many impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that typically 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 true because its not an enormous nation and those men got around.
Haggis is freaking delicious
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, due to the fact that I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super happy for everybody who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really need to find some where Im at now. I miss it.
For reals. And I love neeps and tatties too. It gets portrayed as this stuff you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I tried it due to the fact that it had actually been developed up 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 existed, because it is not commonly available outside of Scotland.
The accents are pure dazzling
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different noise. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I required a professional reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word may get utilized in the nation here and there, but was not actually a thing that Weegies say.
I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a huge job– however I did choose a few words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie may state them to provide the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a quite 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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He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that usually use an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is probably real because its not a gigantic nation and those men got around.
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Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with contemporary buildings. A small 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 location later on in the series.