He is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak accidents. As his individual life falls apart around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to break the trick of his curse.
However when his latest apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding actual detectives who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most distinct wonderful talent. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks consider visiting Scotland– and for excellent factor– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however far more inexpensive. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis filled with spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; numerous 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 remainder of the European continent. That was a great deal of cash and cancer. It was rather the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a long period of time, however when it collapsed a few decades earlier, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a great deal of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting together with modern structures. Basically its a great city in which to set a metropolitan fantasy, due to the fact that quite much anything can happen there.
There are countless recipes for ink and lots of them are combustible
I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely recommend as a great start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for further reading. The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or used lipstick, youve probably been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.
Unintentional fires and residential or commercial 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. Without heating the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
Public transport is pretty rad
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that typically offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is probably real considering that its not a gigantic country and those dudes got around.
Haggis is freaking tasty
It gets portrayed as this stuff you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the first time I tried it due to the fact that it had been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.
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 actually need to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.
The accents are pure fantastic
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different sound. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word might get utilized in the nation here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies state.
I didnt try to reproduce everything you hear– that would be an enormous job– however I did choose a few words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie might state them to supply the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a quite 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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Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern-day buildings. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely discover a place later in the series.
He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.
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Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but also 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. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns 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 probably true because its not a massive country and those men got around.