However when his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence 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 constantly 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.
But he is likewise cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak accidents. As his individual life collapses around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to split the trick of his curse.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most special wonderful talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.
Glasgow is a remarkable city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for good reason– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was rather the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a long time, but when it collapsed a few decades back, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together along with modern buildings.
There are thousands of dishes for ink and lots of them are flammable
Unexpected fires and home 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. The primary culprit behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells really horrible, produces hazardous vapors, and can explode at any time. Without heating the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process 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 advise as an excellent start, and it has a substantial bibliography for further reading. The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats worn or red lipstick, youve most likely been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny portion of the research I did end up being used in the book; it was a gigantic charming rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a location later on in the series.
Public transport is pretty rad
Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that normally offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is probably real considering that its not a gigantic nation and those dudes got around.
Haggis is freaking delicious
For reals. And I enjoy neeps and tatties too. It gets depicted as this stuff you just eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced the first time I tried it due to the fact that it had been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as often as I could while I existed, due to the fact that it is not widely readily available beyond Scotland.
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 delighted for everybody who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really need to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.
The accents are pure brilliant
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word may get used in the nation here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies state.
I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a big task– however I did pick a few words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie may state them to supply the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a quite awesome 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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Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that normally use an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there once, which is probably real because its not a gigantic nation and those dudes got around.
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.
Now theres a lot of finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together with modern buildings. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic lovely bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.
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