When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding real detectives who are questioning why death seems to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.
Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. As his individual life falls apart around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the trick of his curse.
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 magical talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Glasgow is a remarkable city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks consider checking out Scotland– and for great factor– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however much more cost effective. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; numerous football groups 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 used 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 lot of money and cancer. It was rather the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of decades ago, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with contemporary buildings. Generally its a great city in which to set a metropolitan fantasy, due to the fact that basically anything can occur there.
There are thousands of recipes for ink and great deals of them are combustible
Unexpected fires and home 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 went bad. The primary culprit behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly terrible, produces toxic vapors, and can explode at any time. Without heating the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial process now is much more secure, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.
The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous beautiful bunny hole that runs 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.
Public transportation is pretty rad
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 an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that generally provide an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is probably true given that its not a gigantic nation and those dudes got around.
Haggis is freaking tasty
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I tried that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super happy for everyone who likes it! Dang, I actually need to discover some where Im at now.
For reals. And I enjoy neeps and tatties too. It gets depicted as this things you just consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I attempted it because it had 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 typically as I might while I was there, due to the fact that it is not commonly available outside of Scotland.
The accents are pure dazzling
I didnt try to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a gigantic task– however I did decide on a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie may say them to provide the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
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 is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word may get used in the country here and there, however was not truly a thing that Weegies say.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a quite awesome 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 amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, regular 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 actually been there once, which is most likely true because its not a massive country and those men got around.
Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with contemporary structures. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic lovely rabbit hole that operates 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 on in the series.