He is also cursed. Anyone 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 peculiar freak accidents. As his personal life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his curse.
When his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is forced to play detective– while preventing real investigators who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique magical skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.
Glasgow is a remarkable city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of checking out Scotland– and for great factor– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a long time, however when it collapsed a few years back, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside contemporary buildings.
There are countless dishes for ink and great deals of them are combustible
I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as an excellent start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for further reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or used lipstick, youve most likely been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research study I did end up being used in the book; it was a massive charming rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a location later on in the series.
Accidental 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 main perpetrator behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells really awful, produces hazardous vapors, and can take off at any time. Without heating up the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb 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.
Public transportation is quite rad
Ive lived in locations without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily satisfied. Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to navigate quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that generally provide an old stone church, a bar, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is probably true since its not an enormous country and those dudes got around. The relative ease of navigating both urban and rural locations without owning an automobile revealed me that my protagonist didnt require a vehicle. Cabs and hitchhiking would choose up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not handle the journey.
Haggis is freaking scrumptious
It gets represented as this things you only eat on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I attempted it since it had been constructed 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, because I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everyone who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really need to find some where Im at now. I miss it.
The accents are pure dazzling
I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a gigantic task– however I did settle on a few words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie may say them to provide the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.
The majority of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other entertainment, but spend a long time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a large variety of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that individuals frequently connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word may get used in the nation here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies state. Calling someone a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a pretty cool 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 little train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Many impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that generally offer 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 country 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 wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern buildings. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic charming rabbit 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.
He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.