When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play detective– while avoiding real detectives who are wondering why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.
He is also cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak accidents. As his individual life falls apart around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the secret of his curse.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique magical talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks consider going to Scotland– and for good reason– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but even more economical. 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 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 money and cancer. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a long period of time, however when it collapsed a few decades back, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a great deal of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern-day buildings. Generally its a great city in which to set an urban dream, because practically anything can occur there.
There are thousands of dishes for ink and lots of them are flammable
Unexpected fires and residential or commercial 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 went bad. Without heating up the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
The widespread use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically surprising to me. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive lovely bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.
Public transportation is pretty rad
Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that usually 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 when, which is probably true given that its not an enormous country and those guys got around.
Haggis is freaking tasty
It gets depicted as this things you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the first time I attempted 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, 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 truly need to find some where Im at now. I miss it.
The accents are pure brilliant
The majority of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other entertainment, but spend a long time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a wide variety of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I required a professional reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that individuals often associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get used in the country occasionally, however was not truly a thing that Weegies say. Calling somebody a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.
I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be a gigantic job– however I did decide on a few words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie might say them to supply the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated 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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Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that typically use an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is most likely real given that its not an enormous country and those guys got around.
Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern buildings. A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a location later on in the series.
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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.