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 activity. Now Al is required to play detective– while avoiding real investigators who are wondering why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful 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 amazing white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most distinct wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.
He is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak accidents. As his individual life crumbles around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to split the trick of his curse.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks consider checking out Scotland– and for good factor– 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 affordable. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; multiple 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 cash and cancer. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was substantial for a long period of time, however when it collapsed a few years ago, the city population generally halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern-day structures. Generally its a wonderful city in which to set a city dream, because basically anything can happen there.
There are countless dishes for ink and lots of them are combustible
Unexpected fires and property 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 spoiled. The main offender behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly awful, produces harmful vapors, and can explode at any time. Without heating the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.
I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly advise as a great start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for further reading. The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats worn or red lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous charming bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a place later in the series.
Public transport is quite rad
Ive lived in places without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly impressed. 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 quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that usually provide an old stone church, a club, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed once, which is probably true since its not a gigantic country and those dudes got around. The relative ease of navigating both urban and rural areas without owning a lorry showed me that my lead character didnt require an automobile. Cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not deal with the journey.
Haggis is freaking tasty
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 taste buds. Super delighted for everybody who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I truly require to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.
For reals. And I like tatties and neeps too. It gets represented as this things you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I attempted it because it had been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as typically as I could while I existed, because it is not extensively readily available outside of Scotland.
The accents are pure dazzling
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I needed an expert 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, but was not really a thing that Weegies state.
I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be a huge task– however I did pick a few words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie might say them to offer the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a quite clever 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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He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied 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 beautiful rabbit 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 discover a place later on in the series.
Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that usually offer 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 probably real because its not a massive nation and those men got around.
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