When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding real detectives 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 aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique magical talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.
However he is likewise cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in strange freak mishaps. As his individual life collapses 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 lot of attention when folks think of going to Scotland– and for excellent reason– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was quite the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a long time, however when it collapsed a few decades ago, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing together along with modern structures.
There are thousands of recipes for ink and lots of them are combustible
The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially unexpected to me. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful bunny 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.
Unintentional fires and residential or commercial property damage were so typical in the old days that inkmakers had to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit went bad. Without warming the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
Public transport is pretty rad
Ive resided in places without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily pleased. Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to navigate quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that usually provide an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed as soon as, which is most likely true given that its not a gigantic nation and those men navigated. The relative ease of getting around both urban and rural locations without owning an automobile showed me that my lead character didnt require a car. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.
Haggis is freaking delicious
For reals. And I enjoy tatties and neeps too. It gets depicted as this stuff you only consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very 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, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as frequently as I might while I was there, due to the fact that it is not extensively available beyond Scotland.
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super delighted for everyone who likes it! Dang, I truly need to discover some where Im at now.
The accents are pure dazzling
Most Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other entertainment, however spend some time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a large range 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 noise. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I needed a professional reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that people frequently connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word may get used in the nation occasionally, but was not actually a thing that Weegies say. Calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.
I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a giant task– however I did pick a couple of words and phrases to regularly render the way a Weegie might say them to offer the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.
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He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that normally offer 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 real since its not an enormous country and those guys got around.
Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together alongside modern-day buildings. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous charming 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 place later in the series.
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