Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his individual life falls apart around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his curse.
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 actual investigators who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most special wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Glasgow is an impressive city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of going to Scotland– and for good factor– 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 couple of years earlier, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside contemporary structures.
There are thousands of dishes for ink and great deals of them are combustible
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 sufficiently in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as a great start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for more 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 used or red lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small portion of the research I did end up being used in the book; it was an enormous beautiful rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a place later in the series.
Public transportation is quite rad
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating 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 once, which is most likely true given that its not a gigantic country and those dudes got around.
Haggis is freaking tasty
For reals. And I love neeps and tatties too. It gets portrayed as this things you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the first time I tried 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. Had it as frequently as I could while I was there, since it is not commonly offered beyond Scotland.
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 happy for everyone who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really require to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.
The accents are pure dazzling
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various noise. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word may get used in the nation here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies say.
I didnt try to replicate everything you hear– that would be a gargantuan task– but I did decide on a few words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie may state them to offer the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a pretty 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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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.
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Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff taking place 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 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 whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a place later in the series.
Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that usually use an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is most likely true since its not a gigantic nation and those guys got around.