But when his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding real investigators who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most distinct magical talent. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.
He is also 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 dying in peculiar freak accidents. As his personal life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the secret of his curse.
Glasgow is an exceptional city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for excellent reason– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions 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 couple of years earlier, the city population generally halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern buildings.
There are countless recipes for ink and lots of them are flammable
The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly surprising to me. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a place later in the series.
Accidental 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 warming the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
Public transport is pretty 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 pleased. Glasgow has a little subway that circles the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that typically use an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is probably real given that its not a massive nation and those dudes got around. The relative ease of getting around both urban and rural locations without owning a vehicle revealed me that my protagonist didnt need an automobile. Cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not manage the journey.
Haggis is freaking scrumptious
For reals. And I like neeps and tatties too. It gets portrayed as this things you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I attempted it since it had been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but 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 commonly readily available beyond Scotland.
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I tried that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super pleased for everybody 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 fantastic
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 distinct from other locations of Scotland, I needed a professional reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word may get utilized in the country here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies state.
I didnt try to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a giant job– but I did decide on a few words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie may state them to supply the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a pretty clever concept. 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 small subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that usually 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 when, which is most likely real given that its not a massive country and those guys got around.
Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together with modern buildings. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive lovely bunny hole that operates 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.
He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.
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