Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct magical skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.
When his newest 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 investigator– while preventing real investigators who are questioning why death seems to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to make it through.
Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life falls apart around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the trick of his curse.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think about going to Scotland– and for excellent reason– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but much more affordable. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis filled with scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; several football groups to cheer (and fight) 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 used to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was delivered to Glasgow initially and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was an entire lot of money and cancer. It was rather the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a very long time, but when it collapsed a few years ago, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more reasonable there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern buildings. Generally its a great city in which to set a city dream, due to the fact that quite much anything can take place there.
There are countless dishes for ink and lots of them are flammable
Unexpected fires and 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 ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive beautiful rabbit 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 discover a place later on in the series.
Public transportation is pretty rad
Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals 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 captivating wee towns 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 probably true because its not a gigantic nation and those guys got around.
Haggis is freaking delicious
For reals. And I love neeps and tatties too. It gets portrayed as this things you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I tried it since it had actually been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as often as I might while I existed, due to the fact that it is not commonly offered outside of 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 palate. Super happy for everybody who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually need to find some where Im at now. I miss it.
The accents are pure fantastic
Many Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other entertainment, but spend some 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 a totally different sound. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect stands out from other locations of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that people typically connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word may get used in the nation occasionally, however was not truly a thing that Weegies state. Calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.
I didnt attempt to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a giant task– however I did pick a few words and phrases to regularly render the way a Weegie might say them to offer 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 method.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also 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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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.
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Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with contemporary structures. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a location later in the series.
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that usually 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 an enormous nation and those men got around.