When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is forced to play detective– while avoiding actual investigators who are questioning why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the help of a mischievous 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 unique wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life collapses around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while attempting to break the secret of his curse.
Glasgow is a remarkable city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think about visiting Scotland– and for great factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however even more cost effective. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis complete of scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; multiple football teams 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 utilized to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was shipped to Glasgow first and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a lot of cash and cancer. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was substantial for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of years ago, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing together along with modern structures. Basically its a wonderful city in which to set a city fantasy, due to the fact that practically anything can take place there.
There are thousands of recipes for ink and great deals of them are combustible
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 in advance, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly recommend as an excellent start, and it has a substantial bibliography for additional reading. The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats used or red lipstick, youve probably been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a place later in the series.
Public transportation is quite rad
Ive resided in places without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly satisfied. Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that generally provide an old stone church, a pub, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed as soon as, which is probably real given that its not a massive nation and those guys got around. The relative ease of navigating both city and rural areas without owning an automobile revealed me that my protagonist didnt require a car. Taxis and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.
Haggis is freaking tasty
For reals. And I enjoy tatties and neeps too. It gets represented as this things you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had been constructed up 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 could while I was there, due to the fact that it is not commonly available beyond Scotland.
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, due to the fact that I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super happy for everybody who likes it! Dang, I truly need to discover some where Im at now.
The accents are pure fantastic
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various noise. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word might get used in the country here and there, but was not truly a thing that Weegies say.
I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a big job– but I did pick a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie may state them to supply the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a quite cool 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 train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, regular routes 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 been there when, which is probably real since its not a gigantic country and those guys got around.
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Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with modern-day buildings. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized 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 utilize for the first book will likely discover a place later on 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, particularly the Fae.