Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most unique wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.
When his latest 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 investigator– while preventing actual detectives who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.
But he is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak mishaps. As his personal life collapses around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his curse.
Glasgow is a remarkable city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of checking out Scotland– and for great factor– however Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. 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 few years earlier, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with modern buildings.
There are thousands of recipes for ink and lots of them are combustible
Unexpected fires and home 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 the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly suggest as an excellent start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for more reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or used lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive lovely 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 find a place later in the series.
Public transport is quite rad
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that generally offer 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 most likely true since its not an enormous nation and those men got around.
Haggis is freaking delicious
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 pleased for everybody who likes it! Dang, I really require to discover some where Im at now.
It gets portrayed as this stuff you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the first time I attempted it since it had actually been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.
The accents are pure brilliant
I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a gigantic task– however I did pick a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie might say them to supply the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different sound. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I required an expert reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word might get used in the nation here and there, however was not truly a thing that Weegies state.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a quite awesome 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, however also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around pretty 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 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 actually been there as soon as, which is most likely true considering that its not a massive nation and those guys got around.
He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.
Now theres a lot of financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together along with modern-day buildings. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized 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 use for the very first book will likely discover a location later in the series.
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