Kevin Hearne: Five Things I Learned Writing Ink & Sigil

When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while preventing actual investigators who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.

Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most distinct wonderful skill. 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.

But he is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak mishaps. As his individual life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to break the secret of his curse.

Glasgow is a remarkable city

Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks consider checking out Scotland– and for great reason– however Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but even more cost effective. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis filled with scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; multiple football groups to cheer (and battle) 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 a lot of cash and cancer. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long period of time, however when it collapsed a couple of decades back, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside contemporary buildings. Basically its a fantastic city in which to set a city dream, because practically anything can happen there.

There are thousands of recipes for ink and great deals of them are flammable

The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. A small portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous charming rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely find a location later on in the series.

Unexpected fires and home damage were so typical 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 ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.

Public transportation is pretty rad

Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. Many impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that usually 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 as soon as, which is most likely true given that its not a gigantic nation and those guys got around.

Haggis is freaking delicious

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 delighted for everybody who likes it! Dang, I really need to find some where Im at now.

It gets represented as this things you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I tried it because it had actually been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot.

The accents are pure fantastic

The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different sound. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas 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 might get utilized in the nation here and there, but was not truly a thing that Weegies say.

I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a giant task– however I did decide on a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie might say them to supply the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.

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Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a pretty 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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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.

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Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages 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 when, which is probably true given that its not an enormous country and those dudes got around.

Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with contemporary structures. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous lovely bunny 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 location later on in the series.

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