Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most special wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.
When his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is required to play investigator– while avoiding actual detectives who are wondering why death appears to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to endure.
However he is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak mishaps. As his personal life falls apart around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to split the secret of his curse.
Glasgow is an impressive city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think about going to Scotland– and for excellent reason– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but even more budget friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; several football teams 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 utilized 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 whole lot of money and cancer. It was quite the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of years ago, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more reasonable there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with modern-day structures. Basically its a wonderful city in which to set an urban fantasy, since basically anything can happen there.
There are countless dishes for ink and lots of them are flammable
I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly recommend as a good start, and it has an extensive bibliography for more reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats used or red lipstick, youve most likely been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic lovely rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.
Unexpected 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 heating up the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
Public transportation is quite rad
Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that usually use an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there once, which is most likely real given that its not a gigantic country and those men got around.
Haggis is freaking tasty
It gets portrayed as this stuff you just eat on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had actually been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot.
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I tried that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super happy for everyone who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually require to find some where Im at now. I miss it.
The accents are pure fantastic
Many Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other entertainment, however invest some time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a large range of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different noise. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I needed 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 frequently relate to Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get utilized in the country here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies say. Calling somebody a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.
I didnt attempt to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be a huge job– however I did settle on a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie may say them to supply the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to read. Obviously, 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 thinks tacos are a quite nifty 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 magically captivated ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.
Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that generally offer 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 real given that its not a massive country and those dudes got around.
Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern-day buildings. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous charming 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.