Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most unique wonderful talent. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.
When his newest 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 forced to play investigator– while preventing real investigators who are questioning 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 mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.
However he is also cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak accidents. As his individual life falls apart around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to break the secret of his curse.
Glasgow is an impressive city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think of going to Scotland– and for excellent reason– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however even more budget-friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; several 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 shipped to Glasgow first and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was an entire lot of cash and cancer. It was quite the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long period of time, however when it collapsed a few years earlier, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a great deal of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with contemporary structures. Essentially its a fantastic city in which to set an urban fantasy, due to the fact that pretty much anything can happen there.
There are thousands of dishes for ink and great deals of them are combustible
The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly surprising to me. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic lovely bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a location later in the series.
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. The main perpetrator behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells actually horrible, produces hazardous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating up the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial procedure now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.
Public transport is quite rad
Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that typically offer an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is most likely true considering that its not an enormous country and those men 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 palate. Super delighted for everybody who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I truly need to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.
It gets portrayed as this things you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had 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 replicate everything you hear– that would be a gigantic task– however I did settle on a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie might say them to supply the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple 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 totally different noise. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I needed a professional reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word may get utilized in the country here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies say.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks 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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Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern buildings. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a location later in the series.
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Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. A lot of impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating 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 been there once, which is probably real considering that its not a massive nation and those guys got around.
He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.