However he is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak mishaps. As his individual life falls apart around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the trick of his curse.
When his newest 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 required to play detective– while preventing real investigators who are questioning why death seems to constantly follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for great reason– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls 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 full of creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; several football groups 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 used to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was shipped 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 substantial for a very long time, however 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 housing more affordable there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern-day structures. Essentially its a great city in which to set an urban fantasy, because pretty much anything can occur there.
There are thousands of dishes for ink and lots of them are combustible
The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. A small fraction of the research study 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 very first book will likely find a place later in the series.
Unintentional 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. The primary culprit behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells actually dreadful, produces poisonous vapors, and can explode at any time. Without heating up the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial procedure now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.
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 small subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that normally offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed as soon as, which is most likely true because its not a gigantic nation and those guys got around. The relative ease of navigating both urban and rural areas without owning an automobile showed me that my protagonist didnt require an automobile. Taxis and hitchhiking would pick up the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.
Haggis is freaking tasty
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everyone who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually need to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.
It gets portrayed as this things you only consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I tried it due to the fact that it had been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.
The accents are pure fantastic
The majority of Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other entertainment, however spend a long time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a broad variety of accents throughout the nation. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I required a professional reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that people often associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word may get used in the nation here and there, however was not truly a thing that Weegies state. Likewise, calling someone a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam and even pajamas.
I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be a gargantuan task– but I did choose a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie may state them to offer the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a quite nifty idea. 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 secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.
Now theres a lot of finance 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 structures. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a place later in the series.
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Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that typically provide 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 most likely real given that its not a gigantic nation and those guys got around.