Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique magical talent. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.
He is likewise cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak accidents. As his personal life falls apart around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to break the trick of his curse.
When his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is forced to play detective– while preventing real investigators who are wondering why death appears to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think of going to Scotland– and for excellent factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however far 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 need; 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 utilized to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was delivered to Glasgow first and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a great deal of money and cancer. It was rather the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long period of time, but when it collapsed a few years ago, the city population essentially cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with modern structures. Basically its a wonderful city in which to set an urban fantasy, due to the fact that pretty much anything can happen there.
There are countless dishes for ink and lots of them are flammable
The widespread use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially unexpected to me. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous beautiful bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a location later in the series.
Accidental fires and home damage were so common in the old days that inkmakers needed to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit spoiled. The primary perpetrator behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells really dreadful, produces toxic vapors, and can take off at any time. Without heating up the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial procedure now is much more secure, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.
Public transportation is quite rad
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically use an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is most likely real because its not a gigantic nation and those men got around.
Haggis is freaking scrumptious
For reals. And I enjoy tatties and neeps too. It gets depicted as this things you only eat on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I tried it due to the fact that 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. Had it as often as I might while I existed, since it is not commonly readily available beyond Scotland.
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, due to the fact that I tried that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super delighted for everybody who likes it! Dang, I truly need to find some where Im at now.
The accents are pure fantastic
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various sound. Given that 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. I was informed that word may get used in the nation here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies say.
I didnt attempt to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a huge job– however I did pick a few words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie might state them to supply the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a quite clever 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 subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. Many remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that typically provide an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is most likely true because its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around.
He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.
Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern structures. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous lovely rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.