He is likewise cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak mishaps. As his personal life falls apart around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to split 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 crime. Now Al is required to play investigator– while preventing actual detectives who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most special magical talent. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks consider going to Scotland– and for good reason– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however far more inexpensive. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; numerous 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 shipped to Glasgow first and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a whole lot of cash and cancer. It was quite the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long time, but when it collapsed a few decades earlier, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together with modern-day structures. Essentially its a fantastic city in which to set a city fantasy, because practically anything can happen there.
There are countless recipes for ink and lots of them are combustible
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 adequately in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically surprising to me. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive charming bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.
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 enables people to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that typically use 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 probably real given that its not a gigantic nation and those guys got around.
Haggis is freaking delicious
For reals. And I enjoy neeps and tatties too. It gets portrayed as this things you only consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I attempted 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. Had it as typically as I might while I existed, due to the fact that it is not extensively 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 pleased for everyone who likes it! Dang, I really require to discover some where Im at now.
The accents are pure brilliant
I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a giant job– however I did settle on a few words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie might say them to supply the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various noise. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to take an appearance 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 actually a thing that Weegies state.
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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.
Now theres a lot of finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside contemporary structures. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous lovely bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a place later in the series.
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that usually offer 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 probably real considering that its not a gigantic country and those dudes got around.
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