Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most distinct magical talent. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his personal life falls apart around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to break the secret of his curse.
When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding real detectives who are questioning why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of going to Scotland– and for excellent factor– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of decades back, the city population generally halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with modern-day structures.
There are thousands of recipes for ink and lots of them are flammable
Unexpected fires and property 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 sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive lovely rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a location later in the series.
Public transport is quite rad
Ive lived in places without a decent public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly pleased. 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 pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that normally use an old stone church, a bar, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is most likely real because its not a gigantic country and those guys navigated. The relative ease of navigating both rural and metropolitan areas without owning a lorry revealed me that my lead character didnt need a vehicle. Cabs and hitchhiking would select up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not manage the journey.
Haggis is freaking tasty
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everybody who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really need to find some where Im at now. I miss it.
It gets portrayed as this things you only eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced the very first time I tried it since 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.
The accents are pure brilliant
I didnt try to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a giant job– however I did choose a few words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie may state them to supply the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to read. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
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 wide variety of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely various noise. Considering that 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. One word that had to go that people typically relate to Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get used in the nation here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies say. Calling someone a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a pretty 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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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.
Now theres a lot 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 existing together alongside modern-day structures. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful rabbit hole that runs 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 on in the series.
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 travelers. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that normally provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is probably real since its not an enormous country and those guys got around.
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