However when his latest 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 investigator– while avoiding real detectives who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.
He is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak mishaps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the trick of his curse.
Glasgow is an impressive city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of going to Scotland– and for good factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. It was rather the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of decades earlier, the city population generally halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting alongside contemporary structures.
There are countless recipes for ink and lots of them are flammable
Accidental 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. Without heating up the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely advise as a great start, and it has a substantial bibliography for additional reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats red or used lipstick, youve most likely been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.
Public transport is pretty rad
Ive lived in locations without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily impressed. Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to charming 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 existed once, which is most likely real considering that its not a gigantic country and those guys got around. The relative ease of navigating both city and rural locations without owning an automobile revealed me that my lead character didnt require a car. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt handle the journey.
Haggis is freaking scrumptious
For reals. And I like tatties and neeps too. It gets represented as this things you only consume on a dare, and yeah, I admit I winced the first time I attempted it since it had actually been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as frequently as I might while I was there, due to the fact that it is not commonly available outside of Scotland.
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since 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 truly need to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.
The accents are pure dazzling
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various noise. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct 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 used in the nation here and there, but was not truly a thing that Weegies say.
I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a huge job– but I did choose a couple of words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie may state them to offer the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a pretty clever 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 utilizes his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.
Now theres a lot of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with contemporary buildings. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely find a location later on in the series.
Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee villages that normally use an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there once, which is most likely real since its not a massive country and those guys got around.
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