When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. 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 need the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.
Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life collapses around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while trying to split the trick of his curse.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most special magical skill. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of checking out Scotland– and for good reason– however 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 big for a long time, however when it collapsed a few years earlier, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting together with modern-day buildings.
There are countless recipes for ink and lots of them are flammable
I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely advise as an excellent start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for additional reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats worn or red lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research study I did end up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely discover a location later in the series.
Unexpected 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 offender behind the ruckus was boiling linseed oil, which smells really awful, produces toxic vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating up the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.
Public transport is quite rad
Ive lived in locations without a decent public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly impressed. Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Many impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that typically use an old stone church, a pub, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is probably real because its not a gigantic nation and those dudes navigated. The relative ease of getting around both city and rural locations without owning a vehicle revealed me that my protagonist didnt require a cars and truck. Taxis and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not manage the journey.
Haggis is freaking delicious
For reals. And I love tatties and neeps too. It gets depicted as this stuff you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I admit I winced the very first time I tried it because it had actually been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as typically as I could while I existed, because it is not extensively readily available beyond 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, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really require to find some where Im at now. I miss it.
The accents are pure fantastic
I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a colossal task– but I did pick a few words and phrases to regularly render the way a Weegie might state them to offer the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it simple to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.
Most Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other home entertainment, however spend a long time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a large range 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 distinct from other locations of Scotland, I needed an expert reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that individuals frequently associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get used in the nation occasionally, however was not actually a thing that Weegies state. Calling somebody a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets dogs, 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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Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside contemporary buildings. A tiny 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 whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a location later in the series.
He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.
Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that normally provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is most likely real considering that its not a gigantic nation and those men got around.