But when his latest apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is required to play investigator– while avoiding actual investigators who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.
Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his individual life crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to break the secret of his curse.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most unique magical talent. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted 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 great deal of attention when folks think about going to Scotland– and for great factor– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however even more cost effective. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis filled with scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; numerous football teams 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 used to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was shipped to Glasgow initially and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a lot of money and cancer. It was rather the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long period of time, however when it collapsed a couple of years earlier, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting along with modern-day structures. Basically its a wonderful city in which to set a city dream, due to the fact that basically anything can occur there.
There are countless recipes for ink and lots of them are combustible
I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly recommend as a good start, and it has a substantial bibliography for further reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or used lipstick, youve probably been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research study I did end up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous charming rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.
Unintentional fires and home 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 ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
Public transport is quite rad
Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages 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 most likely real since its not a massive country and those dudes got around.
Haggis is freaking scrumptious
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 happy for everyone who likes it! Dang, I truly need to discover some where Im at now.
For reals. And I love neeps and tatties too. It gets depicted as this stuff you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled the very first time I tried it due to the fact that it had 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 often as I might while I existed, since it is not extensively readily available outside of Scotland.
The accents are pure brilliant
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various noise. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I required an expert reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word may get utilized in the country here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies state.
I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a colossal job– however I did settle on a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the way a Weegie may state them to offer the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks 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 train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite 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 villages that usually offer an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is most likely true given that its not a gigantic nation and those men got around.
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Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern-day structures. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a location later on in the series.
He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.