However when his most current apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is required to play investigator– while preventing actual investigators who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most special wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. As his individual life collapses around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to split the trick of his curse.
Glasgow is an impressive city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks consider checking out Scotland– and for great reason– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but even more budget friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis full of spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; multiple football groups to cheer (and battle) 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 delivered to Glasgow initially and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a lot of money and cancer. It was rather the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long time, however when it collapsed a few decades earlier, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a great deal of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting along with modern-day structures. Generally its a great city in which to set a city dream, since quite much anything can take place there.
There are countless recipes for ink and lots of them are flammable
Unexpected fires and home damage were so typical in the old days that inkmakers needed to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit spoiled. The main offender behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly awful, produces poisonous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating up the oil sufficiently in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial procedure now is much more secure, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.
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 an extensive bibliography for more reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats red or worn lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny portion of the research I did end up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous lovely rabbit 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.
Public transportation is pretty rad
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that normally provide an old stone church, a bar, 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 gigantic country and those guys got around.
Haggis is freaking scrumptious
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, due to the fact that I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super delighted for everybody who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually need to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.
For reals. And I enjoy neeps and tatties too. It gets depicted as this things you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I tried it because 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 existed, due to the fact that it is not extensively readily available outside of Scotland.
The accents are pure dazzling
I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a colossal task– however I did decide on a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the method a Weegie may say them to supply the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different sound. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations 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 country here and there, however was not truly a thing that Weegies say.
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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.
Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Many impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that usually offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is most likely real because its not an enormous nation and those men got around.
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Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different 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 operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.