Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct magical skill. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.
Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just 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 trying to crack the trick of his curse.
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 crime. Now Al is required to play detective– while avoiding real detectives who are wondering why death appears to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell require the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to make it through.
Glasgow is an impressive city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks believe of going to Scotland– and for good reason– however Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however far more inexpensive. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; multiple football teams 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 utilized to be that all the New Worlds tobacco was shipped to Glasgow first and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a great deal of money and cancer. It was quite the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a very long time, however when it collapsed a few years earlier, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern-day structures. Essentially its a great city in which to set a city dream, due to the fact that pretty much anything can happen there.
There are thousands of recipes for ink and great deals of them are flammable
Unexpected 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 adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly surprising to me. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a location later in the series.
Public transport is pretty rad
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 pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. Many impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages 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 once, which is probably real considering that its not a massive country and those dudes got around.
Haggis is freaking scrumptious
It gets portrayed as this stuff you only eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced the first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had actually been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot.
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 happy for everyone who likes it! Dang, I truly require to discover some where Im at now.
The accents are pure brilliant
I didnt attempt to replicate everything you hear– that would be a gargantuan task– however I did decide on a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie may say them to offer the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various sound. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word may get utilized in the country here and there, but was not truly a thing that Weegies state.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a pretty cool 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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Glasgow has a little subway 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 travelers. Many impressively, routine 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 as soon as, which is probably true since its not an enormous nation and those men got around.
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Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting together with modern-day buildings. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive beautiful bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely find a place later on in the series.
He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.