He is likewise cursed. Anyone 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. And his apprentices keep passing away in strange freak mishaps. As his personal life falls apart around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to split the secret of his curse.
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 offense. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding actual investigators who are questioning why death appears to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the assistance of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most unique wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Glasgow is an impressive city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for excellent factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and trolls and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but much more affordable. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; numerous football groups 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 utilized 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 great deal of cash and cancer. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of years back, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more sensible there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together along with modern buildings. Essentially its a great city in which to set a metropolitan fantasy, due to the fact that basically anything can happen there.
There are countless dishes for ink and lots of them are combustible
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 warming the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly advise as an excellent start, and it has a substantial bibliography for further reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or used lipstick, youve probably been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research I did end 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 utilize for the very first book will likely discover a location later in the series.
Public transport is quite rad
Ive lived in places without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily pleased. Glasgow has a little subway that circles 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. A lot of impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that generally offer an old stone church, a bar, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed once, which is probably real given that its not a massive country and those guys got around. The relative ease of getting around both urban and rural areas without owning an automobile revealed me that my protagonist didnt require a vehicle. Cabs and hitchhiking would pick up the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt deal with the journey.
Haggis is freaking scrumptious
For reals. And I like neeps and tatties too. It gets portrayed as this stuff you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the very first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as frequently as I could while I existed, because it is not commonly 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 everybody who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I truly require to find some where Im at now. I miss it.
The accents are pure dazzling
I didnt attempt to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a gargantuan job– but I did choose a few words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie may state them to provide the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct 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, but was not actually a thing that Weegies state.
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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.
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 existing side-by-side together with modern-day structures. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic charming rabbit hole that runs 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 on in the series.
Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically use 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 probably true because its not a massive nation and those men got around.
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