Anyone who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the written word or speech apps. As his personal life falls apart around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while attempting to split the trick of his curse.
When his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal activity. Now Al is required to play detective– while preventing actual detectives who are questioning why death appears to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique magical skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of visiting Scotland– and for good factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however 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; numerous 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 delivered to Glasgow first and from there to the rest of the European continent. That was a whole lot of cash and cancer. It was quite the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was substantial for a long period of time, but when it collapsed a few decades back, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a great deal of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern-day structures. Basically its a fantastic city in which to set a metropolitan dream, due to the fact that quite much anything can take place there.
There are countless dishes for ink and lots of them are flammable
I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as a good start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for additional reading. The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats used or red lipstick, youve probably been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research I did end up being used in the book; it was a massive charming bunny hole that runs 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 in the series.
Accidental 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 the oil adequately beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
Public transportation is quite rad
Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that usually use an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there once, which is most likely true since its not a massive nation and those dudes got around.
Haggis is freaking tasty
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super pleased for everyone who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I really need to find some where Im at now. I miss it.
It gets depicted as this things you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I admit I winced the first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot.
The accents are pure dazzling
I didnt try to recreate everything you hear– that would be a big job– but I did choose a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie might say them to offer the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different noise. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct 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 informed that word may get utilized in the country here and there, but was not actually a thing that Weegies state.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty 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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Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern buildings. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic lovely bunny 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 find a place later on in the series.
Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that typically use an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is probably real considering that its not a gigantic nation and those guys got around.
He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.