Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most unique wonderful skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.
When his newest 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 detective– while preventing actual detectives who are wondering 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 naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.
Anybody 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 crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the secret of his curse.
Glasgow is a remarkable city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of visiting Scotland– and for great reason– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was quite the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of decades ago, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing together along with modern-day structures.
There are countless recipes for ink and lots of them are combustible
Unintentional fires and property 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 sufficiently in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly advise as a good start, and it has an extensive bibliography for additional reading. The widespread usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially unexpected 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 tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely find a place later on in the series.
Public transportation is pretty rad
Ive resided in locations without a decent public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily pleased. Glasgow has a small subway that circles the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Many impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns 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 real considering that its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around. The relative ease of getting around both city and rural locations without owning an automobile showed me that my protagonist didnt need a vehicle. Cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.
Haggis is freaking tasty
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I tried 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 actually require to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.
It gets portrayed as this things you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess I winced the 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.
The accents are pure fantastic
I didnt attempt to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a colossal job– however I did settle 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 (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
Many Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other entertainment, but spend a long time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a large range of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various sound. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I required an expert reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that individuals typically connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word may get used in the country here and there, but was not truly a thing that Weegies say. Calling someone a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise 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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Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with contemporary buildings. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful rabbit hole that runs 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 on in the series.
He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.
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Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that normally 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 most likely true considering that its not an enormous nation and those guys got around.