But when his most current 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 avoiding actual detectives who are questioning why death seems 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 endure.
However he is also cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak accidents. As his individual life falls apart around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to break the secret of his curse.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks believe of visiting Scotland– and for great factor– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however far more cost effective. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; 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 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 industry was big for a long period of time, but when it collapsed a couple of decades back, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a great deal of financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing together alongside modern-day structures. Basically its a wonderful city in which to set a metropolitan dream, because basically anything can happen there.
There are thousands of recipes for ink and lots of them are flammable
I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely recommend as a great start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for more reading. The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats used or red lipstick, youve probably been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research study I did end up being used in the book; it was a massive charming rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.
Unexpected fires and residential or commercial 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 heating up the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
Public transportation is quite rad
Ive lived in places without a decent public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly amazed. Glasgow has a small subway that circles the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows people to navigate quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that typically use an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed as soon as, which is most likely real considering that its not a gigantic nation and those dudes navigated. The relative ease of navigating both rural and metropolitan locations without owning a car showed me that my lead character didnt require a cars and truck. Taxis and hitchhiking would choose up the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not manage the journey.
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 palate. Super delighted for everyone who likes it! Dang, I actually require to find some where Im at now.
It gets portrayed as this stuff you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I admit I winced the first time I attempted it since it had actually been constructed 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
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various sound. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I required an expert reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was told that word might get used in the country here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies state.
I didnt attempt to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a giant task– but I did settle on a few words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie might state them to supply the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a quite awesome concept. 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 train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that typically use 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 given that its not a massive country and those guys got around.
Now theres a lot of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside contemporary structures. A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous charming rabbit 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 on in the series.
He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.