When his newest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is required to play investigator– while avoiding real investigators who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to make it through.
However he is also cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in strange freak accidents. As his personal life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to break the trick 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 unique magical talent. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.
Glasgow is a remarkable city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of checking out Scotland– and for good reason– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was rather the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of decades back, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern structures.
There are thousands of recipes for ink and lots of them are flammable
I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly suggest as a great start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for further reading. The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats used or red lipstick, youve most likely been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive lovely bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.
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. The primary offender behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells actually horrible, produces harmful vapors, and can explode at any time. Without warming the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial procedure now is much more secure, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.
Public transport is pretty rad
Ive resided in locations without a decent public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly impressed. Glasgow has a little train that circles the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows people to navigate pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Most remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that typically use an old stone church, a pub, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is probably real because its not a massive country and those men navigated. The relative ease of getting around both city and rural areas without owning a lorry revealed me that my lead character didnt need a cars and truck. Taxis and hitchhiking would pick up the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.
Haggis is freaking delicious
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 happy for everybody who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I truly require to find some where Im at now. I miss it.
It gets portrayed as this things you only eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced the first time I tried it since it had been developed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot.
The accents are pure brilliant
I didnt attempt to replicate whatever you hear– that would be a huge task– but I did settle on a couple of words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie might say them to offer the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to read. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and value the accents that way.
Most Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent originates from Shrek and other entertainment, however invest some time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a wide variety of accents throughout the nation. 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 stands out from other areas of Scotland, I needed a professional reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that individuals frequently connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get used in the country here and there, but was not truly a thing that Weegies say. Also, calling someone a jammy bastard has definitely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks tacos are a quite nifty 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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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.
Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern structures. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful bunny hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely discover a place later in the series.
Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but 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. The majority of impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that normally provide 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 since its not an enormous country and those dudes got around.