But when his most current apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced 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 need the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.
He is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak accidents. As his personal life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the trick of his curse.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct wonderful talent. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.
Glasgow is a remarkable city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think about going to Scotland– and for excellent reason– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres 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 filled with creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; 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 used 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 lot of cash and cancer. It was rather the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long period of time, however when it collapsed a couple of decades ago, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern buildings. Generally its a great city in which to set an urban fantasy, due to the fact that practically anything can occur there.
There are thousands of dishes for ink and lots of them are combustible
Unexpected fires and property damage were so typical 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 beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically surprising to me. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous charming bunny hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a place later in the series.
Public transport is quite rad
Ive resided in places 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 train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to navigate quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that generally offer an old stone church, a club, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is most likely true because its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around. The relative ease of navigating both rural and urban locations without owning a vehicle revealed me that my protagonist didnt require a car. Cabs and hitchhiking would choose up the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not deal with the journey.
Haggis is freaking tasty
It gets depicted as this stuff you just eat on a dare, and yeah, I confess 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, however damn, I liked it. A lot.
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 everybody who likes it! Dang, I really require to find some where Im at now.
The accents are pure fantastic
Most Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other home entertainment, however spend some time in Scotland and youll acknowledge that there are a broad range of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various sound. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other locations of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that had to go that individuals frequently associate with Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word might get utilized in the country occasionally, however was not really a thing that Weegies say. Likewise, calling somebody a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or perhaps pajamas.
I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a colossal task– however I did pick a couple of words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie may state them to provide the taste 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 method.
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Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern structures. A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a massive lovely bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely find a location later in the series.
He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.
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Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that typically provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is probably real considering that its not a gigantic nation and those dudes got around.