But he is likewise cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in strange freak mishaps. As his personal life crumbles around him, he devotes 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 cocktails– and a most distinct magical skill. He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.
When his latest 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 seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to survive.
Glasgow is an impressive city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks consider visiting Scotland– and for good reason– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but much more budget-friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis complete of scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you require; multiple football groups 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 shipped to Glasgow first and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a great deal of money and cancer. It was rather the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long period of time, but when it collapsed a few decades earlier, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern-day structures. Essentially its a great city in which to set a metropolitan fantasy, because quite much anything can occur there.
There are thousands of recipes for ink and great deals 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 spoiled. The main culprit behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells truly awful, produces poisonous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating up the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial process now is much more secure, but doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.
I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as a great start, and it has a substantial bibliography for additional reading. The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or worn lipstick, youve most likely been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research I did end up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.
Public transport is pretty rad
Ive resided in places without a good public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im easily amazed. Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to navigate pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Most remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that usually provide an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed as soon as, which is probably true considering that its not an enormous nation and those dudes navigated. The relative ease of getting around both city and rural locations without owning a vehicle revealed me that my lead character didnt need an automobile. Taxis and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not deal with the journey.
Haggis is freaking tasty
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super delighted for everyone who likes it! Dang, I actually need to discover some where Im at now.
For reals. And I enjoy neeps and tatties too. It gets depicted as this things you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess I winced the very first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had actually been built up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as typically as I could while I existed, since it is not extensively offered outside of Scotland.
The accents are pure dazzling
I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be a giant task– but I did choose a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the way a Weegie may state them to provide the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely different sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is unique 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. I was told that word might get utilized in the country here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies state.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also believes tacos are a pretty cool 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 small train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that generally offer an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there as soon as, which is probably real given that its not an enormous country and those guys got around.
He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.
Now theres a lot of finance and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with contemporary buildings. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous beautiful rabbit 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 location later on in the series.