Anyone 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 collapses around him, he commits his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the secret of his curse.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails– and a most distinct wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.
However when his most current apprentice, Gordie, shows 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 investigator– while preventing real investigators who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell need the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to make it through.
Glasgow is an impressive city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of going to Scotland– and for good reason– however Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was quite the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was substantial for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of years ago, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side alongside modern-day structures.
There are countless dishes for ink and great deals of them are flammable
Unexpected fires and residential or commercial 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 spoiled. The main perpetrator behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells really dreadful, produces poisonous vapors, and can take off at any time. Without warming the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much more secure, however doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.
I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely recommend as a good start, and it has an extensive bibliography for further reading. The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was especially surprising to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats used or red lipstick, youve probably been smearing or taking in uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A small portion of the research study I did end up being used in the book; it was a gigantic lovely rabbit hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a location later in the series.
Public transport is pretty rad
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that typically use an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is probably true given that its not a massive nation and those men got around.
Haggis is freaking tasty
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, due to the fact that I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super happy for everyone who likes it! Dang, I actually require to discover some where Im at now.
It gets represented as this things you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess 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, however damn, I liked it. A lot.
The accents are pure fantastic
I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be a gigantic job– however I did pick a couple of words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie may state them to supply the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different noise. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations of Scotland, I needed a professional reader from Glasgow to take an appearance 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 actually a thing that Weegies state.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a quite clever 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 magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.
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 quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. Most 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 been there as soon as, which is probably real considering that its not an enormous nation and those guys got around.
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Now theres a lot of financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting together with modern-day structures. A small fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic charming bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the first book will likely find a place later in the series.