Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the written word or speech apps. As his individual life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to split the secret of his curse.
When his most current 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 investigators who are wondering why death appears to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the aid of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most special magical skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of going to Scotland– and for great factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but even more budget friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis complete of creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; multiple 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 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 lot of cash and cancer. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was huge for a long period of time, but when it collapsed a couple of years back, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more sensible there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting along with modern structures. Essentially its a great city in which to set a city fantasy, since practically anything can occur there.
There are thousands of recipes for ink and lots of them are combustible
I learned a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as an excellent start, and it has a substantial bibliography for additional reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats used or red lipstick, youve most likely been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic lovely bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever 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 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 primary offender behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells actually horrible, produces poisonous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial process now is much safer, however doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.
Public transportation is quite rad
Ive resided in locations without a decent public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly amazed. Glasgow has a little train that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that generally 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 as soon as, which is most likely true because its not an enormous country and those guys navigated. The relative ease of navigating both rural and city locations without owning a lorry revealed me that my lead character didnt need a vehicle. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not deal with the journey.
Haggis is freaking scrumptious
For reals. And I enjoy neeps and tatties too. It gets depicted as this things you only consume on a dare, 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 was there, since it is not extensively readily available outside of Scotland.
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, due to the fact that I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everybody who likes it, though! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually require to find some where Im at now. I miss it.
The accents are pure brilliant
I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a gargantuan task– but I did settle on a few words and phrases to regularly render the way a Weegie may say them to provide the taste of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
A lot of 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 vast array of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect stands out 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. One word that needed to go that individuals typically relate to Scotland: Laddie. I was informed that word might get utilized in the nation occasionally, however was not actually a thing that Weegies say. Calling somebody a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam or even pajamas.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise thinks 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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Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern structures. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous beautiful rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the first book will likely discover a location later in the series.
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He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.
Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that generally provide an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there once, which is most likely true given that its not a massive country and those men got around.