When his most current apprentice, Gordie, turns 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 avoiding actual investigators who are questioning why death appears to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands magical underworld, and hell need the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.
Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only interact through the written word or speech apps. As his individual life collapses around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the trick of his curse.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most special wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to secure 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 going to Scotland– and for great reason– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was quite the commercial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was huge for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of decades back, the city population generally 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 stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern-day structures.
There are countless recipes for ink and lots of them are flammable
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. Without heating up the oil adequately in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, soak up oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as a good start, and it has a substantial bibliography for additional reading. The prevalent usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically unexpected 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 irritable pear cacti.) A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous charming bunny 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 discover a location later on in the series.
Public transportation is quite rad
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. The majority of remarkably, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that typically offer an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there once, which is probably real because its not a massive country and those guys got around.
Haggis is freaking tasty
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 taste buds. Super pleased for everyone who likes it! You can have mine. Ill trade you for your haggis. Dang, I actually require to discover some where Im at now. I miss it.
For reals. And I like tatties and neeps too. It gets portrayed as this things you just consume on a dare, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the first time I tried it because it had been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as often as I might while I existed, due to the fact that it is not widely available beyond Scotland.
The accents are pure dazzling
I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be a gigantic job– but I did choose a few words and phrases to regularly render the method a Weegie might say them to supply the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally different noise. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I required a specialist reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word might get utilized in the nation here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies say.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, 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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Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to captivating wee towns that generally offer 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 most likely real considering that its not an enormous nation and those men got around.
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Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with modern buildings. A small fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous lovely 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 find a place later on in the series.
He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, especially the Fae.