When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play investigator– while avoiding real investigators who are questioning why death appears to constantly 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 make it through.
Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the composed word or speech apps. As his individual life falls apart 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 cocktails– and a most distinct magical talent. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Glasgow is an impressive city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think of going to Scotland– and for excellent factor– but Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was substantial for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of decades ago, the city population basically halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of diverse architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern buildings.
There are countless recipes for ink and lots 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 went bad. Without heating up the oil sufficiently in advance, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly unexpected to me. A tiny fraction of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic beautiful 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 location later on in the series.
Public transportation 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 quickly amazed. Glasgow has a small train that circles the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to navigate quite well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to captivating wee villages that normally provide an old stone church, a bar, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is most likely real because its not a gigantic nation and those guys navigated. The relative ease of navigating both city and rural locations without owning an automobile showed me that my protagonist didnt require a vehicle. Cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage the journey.
Haggis is freaking scrumptious
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I tried that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super pleased for everybody who likes it! Dang, I actually need to discover some where Im at now.
For reals. And I like tatties and neeps too. It gets represented as this stuff you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the first time I tried it due to the fact that it had been developed in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as frequently as I might while I was there, since it is not extensively available beyond Scotland.
The accents are pure brilliant
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other areas of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word may get used in the country here and there, however was not truly a thing that Weegies state.
I didnt try to reproduce everything you hear– that would be an enormous job– but I did pick a few words and phrases to regularly render the way a Weegie might say them to supply the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, animals dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a quite awesome idea. 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, but likewise has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without an automobile– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of impressively, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that usually 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 true since its not a gigantic country and those men got around.
He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.
Now theres a lot of finance 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 together with modern-day buildings. A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive 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 place later in the series.
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