When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is required to play detective– while avoiding actual investigators who are wondering why death seems to always 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 survive.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with a remarkable white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most unique wonderful skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.
He is also cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can just interact through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in peculiar freak accidents. As his individual life collapses around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while attempting to break the trick of his curse.
Glasgow is a remarkable city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of going to Scotland– and for good reason– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however far more economical. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis filled with scary Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; numerous football groups to cheer (and fight) 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 delivered to Glasgow first and from there to the remainder of the European continent. That was a great deal of cash and cancer. It was rather the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long time, however when it collapsed a few years back, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more reasonable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with contemporary structures. Basically its a wonderful city in which to set a city dream, due to the fact that pretty much anything can occur there.
There are countless dishes for ink and great deals of them are flammable
Unintentional 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 the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
I found out 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 creatures for pigments was especially unexpected to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats red or worn lipstick, youve probably been taking in or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A tiny portion of the research study I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic lovely 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.
Public transportation is quite rad
Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Most remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that usually provide an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is most likely real since its not a gigantic nation and those guys got around.
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 palate. Super happy for everybody who likes it! Dang, I really require to find some where Im at now.
For reals. And I love neeps and tatties too. It gets represented as this stuff you only consume on an attempt, and yeah, I confess 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 could while I existed, because it is not commonly readily available outside of Scotland.
The accents are pure brilliant
I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be a gigantic task– but I did choose a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie might state them to offer the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to check out. Of course, 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, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various sound. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I required an expert reader from Glasgow to take an appearance at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word might get utilized in the nation here and there, but was not actually a thing that Weegies state.
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Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but likewise has a rail and bus system that enables individuals to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that typically use an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there when, which is probably real since its not an enormous nation and those men got around.
Now theres a lot of financing and tech things taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting together with modern-day buildings. A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous beautiful rabbit hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely discover a location later in the series.
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He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, specifically the Fae.