However 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 forced to play detective– while avoiding real detectives who are questioning why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to make it through.
He is also cursed. 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. And his apprentices keep dying in strange freak accidents. As his personal life collapses around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while trying to break the secret of his curse.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most unique magical skill. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, particularly the Fae.
Glasgow is an exceptional 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 onions and ogres and parfaits. It was rather the industrial center in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a long time, but when it collapsed a couple of decades earlier, 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 stuff taking place in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern-day structures.
There are thousands of recipes for ink and great deals of them are combustible
Accidental fires and residential or commercial property 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 warming the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
I discovered a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as an excellent start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for more reading. The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was specifically unexpected to me. (If youve ever consumed food thats worn or red lipstick, youve probably been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the colorful guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A tiny portion of the research I did wound up being used in the book; it was an enormous charming bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.
Public transport is quite rad
Glasgow has a small train that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of remarkably, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that normally provide an old stone church, a club, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is most likely real given that its not a gigantic nation and those men got around.
Haggis is freaking delicious
For reals. And I enjoy neeps and tatties too. It gets portrayed as this things you only consume on an attempt, 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 frequently as I might while I existed, because it is not widely available outside of Scotland.
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 truly require to find some where Im at now.
The accents are pure brilliant
I didnt attempt to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a colossal task– but I did settle on a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie may say them to supply the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that method.
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a totally various sound. Since the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I needed an expert reader from Glasgow to take a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. I was informed that word might get used in the country here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies state.
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He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.
Now theres a lot of finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of different architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting along with contemporary buildings. A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized 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 use for the first book will likely discover a place later in the series.
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows individuals to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as tourists. Many impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that normally offer 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 probably true since its not a massive nation and those guys got around.