Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just interact 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 trying to split the trick of his curse.
However when his most current apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is required to play detective– while avoiding real detectives who are wondering why death seems to constantly follow Al. Examining his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to make it through.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, a gratitude for craft cocktails– and a most unique magical skill. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Glasgow is a remarkable city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of visiting Scotland– and for good factor– but Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a long time, however when it collapsed a few years earlier, the city population generally cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes real estate more affordable there. Now theres a lot of finance and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing together with contemporary structures.
There are countless recipes for ink and great deals of them are combustible
I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I extremely suggest as a great start, and it has an extensive bibliography for more reading. The extensive usage of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was especially surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats used or red lipstick, youve most likely been consuming or smearing uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like prickly pear cacti.) A tiny portion 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 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.
Accidental fires and 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 spoiled. The primary culprit behind the commotion was boiling linseed oil, which smells really horrible, produces poisonous vapors, and can explode at any time. Without heating up the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial process now is much safer, but doing it the old-fashioned way is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.
Public transport is quite rad
Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that enables people to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, routine routes get you out of the city to charming wee towns that normally offer an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there once, which is most likely real considering that its not an enormous nation and those men got around.
Haggis is freaking delicious
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super delighted for everybody who likes it! Dang, I actually require to discover some where Im at now.
It gets portrayed as this stuff you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I admit I recoiled the first time I attempted it because it had actually been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, but damn, I liked it. A lot.
The accents are pure fantastic
Most Americans familiarity with the Scottish accent comes from Shrek and other entertainment, but spend a long time in Scotland and youll recognize that there are a vast array of accents throughout the country. The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, but fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get a completely different noise. Considering that the Weegie accent and dialect is distinct from other areas of Scotland, I needed a specialist reader from Glasgow to have a look at the manuscript ahead of time and make corrections. One word that needed to go that people typically connect with Scotland: Laddie. I was told that word might get utilized in the nation here and there, but was not truly a thing that Weegies say. Likewise, calling someone a jammy bastard has absolutely nothing to do with jam and even pajamas.
I didnt attempt to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a gargantuan task– however I did settle on a few words and expressions to regularly render the way a Weegie might say them to offer the flavor of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and value the accents that method.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a quite nifty 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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Now theres a lot of finance and tech stuff occurring 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. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a massive lovely rabbit hole that runs as deep background for everything 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 little train that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around quite well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. Most remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that normally use 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 real considering that its not a massive nation and those dudes got around.
He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he utilizes his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, especially the Fae.