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. As his individual life crumbles around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to crack the secret of his curse.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an amazing white moustache, a gratitude for craft mixed drinks– and a most unique magical talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his presents to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.
But when his newest apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds proof that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is required to play investigator– while avoiding real detectives who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentices death will take him through Scotlands wonderful underworld, and hell require the assistance of a mischievous hobgoblin if hes to endure.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks believe of visiting Scotland– and for good reason– but Glasgow has layers, like ogres and onions and parfaits. It was rather the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a long time, however when it collapsed a couple of decades back, the city population basically cut in half from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history existing together along with contemporary buildings.
There are thousands of recipes for ink and great deals of them are flammable
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 an extensive bibliography for further reading. The extensive use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was particularly unexpected 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 irritable pear cacti.) A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was a gigantic charming bunny hole that operates as deep background for whatever Al does, and a few of it that I didnt use for the very first book will likely discover a place later on in the series.
Accidental fires and property damage were so common in the old days that inkmakers needed to do their thing outside city walls on a calm day in case shit spoiled. The primary offender behind the racket was boiling linseed oil, which smells really awful, produces poisonous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating up the oil sufficiently ahead of time, the ink would dry too slowly, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The commercial process now is much more secure, but doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously combustible doom.
Public transportation is pretty rad
Ive resided in places without a decent public transport system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly impressed. Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that enables people to navigate pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Most impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that generally offer an old stone church, a pub, great deals of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is probably true given that its not an enormous country and those men navigated. The relative ease of getting around both city and rural locations without owning an automobile revealed me that my protagonist didnt require a cars and truck. Taxi cabs and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs could not handle the journey.
Haggis is freaking tasty
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, because I tried that too and it did unkind things to my palate. Super pleased for everyone who likes it! Dang, I truly require to discover some where Im at now.
It gets portrayed as this things you only eat on an attempt, and yeah, I admit I winced the first time I attempted it since 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 brilliant
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various noise. Given that the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations 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 may get utilized in the nation here and there, however was not actually a thing that Weegies say.
I didnt try to reproduce whatever you hear– that would be an enormous job– but I did pick a couple of words and phrases to regularly render the way a Weegie may say them to supply the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it easy to read. Naturally, you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a quite nifty 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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He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.
Glasgow has a small subway that circles around the city core, however also has a rail and bus system that permits people to get around quite well without an automobile– which is what we did as tourists. Most impressively, routine paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that usually 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 when, which is probably true because its not a gigantic country and those dudes got around.
Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern-day structures. A small portion of the research I did wound up being utilized 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 place later on in the series.