But he is likewise cursed. Anybody who hears his voice will start to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep passing away in strange freak mishaps. As his personal life falls apart around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the trick 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 distinct wonderful talent. He can cast spells with amazingly captivated ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.
However when his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al finds evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. Now Al is required to play investigator– while preventing actual detectives 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 help of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.
Glasgow is an amazing city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a lot of attention when folks think about going to Scotland– and for great reason– however Glasgow has layers, like onions and ogres and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, however even more budget friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with spooky Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; numerous football groups to cheer (and battle) 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 rest of the European continent. That was a great deal of cash and cancer. It was quite the industrial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding market was big for a very long time, but when it collapsed a couple of years back, the city population essentially halved from 1.2 million to 600k– part of what makes housing more affordable there. Now theres a lot of financing and tech things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this fantastic richness of varied architecture and neighborhood owing to its long history existing side-by-side together with modern-day structures. Basically its a fantastic city in which to set a metropolitan 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
Unexpected fires and property damage were so typical in the old days that inkmakers needed 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 truly terrible, produces hazardous vapors, and can blow up at any time. Without heating the oil adequately ahead of time, the ink would dry too gradually, take in oxygen, and polymerize like rubber. The industrial process now is much safer, but doing it the old-fashioned method is flirting with spontaneously flammable doom.
I found out a lot about the history of inkmaking from Ink by Ted Bishop, which I highly suggest as a great start, and it has a comprehensive bibliography for more reading. The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean creatures for pigments was particularly surprising to me. (If youve ever eaten food thats worn or red lipstick, youve probably been smearing or consuming uponst thy lips the vibrant guts of bugs who like irritable pear cacti.) A small portion of the research I did end up being utilized in the book; it was a massive beautiful rabbit hole that operates as deep background for everything Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely find a location later on in the series.
Public transportation is pretty rad
Ive lived in locations without a good public transportation system most all my life, so whenever Im in a city that has it, Im quickly satisfied. Glasgow has a small train that circles the city core, but also has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without a cars and truck– which is what we did as travelers. Many impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee towns that generally use an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had existed as soon as, which is probably true considering that its not a gigantic country and those men got around. The relative ease of navigating both urban and rural locations without owning a vehicle showed me that my lead character didnt require a vehicle. Cabs and hitchhiking would pick up the slack whenever public transportation and a stretch of the legs could not handle the journey.
Haggis is freaking tasty
For reals. And I love tatties and neeps too. It gets depicted as this things you only eat on a dare, and yeah, I admit I winced the very first time I attempted it due to the fact that it had actually been constructed up in my head as A Gross Thing You Will Only Try Once, however damn, I liked it. A lot. Had it as frequently as I could while I was there, due to the fact that it is not widely offered beyond Scotland.
Now, as a counterpoint: I am not a fan of black pudding, since I attempted that too and it did unkind things to my taste buds. Super happy for everybody who likes it! Dang, I really need to discover some where Im at now.
The accents are pure dazzling
The Glaswegian (or Weegie) accent is its own thing, however fifty miles away in Edinburgh you get an entirely various sound. Because the Weegie accent and dialect is unique from other locations 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 may get utilized in the country here and there, but was not really a thing that Weegies say.
I didnt try to recreate whatever you hear– that would be a gigantic job– but I did choose a couple of words and expressions to consistently render the method a Weegie might state them to supply the taste of the language while (ideally) keeping it simple to check out. Of course, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a quite awesome 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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Now theres a lot of financing and tech stuff happening in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of diverse architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern structures. A small portion of the research study I did wound up being used in the book; it was a gigantic charming rabbit hole that runs 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.
He can cast spells with amazingly enchanted ink and he uses his presents to safeguard our world from rogue minions of different pantheons, specifically the Fae.
Glasgow has a little subway that circles around the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that allows people to get around pretty well without a vehicle– which is what we did as travelers. The majority of impressively, regular paths get you out of the city to charming wee villages that typically offer an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had been there when, which is probably true because its not an enormous nation and those dudes got around.