But he is likewise cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel a mysterious hatred for Al, so he can just communicate through the composed word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak mishaps. As his individual life falls apart around him, he dedicates his life to his work, all the while attempting to break the trick of his curse.
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft mixed drinks– and a most distinct magical talent. He can cast spells with magically captivated ink and he utilizes his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, particularly the Fae.
However when his latest apprentice, Gordie, shows up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of criminal offense. 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 magical underworld, and hell require the aid of a naughty hobgoblin if hes to survive.
Glasgow is an impressive city
Edinburgh and the Highlands get a great deal of attention when folks think about checking out Scotland– and for great factor– however Glasgow has layers, like trolls and onions and parfaits. Its the third-largest city in the UK behind London and Birmingham, but far more budget-friendly. It has universities, plural; a 37-acre Necropolis loaded with creepy Victorian-era gravesites and mausoleums for all the goth vibes you need; several 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 lot of cash and cancer. It was rather the commercial hub in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the shipbuilding industry was big for a very long time, however when it collapsed a few decades earlier, the city population generally 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 things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this terrific richness of different architecture and community owing to its long history existing side-by-side along with modern structures. Basically its a wonderful city in which to set a city dream, because pretty much anything can take place there.
There are countless recipes for ink and lots of them are combustible
Unexpected fires and home 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 warming the oil sufficiently beforehand, the ink would dry too gradually, absorb oxygen, and polymerize like rubber.
The prevalent use of bugs (like cochineal) and squishy ocean animals for pigments was specifically surprising to me. A small fraction 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 utilize for the first book will likely discover a place later in the series.
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 amazed. Glasgow has a little subway that circles the city core, however likewise has a rail and bus system that permits individuals to get around pretty well without a car– which is what we did as tourists. A lot of remarkably, regular routes get you out of the city to lovely wee villages that usually provide an old stone church, a pub, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually existed as soon as, which is most likely true since its not a gigantic nation and those dudes got around. The relative ease of navigating both rural and urban areas without owning a lorry revealed me that my protagonist didnt need a car. Taxis and hitchhiking would get the slack whenever public transport and a stretch of the legs couldnt manage 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 taste buds. Super happy for everyone who likes it! Dang, I actually require to discover some where Im at now.
It gets portrayed as this stuff you only consume on a dare, and yeah, I confess I recoiled 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.
The accents are pure fantastic
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 distinct 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 used in the nation here and there, however was not really a thing that Weegies state.
I didnt try to reproduce everything you hear– that would be a gargantuan job– but I did pick a couple of words and phrases to consistently render the method a Weegie may say them to offer the flavor of the language while (hopefully) keeping it easy to check out. Obviously, you can listen to the audiobook told by Luke Daniels and appreciate the accents that way.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, family pets dogs, and rocks out to heavy metal. He likewise believes tacos are a pretty cool 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 things occurring in Glasgow, and the city has this wonderful richness of varied architecture and community owing to its long history coexisting alongside modern-day buildings. A tiny fraction of the research I did wound up being utilized in the book; it was an enormous lovely bunny hole that runs as deep background for whatever Al does, and some of it that I didnt utilize for the very first book will likely discover a place later in the series.
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He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to secure our world from rogue minions of numerous pantheons, particularly the Fae.
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 pretty well without a car– which is what we did as travelers. Many remarkably, regular paths get you out of the city to lovely wee towns that normally use an old stone church, a bar, lots of sheep, and a claim that either William Wallace or Rob Roy MacGregor had actually been there as soon as, which is most likely true given that its not a massive nation and those dudes got around.