Unapologetic, Unfiltered & Hilarious
„Ink & Sigil“ is the first book in a new fantasy series by Kevin Hearne that will have you crying your eyes out with laughter. Al MacBharrais, a Sigil Agent in his sixties, is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache and a unique magical talent. His curse, however, prevents him from speaking ... „Ink & Sigil“ is the first book in a new fantasy series by Kevin Hearne that will have you crying your eyes out with laughter. Al MacBharrais, a Sigil Agent in his sixties, is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache and a unique magical talent. His curse, however, prevents him from speaking out loud too much because people will develop extreme hatred toward him otherwise. On top of that his apprentices keep dying on him under the strangest of circumstances. Together with his sidekick hobgoblin who calls himself Buck Foi, MacBharrais sets out to find a way to lift his curse and also figure out what kind of trouble his recently deceased apprentice had managed to get himself into. After many disappointments, I finally found a fantasy novel that was as hilarious as the synopsis made it out to be. The story itself is enjoyable enough, but what really makes „Ink & Sigil“ great is the way it is told. MacBharrais narrates it in such a dry, unapologetic and unfiltered way, with hilarious snide comments sprinkled in here and there, that I had to chuckle pretty much from start to finish. If you haven’t guessed already, the story is set in Scotland, so that explains everything and is exactly what drew me to the book in the first place. Since I listend to the audiobook version of „Ink & Sigil“, I can’t not sing the praises of the narrator, Luke Daniels. He is just perfect and his way of telling the story probably one of the main reasons why I enjoyed it so much. I recommend this book to everyone who loves humorous fantasy.
Ink & Sigil: From the World of the Iron Druid Chronicles
From the world of The Iron Druid Chronicles
New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne returns to the world of his beloved Iron Druid Chronicles in a spin-off series about an eccentric master of rare magic solving an uncanny mystery in Scotland.
“A terrific kick-off of a new, action-packed, enchantingly fun series.”—Booklist
Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails—and a most unique magical talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.
But he is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak accidents. As his personal life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his curse.
But when his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play detective—while avoiding actual detectives who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentice’s death will take him through Scotland’s magical underworld, and he’ll need the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if he’s to survive.
Kevin Hearne hugs trees, pets doggies, and rocks out to heavy metal. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty idea. He is the author of The Seven Kennings series and the
New York Times bestselling series The Iron Druid Chronicles, and co-author of The Tales of Pell with Delilah S. Dawson.