Ink & Sigil: From the world of The Iron Druid Chronicles: 1 Hardcover – Import, 25 August 2020
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“Goodness, this book was funny, so funny. . . . What a unique, entertaining and complex protagonist. . . . If you’ve ever been curious about the author’s work, this would be the perfect opportunity to jump on board.”—The BiblioSanctum
“With Ink & Sigil, Kevin Hearne takes the world he created in his Iron Druid series to a new gonzo level. Al MacBharrais might be his best character yet.”—Stephen Blackmoore, author of the Eric Carter, Necromancer series
“If you like drawing, ink, Edinburgh, magic, or Kevin Hearne, you are in for a treat. Ink & Sigil is escape reading, and I loved every word.”—Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author of A Longer Fall
“A delightfully grimy journey through the hidden underworld of Glasgow, Ink & Sigil vividly blends Kevin Hearne’s unique take on urban fantasy with the grit of Scottish magic.”—Adam Christopher, author of Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town
"Kevin Hearne has used ink and paper to craft his own brand of magic. Ink & Sigil is filled to the brim with the Hearne-anigans we've all grown to love. Fans of ribald humor, literary puns, and the odd hobgoblin will be enchanted by this paranormal mystery."—Jaye Wells, bestselling author of High Lonesome Sound
“Kevin Hearne’s Ink & Sigil is a novel that will transport you right into the Scottish realm of fey and fairies and have you thinking the ‘other’ is real. The magic is both familiar and new, believable and extraordinary. I especially liked the curse on the main character. Between the worldbuilding and the clever prose, this one is worth a read.”—Charlie N. Holmberg, bestselling author of The Paper Magician
“A terrific kick-off of a new, action-packed, enchantingly fun series . . . delightful.”—Booklist (starred review)
“A refreshing viewpoint into an urban fantasy setting [with] touches of humor and dynamic characters . . . Readers will be eager to see what happens next.”—Publishers Weekly
“Delightful! Hearne’s use of Scottish words and spellings . . . adds to the story’s singular flavor. The author includes plenty of shout-outs for fans of the “Iron Druid” series [in this] tale sure to draw in new readers.”—Library Journal
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- Publisher : Del Rey (25 August 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1984821253
- ISBN-13 : 978-1984821256
- Item Weight : 544 g
- Dimensions : 16.21 x 3 x 24.18 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
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It’s a packet of fun. I loved the fact that Al is in his mid-sixties and a widower. I am aware that the average hero and heroine are fit young things, full of vim and vigour – but I hadn’t realised just how much that affected their worldview, until I plunged into this adventure alongside dear old Al. He is thoroughly likeable protagonist with plenty of quirks and eccentricities, but the amount of fun between him and a certain naughty hobgoblin is great and helps to leaven the rather sombre subject of kidnapping and trafficking. Humour is always a hit and miss affair, and mostly I chuckled my way through this book – though for some reason, I got a bit fed up with Al’s hacker friend insisting on being called Saxon Codpiece…
Overall, I really enjoyed the story which was well paced, full of action and yet not too full-on to skimp on effectively establishing the main characters – a balance that is harder to achieve than Hearne makes it look. I also loved the magic system, where human Al is given leave to help the Fae by use of magical sigils that are achieved by the spells being sealed through specific inks. It worked well – and this being Hearne, there was also some humour to be had with some of those inks, too. Overall, this was a solid delight and I’m very much looking forward to reading more about Al and his adventures – particularly that curse he’s afflicted with… Highly recommended for fans of quirky urban fantasy adventures featuring eccentric characters.
Leave the woke stuff out and concentrate on just being a very good writer please.
Ink and Sigil grabbed my attention from the word go. A good mix of protagonists, the humour of Glasgow and its population is caught spot on.
Give it a go please.
The story goes along at a nice pace. There is sufficient texture to the characters that they come alive. I enjoyed the location details as it is set mainly in my native U.K. A hobgoblin seemed a suitable replacement for Oberon, with a different sense of humour. I look forward to the next novel in this series.
All of which is a bit of a shame because the story is fun and I enjoyed it. The use of real locations in Glasgow (down to there actually being a print shop on High Street) is fun and the idea is original. I also liked the fact that the main character can be a bit of a dick at times, it made him more human. The carry over of the Tuatha from the Iron Druid series was welcome, hopefully Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool) will pop up in future books!