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Paper & Blood: Book Two of the Ink & Sigil series Paperback – January 4, 2022
There’s only one Al MacBharrais: Though other Scotsmen may have dramatic mustaches and a taste for fancy cocktails, Al also has a unique talent. He’s a master of ink and sigil magic. In his gifted hands, paper and pen can work wondrous spells.
But Al isn’t quite alone: He is part of a global network of sigil agents who use their powers to protect the world from mischievous gods and strange monsters. So when a fellow agent disappears under sinister circumstances in Australia, Al leaves behind the cozy pubs and cafes of Glasgow and travels to the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria to solve the mystery.
The trail to his colleague begins to pile up with bodies at alarming speed, so Al is grateful his friends have come to help—especially Nadia, his accountant who moonlights as a pit fighter. Together with a whisky-loving hobgoblin known as Buck Foi and the ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, along with his dogs, Oberon and Starbuck, Al and Nadia will face down the wildest wonders Australia—and the supernatural world—can throw at them, and confront a legendary monster not seen in centuries.
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“Distinguished by its intricate and original magical system, charming dynamics among characters and strongly developed Scottish setting, Ink & Sigil places its irascible hero and memorable cast in a wide, fascinating world.”—Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“A terrific kick-off of a new, action-packed, enchantingly fun series . . . delightful.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Immensely enjoyable . . . a great novel and a perfect example of how to launch a new series . . . Ink & Sigil is a great entry into Kevin Hearne’s fiction.”—SFFWorld
“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
“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
“Kevin Hearne takes the world he created in his Iron Druid series to a new gonzo level. Al MacBharrais may be his best character yet.”—Stephen Blackmoore
“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
About the Author
- Publisher : Del Rey (January 4, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 198482130X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1984821300
- Item Weight : 9.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.59 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #211,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book barely linked to the previous book. The writing appeared rushed and not well developed, as if Hearne was trying to meet a deadline or just does not like the new characters very much. Also, there is a clear political message that is new to his writing.
I was expecting more world building and some interesting new characters. I really enjoyed the Iron Druid series so it was good to see the Iron Druid and his dogs again. But, it was done clearly at the expense of the other characters. I was also expecting typical humor of the Iron Druid series, but the book was very preachy about woke topics. If I wanted to be lectured to, I could find many other ways to have that done. I enjoy reading fiction books for creativity and escapism/change of scenery, not lectures. I only finished the book due to the Iron Druid. Otherwise, I would have stopped reading about a quarter of the way into the book.
I am afraid that Hearne keeps up with this style, this will be the last one of his books I purchase.
SPOILERS SORT OF
To those who are complaining about the “wokeness” of this book, Al works at a job where an understanding of power systems and power is necessary for his survival. Most of the entities he drafts contracts for could squish him like a bug. The fact that he would notice power systems wherever they exist is probably an occupational hazard. Pointing them out isn’t being “woke” whatever that means. It is being observant.
This is a fine adventure, full of surprises and derring-do at every turn.
I also enjoyed seeing Atticus, Oberon, and Starbuck again. Atticus, of course, was the primary protagonist in the long-running Iron Druid Chronicles series and it is nice in this spinoff series to catch up with him again and see how he's doing after the final Iron Druid book Scourged.
Fans of the Oberon's Meaty Mysteries series will also enjoy hearing another story told in Oberon's inimitable style.
All in all, a very enjoyable outing in this second book of the new Ink & Sigil series. Definitely looking forward to many more in this terrific spinoff series!
Highly recommended for urban fantasy fans, mythology fans, series fans, and fans who enjoy a well told tale with plenty of action!
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Da erreicht ihn ein Notruf eines Lehrlings einer Siegelagentin aus Australien, deren Meisterin und Mitschülerin verschwunden sind. Zusammen mit dem Kobold Buck Foi begibt er sich über einen 'alten Weg' nach Melbourne, wo er die angehende Kollegin trifft.
Die Ermittlungen zum Verschwinden der beiden Siegelagentinnen führen das Trio an den Rand eines Naturschutzgebietes, in dem fürchterliche schimärenartige Monster aufgetaucht sind - und auf dem Weg gabeln sie auch noch Als neue Mitarbeiterin Nadia auf, die ihrem Chef auf eigene Faust nachgereist ist.
Trotz dieser Verstärkung - und dem Auffinden eines Australischen Polizisten, der als einziger einen Angriff der Schimären auf seine Einheit überlebt hat - erscheint das Problem für die Gruppe unüberwindbar zu sein - bis Atticus, der Eiserne Druide mit seinen beiden treuen Begleitern Oberon und Starbuck auftaucht. Und eine scheinbar Verstorbene aufsteht und ihre Hilfe anbietet. Und wo kommt eigentlich Als Rezeptionistin auf einmal her?
Dieser Roman ist ein hundertprozentiges Crossover mit der 'Eisernen-Druiden' -Reihe und gerade in der zweiten Hälfte voller großer Überraschungen. Und nebenher ein paar netten Informationen über Nessie.
Ein schöner zweiter Teil, der auch Hoffnungen auf zumindest einen weiteren 'Eiserner-Druiden' -Roman macht. Allerdings sollte man die anderen Romane und den ersten 'Tinte-und-Siegel' - Roman schon kennen, um diesen richtig genießen zu können.