Ink & Sigil by Kevin Hearne
Narrated by Luke Daniels
Series: Ink & Sigil #1
Publisher: Random House – Del Rey
Publication Date: August 25, 2020
Date Read: September 22, 2020
Length: 336 pages / 10 hours and 11 minutes
Source: Publisher via NetGalley / Purchased
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.
“Ink & Sigil is escape reading, and I loved every word.”—Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author of A Longer Fall
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.
I had a really good time with this book! Even though I haven’t quite finished reading the Iron Druid Chronicles, I was excited to see that Kevin Hearne was writing more stories set in the same world. I had originally planned to read this book on my e-reader but I ended up with the audiobook since Luke Daniels does such a good job with this author’s work. I was not disappointed. I am so glad that I decided to give this book a try.
Luke Daniels did a fantastic job with the narration. I liked the different voices that he used and thought that he did an especially great job with the voice app that Al often uses. He added a lot of excitement to the story and was able to capture each character’s personality in his reading. I am glad that I decided to go with the audiobook for this story.
I received a digital review copy of this book from Random House Publishing – Del Rey via NetGalley and purchased a copy of the audiobook.
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