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Ink & Sigil

por Kevin Hearne

Séries: Ink & Sigil (1), Iron Druid Chronicles (related)

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When I got accepted to receive a free copy of this book I was stoked. I loved 'The Iron Druid Chronicles' and couldn't wait to read another book from that world. You do not need the previous series to enjoy this book, but little things will have more meaning if you do. This book book is within the same world, but the flavor and pacing of this book is different. It takes place about a year after the gods tried to start Ragnorok.

Aloysius 'Al' MacBharrais is an older but spry man who has been trained as a Sigil Agent. He and his fellow agents use magical inks written on paper to protect the world, uphold the treaty between man and the Fae and write magical contracts for the the word's pantheons. He's cursed and must avoid talking to people too much or risk them hating him and his apprentices keep dying on him in mysterious accidents. I hope Al's curse of having to use a voice to text mechanism gets resolved early in this series as I felt it bogged things down more often than enhanced the storyline.

This book is filled with interesting, unique characters, that are just as interesting if not more so than Al. As Al tries to uncover what his last apprentice was up to before he died, we learn about a whole new group people working to keep the world safe from those that wish to do human's harm or exploit them.

Hearne does an amazing job of bringing the Scots language to life on paper and deliver a fun, entertaining read while filling in many of the backstories and world building needed in a first book in series. While the pacing occasio0nally dragged, I still can't wait for the next book in the series.

Having just finished reading, I was able to get my hands on the audio version narrated by Luke Daniels and I've only listened to a little bit of it but if you can get the audio DO IT! The accents! The text to voice narration and the Scots brogue! LOVE it and I only just started.

I received a free copy of this book through Booksprout, am voluntarily leaving a review. If you like my reviews I hope you will follow my blog. https://wyldheartreads.wordpress.com/

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  wyldheartreads | Dec 14, 2020 |
I was incredibly excited when I learned that Kevin Hearne was going to jump back into his Iron Druid world and publish a side story. Ink & Sigil immediately jumped onto my "I have to have this book'' list. I love the Iron Druid series, and I was very sad when the series concluded. I love Hearne's Seven Kennings series, but Atticus and Oberon hold a special place in my booklover's heart. I will always read a book set in their world, even if they aren't in it!

Al is both blessed and cursed.....literally. He uses his magical powers to protect this world, but it comes at a cost. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to hate him....really hate him. So he writes his words and uses technology instead of his voice. When his apprentice is killed, Al finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation. Its not easy to investigate a death in Scotland's magical underworld, but Al is determined to discover the truth.

I loved reading the story of another sigil agent. Al is a great character and Hearne is a great storyteller! I read my review copy and immediately purchased the audio book. I have all the Iron Druid books in audio format, so had to have this one as well! I can't wait to find out what is in store for Al and his magnificent moustache next!

**I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Random House publishing. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

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  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
Fun reading, Hearne in fine fettle, and I hope this story doesn't go into the same spiral as the Iron Druid books did. ( )
  Murphy-Jacobs | Nov 4, 2020 |
Oh my-lanta! Beth Cato recommended this book on Twitter and I'm so glad I was able to snag a copy of this one so I could spread the word about it. Now, I remember back in the old days of LiveJournal when there was a Holy Taco Church. Beth was the High Priestess of Churromancy and Kevin was the Taco Pope. I think it was a group of authors who came together to promote their work and if you liked the works of one author you were likely to enjoy the others. It was silly and fun. And a great way to get the attention of people who enjoy reading similar types of books. But I haven't read anything by Kevin until now.

This novel is just about perfect. I'm sure there's a flaw somewhere but I haven't seen it yet. It's a great escapist read and was something I really needed. Apparently this is set in the world of his The Iron Druid Chronicles series. This series consists of 10 books, and lots of short stories, and novellas. I have no idea if any of these characters make an appearance in the series.

The chapters go back and forth between the past and the present very seamlessly. I was floored with the worldbuilding - he's obviously spent a lot of time with Al and his cohorts. Buck, the hobgoblin, is new to Scotland and the world of humans which leads to some funny interactions. Buck's humor is juvenile but he also has some wonderful ideas. Nadia, the accountant/office manager, makes Al's professional lives (magical and non-magical) run smoothly. Perhaps it's Al's age (he's in his 60s), or that he leads a double life, that he has an open mind and very little surprises him.

Now, just because it's set in modern times (there's cell phones, surveillance cameras, etc.) doesn't mean there's no action scenes or sword play. Expect the unexpected, put on your safety belt or harness, and enjoy the ride. ( )
  astults | Oct 31, 2020 |
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.

This book is set in the same world as the books from the Iron Druid Chronicles. Fans of that series will be happy to be back in the world and will enjoy seeing some familiar characters but this is also a great place for new readers to jump in. I really enjoyed getting to know these new characters and found the whole idea of the sigils to be very interesting.

Al is a great character. I love that he is an older guy just trying to do what needs to be done and get through each day. He takes special precautions to protect others from his curse. The more I learned about Al, the more I liked him. Buck added a nice touch to the story. I was quite entertained by this hobgoblin and thought that he added a really fun element to the story. The two of them make a great, but very unlikely, pair.

I thought that the story was very well done. I was really invested in the mystery and couldn't wait to see how things would work out. The sigils added a nice element to their quest to get to the bottom of things. I found the police to also be well done. I found the book to be really exciting and quite often hard to put down.

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 would recommend this book to others. It was a very well done story with a new spin on some familiar elements. I cannot wait to go on future adventures with Al and Buck!

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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