Can’t-Wait Wednesday – 11th August, 2021 #Brainfluffbookblog #CWC #WOW


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week’s Can’t-Wait offering – Paper & Blood – Book 2 of The Ink & Sigil series by Kevin Hearne – release date 12th August, 2021

#urban fantasy #Iron Druid world #troubled hero #magic #monsters and fae #humour

BLURB: 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.

I love The Iron Druid series – see my reviews of Hounded, Hammered, Shattered, Staked and Scourged. Atticus is a fabulous hero and his dogs are adorable and the steady humour they provide prevent the series from getting too dark as the enemies get angrier and more powerful. So I was delighted when Ink & Sigil, the first book in a spin-off series, appeared. I love dear old Al, who is the victim of two nasty curses, and find it refreshing to have a sixty-something-year-old protagonist, even if he can protect himself magically from the worst that the baddies can throw at him. I just started this one yesterday. But if you, too, are a fan of Hearne’s sparky, enjoyable style then you won’t have to wait long – this one is due out tomorrow😊.

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    • Thank you, Tammy:)). I’m not all that far through it – but I’m enjoying it. I always love that sense of coming home when I start tucking into a much-loved world!

    • Yes, I know what you mean, Rae! Time trickles by – and you suddenly turn around and discover that where there’d been one or two books, there’s now seven or eight. Or even more…

  1. Author and series are totally new to me. I admit, the cover design is not really mine, but your story description sounds very interesting. Guess, I will have a closer look at it *smile* Thank you for sharing and happy reading!

    • I’ll admit that the Ink & Sigil covers are rather pared back, especially in comparison to the very exciting, eye-catching covers of The Iron Druid series. I rather lost my heart to the beautiful young man with the golden curls featured on those covers! But the storytelling is great fun:)).

    • I’m so glad that you’ve enjoyed reading it – I’m now about halfway through and having a grand old time:)). And it’s my pleasure, Laura – I’m very aware that I haven’t been around much recently. So it’s lovely to be able to visit, again!

  2. I’ve been wanting to read The Iron Druid series for AGES and now I’m yet again reminded with this new series.

  3. I have been seeing KH post about this on his Facebook, but honestyl for the first time I’ve read the blurb and I love it! Esp the part about it being about a 60-something MC!

    • I know! It’s so refreshing to have a protagonist who isn’t in the prime of life – and while he does have some spells to give him some extra strength and stamina, I do like the fact that he pays the price for it later.

  4. Oooh! I’ve never read any of his, but this sounds like an author that needs to be in my TBR. Even though it’s almost the school year, and I’m supposed to stop reading fiction and get work done. But I could just put ONE on my Kindle for later… 🙂

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