Paper & Blood by Kevin Hearne
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.
Paper & Blood is the second installment in the Ink & Sigil series. Al and his friends travel to Australia to search for missing colleagues. And Al still has a couple curses hanging onto him – he can’t speak out loud to someone without them eventually hating him and his apprentices die too soon. This latest adventure has some fantastic character-building with familiar faces. And the plot and pacing made this hard to put down. Full of mystery, adventure, crazy monsters, and humorous characters – I can’t get enough of it. It’s an offshoot of another favorite – Iron Druid Chronicles – who has a big role in this story as well. This fantasy series is a must-read.