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Ink & Sigil

(Ink & Sigil #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  3,941 ratings  ·  802 reviews
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 b
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Del Rey Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s an entertaining, magical, action packed return to the Iron Druid Chronicles universe with brand new Sigil Agent in his sixties with magnificent white moustache, amazing taste of alcoholic beverages and fantastic skill gives him enough power to fight against Faes.

But unfortunately this blessed man is also cursed with his voice: as soon as he starts to talk, anyone hears him starts hating his guts and it ends with dangerous and deadly consequences. So he chooses to be better safe than sorry
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-for-review
This is what happens when you give a frat boy a laptop and tell him to write a story. Brawling leprechauns, swearing hobgoblins and a mute ink wizard oh my. It took my a while to get into this story because while the action kinda started right at the beginning I just didn't care about any of it.

This had a great cast of characters and I am partial to Nadia. The name Buck Foi was just annoying as hell and wholly immature and not as funny as I think the author wants it to be.

This was a fun read,
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Move over, Atticus O’Sullivan, because Kevin Hearne fans are in for a treat with his new series spinning off of The Iron Druid Chronicles starring Aloysius “Al” MacBharrais, Scottish sigil agent extraordinaire. In his sixties and blessed with a fancy mustache, he’s part of an organization responsible for regulating and enforcing the rules of travel for supernatural creatures to and from our mortal plane. As one of only a h
Ink & Sigil features a very appealing cover. Ink & Sigil features a master wizard who makes sigils (paper spells), but is cursed so that he can't speak without being hated. It is told in heavy Scottish dialect and even comes with a short glossary of word usage.

However, I'm not a big fan of "urban fantasy," a sub-genre of fantasy where the modern world through some twist of fate is peopled by elves, wizards, fairies, gnomes, and all sorts of imaginary beings. Maybe this would hold more appeal to
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

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.

Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, humorous
I’ve never read anything by this author before now, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from him. I only knew his other series have been popular, and this book being the start of a new series, seemed fun and like a good place to be introduced to him. And fun it was to read this urban fantasy novel with its interesting magic system and a cast of very likable Scottish characters who are misfits, but fit in well with each other. And the humor, while in turns both silly and rather colorful as far as the ...more
Aug 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy-and-sf
After Hearne lost in interest in the Iron Druid series and botched up the last book, I swore I wouldn't touch another one of his book... only this one sounded so interesting. But it turned out to be bland, with juvenile potty "humour", a muddled plot and an old man (Sigil Agent) who can magic away any injuries (how bloody convenient!) and is a rather ineffective detective - but then again it was a rather ineffective mystery to be solved. The side characters were the most interesting part of the ...more
Sonja Arlow
Nov 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2020-read
Full of fairy trafficking rings, really ugly and foul-mouthed hobgoblins and a magic system that proves that the pen really is mightier than the sword, this sounded right up my ally.

And although it was an entertaining urban fantasy there were a few things that bothered me.

I love a good curse bestowed on a main character however this one seemed to have hindered the story more than it helped.

As per the book synopsis ”Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2020
Hearne has this magical ability to weave stories and characters you want more of. Our protagonist, Al, is in his sixties and cursed. He can create magic using paper & ink. Spells to hide, spells to see, heal and more. As for the curse? Anyone who hears his voice feels an inexplicable hatred for Al. Because of this he communicates through the written word or speech apps, particularly if he plans to encounter that person again. He also has difficulty keeping an apprentice.

When Gordie, his latest a
Judy Lesley
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
There are two curses on Aloysius MacBharrais, placed by someone who is very good at what they do. Curse one involves Al having to be very careful with who he talks to - and how. Curse two seemed to only manifest itself in one character who wasn't even a character; this character was only a name and had no presence in the book. So here goes Al trying to keep his part of the world's geography clearly marked with who and what can travel here from other planes. Somebody is working some kind of traff ...more
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.....lite
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

You can read all of my reviews at NerdGirlLovesBooks.

This is a creative, funny, action-packed fantasy about an elderly sigil agent that can craft magical spells using special inks and symbols.

I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't yet read any of the The Iron Druid Chronicles. I have them all and intend to do so, I just haven't had the time. That said, if you have not read them either, you can still read and enjoy this book. I'm sure that I perhaps didn't fully appreciate certain references
Benjamin Thomas
Aloysius “Al” MacBharrais is a Sigil Agent. Only five such people in the world exist and it is their ability to create sigils from special ink that make them special. These sigils work like magic spells and can be used for both offensive and defensive and even for more mundane purposes. But when Al’s apprentice dies by choking to death on a scone, Al is convinced it isn’t really an accident. Perhaps that is because his previous six apprentices have also all died in various accidents. His investi ...more
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Is there anything better than a book that not only transports you to another reality, but does so while with a fresh and unique flair?

Al MacBharrais is not your typical magical user. He isn’t young and dashing, he’s been cursed, but his ability to create magic out of ink and paper. Kevin Hearnes’ INK & SIGIL is part mystery and mayhem and one hundred percent entertaining as Al attempts to discover why his apprentices are dying and what evil is lurking in the shadows.

Let go of reality as you kno
Apr 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I love the Iron Druid series and jumped at the chance to get an ARC of Kevin Hearne's new series debut Ink & Sigil from Net Galley. I did enjoy it, but I hope the next one might have a little more pizzazz. I was nervous about the thorough guide to dialect and pronunciation at the beginning of the book as I was already reading a dystopian book that is told in deteriorated English that was wearing on me. Not the case here, it was easy to follow and pronounce in my head. The characters are likable ...more
Book Barbarian  (Tammy Smith)
Thank you to Little Brown Book Group UK for the review copy. All opinions are my own.

Recommends it for: I have no bloody idea? I have never read anything like this but if you need a much less serious LOTR this could be it.

Funny, fierce and a little bit over the top. You’re in for a ride with this one.
I was laughing out loud at some parts of this but Kevin has a winner in Ink & Sigil – full of action and colorful characters.

A spin off series from The Iron Druid Chronicles (you don’t have to read
This Review will run Today May 11, 2020 through the Book's Publication birthday on August 25, 2020 and Beyond here on my goodreads account here at this link: .

I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author, publisher, and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Al MacBharrais is a sigil agent for the Fae Queen Brighid but is a cursed man. All of his apprentices die in freak accidents and no one can hear him speak so he has to refer to ty
Lauren Stoolfire
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ink & Sigil (Ink & Sigil #1) by Kevin Hearne was one of my most anticipated books of August and I'm so lucky to have received an ARC via NetGalley. Luckily, it mostly lived up to my sky high expectations. This series is a spin off of The Iron Druid Chronicles which is one of my all time favorites. It's set in the same world as that series and I enjoyed seeing more of the wider world and how our new cast and this series opener conn
The story is a fun Fantasy Mystery, but the narrator, Luke Daniels, is *incredible*. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone do so many accents. The main character is a Scottish wizard, so there’s that, but he’s been cursed so he can’t hold conversations with people he’s in any kind of relationship with lest they die, so he has to use a text-to-speech app on his phone, but it only comes in a robotic British accent, so Daniels is doing that half the time, too. Then there’s an Irish fae, wizards from ...more
Three stars for Nadia, two stars otherwise. Couldn't get into this expanded Iron Druid world, but I might read the next just to see if the plot improves. ...more
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

A refreshing take to urban fantasy and magic genres. We follow Al MacBharrais, a blessed and curse man that can cast spells with magically enchanted ink which he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheon especially the Fae, who teams up with his sidekick—a mischievous hobgoblin (and probably one of my favorite characters in the entire series) to seek the truth as to why all his former apprentices keep dying from peculiar freak accidents, the secre
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Aloysius MacBharrais (great name!) is a Sigil agent with a battle seer as a CMA office manager named Nadia. You will have to read about her and her bad assery. Too much to go into in a review but wizard van and cheese fondue.
We open on Al discovering his apprentice dead from a raisin scone (I take offense I like raisin pastries) and he uncovers a bunch of illegal dealings that were going on behind his back.
In the process of finding out who was in charge we go on a grand adventure full of ghost
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
As a huge fan of Kevin Hearne’s writing, especially his Iron Druid Chronicles (IDC), I was very excited to get my hands on his new series which kicks off with Ink & Sigil. The story is set in his IDC world, with overlapping characters; however, it’s something wholly unique, and one need not have read IDC to utterly enjoy Al and his adventures.

At the start of the book, we are introduced to Al MacBharrais, a sigil agent; one of only five in the world. He is able to create magic using special ink,
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved it! It's a fun read! It's in the same world as the Iron Druid! Al reminds me a bit of Arch Druid Owen Kennedy! Buck, the hobgoblin and Nadia, the battle seer, were both wonderful characters! ...more
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I had such an incredibly fun time reading this book! By only 20 pages into it I already found myself really caring for the main character, Al! I do have to say the best part of this book is the characters and their amazing teamwork and I thought the humor was hilarious, but can still definitely understand the complaints some people had that they thought it was way too much potty humor 🤣

I personally felt more immersed in the book with all of the different kinds of dialect,
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully funny story that was just a pleasure to experience. Rich in detail with plenty of hilarious moments while still educating and leaving you as a better human... truly beautiful.
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Series Info/Source: I got this as an eGalley from NetGalley for review. This is the first book in the new Ink & Sigil series. This series is set in the same world as the Iron Druid Chronicles but some time after that series.

Story (5/5): I loved the idea of Sigil Agents and enjoyed being introduced to Al MacBharrais’s world. In addition to Al’s fascinating day to day life there is an excellent mystery here that encompasses the strange deaths of many of his apprentices and a curse placed on Al him
Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
Same humor as Iron Druid, but lacks the pacing.

I'm a huge fan of Kevin Hearne and devoured the Iron Druid Chronicles, so when I picked up Ink & Sigil, that's what I was expecting. The wit, the cynicism, the pacing of a modern tale of adventure. It wasn't, but let me explain.

Al is an interesting character, cursed with the ability to make anyone hate him if he speaks, and blessed with the ability to work a spell with ink. And when his apprentice shows up dead, he uncovers unsavory aspects of his l
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up)
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
The biggest challenge to writing about this book is choosing what not to talk about, I really feel like I could go on and on and on about it. Then the pendulum swings to the point I don't say much at all...

Aloysius MacBharrais is a Sigil Agent—one of five on the Earth. They're tasked with preserving the various treaties that supernatural creatures had set up throughout the world to keep th
Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!


This book was so much fun! I haven't read any of Hearne's previous books in this series -- this is a spin-off from his Iron Druids Chronicles -- but it was easy to understand and pick up. Also, it was so hilarious. Like, I found myself laughing so often and I had such a great time with the book. It was hilarious, fun to read, the characters were utterly captivating, and I already can't wait for the next book. I'm definitel
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Kevin is the NYT bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, as well as The Seven Kennings, an epic fantasy trilogy, and the Tales of Pell, a humorous fantasy series co-authored with Delilah S. Dawson. INK & SIGIL, a new urban fantasy series set in the Iron Druid universe, will be out in 2020.

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