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  • Beatrice Iker

The Book That Made Me: Laugh Til I Cried

Updated: Aug 17, 2021

INK & SIGIL was absolutely hilarious. I bought it from my local bookstore at least 80% because of the cover. It looks amazing, right?

I also got the audiobook from my library via Libby, which I really recommend. Unless you’re from Scotland or you’re familiar with the linguistics in that area, it will come in handy.

My favorite thing is to have both the audiobook and the physical/e-book and read them at the same time. I just feel more immersed in the story that way.

Okay, so INK & SIGIL follows Al MacBharris (I am once again imploring you to get the audiobook), who owns a paper shop as his day job and a cover for his real job which is a Sigil Agent. Basically, he uses sigils as a way to influence people’s behavior when he needs to. And he needs to quite often, given his job which is to monitor supernatural activity in his assigned territory, which I believe is all of Europe and down into northern Africa, but I’m not certain about that.

Anyway, there’s a mystery, crude humor, and a sixty-something with a heart of gold. Plus some Celtic deities make appearances, which is fun.

I didn’t read reviews until I finished the book (I gave it 5 stars, of course), and the main complaint I saw was that people found the plot meandering and they didn’t appreciate the humor.

One reviewer said the humor was “...non-stop frat boy, and even for someone who has the humor of a 12yo boy, it got old.”

If you don’t enjoy stupid jokes, then yeah I agree this isn’t for you. As for me, towards the end I was literally laughing so hard I cried.

This book got me out of a reading slump, and I already want to re-read it.

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