Title: Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome
Author: Crystal King
Publish Date: April 25, 2017
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "On a blistering day in
the twenty-sixth year of Augustus Caesar’s reign, a young chef,
Thrasius, is acquired for the exorbitant price of twenty thousand
denarii. His purchaser is the infamous gourmet Marcus Gavius Apicius,
wealthy beyond measure, obsessed with a taste for fine meals from exotic
places, and a singular ambition: to serve as culinary advisor to
Caesar, an honor that will cement his legacy as Rome's leading epicure.
rightfully believes that Thrasius is the key to his culinary success,
and with Thrasius’s help he soon becomes known for his lavish parties
and fantastic meals. Thrasius finds a family in Apicius’s household, his
daughter Apicata, his wife Aelia, and her handmaiden, Passia whom
Thrasius quickly falls in love with. But as Apicius draws closer to his
ultimate goal, his reckless disregard for any who might get in his way
takes a dangerous turn that threatens his young family and places his
entire household at the mercy of the most powerful forces in Rome."
My Two Cents:
This book had everything: great detail, great food. and memorable characters!