Feast of Sorrow by Crystal King audiobook

Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome

By Crystal King
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Blackstone Publishing 9781501145131
13.49 Hours 1
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Set amongst the scandal, wealth, and upstairs-downstairs politics of a Roman family, Crystal King’s seminal debut features the man who inspired the world’s oldest cookbook and the ambition that led to his destruction. 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 adviser to Caesar, an honor that will cement his legacy as Rome’s leading epicure. Apicius rightfully believes that Thrasius is the key to his culinary success, and with Thrasius’ help he soon becomes known for his lavish parties and fantastic meals. Thrasius finds a family in Apicius’ 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.

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Summary

Set amongst the scandal, wealth, and upstairs-downstairs politics of a Roman family, Crystal King’s seminal debut features the man who inspired the world’s oldest cookbook and the ambition that led to his destruction.

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 adviser to Caesar, an honor that will cement his legacy as Rome’s leading epicure.

Apicius rightfully believes that Thrasius is the key to his culinary success, and with Thrasius’ help he soon becomes known for his lavish parties and fantastic meals. Thrasius finds a family in Apicius’ 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“King’s descriptions of the food and entertainment are exquisite, her characters are beautifully drawn…A delight to the senses.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Combines exotic menus with the melodrama of a Greek tragedy. King’s debut is a compelling historical drama with an appetizing center.” Booklist
“Addictively readable…The food lore is fascinating and the time period is inherently dramatic.” Kirkus Reviews
“Crystal King’s debut is a feast for the senses, bringing ancient Rome to dark, vibrant life…Not to be missed!” Kate Quinn, author of Mistress of Rome
“Impossible to put down.” Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of Accidents of Marriage
“This immersive, sensorily rich page-turner will take you for a delicious and unforgettable ride.” Tim Weed, author of Will Poole’s Island

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Author Bio: Crystal King

Author Bio: Crystal King

Crystal King is a writer, culinary enthusiast, and social media expert. Her writing is fueled by a love of history and an obsession with the food, language, and culture of Italy. She has taught writing, creativity, and social media at Grub Street and several universities including Harvard Extension School and Boston University. Crystal received her masters in critical and creative thinking from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She lives with her husband and their two cats in the Boston area.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 13.49
Audience: Adult
Language: English