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CRYSTAL KING

Author, Feast of sorrow And the CHEF'S SECRET (Feb 12, 2019)

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Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome

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 denari. 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. 

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

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AMANDA FOREMAN
“Crystal King seamlessly weaves questions about power, morality, and family into this completely immersive and compulsively readable debut.”
 
Author of Georgiana and A World on Fire 
AMANDA FOREMAN
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EPICURIOUS
"Feast of Sorrow is an upstairs/downstairs drama meets food porn meets historical fiction."
 
EPICURIOUS
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ASSOCIATED PRESS
"If true gastronomy resides at the intersection of food, art and culture, then Crystal King's debut novel can only be described as a gastronomical delight . . . .Every page oozes with remarkable insights . . . satisfying, but readers are left hungry for more."  
 
ASSOCIATED PRESS
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LIBRARY JOURNAL
"King’s descriptions of the food and entertainment are exquisite, her characters are beautifully drawn, and events and people of the times are deftly woven throughout . . . A delight to the senses, King’s debut novel is to be savored and devoured."  
STARRED REVIEW
LIBRARY JOURNAL
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KATE QUINN
“Crystal King's debut is a feast for the senses, bringing ancient Rome to dark, vibrant life. Politics, intrigue, danger, and passion mix deliciously in this tale of a young slave vaulted into the corridors of power as personal chef to the ancient world's greatest gourmet. Not to be missed!” 
 
Author of The Empress of Rome Saga, The Borgia Chronicles and The Alice Network
KATE QUINN
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MARGARET GEORGE

“A plunge into the ancient Roman world in all its senses—especially taste.  But the character studies of the people are even tastier than the recipes!  A Roman feast on many levels, all delicious.”   

Author of Elizabeth I, Helen of Troy, The Memoirs of Cleopatra and The Confessions of Young Nero

MARGARET GEORGE
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ELISABETH STORRS
"An engaging foray into the treacherous world of Claudio-Julian Rome from a fresh perspective. Who knew that the gourmand Apicius was larger than life? King deftly serves up intrigue, scandal and heartbreak with lashings of exotic sauces, mouth-watering recipes and the occasional drop of poison. Highly recommended.”

Author of the series Tales of Ancient Rome 
ELISABETH STORRS
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