A Thousand Recipes for Revenge
by Beth Cato
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Pub Date 01 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 27 Jun 2023
“Cato has created a richly imagined world full of tasty surprises and thrilling adventure—I already hunger for more.” —Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid series
A world on the brink of war and a mother and daughter on the run, in a thrilling novel of swashbuckling adventure, culinary magic, and just desserts.
Adamantine “Ada” Garland has an empathic connection to food and wine, a magical perception of aromas, flavors, and ingredients. Invaluable property of the royal court, Ada was in service to the Five Gods and to the Gods-ordained rulers of Verdania—until she had enough of injustice and bloodshed and deserted, seeking to chart her own destiny. When mysterious assassins ferret her out after sixteen years in hiding, Ada, now a rogue Chef, and her beloved Grand-mère run for their lives, only to find themselves on a path toward an unexpected ally.
A foreign princess in a strange court, Solenn unknowingly shares more with Ada than an epicurean gift. They share blood. With her newfound magical perception, she becomes aware of a plot to kill her fiancé, the prince. It’s part of a ploy by adversarial forces in the rival country of Albion to sow conflict, and Solenn is set up to take the blame.
As Ada’s and Solenn’s paths converge, a mother and her long-lost daughter reunite toward a common goal, and against a shadowy enemy from Ada’s past who is out for revenge. But what sacrifices must be made? What hope is there when powerful Gods pick sides in a war simmering to eruption?
A Note From the Publisher
“A Thousand Recipes for Revenge takes the reader on a thrilling journey to a place where every alley has surprises and every character has secrets. Beth Cato has created a wondrous feast of delights, astonishing and yet, somehow, utterly believable. Every sentence made me smile, or gasp, or fall a little more in love with Ada and Solenn and their world.” —Kate Heartfield, author of The Embroidered Book
“Both deliciously political and politically delicious, Beth Cato’s A Thousand Recipes for Revenge will have you tasting magic!” —Juliette Wade, author of Mazes of Power
“Food magic! A Thousand Recipes for Revenge brings epic fantasy tropes to the table and serves them up with zesty new magic in the form of magical foods. It gives you the gods of food you never knew you wanted along with fast-paced adventure, intriguing characters, and the black market in epicurea. Beth’s love of baking and of cheese shine through on almost every page. By turns delightful and serious, the novel will both make you hungry and fill you up. Chef’s kiss!” —Lisbeth Campbell, author of The Vanished Queen