A Thousand Recipes for Revenge

Brilliance Audio. (Chefs of the Five Gods, Bk. 1). Jun. 2023. 13:32 hrs. ISBN 9798400110542. $42.99. FANTASY
A meal well-prepared can be magical. In the world of the Five Gods, supernatural supertasters known as Chefs use ingredients sourced from fantastic creatures to make literal culinary magic. Nations on the continent, currently under threat from the island Albion, value these rare, gifted individuals for their military applications as much as for their meals, though only the kingdom of Verdania considers Chefs property of the Crown. Adamantine has been in hiding as a rogue Chef since deserting from the Verdanian army years before. A new threat tied to her past coincides with the arrival of a princess dreading her impending political marriage. Princess Solenn’s just-stirring epicurean abilities help her escape court, and these two Chefs with much in common come together, igniting a series of events that could change the course of the war. This first in a planned duology from Cato (The Clockwork Dagger) blends unique worldbuilding and likable heroines who are as confident in the kitchen as they are leading the fight. Narrator Elizabeth Knowelden’s accents and perfect pacing will leave listeners craving the next installment, expected in January 2024.
VERDICT Strong women characters and an innovative magic system make for a highly recommended listen.
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