A Thousand Recipes for Revenge by Beth Cato: Perfect Recipe for Success

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?

In “A Thousand Recipes for Revenge” by Beth Cato, the author has blended the perfect recipe for success with this unique magical system and fantastic story with engaging characters, complex worldbuilding and fun adventure. One of the reasons it is so successful is how quickly it engages with the reader, immersing them in the world and magical systems. The information you need about the magic and about the world is quickly provided by the characters interacting with their world and their circumstances. And there is much to love about both Ada and Solenn. 

Both main characters are strong and independent women who are skilled and able to guide their own destinies. Ada has had enough of injustice and wants to forge her own destiny. However, that doesn’t stop her from trying to help her friends when they need her or those who are important to her. Solenn is well aware of the consequences of her actions. As a princess, she is quick to try to solve the problem and even when she isn’t successful, she finds a way to prevail. 

Beyond the main characters , the other secondary characters are equally intriguing and engaging as they are used to introduce the readers to the rest of this fascinating world. The details of the magic and epicurea is absolutely unique as a magical system. The magic is exciting and different. While there are some elements that may be familiar, the twists in the design will leave readers fascinated. It is one of the best new fantasies I’ve read in a while and I cannot wait for the second book in the series. My only regret is that it is only a duology. 

If you love fantasies with unique magical systems and charismatic characters, I highly recommend “A Thousand Recipes for Revenge.” It is the perfect recipe for success but also for a fantastic read. 

5 out of 5 epicurea

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