Feast of Sorrow

  • by Crystal King
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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 26th year of Augustus Caesar's reign, a young chef, Thrasius, is acquired for the exorbitant price of 20,000 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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Customer Reviews

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It made me hungry for more

If you could sum up Feast of Sorrow in three words, what would they be?

Hungry for more

What other book might you compare Feast of Sorrow to and why?

America's First Daughter. Both discussed masters and slaves, while trying to keep a realistic description of salvery and weaving it through the lens of the time.

What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I listened to the book as walked to work in Paris. The smells mingled perfectly with the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

I could tell there was a lot research done for the book. I can't wait to see the movie or read the next book that she writes.

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- Paulette Buchheim

Very well written. Great story.

Would you listen to Feast of Sorrow again? Why?

Yes. This one will stay in my library. The story moved along at a great pace and it was well written. The ending brought a tear to my eye,

What other book might you compare Feast of Sorrow to and why?

Hmm. Tough one. The story spans decades, following the lives of a Roman patrician, his household, and his slaves, written from the point of view of his most important slave. The story is almost a bit Dickensian.

Which scene was your favorite?

Many great scenes, but the ending stuck with me. I was sad to reach that end once I had.

If you could take any character from Feast of Sorrow out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Haha! Since wonderful food and feasts are a central theme of the story, I would rather the main characters invite me to one of their dinner parties!

Any additional comments?

Excellently narrated, which complemented the story nicely.

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- Michael Mezzetti

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-25-2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.