Ready for a Feast! Countdown to a Delicious Debut Novel

It’s not often that I sing the praises of books in this blog; so many other sites do that wonderfully enough. However, this is a special occasion.  In just under thirty days, on April 25, a debut novel written by my wonderful friend, Crystal King, hits the shelves and some of us are ecstatic about it. Some of us just have to share!

Cover of Crystal King's novel Feast of Sorrow.

You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll crave weird food!

Feast of Sorrow is set in ancient Rome in the noble house of Marcus Gavius Apicius, a ridiculously wealthy man whose ambition to become Caesar’s culinary advisor is matched only by his appetite for indulgence. He flaunts his wealth by throwing lavish parties and capitalizes on the talents of his slaves to elevate his own status. Does it end well for him? Well, that would be giving it away.

To say this is a “delicious novel” is not me being unbearably snooty. This novel centers around the food and feasts of wealthy ancient Romans, and King brings all of the senses into play. You get to read about the dishes that were served, the smells, textures, and cooking methods, all written of so well that you can almost taste the spices and smell the animal flesh on the fire (for some of us, that was hard to read but a credit to King’s detailed descriptions).  It doesn’t end there, though. Political machinations, love, matricide, and creepy villains will keep you turning the pages.

According to Goodreads, this novel is one of the most anticipated books of 2017 (currently 53rd out of 769). It also ranks high on the Goodreads “Can’t Wait” list (currently 89th out of 862) and the “2017 Releases You are Super Excited For” list (currently 15th out of 183), among others.

Anticipated, can’t wait, and super excited for. Check, check, check.

Oh, and it’s currently rated 4.6 out of 5 stars.

If you like a great drama, details so rich you feel transported to the scene, a page-turning story you can’t put down, and an ending that you probably didn’t see coming, check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. This is really good stuff.

Thank you, Crystal King!  (I’ve known you’ve had this in you since the 7th grade!) 🙂






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4 Responses to Ready for a Feast! Countdown to a Delicious Debut Novel

  1. Crystal King says:

    Awww, thank you. It was a lot of fun to write. It’s crazy that it is nearly out in the world!

    • Leanna Widgren says:

      I’m looking forward to the movie! Have you decided who you want to play Thrasius yet? 😉

  2. Sherry says:

    Really sounds delicious !

    • Leanna Widgren says:

      Crystal has done a fantastic job. I read an early draft and am really looking forward to seeing what is new in the finished piece.