Food of the Gods

Food of the Gods

Book - 2017
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"By day, Rupert Wong - sorcerer, chef, former triad - prepares delicious meals of human flesh for a dynasty of ghouls in Kuala Lumpur ; by night, he's an administrator for the Ten Chinese Hells. It's a living, of sorts. When the Dragon of the South demands that Rupert investigate the murders of his daughter and her mortal husband, Rupert is caught in a war between gods that's as bewildering as it is bloody. If he's going to survive, he'll need to stay sharp, stay lucky, and always read the fine print ..."--Back cover.
Publisher: Oxford, UK :, Abaddon Books Publications,, ©2017
Edition: Collected edition 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781781085196
1781085196
Branch Call Number: FAN Khaw
Characteristics: 238 pages ; 23 cm

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JessicaGma Jan 15, 2018

I was sold from the moment I read on the back about a cannibal chef cooking for demons. It's also neat that it has a setting of South Asia, which most urban fantasy is western-based. Chow is a down on his luck chef who uses magic and skill to cook humans for demons and other entities. It was great fun.

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JBFARRELL
Nov 21, 2017

This is the first book I've read by Cassandra Khaw and feels like her first book. It is in two separate parts, the first set in Asia and the second in London but locale isn't an important part of it (part is also set in a Chinese version of hell) except that the magical entities in the first part are Asian and in the second part, largely of European or American source. The two parts have the feel of being written separately but flow from one to the other. The life of Rupert Wong, the multi-tasking chinese magician in service to a multitude of magical entities and loaned by some, to others, is a literal shambles. For most of the book he doesn't seem to know what is going on and neither does the unsettled reader.

The threads are pulled together coherently at the culmination in a satisfactory way. The book is an interesting one, if rather short. I will probably look for more books by this author after taking time to absorb this one.

PimaLib_SierraG Aug 25, 2017

A uniquely South-Asian style of urban fantasy with a whole pantheon of gods and monsters that do not come up in urban fantasy near often enough. Fans of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files will feel right at home with this down-on-his-luck cannibal chief who knows just enough mystic tricks to keep from ending up dinner himself.
Strong language, lots of blood and gore (he does cook people after all) and mythic characters run amok!

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