Yesterday evening, we celebrated the launch of Black Throne Conspiracy on Amazon Select with a themed book launch party. Although there is certainly feasting in Black Throne Conspiracy (with a book full of noble machinations one would expect no less), there are few specific dishes described. Therefore we extrapolated ideas based on major characters and concepts from the book. There were Obryth Kahl Collards, named after Count Edwin’s Milrath bodyguard, whose mix of loyalty to yet disdain for his master suggested the sweet yet spicy combination of Pineapple Collards from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s book Appetite for Reduction. Chalzon Chicken, rather disturbingly named for the Deva of Passage, whose church oversees death and final testaments, was benign yet delicious barbeque quorn cutlets. Kestril Kugel, named for Sir Cobran’s niece, who undergoes many character-building experiences in the service of her uncle, was none other than the family favorite: noodle kugel. Cobran Crescents, after the hero of the novel, Sir Cobran, were actually crescent rolls. Sparkling Saralyn, named for the beautiful and competent priestess of Chalzon, who has a complicated relationship with Sir Cobran, was a lovely sparkling raspberry drink. And we finished everything off with Black Rock Cake, so good it’s evil, from the amazing recipe Raspberry Blackout Cake with Ganache-y Frosting from Moskowitz’s Vegan with a Vengeance. The food was a perfect complement to our high spirits at the release of this most excellent novel. After dinner, we watched the classic film The Three Musketeers (1948), starring Gene Kelly as the reckless and quite acrobatic D’Artagnan. The exuberant fencing scenes of the movie put us all in mind of a particularly thrilling fight sequence in Black Throne Conspiracy near the end of the book.
If you haven’t read Black Throne Conspiracy yet, pick up an ebook at Amazon or paperback at CreateSpace. And if you have any ideas for culinary delights suitable for the Ascension Galaxy, leave us a comment below!