By Elle Newmark
In a global of violence and intrigue, who guards the truth?
It is 1498, sunrise of the Renaissance, and Venice teems with rumors approximately an old e-book believed to carry the secrets and techniques of power—alchemy, love, or even immortality. a few will cease at not anything to discover it; others will die to guard it. As intrigue grips Her so much Serene Republic, Luciano, a light-fingered, streetwise orphan, will get stuck up within the insanity. The doge’s enigmatic chef takes him into the palace kitchen as an apprentice, the place he's initiated into the chef’s deliciously mysterious world—itself alive with harmful secrets and techniques. After Luciano witnesses an inexplicable homicide, he embarks on a deadly trip to discover the reality. What he discovers will try his loyalty, express him the darkish facet of men’s souls, and threaten his love for an audacious convent lady. however it also will swing open the shutters of his brain, and depart an indelible mark on his soul.
A luminous and seductive novel, The Chef ’s Apprentice is, at its center, a high-spirited tribute to the culmination of information and the intense strength of these who carry its key.In an international of violence and intrigue, who guards the reality?
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