Wars aren’t fought anymore outside in the battlefield by armies of strong warriors. Instead, they are decided by depudies. Not outside, but inside: Both sides at one dining table, and the first to die poisoned looses. This civilization has cultured females in the art of poisoning and antivenoms, and the main protagonist Lady Cassava is a hero in it, the Lily of her House, battling Yew, the Horn of her House.
Vivid language and imagery of tastes in a boring love story within an interesting setting. Interleaved is the protagonist’s background story and her relationship with her six children.