Ryan Rose (Ryan_Rose on QT) has signed with agent Harry Illingworth of DHH Literary.
Dear Mr. Illingworth,
I am querying you because you're looking for Epic Fantasy reminiscent of Anthony Ryan and Pierce Brown. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
SEVEN RECIPES FOR REVOLUTION is Adult Epic Fantasy complete at 140,000 words. It has YA crossover appeal and includes horror elements. It will appeal to fans of THE EMPIRE OF THE VAMPIRE's unreliable frame-story narrator, THE KAIJU PRESERVATION SOCIETY's lovable destructive kaiju, and magical food mechanics found in JRPG's such as Final Fantasy 15 and Monster Hunter World.
Seventeen-year-old Paprick labors as an indentured butcher, carving carriage-sized cuts of meat from living kaiju so elite chefs can grill meals that impart magical abilities to the city rulers who eat them. But Paprick's true passion is cooking, and he dreams of liberating his people by becoming a chef himself and sharing the kaijus' magic. Problem is, indentures face execution for tasting kaiju-flesh and no one becomes a chef without inventing a recipe that centers the meat.
When his debt becomes inescapable, Paprick skims flesh off his cuts to practice recipes at home. But skilled though he is, Paprick suffers a world that hasn't seen a new recipe in a generation, supplies and creativity stifled by war and indentures; and his desperation grows as he starts to draw attention. Rooting through a destroyed spice market, Paprick uncovers a spice imported from lands unknown, and whips together a dry rub with the last of his stolen meat, inventing a recipe with a taste like none before.
His joy is short-lived. The dish's magic uncontrollably grows Paprick to kaiju-size, revealing his success to the entire city. Immediately, the rulers arrest him to plan his execution, but Paprick uses his wit, sharp as a butcher's cleaver, to convince the rulers that he deserves a place as a chef's apprentice–if they ever want to learn his Recipe.
Cleared of charges, Paprick still simmers on his dream of overthrowing the rulers and aligns with a rebel faction. As Paprick works as their spy, the rulers harass him for his recipe and the spice, and Paprick searches for its origin. But his search reveals there's someone else inventing new recipes, someone who's willing to cannibalize indentures to find the most gruesome power of all.