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1zjakkelien
Set 19, 2012, 5:10pm

I read the word theobroma somewhere some time ago and it reminded me of a book I must have read, but I can hardly remember anything about it. Only that it had this stuff in it, theobroma, I believe it was multi-coloured? And it did something, something magical, but I don't remember what. I vaguely seem to remember that you shouldn't eat too much of it, but I'm not sure about that.
If I read this in a book, it must have been a long time ago, or I'm sure I would remember more. Does this ring a bell for anyone?

2kmaziarz
Set 19, 2012, 5:18pm

Quite possibly Kage Baker's Company series. (Start with In the Garden of Iden.) Theobroma seeds are used to make chocolate, and the immortals in her series use chocolate...which they just call theobroma...as a sort of mildly intoxicating drug...it has a different effect on their nervous systems than on those of regular humans.

3mart1n
Set 19, 2012, 5:19pm

Are you thinking of Kage Baker's Company books (they start with In the Garden of Iden)? Theobromos is another name for chocolate, which has a narcotic effect on the immortals therein.

4mart1n
Set 19, 2012, 5:20pm

Great minds think alike :-)

5lorax
Set 19, 2012, 7:36pm

It's the first thing I thought of too, until the part where the OP says it was a "long time ago" - the Company books are relatively recent.

6Nerilka
Set 19, 2012, 8:08pm

Theobroma is a feature in Poison Study by Maria V Snyder - it makes the consumer more open to magic. Probably too recent to be the one you're looking for though.

7kmaziarz
Set 19, 2012, 10:30pm

#5--the first Company book was published in 1997, which while not a LONG long time ago is long enough ago that many details could have faded...

8zjakkelien
Editado: Set 20, 2012, 1:57am

*blushes*
I suppose it wasn't as long ago as I thought... I'm pretty sure it was Poison study. I was convinced the book couldn't be in my bookcase, since I remembered so few details, but I guess my memory wasn't functioning the way it should. Because the book is in my bookcase and I've even reread it 2 or 3 times...
Thanks for your help!