Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree – Review

Published: February 22, 2022

Publisher: Cryptid Press

Series: Standalone

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 318 (eBook)

My Rating: 4.0/5.0

High Fantasy with a double-shot of self-reinvention

Worn out after decades of packing steel and raising hell, Viv the orc barbarian cashes out of the warrior’s life with one final score. A forgotten legend, a fabled artifact, and an unreasonable amount of hope lead her to the streets of Thune, where she plans to open the first coffee shop the city has ever seen.

However, her dreams of a fresh start pulling shots instead of swinging swords are hardly a sure bet. Old frenemies and Thune’s shady underbelly may just upset her plans. To finally build something that will last, Viv will need some new partners and a different kind of resolve.

A hot cup of fantasy slice-of-life with a dollop of romantic froth.

This has got to be one of the coziest fantasy books to have ever been released. If you want to sit in a coffee shop having cinnamon rolls whilst reading about someone building their own coffee shop filled with scrumptious baked goods and delicious, aromatic coffee, then you should totally read this book.

Viv, formerly a blade wielding adventurer, has decided to hang up her blade in favor of a more peaceful life. Too many adventurers die young and she doesn’t want that sort of end, especially when she has dreams of opening her own coffee shop. Her last mission payout is basically a magical stone (out of a creature’s head!) that will lead her to her desires and so it leads her to the city of Thune, where she begins her work. Along the way she makes wonderful new friends, undertakes the many arduous tasks of beginning and running a successful business, and even deals with some of the shadier elements of the city. 

I really enjoyed the change of pace from the darker, more epic fantasies in favor of something on a smaller scale that had such wholesome vibes. I think Travis Baldree has kicked off a trend of low stakes, cozy stories perfect for a nice weekend in. Whilst this didn’t knock my socks off (in fact, it made me want to put socks on AND grab a blanket and snacks) it was a genuine pleasure to read and I found myself easily invested in the success of the titular coffee shop, Legends & Lattes. I hope to see more books like this and especially more books from this particularly talented writer – it seems the big publishers have jumped on board this trend, because Tor Books recently picked up Legends & Lattes after its smashing self-pubbed success!

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