Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree


“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 elegant, 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 shows 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.”

-Synopsis from back cover


Cover image from StoryGraph

I first heard about Legends and Lattes on Twitter, and it sounded cute so I added it to my reading list. Then, I came across it at the library recently and knew it was time to read it. I’m so glad that I did! This was the most delightful book I have ever read. I immediately wanted to read it again when I was done.

I don’t read much fantasy, but that did not impact my love of the story. There is no need to be familiar with any sort of fantasy stories or worlds to appreciate this book. Viv is a very lovable character and her hope of starting a new life in Thune and being a small business owner made her very relatable. The story of Viv coming to Thune and setting up shop is told in a very relaxed way, as she meets new friends, and starts her business.

This book is billed as being “a novel of high fantasy and low stakes” and that could not be more accurate. It made for a very lighthearted reading experience with some mystery and light romance mixed in.

I loved reading this, would absolutely read a sequel and hope that the author plans to write more books soon. If you are looking for something relaxing, charming, and downright delightful, I can’t recommend this enough.

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