Title: Legends & Lattes: A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes
Author: Travis Baldree
Genre: Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Publication Date: February 22, 2022
Publisher: Cryptid Press
Themes: Greif, Sapphic Romance, Friendship, Cozy Vibes, Baking, Fire, Minor Obsessive/Stalking Behaviour
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.
Thank you so much to the author for an eARC of this book.
Do you like high fantasy? Maybe D&D vibes but make it soft, cozy, and mundane? Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to start a coffee shop in a fantasy world? Do you need the vibes of a warm hug and hot drink? Well, this is the book for you!
I can honestly tell you that this is going to be a new comfort read for me. From the start it was giving me all those warm, cozy vibes that I desperately needed. This is like a balm to soothe the soul on a hard day/week/month/year. It honestly soothed my soul. I am a lover of fantasy and D&D vibes, but sometimes the threat of death and the end of the world is too much for my brain, so reading this book that is just slow and mundane in all the best ways was everything I needed.
Viv is such an interesting and lovely character. She’s an adventurer who just wanted to leave the adventuring life behind and live a simple life. Of course, that’s not the norm and opening a coffee shop in a town that doesn’t even know what coffee is, is hard enough without some other people trying to mess things up for you. I loved watching Viv grow and try to navigate a life that isn’t about adventuring and killing for money. I also really loved seeing her enthusiasm for her dream and the life she wanted to make for herself.
I loved the characters around her and how they all came together to create a found family. Found family is a trope that I’ll just eat up and this one was so sweet. It gave me all the warm feelings of having people around you who just get you. Watching Viv navigate interactions and bumble through getting people to help her and navigating this new adventure.
I think the plot points and twists, though low stakes, were still exciting and added enough tension to make me desperate to read more. I finished this book in two days because I just wanted to live in the world and find out how Viv and her friends managed. I also really enjoyed the very light romance that happened. I don’t want to spoil anything but watching these two move around each other and have those little hints of interest was so lovely and soft. It was the sweetest thing to watch them grow together and trust each other. I just ate it all up. And the ending! It made my heart so full and warm!
Did I love this book? YES! Do I recommend it? Absolutely yes! Will this book become a new comfort read? 100% yes! Will I likely read this again in the next few weeks? Of course!
Rating: 5/5 Stars