Bookshops and Bonedust

, #0

Paperback, 332 pages

English language

Published Nov. 7, 2023 by Tor Books.

ISBN:
978-1-250-32450-4
Copied ISBN!
4 stars (21 reviews)

When an injury throws a young, battle-hungry orc off her chosen path, she may find that what we need isn't always what we seek.

In Bookshops & Bonedust, a prequel to Legends & Lattes, New York Times bestselling author Travis Baldree takes us on a journey of high fantasy, first loves, and second-hand books.

Viv's career with the notorious mercenary company Rackam's Ravens isn't going as planned.

Wounded during the hunt for a powerful necromancer, she's packed off against her will to recuperate in the sleepy beach town of Murk—so far from the action that she worries she'll never be able to return to it.

What's a thwarted soldier of fortune to do?

Spending her hours at a beleaguered bookshop in the company of its foul-mouthed proprietor is the last thing Viv would have predicted, but it may be both exactly what she needs and the seed of changes …

4 editions

reviewed Bookshops and Bonedust by Travis Baldree (Legends and Lattes, #0)

A perfect prequel

5 stars

I really well enjoyed the accompanying book Legends and Lattes which was published first. I of course needed to pick up its prequel. I found I enjoyed this book even more than the first. A little more action than the previous book but I would still solidly place this book in the cozy fantasy genre. I found myself breezing through the pages and reading during breaks at work just to finish. I again would recommend this for a relaxing read.

Bookshops & Bonedust

4 stars

This was a fun prequel to Legends & Lattes. It was a much stronger book for me with much more depth; Viv is stuck injured in a small seaside town and has to figure out what to do with herself while she's recovering. It's a cozy book about finding new directions, supporting friends who are stuck, and connections even when they're temporary. These are very different books, but it made me want to go reread Bujold's Memory, which is also a book centered on sorting out your life when its expected trajectory has been suddenly altered.

It's also a book about loving books and caring for a bookstore, which immediately endeared itself to me. Fern (the foul-mouthed rattkin who owns said bookstore) recommends Viv a series of books from different (in-world fantasy takes on) genres. The snippets from these books are entertaining but each one ties implicitly and explicitly …

Review of 'Bookshops & Bonedust' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is as perfect a prequel to "Legends and Lattes" as it could be.
I love that we get to know more about our protagonists history and meet a whole lot of new, interesting characters.
Even though the author wrote in the acknowledgement that he had a hard time writing it, it speaks for his abilities that you can't feel that when reading the book and I really hope of a third book in the series, that let's us meet my favourite fantasy barista again.

Review of 'Bookshops & Bonedust' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

My perspective is different than most - I haven't read Legends & Lattes, and picked this up somewhat on a whim. I didn't even realize it was a prequel until the Epilogue.

Thoroughly enjoyed it though, and I'll definitely be reading Legends & Lattes too. Kingfisher's review on the jacket summed it up better than i could - "A warm hug of a book."

avatar for penwing

rated it

4 stars
avatar for whami

rated it

3 stars
avatar for Heavyboots

rated it

4 stars
avatar for joeyh

rated it

3 stars
avatar for Belghast

rated it

5 stars
avatar for bentreegecko

rated it

5 stars
avatar for JaymesRS

rated it

5 stars
avatar for 73pctGeek

rated it

3 stars
avatar for roytoo@ramblingreaders.org

rated it

5 stars
avatar for otterlove

rated it

4 stars
avatar for acdha

rated it

5 stars
avatar for flying_cookie

rated it

4 stars
avatar for ginkgo

rated it

5 stars

Subjects

  • Fantasy
  • Fiction