Legends & Lattes

A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes

Paperback, 304 pages

Published Nov. 8, 2022 by Tor Books.

ISBN:
9781250886088
Goodreads:
60314494

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4 stars (17 reviews)

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.

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A Cozy Cup of Warmth

5 stars

This is a fantastic January read for when the weather's bad and you're curled up inside. The plot is very slice of life focused, and it's as warm and cozy as the drinks described in the novel itself. Highly reccommend for anyone who feels they need to escape from real life for a couple of hours.

Review of 'Legends & Lattes' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I really liked this book. It was short and fun to read. It was actually comforting. It made me feel like I was tucked in a corner of a quaint hole-in-the-wall café reading a book even though I was in my living room. And now I want to quit my job and own my own coffee shop!

Review of 'Legends & Lattes' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

LEGENDS & LATTES pronounces itself high fantasy with low stakes, and it absolutely delivers. Viv has given up adventuring and now worries about things like building her coffee shop, attracting customers, explaining what coffee is, and other small intricacies of running a business in a new place, doing the everyday work that builds a cozy space for all who enter it peacefully. I love its take on a café cat.

As an orc, Viv deals with some conversational bumps as people tend to assume that the only thing she can be is the profession she’s left behind. Leaving adventuring as suddenly as she did left some hard feelings, and occasionally people from her former life show up whether she’s ready for them or not.

The worldbuilding assumes at least a passing familiarity with a D&D-style setting, and offers a lovely breath of fresh air which is something more exciting than …

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