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Published Nov. 7, 2023 by Tor Books.

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4 stars (4 reviews)

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 she couldn't possibly imagine.

Still, adventure isn't all that far away. A suspicious traveler in gray, a gnome with a chip on her shoulder, a summer fling, and an improbable number of skeletons prove Murk to be more eventful than Viv could have ever expected.

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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.

Hatte für mich keine Magie

2 stars

Leider hat der zweite Teil bei mir nicht funktioniert und das obwohl ich sicher noch mehr auf Bücher aufspringe, als auf Kaffee. Es wollte kein Funken überspringen, so gar nicht. Die Story plätscherte, so gut es Baldree geschafft hatte, die Leidenschaft für Kaffee in Worte zu fassen, so wenig funktionierte es bei Bücher. Hinzukommt, dass die auch der einzige Unterschied zwischen den Geschichten ist. Beim ersten Teil war die Story schon dünn, aber der Zauber groß. Ohne Zauber bleibt nur die dünne Story. Schade.

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