Legends & Lattes

A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes

Paperback, 304 pages

English language

Published Nov. 8, 2022 by Tor Books.

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5 stars (11 reviews)

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.

3 editions

reviewed Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

Cozy fantasy

5 stars

While I am new to cozy fantasy as a genre, I thoroughly enjoyed my first taste with Legends and Lattes. While I was on edge waiting for action I am so used to getting in fantasy, I was not disappointed when little came. I found myself wanting to try a hand at baking the treats found in the little cafe from Thune. And I am not known for my cooking nor baking skills. I highly recommend for a relaxing read.


4 stars

Legends & Lattes ist ein eher kurzes Buch, aber genau richtig, wenn man einfach mal abschalten möchte. Wenn man es ganz genau nimmt, gibt es keinen großen Plot, aber trotzdem fühlt man sich beim Lesen sehr wohl. Der Autor setzt Dinge, die einem dieses heimelige Gefühl geben sehr geschickt ein, so dass man sich direkt daheim fühlt. Wie ich schon schrieb: Man hat immer ein Lächeln im Gesicht. Baldree ist eigentlich Voice Actor für Hörbücher (und ein sehr guter), das merkt man dem Buch an. Es ist geschrieben, um gesprochen zu werden. Das ist nicht negativ, sondern belebt die Figuren, die nie hözern wirken.

Low Stakes Sword & Sorcery? Yes, Please

5 stars

The tagline is "A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes" and then sneakily spends the entire novel showing that when you focus on individuals (including yourself) the little things really do matter.

This was just a fun read. I loved all the main characters, the bits of backstory, the interactions, the bending of coffeehouse stereotypes, and the bits of mystery here and there that never get resolved.

I instantly pre-ordered the next book, and hope this setting spawns many more books. I think this would many an excellent multi-author world, each telling low stakes stories, and would love to see that happen.

As description: light froth

5 stars

If you are in the mood for incredibly low-stakes and predictable cozy fantasy, this absolutely ticks all the boxes. The few twists are so trope-y they aren't even twists. I'm absolutely sure if this was set in the real world I would find it immeasurably dull.

A Tim Horton's French Vanilla of a book: cloyingly sweet.

A Fantasy Rom-Com

5 stars

"A novel of high fantasy... and low stakes"

You get exactly as it reads on the tin for this book. It feels to me like a romantic comedy in book form. An orc woman stops adventuring to start a coffee shop. What follows is hi-jinks, suspiciously convenient events, and mostly non-conflicts. Even the worst thing that happens to the main character in the book is not so very terrible in the end.

Unless you are bothered by same-sex relationships, nothing in this book is a game changer for fantasy nor will it challenge your view of the world. Personally, I loved it. It's like a warm cup of coffee in the morning.