Book Review: Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

Title: Legends & Lattes

Author: Travis Baldree

Series: Legends & Lattes

Page Count: 304

Publish Date: November 8, 2022

Publisher: Tor

Synopsis:

After a lifetime of bounties and bloodshed, Viv is hanging up her sword for the last time.

The battle-weary orc aims to start fresh, opening the first ever coffee shop in the city of Thune. But old and new rivals stand in the way of success ― not to mention the fact that no one has the faintest idea what coffee actually is.

If Viv wants to put the blade behind her and make her plans a reality, she won’t be able to go it alone.

But the true rewards of the uncharted path are the travelers you meet along the way. And whether drawn together by ancient magic, flaky pastry, or a freshly brewed cup, they may become partners, family, and something deeper than she ever could have dreamed.

Legends & Lattes

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My Review:

I initially resisted this one because of all the hype but eventually succumbed to the temptation of seeing what everyone was raving about. After all, who doesn’t want to discover why an orc would give up adventuring?

Ironically, I ended up putting the book down after a few chapters. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood to read it. But after a bit, I picked it back up and was able to read it in one sitting.

I liked Viv. A retired Orc adventurer who wants to start up a coffee shop is quite an unexpected experience.

It’s not something I would normally even consider reading. After all, I don’t drink coffee, so coffee shops aren’t my thing. And yet, I found myself enjoying Viv’s journey of opening the shop, developing a menu, building a customer base, and getting some employees.

This book does have the cozy vibes that everyone was talking about. Hell, at times, I wanted to visit Viv’s shop.

However, where the book faltered for me was the repetitiveness of the story. Coffee is brewed. People ooh and aah over it. Cinnamon buns are baked. Everyone oohs and aahs over it. Rinse and repeat for everything that ends up on the coffee shop menu. It became a little boring knowing that whatever was coming up next, the same response would be given by all the characters.

Now, that’s not all that happened in the book, but it was a lot of it.

Let’s talk characters for a moment. Viv was an enjoyable character, though I’d like to know more about her past. I feel like that will come in the rest of the series.

Tandri was also a nice addition to the story. She works well as a partner for Viv, both in the shop and romantically.

Then there is my favorite character, Cal. His quiet ways and dedication to giving Viv and the shop the best work he can offer were really great. I would honestly love to see a side story about him.

It was nice to see Viv’s old crew and it did give a bit of a hint to her previous life. And it showed that she didn’t completely write off those from her past even though she gave up adventuring.

The Madrigal added some flavor to the story. She’s an unknown element for much of it but her role is important to Viv and the shop, even if at first it feels like it’s the opposite.

The rest of the characters were kinda just there. I honestly can’t remember their names or really what they did for most of the book.

While the focus of the story is on the shop and those working and visiting it, there is a small bit of romance. It’s mostly at the end but there are hints of it throughout which was nice.

Overall, it’s a decent story and I can see why so many loved it. The strength of this book is the journey of finding out why an orc wants to open a “bean water” shop. If it wasn’t for the repetitive nature of the story I would have liked it more. I do have the second book on my TBR and I will get to it at some point.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Legends & Lattes. Have you read this book?

4 Comments

  1. It does sound like a cozy read but it’s a shame that it was so repetitive (that can sometimes be a reason I stop reading something if it’s too grating). I have not heard of this book series before, and will admit it’s unlikely something I’d pick up, but as a coffee shop lover, this interests me a bit!

    1. Author

      It was cozy and I did enjoy it but the repetitiveness was the biggest downfall, though not enough for me to put it down. I’d still recommend checking it out, as you may enjoy it.

  2. Thanks for recommending this book to me. I am hearing about it for the first time, but the book sounds interesting!

    1. Author

      It’s certainly an interesting story.

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