Legends & Lattes
Books | FICTION / Fantasy / General
High Fantasy with a double-shot of self-reinventionWorn 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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"Just finished this book. It was a delight to read. Very personal, low-stakes. Just a former adventurer trying to change her life and open a coffee shop. No action to speak of, but the charm and character relationships keep it interesting if you're in the mood for something cozy. Mild LGBT, for anybody interested. Nothing explicit."
"I normally like action in my fantasy books. Knew this book didn't have that but decided to listen to it due to many good reviews Storyline was about Viv an orc and recently violent mercenary trying to turn over a new leaf by opening a coffee shop. A problem was that none of the locals were familiar with coffee Story had interesting characters, a description of growing relationship between an orc and a succulent, building of a community and overcoming adversity. A+ for relationship Fantasy "
"This is a cute feel good store, Viv is done being a warring orc, her livelihood consisting of how strong she can fight her way through enemies. So like any other boss lady she decides to hang up her sword, literally, and retire into a quiet existence selling coffee in a new town that’s never heard or felt the sweet sweet comfort of a hot drink in a quiet corner. The author spends a lot of time helping us get to know Viv, and as one does when new to a city, we also get to know the new people that become Viv’s inner circle. I LOVE THIMBLE, IYKYK! If only baked goods could solve world issues like his do. I LOVE the journey that Viv undergoes, burying who she was to allow a new Viv to be born, however I feel like the front of end of this book is so heavy on the plot (building and growing of the coffee shop, friendships), that the back end was rushed with character development and relationship building. It’s hard to explain without spoiling, but Tandri and Viv felt more like close friends for a MAJORITY of this book, and less like strangers/friends to lovers. Maybe it was left as such so that we are left to draw our own conclusions? Ultimately, what made this book an enjoyable experience for me was the found family trope, it always gets me and this book was no exception. TB created the perfect little family out of complete and odd strangers brought together by circumstance, or perhaps magic 😈 IYKYK. That epilogue, *chef’s kiss*, Amity is swift and perfectly on time. And the plot twist with the Madrigal, absolutely LOL moment. Happy reading! "