Legends & Lattes Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
High fantasy, low stakes—with a double-shot of coffee.
After decades of raising hell, Viv the orc barbarian is finally hanging up her sword for good. Now she sets her sights on a new dream—one that involves pulling more shots than punches. Armed with hope and a hard-earned secret, she plans to open the first coffee shop in Thune.
To build something that will last, Viv needs a new crew. She enlists a gruff hob builder shunned by humans, and a shy baker whose cinnamon rolls are to die for. Then there’s Tandri, a charming succubus who’s determined not to let anyone assume anything about her.
But Thune has a shady underbelly that keeps goading Viv to take up her sword once more. New enemies threaten her beloved coffee shop and rag-tag team. And Viv’s adventuring past isn’t so eager to leave her behind—or the fabled piece of loot she took with her.
Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree is a cosy, heartwarming slice-of-life fantasy about found families and fresh starts—perfect for fans of TJ Klune, Katherine Addison and T. Kingfisher.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 21 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||16 June 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 333 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Lesbian Fiction
1 in LGBTQ+ Fantasy
7 in Dragon & Mythical Creatures Fantasy
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If you love coffee and fantasy you NEED to read this book! Don't let the cover fool you, it has top-notch writing.
Everything about this book is.. AMAZING. The setting.. The description... And most importantly, the CHARACTERS.
Honestly, I'm so glad to have received an ARC. Truly. This book is a gem.
I definitely recommend this book. Definitely one of my favourites of the year.
A nice easy feel good story on what could happen to the warriors when they retire. I particularly liked the way that things didn't turn out exactly as the MC thought they would but they still turned out! I didn't read this book in one sitting it took a few days, but I definitely thought about it when I didn't get to read it!
His prose is eloquent and terse, allowing perceptive lines that will make any ready with with one hand on a page and the other reaching for their favoured brew and plate of sweet baked goods. (On my final reading session I had to enjoy two coffees & a lovely hot cross bun)
I am a forever fan. Each character is worthy of time but Thimble, as the quiet but earnest baking genius, was imbued with such character despite thrifty dialogue, that I felt his reactions to Viv’s warmth and care inspiring.
Buy and read and devour (with a good coffee). You won’t regret it.
the description of thimbles food was mouth-watering and I highly advise you to have a beverage of choice while reading because this book makes you want to sip on something while you read.
Seeing this kind of story, the softer side of fantasy, was a great change of pace from the high drama often seen in this genre.
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I saw Legends & Lattes floating around my Twitter feed a fair bit in late January. I follow a lot of TTRPG nerds, bookworms, and video gamers so there is a lot of crossover interest in a book advertised as a “cozy fantasy novel about an orc barbarian-ess who retires to open a coffee shop”, alongside that absolutely beautiful cover art. I immediately knew I had to keep my eye out. The thing is, come 22nd February I was between books and whoopsadaisy, my finger slipped. Usually, I like to wait for reviews to come around when I’m purchasing so I can make a judgement but I couldn’t resist. The world needs a “cozy fantasy” genre and I had to check this out.
Oh my god, you guys, this book is actually the feeling of drinking a nice hot beverage (shall we say… coffee?) on a rainy day. Relaxing and blissful. Most of the novel is literally just about building Viv’s coffee shop, a quirky Gnomish thing that most of this world has no idea about, making new friends in this new city after hanging up her adventuring sword (literally), and growing the business. And somehow it’s lovely. Yes, I usually like a little more action in my books but sometimes a little banter between an Orc Barbarian lady and her new Hob friend as they turn an abandoned livery into a coffee shop is just what you need.
The entire cast of characters, too, are an absolute delight. Viv herself is nervous about this new venture, after hacking and slashing her way through dungeons and monsters for years, and she takes a few magical precautions to help her along. She doesn’t exactly believe in herself, but she certainly believes in the idea and that draws some wonderful people to her. First off, Cal, the Hob who helps her build up the shop. He is so willing to help, and while he comes off a little wary at first, he’s really taken by Viv’s drive and I always smiled when he entered the scene. Then we meet Tandri, a sweater-wearing succubus who longs to live her life without the reputation of her ancestry constantly following her around. She is an excellent business partner and seems to understand exactly what the coffee shop needs. Her and Viv’s friendship is so lovely too. I may have liked to see a little more growth between them but I think what we do get is really sweet. There are other people Viv ends up befriending as well, some fantastic regulars, including a massive smoky dire cat who turns up exactly when she wants to.
Don’t assume there is absolutely nothing happening within Legends & Latte, however. Yes, the stakes are low and it maintains its cosy feeling from beginning to end, there are a couple of threats Viv and her friends need to deal with and by the end of the story, they have. I really enjoyed getting a little look into this new fantasy world and how the city of Thune works, so much so I’d love to see more of it. Heck, I’d love to get an epic fantasy adventure within this world! Or perhaps, more cosy fantasy books in different areas. I think Travis has a great talent on his hands for worldbuilding and storytelling and I’d love to see what else he can do!
Legends and Lattes is a delightful, delicious, heart-warming tale and you owe it to yourself to read it!
Just remember to get some good coffee and biscotti before you begin.
But this finally appeared on my kindle app the other day and I thought I'd make a cuppa and scroll through a few pages. My coffee went cold. I couldn't get enough of this - honestly, from the world-building, to the rich characters, to the bending and snapping of old tropes around fantasy characters and the delicious descriptions of food and drink (no, seriously) this was perfection wrapped in wax paper. Best served with Thimblets and your favourite mug of coffee. Dont read if you don't have much time to spare, because you will lose hours as you delve into the wonderful world Travis has built and fall in love with (almost) every single character and this story.
The story is relaxing and predictable in the good way. The cast is really charming and relatable from Viv the storng lady of an adventurer party to the halfling carpenter whose most common answer to anything is "Hmm".
The writing is good and the sentences teleport you into a coffee shop if you are not in one when reading the novel evoking all five senses.
I suggest you to grab a cuppa, sit down and treat yourself with Viv's delicious adventure.
Orc mercenary Viv has had enough of bloodletting and swordslinging. She craves a quieter life, she wants to set up a coffee shop, the big problem is in the city of Thune they've never even heard of Coffee. So between the renovation of an old broken down premises, the criminal underworld and getting people to come and try the new 'Bean water' she has her work cut out for her.. but as they say, build it and they will come and Viv is nothing but determined, slowly she makes friends and a small but loyal community grows around this Orc with a vision and while there are some willing to help her fail, the real test is to see if she can succeed with her new set of skills and friends and maybe find something she didn't know she was looking for.
This Is no big grand adventure, with world altering stakes and its all the better for it. Its like that first hot drink of the day, or the last one after a day's work, its about slowing down, appreciating what you have, the story feels so nice, like the taste of a warm pastry or fresh bread lashed with butter... reading this book literally makes you feel better and I found myself not only thinking about it when I'd put it down but wanting to visit and sit a spell. A genuinely wonderful find and a definite five star read.