A nice escapist read
★★★★☆ – CALSPIE: 8.07
Title: Legends & Lattes
Author: Travis Baldree
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / Cozy Fantasy
First published: 2022
Edition: Kindle e-book
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.
I gave into the hype and picked this up when it was cheap on Kindle Daily Deal. Did I like it? Yes. Do I think it lived up to the hype? Maybe not quite.
Curiosity is a funny thing. When you see a book doing the rounds enough time, you do end up being seduced by it at some point. So it is that I ended up trying out this cozy fantasy novel that I have been seeing all over the place. Advertised as high fantasy, low stakes, it pretty much does what it says on the tin and it was kind of nice to read something relatively calm and warm.
Overall I liked the characters and the tone of the novel. I especially enjoyed reading about the new friendships that Viv struck up. The coffee shop aspect was neither here nor there for me. It was a good vehicle for the characters to connect, but I think the way the author incorporated modern world aspects was just a tad too cheesy for me, which surprised me really, as I am very much a coffee person and I do enjoy a nice café hang with good company. Maybe the combination of fantasy with contemporary culture simply does not work for me.
I did find myself getting a bit bored halfway through and though it did pick up again, I did not end up loving this as much as everyone else seems to.
It was enjoyable and it made a nice change. I would be happy to pick up the next book at some point when I am in the mood for it, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to. This was a solid escapist read, but for me it did not do anything extraordinary
4 out of 5 stars
- Characters: 8.5
- Ambience: 9
- Language: 8
- Story: 7.5
- Pacing: 7.5
- Interest: 8
- Enjoyment: 8