Legends & Lattes is one of those books that has been so hyped to me. Everyone I know has loved it and keeps telling me I will love it. Spoiler alert – I did. Talk about the coziest fantasy I’ve read in a while. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
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.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
Talk about a book that 100% measures up to the hype. Someone told me the other day it’s high fantasy with low stakes and I would co-sign that. Legends & Lattes is about an orc who just wants to retire and make coffee for people who don’t even know what it is. From the beginning I was swayed by the preciousness of it all. First of all, I love to watch passionate people. Whether that be Viv and how much she loves the magic of coffee and wants to share that. Or the various other side characters around her.
I think if you’ve been looking for a book which blends fantasy elements – orcs and bounties, curses and succubi – but also want something to read before bed. Something to snuggle into – this is for you. All of the characters are charming. Viv has this genuine passion and curiosity. A theme which shines towards the latter half of the novel is a question of fate and destiny. If we make our own luck or does our luck make us. If you also love found family, then you have to pick up Legends & Lattes.
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It’s a true combination of all the elements I love all in one. There’s a quest for balance. For knowing that we don’t have to have just one thing be our entire world. And that we can reach out to those around us for help. A found family we have built without knowing it. Find Legends & Lattes on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, Bookshop.org & The Book Depository.