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Legends & Lattes por Travis Baldree
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Legends & Lattes (original 2022; edição 2022)

por Travis Baldree (Autor)

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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 rivals old and new stand in the way of success. Not to mention the fact that no one has the faintest idea of what coffee even 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, a flaky pastry, or a freshly brewed cup, they may become partners, family, and something deeper than she ever could have dreamed.… (mais)
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Título:Legends & Lattes
Autores:Travis Baldree (Autor)
Informação:Tor Trade (2022), 304 pages
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The single bad thing about this is that it’s Baldree’s only current novel so there aren’t another bunch of delightful, low-stakes, coffee-shop-AU-style fantasy novels I can go and read RIGHT NOW. ( )
  deborahee | Feb 23, 2024 |
This was one of the most hyped books in existence for a while in certain corners of the internet, and while I generally tend to wait out hype cycles, how was I supposed to resist a queer cozy fantasy long-term?

Listen. I was really into this until I abruptly very much was NOT. I got VERY hung up on the injustice of the local protection racket, which I can understand if Viv decides to go along with because she knows she can no longer solve all her problems with her sword, but instead she decides to go along with it because she thinks the old lady in charge is neat?

It pissed me off. And I could not let go of it.

I have read the reviews and it seems clear I AM THE ONLY ONE IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD, but it broke the spell for me. I kept reading out of the hopes that the magic would be rekindled, but instead I just found new things to irritate me.

I swear I am not just being contrary, this book was just Not For Me. ( )
  greeniezona | Feb 22, 2024 |
{first of 2+prequel in Legends and Lattes series; fantasy, friendship, NaNoWriMo, coffee, steampunk} (2022)

The sub-title is 'High fantasy. Low stakes. Good coffee'

I like the way Baldree takes every fantasy trope and turns it on its head; our hero is an older female orc warrior (who visits libraries), on the point of retiring as we read the prologue (we enter on her last sword-stroke). This is not an adventure story; it is what happens after the mission is accomplished or what happens behind the scenes in the everyday lives of characters that heroes pass by.

Viv wants to start a café in a city that's never heard of coffee so she has to build from scratch. She's saved the bounties she's earned and she has a secret weapon; a Scalvert Stone which, according to her readings, should attract good fortune. So, having done her research, she enters the city of Thune, finds a good location and starts building her business - literally from the ground up, including the building itself. Along the way she finds good people, who become good friends, who help her in her quest.

This story was pitched just right, like a warm cup of coffee on a brisk autumn day; the sub-title is accurate. It's a gentle story which leaves you feeling good after reading it. It's not about high adventure and derring-do but the quest down unknown roads and the friends you make on the journey. Of course, it's not all smooth sailing and Viv comes up against trials like the neighbourhood bully-boys who want their protection money and the jealous business rival but her friends, both new and old, pitch in to help.

There are no humans in this story though most are human-like. I was amused by Baldree reinventing the wheel (and the pinwheels, cinnamon rolls, biscotti etc.) with Thimble's pastries and things like the gnomish 'auto-circulator' (ceiling fan). The gnomish inventions, such as Viv's flame-powered coffee machine, give this fantasy a slightly steampunk flavour.

A couple of minor points (and just my opinion): to be honest I wasn't entirely comfortable with the arrangement that Viv came to with the Madrigal, though she was obviously happy with it. And, though the villain's comeuppance was very apt, I'd have preferred the other one that was posited for them.

I think this is Baldree's ode to coffee, he describes savouring a cup so lovingly. Try it.

(October 2023)
3.75 stars ( )
  humouress | Feb 13, 2024 |
Got me out of my head for awhile ( )
  sraedi | Feb 2, 2024 |
What if your life was filled with things that didn’t really make you feel good. What if you wanted to start over, be someone else, or just a better version of yourself? It’s hard and you’re scared shitless you won’t be accepted and that you’ll fail. You give it a chance because you found something that will help make it happen, something of magic and mystery.
This story hits you in the feels, especially when you get to page 248. I’ve never read a book like this before, but now I want more. I needed this and I know a lot of other people do too. I already have my eye on the sequel and searching for similar novels. This really sets the bar pretty high, so…..yeah ( )
  cmpeters | Feb 2, 2024 |
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Legends & Lattes, by Travis Baldree, is a sweet and gentle story about what happens after your orc heroine kills all the bad guys and gets all the treasure. It’s the D&D / coffeeshop AU mashup that I didn’t know I wanted to read about.
 

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Lowmiller, CarsonArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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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 rivals old and new stand in the way of success. Not to mention the fact that no one has the faintest idea of what coffee even 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, a flaky pastry, or a freshly brewed cup, they may become partners, family, and something deeper than she ever could have dreamed.

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