Legends & Lattes by: Travis Baldree

High Fantasy with a double-shot of self-reinvention

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.

A hot cup of fantasy slice-of-life with a dollop of romantic froth.

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Content Warnings: Violence, fire, injuries from fire, stalking, and sexual harassment.


After months of seeing this book all over my FYP, on Tiktok, I finally decided it was time to take the plunge…and enjoyed every second!

Viv is tired…after years of battles and blood. Determined to lay down her sword and start a new adventure she takes her money to Thune, a large city that seems perfect for her new venture.

Not only do we get to see the formation of her coffee shop but we get to see Viv surround herself with friends that quickly become a found family. She’s finally able to start letting herself relax and enjoy life rather than always being on high alert.

Before reading this book I didn’t know that “cozy fantasy” could be a thing. I love the idea of seeing an adventurer after they retire their weapons, and look for a different path.

If you love the idea of fantasy but get anxious at all the high stakes and various threats…I highly recommend reading this book…whose tagline is “A novel of High Fantasy…and low stakes”.


Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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