I just got done reading the debut fantasy novel by Travis Baldree, Legends and Lattes, and it’s sparked an entire new fixation on a genre I didn’t know I needed.
The book is proof that you can definitely judge a book by its cover, and sometimes you should. The cozy, coy illustration by Carson Lowmiller looks like an illustrated fantasy series of our dreams, but the tag line is what got me.
High Fantasy … and Low Stakes
Worlds with high magic, orc battles, political intrigue, magical creatures and terrifying monsters. I love them. But plop a disaffected barbarian orc who just wants to settle down and sell coffee in the middle of one, and give her a succubus love interest and a cast of strange friends? I AM IN LOVE.
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.
Beth is the proud sponsor of two little women and a huge fan of fandom. She took 3 years of Latin in high school and now speaks fluent pretension, which fully explains her current preference for gay wizard regency novels. She will roll over for a giant book with a map in the front. She takes comic book recommendations every day but Wednesday and TV recommendations never (she knows what's good).