Have You Read Legends & Lattes? (My Thoughts)

Legends & Lattes is the cozy, warm blanket of a book I didn’t know I wanted.

Then it got really cold, icy, and snowy in St. Louis. I had just finished my previous book (Defiant) and needed something new, and I recalled seeing a friend recommend a book with an orc on the cover. It looked like a D&D novel, but the orc was in a coffee shop. I was intrigued.

From the opening pages of Legends & Lattes, I was charmed and delighted. This is a book about an orc who opens a coffee shop. That’s it. Yet that’s all I needed on a cold St. Louis weekend.

While the author, Travis Baldress, probably could have set the book in the real world, I think the light fantasy setting works great here. Not only is there something inherently cozy about a fantasy city, but the genre twist is refreshing. This isn’t about an orc as a monster or about questing or slaying; it’s about an orc who wants to build and run a business featuring a drink that no one has heard of (coffee).

Legends & Lattes is a complete story, though I’m excited to learn that a sequel has already been released. I’m excited to snuggle into bed tonight with it.

Have you read this or anything like this?

6 thoughts on “Have You Read Legends & Lattes? (My Thoughts)”

  1. Ok, your description alone has me intrigued. It reminds me of an anime a friend asked me to watch. Normally I don’t enjoy anime, but I was willing to try it for this friend. The anime is about a fantasy world where, once each week, on Sunday, a door to our universe appears, specifically to a restaurant, and the entire anime is about the goings on of that restaurant. Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I think I’ll give this book a try! (Restaurant to another Universe is the anime, for the curious)

  2. I loved this book. Simple and delightful! Looking forward to a sequel.

    The comment from Christopher Breymeyer reminded me of a podcast; Midnight Burger. It’s about a time travelling, dimension-spanning diner. Every day it (and its staff) appear somewhere new in the cosmos.

  3. Yeti Left Home by Aaron Rosenberg is an easy read about a yeti who is trying to fit in when he travels to the city. With his ballcap on, people just mistake him for a tall guy with a big beard. The supernatural characters are disguised and just a part of the story about trying to fit in and appreciating some of the simpler things in life. It can really make you think, but is also a fun read with Rosenberg’s offbeat sense of humor.


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