When an injury throws a young, battle-hungry orc off her chosen path, she may find that what we need isn’t always what we seek.
Viv’s career with the notorious mercenary company Rackam’s Ravens isn’t going as planned.
Wounded during the hunt for a powerful necromancer, she’s packed off against her will to recuperate in the sleepy beach town of Murk—so far from the action that she worries she’ll never be able to return to it.
What’s a thwarted soldier of fortune to do?
Spending her hours at a beleaguered bookshop in the company of its foul-mouthed proprietor is the last thing Viv would have predicted, but it may be both exactly what she needs and the seed of changes she couldn’t possibly imagine.
Still, adventure isn’t all that far away. A suspicious traveller in grey, a gnome with a chip on her shoulder, a summer fling, and an improbable number of skeletons prove Murk to be more eventful than Viv could have ever expected.
In Bookshops & Bonedust, a prequel to Legends & Lattes, New York Times bestselling author Travis Baldree takes us on a journey of high fantasy, first loves, and second-hand books.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of Bookshops and Bonedust in exchange for review.
Oh I’m so happy to have another book featuring Viv, and one that is as incredible as its predecessor (although this one is the prequel). Travis has crafted such a wonderful cosy read with slightly higher stakes than Legends & Lattes. It fits perfectly because at this point Viv is still a merc who is forced to stay in Murk for a while due to an injury. So it makes sense that trouble would find its way to her and she wouldn’t be able to resist getting involved.
As the title suggests there’s bookshop heavily featured in this book. Once again I’ve read a book that makes me want to move to a sleepy town and run a bookshop, and have a pasty-filled bakery nearby. Murk is definitely a sleepy harbour town but with these additions it becomes the perfect setting for this story.
Featuring a whole host of wonderful characters Viv is never without some kind of company. From a bookshop owner who swears a lot to the shy orc who has an unexpected interest there’s never a dull moment in this book. Viv even finds her self a love interest & while we know it isn’t destined to last it’s still warming to watch the romance unfold.
Travis has done it again with a gorgeous cosy read, but added something new with slightly higher stakes than Legends & Lattes provides. You know you need to read it.