Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree

December 18th, 2023 Kimberly Review 16 Comments

18th Dec

I devoured Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree as soon as it released. I love the world and characters he has created. Narrated by the author, this story takes us back to Viv’s past when she was just starting out as a mercenary. Brilliant from beginning to end, fantasy fans will want to grab this one.

Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree
Bookshops & Bonedust
by Travis Baldree
Series: Legends & Lattes #0
Narrator: Travis Baldree
Length: 8 hours and 1 minute
Genres: Fantasy
Source: Purchase
Purchase*: Amazon | Audible *affiliate
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.5x

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.

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.

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 traveler in gray, 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.

BOOKLOVE fantasy LGBTQ well written

Bookshops & Bonedust, is the prequel to Legends & Lattes and takes us back to when Viv just started out with the mercenary company Rackam’s Ravens. She was eager to prove herself as they hunted a necromancer and ended up injured and stranded in the sleepy beach town of Murk.

As she recovers, she finds herself bored and makes the acquaintance of the local merchants, in particular a sweet baker and bookshop keeper. The tale that unfolds was deliciously delightful. I mean baked goods and books – two of my favorite things.

I loved the characters, and the danger Baldree weaved into the tale from a gnome to suspicious travelers. It was fun to see Viv open up to books, and we get the first hints of how she’ll end up a shopkeeper herself.

If this series is new to you, I recommend reading in the order of their release and beginning with Legends & Lattes. The audiobooks, narrated by the author, who is a professional narrator himself, are brilliant. I loved the voices, pacing and weaving of the tale.

If you need a last-minute gift idea, this series is perfect for anyone on your list! It’s fantasy, it’s cozy, there is adventure, romance, and wonderful characters.

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About Travis Baldree

Travis Baldree

New York Times Bestselling Author of Legends & Lattes. Audiobook narrator. Erstwhile game developer. Made Fate, Torchlight & Rebel Galaxy.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. Whovian, Ravenclaw, Howler and proud Nonna. She owns and manages Caffeinated PR. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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16 Responses to “Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree”

  1. TBJR

    I just ran across this read a few weeks ago and added it to my list. I think it will be a good fit for holiday reads once school goes on break. Thank for your thoughts. I am excited.