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.
My thoughts: this book is a lot of fun. Viv is a great protagonist. All she wants to do is hang up her sword and open a coffee shop, but trouble has a way of finding her.
So she makes some new friends and deals with the trouble, gets her coffee machine working, and is in business. There’s also some time for romance and delicious baked treats! If you’re a regular fantasy reader you can play spot the tropes and enjoy the way they’re turned upside down in this funny, entertaining read.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.