Bookshops & Bonedust (Hardback)Travis Baldree (author)
A bellicose orc finds unexpected adventure in the second-hand bookshops of a sleepy beach town in this impossibly charming, witty and immersive slice of whimsical fantasy from the author of Legends and Lattes.
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. Set in the world of New York Times bestselling Legends & Lattes, Bookshops & Bonedust 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.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 225 x 145 x 37 mm
'Bookshops & Bonedust takes the world of Legends & Lattes and weaves it into a universe. It does the impossible: showing us a character twenty years before her story, and making us hold our breath to see what happens next. It's the rare prequel that beautifully adds depth, power, and love to the lore. This is a book for those who were once young and pulled between fighting the world with all they had... or curling up in a dusty bookshop with a good story' - J. R. Dawson
'Well, damn, he's done it again. Bookshops & Bonedust is hilarious, heartwarming, and wholesome as heck. If you loved the first you'll almost certainly love this perfectly executed prequel even more, as the stakes are higher and the scones are hotter still!' - Nicholas Eames
'Bookshops & Bonedust is the perfect follow up to Legends & Lattes; it's a pleasure to meet a Younger Viv and watch her grow slowly, stubbornly, into the orc we love so much. Some bittersweetness is inevitable, but Baldree reminds us that the past - even our mistakes - is the fertile soil where we plant the seeds of a beautiful future' - C. L. Clark, author of The Unbroken
'The most fun I've ever had in a coffee shop' - Ben Aaronovitch on Legends & Lattes
'This is a story about following your dreams, even when they take you away from who you thought you had to be. It's sweet, beautiful and, most of all, kind. I hugely recommend this book' - Seanan McGuire on Legends & Lattes
'I absolutely loved this book. It's a heartwarming story of how effort, intention and coffee can work together to change the world for the better. Fills my hunger for happy endings' - Genevieve Cogman on Legends & Lattes
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