Why this book?
I’m a regular D&D player (a dwarf rogue who always fails her stealth checks, to be specific) and this gentle story about an orc barbarian hanging up her sword to open a coffee shop felt like the origin story of a beloved NPC.
Viv is a wonderful character, an adult woman with scars, baggage, and filled with all the fear and hope of trying something new. This may be a fantasy story, but it perfectly portrays the terrifying prospects of changing careers, making new friends, and finding love in your thirties. And my god, will it make you want a cup of coffee and a pastry.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
High fantasy, low stakes - with a double-shot of coffee.
After decades of adventuring, Viv the orc barbarian is finally hanging up her sword for good. Now she sets her sights on a new dream - for she plans to open the first coffee shop in the city of Thune. Even though no one there knows what coffee actually is.
If Viv wants to put the past behind her, she can't go it alone. And help might arrive from unexpected quarters. Yet old rivals and new stand in the way of success. And Thune's shady underbelly could make it all…