Travis Baldree


Travis is a full-time audiobook narrator who has lent his voice to hundreds of stories. Before that, he spent decades designing and building video games like Torchlight, Rebel Galaxy, and Fate. Apparently, he now also writes books. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his very patient family and their small, nervous dog.

LEGENDS & LATTES is his debut novel — it is a finalist for the 2023 Nebula Award for Best Novel.

His second novel, BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST is out now, and is a prequel to LEGENDS & LATTES.

Agent Contact: Stevie Finegan

titles



LEGENDS & LATTES (2022)

BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST (2023)

Awards & Commendations

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BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST
- Instant New York Times #1 Bestseller
- Washington Post #1 Bestseller
- USA Today #1 Bestseller
- Amazon US Top 20 Best SFF of 2023
- Los Angeles Public Library, Best of 2023: Fiction & Literature
- Waterstones Best Romantic Fantasy of 2023
- Amazon US Best SFF Pick of November 2023
- Library Reads Pick November 2023
- Indie Next Recommended November 2023
- Goodreads, Readers' Most Anticipated Books of November 2023
- Earphones Award, AudioFile Magazine (Winner, 2023)
- Library Journal, SFF Pick of the Month (September 2023)
- Observer, a Most-Anticipated Must-Read Book of Fall 2023
- Paste, a Must Read Fantasy Book of Fall 2023
- Goodreads, Readers' 55 Most Anticipated Books of Fall (2023)

LEGENDS & LATTES
- Shortlist for the Pacific Northwest Book Awards, 2023
- Astounding Award for Best New Writer, 2023
- Locus Award for Best Debut Novel 2023 - Finalist
- Nebula Award for Best Novel 2023 - Finalist
- HuffPost Best Book We Read in 2023
- Goodreads Choice Award, 2022 - Long-list
- Audible Best Fantasy Audiobook of 2022
- Indie Next Recommended November 2022
- Library Reads Pick November 2022
- Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year 2022
- Instant New York Times Bestseller

covers

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  • LEGENDS & LATTES
  • BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST

translations

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BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST
- Z&K (Dutch/Flemish, 2024 - Boekwinkels & Brotbreuken)
- Laser (Czech, 2024 - Knihkupectví a kostní prach)
- DTV (Germany, 2024 - Bücher & Barbaren)
- Ynnis (France, 2024 - Sagas & sable d'os)
- Insignis (Poland, 2023 - Księgarnie i kościopył)
- Broken Binding (2023)
- Fairy Loot (2023)
- Tor Books (UK, 2023)
- Tor Books (US, 2023)

LEGENDS & LATTES
- Артбукс (Ukraine, 2024 - Легенди та лате)
- 東京創元社 (Japan, 2024 - 伝説とカフェラテ)
- Desrotina Editora (Portugal, 2024 - Café das Lendas)
- Ulven og Uglen (Denmark, 2024 - Legender & Latte)
- Intrínseca (Brazil/Portugal, 2024 - Cafés & Lendas)
- Z&K (Dutch/Flemish, 2024 - Legendes & Lattes)
- Alice Books (Romania, 2023 - Legende & Latte)
- Студио Артлайн/Artline Studios (Bulgaria, 2023 - Легенди и лате)
- Laser (Czech, 2023 - Legendy a latéčka)
- Wraithmarked Creative (Deluxe Edition, 2023)
- TIDE Exklusic (Germany, Audio, 2023 - Magie & Milchshaum)
- Mondadori (Italy, 2023 - Legends & Lattes)
- Ynnis (France, 2023 - Légendes & Latte)
- Insignis (Poland, 2023 - Legendy i Latte)
- Roca Editorial (Spain, 2023 - El café de las leyendas)
- DTV (Germany, 2023 - Magie & Milchshaum)
- Fumax (Hungary, 2022 - Legendás Latték)
- Tor Books (UK, 2022)
- Macmillan Audio (US, Audio, 2022)
- Tor Books (US, 2022)

reviews

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    • LEGENDS & LATTES
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      ‘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, New York Times bestselling author of Every Heart A Doorway

      ‘The most fun I’ve ever had in a coffee shop.’Ben Aaronovitch, bestselling author of Rivers of London

      ‘A gentle little cozy set against an epic fantasy backdrop… This charming outing will please anyone who’s ever wished to spend time in a fantasy world without all the quests and battles.’Publishers Weekly

      ‘This slice-of-life cozy fantasy novel has everything you’ve been searching for.’Buzzfeed

      ‘With its mysterious encounters, summer flings and a growing number of skeletons, Baldree’s fantastical novel is the perfect winter indulgence.’HuffPost Books (“Best Books We Read in 2023)

      LEGENDS & LATTES is a uniquely beautiful book. Its cast of endearing characters have no interest at all in killing one another. There is no Great Evil, no bloody battles, and yet the pillars of great fantasy — resilience, fellowship, and a desire to make the world a better place — are all here. It’s wonderfully wholesome, and I hope heralds the rise of a ‘slice-of-life’ sub-genre in modern fantasy.’Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld

      “Take a break from epic battles and saving the world. LEGENDS & LATTES is a low-stakes fantasy that delivers exactly what’s advertised: a wholesome, cozy novel that feels like a warm hug. This is my new comfort read.’ — Genevieve Gornichec, author of The Witch’s Heart

      LEGENDS & LATTES is a big-hearted story about the small things in life. A lovingly written ode to the genre, it is a must-read for every D&D player who has ever wondered what happens after “happily ever after.”‘Cassandra Khaw, USA Today bestselling author

      ‘An orc retires from adventuring to start a fantasy city’s very first coffee shop. This setup combined with the positive messages of defying societal stereotypes, letting go of violence to build peace, and trusting in your friends feels like a premise from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld… LEGENDS & LATTES is a novel, and shop, that will delight anyone who enjoys coffee-shop alternate universes, slow-burn romances, and the vindication of friendship.’Booklist, starred review

      ‘A gentle little cozy set against an epic fantasy backdrop…. This charming outing will please anyone who’s ever wished to spend time in a fantasy world without all the quests and battles.’Publishers Weekly

      ‘A stunningly-well done story at every level’Fantasy Faction

      ‘If you like fantasy but you’re tired of reading about wars and general intensity, this is the book for you… Cozy fantasy at its best.’Literary Hub

      ‘I loved LEGENDS & LATTES and I have literally nothing bad to say about it… a warm hug on a cold day. Written with care and attention, Baldree’s delicate touch and vibrant characters make this story shine… Books have their own kind of magic. LEGENDS & LATTES was positively enchanting.’Bookworm Blues

      LEGENDS & LATTES reads like a fresh cup of coffee. The novel radiates the same sort of rich warmth you feel in your belly after a sip of a freshly brewed latte. That feeling sticks throughout, making for a refreshing and cozy tale worth your time… If you’re into cozy fantasy, or you just want a break from the epic subgenre, LEGENDS & LATTES is for you.’Quill to Live

      ‘A story of friendship and found family that is nothing less than heartwarming.’Novel Approach

      ‘Deserves the hype’FanFiAddict

      ‘finished listening to LEGENDS AND LATTES by @TravisBaldree and it is the perfect holiday read. PERFECT. So cozy and well-written that if you are not curled up with it on a couch with a cup of tea, you will feel like you are.’Andrew Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter

      LEGENDS & LATTES isn’t just a cosy, slice-of-life fantasy, it is a hug after a long day, it’s that first bite of chocolate you’ve been desperately craving or that first sip of coffee, it’s pyjamas and blankets and everything else which brings comfort and warmth. This is a tale so simple yet so wholesome and adorable, it has made me see just how versatile the fantasy genre can be… Believe the hype… this book deserves all the praise… Baldree delivers a tale to soothe the soul, a tale which had me smiling and crying with happiness from beginning to end.’Fantasy Hive

      ‘Baldree’s book is beautiful and uplifting, a soothing tonic in our troubled times. Escape into its pages and you won’t ever want to leave.’T. L. Huchu, author of The Library of the Dead

      ‘Those looking for a more peaceful story set in a world reminiscent of the fantasy landscapes they love will adore LEGENDS & LATTES—and keep an eye out for Baldree’s next charming tale.’BookPage

      ‘This is a warm hug of a book, a place to retreat from the world for a little while, drink a coffee, and come out a little better.’T. Kingfisher, USA Today bestselling author of Nettle & Bone

      ‘… a heartwarming novel that celebrates the simple joys of sharing food, warm conversations and a supportive community.’Portalist

    • BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST
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      ‘What I love about Travis Baldree is that set against an epic world of adventure, he writes about the small victories that make life worthwhile. BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST does this and it is glorious’Ben Aaronovitch

      ‘… a lovely coming-of-age story about a character trained for war who learns that there’s more to life than endless battles. What makes the story special is the way that so many stock fantasy archetypes are cast against type and find new modes of prospering that don’t involve big weapons and bigger wars… This prequel is the perfect place for readers to start Baldree’s cozy fantasy series where folks band together for good, and evil is conquered through cleverness and friendship.’Library Journal (Starred Review), SFF Pick of the Month

      ‘Baldree’s prequel to Legends and Lattes (2022) cements his talent for cozy fantasy, engaging characters, and anachronistic references that would be at home in a Discworld novel… Knowing where a character ends up often drains tension from a prequel, but Baldree avoids that pitfall because the joy of reading here isn’t a simple uncertainty over who lives or dies but rather watching friendships blossom and characters grow. Folks who enjoyed the camaraderie and settings of this year’s Dungeons & Dragons movie—as well as anyone who likes the idea of an orc warrior becoming a devotee of the power of reading and its ability to broaden your horizons—should check out Viv’s adventures.’ Booklist (Starred Review)

      ‘Bestseller Baldree’s cozy standalone sequel to LEGENDS & LATTES shows that even a battle-hungry orc can find happiness in life’s simple pleasures… The innocent joy of Viv and Fern’s love is delightful and Baldree’s formula of placing low-stakes stories in high-fantasy settings remains good fun. Series fans will eat this up.’Publishers Weekly

      ‘This prequel gives readers a glimpse of Viv as a young orc, still committed to the fighter’s life, just taking an enforced break in a charming town populated by compelling, richly drawn characters, and the slightest hint of danger in the wind. Despite the lurking necromancer, the vibes are decidedly warm and cozy, and the plot is just as much about saving the bookstore and building relationships as it is about protecting the town from the man in gray. As a prequel, it can stand alone, but will certainly satisfy fans as well. Warm and wonderful.’ Kirkus (Starred Review)

      ‘This prequel gives readers a glimpse of Viv as a young orc, still committed to the fighter’s life, just taking an enforced break in a charming town populated by compelling, richly drawn characters, and the slightest hint of danger in the wind. Despite the lurking necromancer, the vibes are decidedly warm and cozy, and the plot is just as much about saving the bookstore and building relationships as it is about protecting the town from the man in gray. As a prequel, it can stand alone, but will certainly satisfy fans as well. Warm and wonderful.’ Literary Hub

      ‘What Baldree does he does well. His prose is direct and engaging without being simple, even if he does throw in a distractingly clever turn of phrase on occasion… Mostly, though, BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST is the story equivalent of a warm blanket on a bleak day.’Locus

      ‘Prequels sometimes feel unnecessary and can even cheapen the original stories. But Baldree manages to add to Viv’s story in a way that feels both organic and vital, and this second book is even better than the first.’Washington Post

      BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST is even more of a delight than its predecessor/sequel. Taking place two decades before LEGENDS & LATTES, Baldree’s second book is a meaty slice of Viv’s backstory, so fully realized that it can be read as a standalone…. Baldree’s two novels gain depth, offering a more powerful character arc for Viv. It’s poignant to see a time when her mercenary life was her identity, and get to know the inner fighter that prompts her to refuse to pay the local extortionist in LEGENDS & LATTES. Seeing Viv’s early life elevates her later commitment to leaving violence behind, revealing it as the transformation of a lifetime. If Baldree’s breakout hit was the story of Viv finding her people, then BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST is the story of Viv becoming her own person. Engrossing, meaningful, and fluffy all at once, it is a charming afternoon read—perhaps alongside a cup of coffee.’Tor.com

      ‘Travis Baldree has worked his magic again to create a story full of heart, and some of the loveliest characters that I’ve read. There’s a wholesome ensemble, some glimpses of Viv’s mercenary skills, as well as enough growth to help her grow into her coffee-shop persona, all tightly written. Highly recommended, and definitely one of my top reads this year.’ Fantasy Book Critic

      ‘The sense of found family (and the perils of small business ownership) that made LEGENDS & LATTES so fun are both here in spades, but a more traditional fantasy subplot weaves together this adventure with the Viv readers met in the first book, and gives Viv something concrete to triumph over. Definitely keep this one on hand for a cloudy day…’Paste Magazine

      ‘I didn’t think Travis Baldree could top his incredible novel from last year, Legends & Lattes, but he managed to create a prequel novel (featuring a tantalizing look into the future of the series) that offers all of the same cozy fantasy vibes as the first book, but in an all-new setting, opting for a bookstore instead of a coffee shop. It’s a wondrous piece of art, and one of the most comforting reads I’ve had all year.’Salt Lake City Weekly (The best of 2023 in geek media)

      ‘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 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

      BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST has a little more sense of danger and adventure than its predecessor… a charming, engaging story about the perfect little book shop, with plenty of friends to keep you company along the way.’Realms of My Mind

      ‘Travis really excels at creating the atmosphere of the overall story, he pays close attention to details describing smells and sounds, as well as sight. Everything from the scent of ocean spray in the air, to the fresh baking that Maylee brings over is described so vividly… Travis is able to provide a cozy atmosphere without sacrificing character development or plot, which is what makes reading these books such a delight.’FanFi Addict

      ‘Baldree introduces some delightful new characters and reprises others. He draws from a universe of gnomes, elves, skeletons, and other species and provides a perfect voice for each. Using accents, tone, and pacing, he creates a world full of interesting personalities. He unfolds the story and relationships in a natural style without artifice and theatrics.’AudioFile (Earphones Award Winner)

      BOOKSHOPS & BONEDUST is a sweet story in an excellent setting with wonderful characters. The magic is great, as is the action and character development. Also, the audiobook version (read by the author) is fantastic… a delight to read.’Righter of Words