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 due out in November 2023, and is a prequel to LEGENDS & LATTES.

Agent Contact: Stevie Finegan




Awards & Commendations


- 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)

- Locus Award for Best Debut Novel 2023 - Finalist
- Nebula Award for Best Novel 2023 - Finalist
- 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






- Tor Books (UK, 2023)
- Tor Books (US, 2023)

- 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)




      ‘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

      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


      ‘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

      ‘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

      ‘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