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Bookshops & Bonedust

By: Travis Baldree
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
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Publisher's Summary

First loves. Second-hand books. Epic adventures.

Viv’s career with the renowned 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 struggling bookshop in the company of its foul-mouthed proprietor is the last thing Viv would have predicted. Even though it may be exactly what she needs. Still, adventure isn’t far away. A suspicious traveller in grey, 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.

Sometimes, right things happen at the wrong time. Sometimes, what we need isn’t what we seek. And sometimes, we find ourselves in the stories we experience together.

Set twenty years before the events of Legends & Lattes, Bookshops & Bonedust is a standalone cosy fantasy by BookTok sensation Travis Baldree about the power of good bookshops, great friends and the unexpected choices along the way. Narrated by Travis Baldree.

©2023 Travis Baldree (P)2023 Macmillan Publishers International Limited
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Critic Reviews

'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.' - AudioFile

'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

'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

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Brilliant

A brilliant prequel to Legends & Lattes, this is the kind of feel-good book I love for when reality is a pain and I need a positive escape. Viv is an incredibly likeable character and the found family dynamic is so sweet. Travis has a very versatile voice and manages to make each character stand out during conversation. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy and a happy ending.

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Loved the narrator! And the story.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this, so I thought I’d listen instead of buying the physical book. I was so wrong! It was FABULOUS! The author/narrator does a great job and the story and characters are brilliant, I loved satchel, I was hoping he’d be in the next one but I don’t think so.
I’ve just finished this and about to get the next one on Audible!
Do yourself a favour and listen!!

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Loved this - cosy and fun

Everything you want in cost fantasy. Fun, cosy, everything you want in a story with smaller stakes

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a must read

the best narrator on audible once again proves that he is a man of many talents. if you have ever enjoyed a book read by Travis and you don't mind a bit of slice of life then BUY THIS BOOK NOW!!!

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He's done it again!

Another fantastic cosy adventure with Viv and a band of unexpected friends. I loved this so hard, everything from the summer romance to the sword fights. This prequel is exactly what I was hoping for, it was sweet and fun with a few old faces thrown into the mix. What a joy to read and I hope that the epilogue will bring forth a new story to devour.

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Swordplay, romance, friendship and books

Loved hearing the beginning of Viv’s story. How she got her sword, how she got her start as a sword fighter, how she met Galina (not sure if spelling as I only heard it) her gnomish friend.
Choc is injured and stuck in a sleepy coastal village. The local constabulary are wary of her and there isn’t much to do. She makes a friend of Fern a ratkin who runs a rundown bookshop. Throw in romance with a baker (always great description of food very CS Lewis and Tolkien) and a necromancer.

I got frustrated with the swearing. How come swearing never changes but the days of the week do? It was almost enough to stop me listening but it did eventually tone down and I’m glad I listened to the end.

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Left feeling warm and fuzzy!

Bookshops & Bonedust is a (kind of) prequel to Legends and Lattes.

I absolutely loved hearing Vivs story and inspiration for opening her little coffee shop. It had all the warm, cozy feelings with a whole cast of new & beautiful characters.

As always Travis narrates his books so wonderfully!

If you’re after a low stakes, cozy read - this is it!

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I love this as much as I loved Legends & Lattes

Thank you Travis Baldree for another wonderful, adventuresome, and happy tale. I was so excited for this release and you delivered. I love your whole style including your perfect and cosy narration. Can’t wait for the next!

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A wonderful time

Another brilliant book that both lives up to its predecessor & adds more to look forward to when the series continues.

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Friendship. Sword fights. Bittersweet.

Incredibly well written & The narration is brilliant. I loved diving into Viv’s life again and all the emotions that came with.
Mr Baldree has again left me with the void that only comes after a brilliant story, hoping for a third.

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