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If you are an avid fantasy reader, then you definitely have seen the rise of cozy fantasy. Most popular among them being Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree.
Well sit down, grab a hot beverage, get your Kindles booted, your pencils ready – because I have another cozy fantasy rec for you, and that is Can’t Spell Treason without Tea, Book One in the Tomes & Tea Cozy Fantasies series by Rebecca Thorne!⠀
Can’t Spell Treason without Tea is a sapphic cozy fantasy following Reyna who works as the Queen’s guard and Kianthe, the most powerful mage in existence. The two lovers envision themselves opening a bookshop that serves tea together. However, such a dream isn’t going to be easy to achieve.
After being abducted by an assassin and being held hostage, Reyna denounces her guard duty, and she and Kianthe settle in a village called Tawney to open the shop of their dreams.
If you’re in the mood for a cozy fantasy – with a bit of high stakes involved – look no further than this charming tale about a mage and former Queen’s guard who fall in love and build a combination bookstore/teashop.
This was a delightful read full of whimsy but also plot and tension. Kianthe the Arcandor was by far my favorite character and I loved seeing her and Reyna live out their dream. I also really enjoyed the side plot with the dragon eggs and the Queen hunting down Reyna.
There was such effortless inclusion of LGBTQIA+ characters, and a possible enemies to lovers romance between two side characters.
The village of Tawney felt so homey and quaint. The description of the bookshop/teashop was super cozy and and comforting to read about. I just wanted to snuggle up with a good book and drink copious amlunts of tea!⠀
The characters definitely came alive for me in this book and I found myself fully invested in all of them. Seeing the relationship between Reyna and Kianthe blossom, amd the townspeople slowly start to trust them was beyond endearing.
I wasn’t expecting the side plot with the dragon eggs, but it definitely added some mystery and a little bit of high stakes. The conclusion of the story was super cute, but the epilogue had me completely yearning for more. I look forward to what Rebecca Thorne has in store for us next!

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Just your local nonbinary bookworm who decided to pick up a camera one day and ramble about her passion for books.⠀ ⠀ I love to read a little bit of anything and everything and am forever just blown away about the amount of talent there is in the book community. ⠀ ⠀ I’m a mom of one awesome 3 year old boy and the wife of the funniest man in the world. Also a cat mom to my two-man bois Parmesan and Cheddar. ⠀ ⠀ My other hobbies besides reading include gaming, cooking, and drinking copious amounts of coffee

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