One’s the most powerful mage in the world. The other is personal bodyguard to the queen. And really all the two of them want to is run off and open a store that sells books and serves tea. That’s easier said than done though. The characters are fantastic, all of them. Reyna and Kianthe the main leads were a fantastic pair, and the supporting cast is just as good. There are a lot of found family vibes that I really enjoy, and the way that the book explores making new friends and building is community is great.
I loved the fact that the story followed an established couple. They’ve already gotten together and now they’re figuring out the next steps of their relationship including cohabitation. The focus of the story is really on their relationship more than anything else. While there is some plot to the story, it really revolves around the two of them figuring out how their relationship works in the long term as well as them figuring out things about themselves as they let go the roles that have really defined them. That was another element that I really liked. Reyna especially struggles to let go of her role as a bodyguard and figure out who she is outside of that. I found it incredibly relatable.
I have to say I’m really digging the current surge of cozy fantasy novels. Can’t Spell Treason Without T is a little slower paced than Legends and Lattes, but very much in the same genre. I’m very curious to see what happens in the sequel. Five out of five stars.