The Wandering Inn

by pirateaba

Original ONGOING Adventure Fantasy Female Lead LitRPG Magic Multiple Lead Characters Summoned Hero
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The Wandering Inn updates every Tuesday and Saturday on the main website. Join the discussion there.

 

An inn is a place to rest, a place to talk and share stories, or a place to find adventures, a starting ground for quests and legends.

In this world, at least. To Erin Solstice, an inn seems like a medieval relic from the past. But here she is, running from Goblins and trying to survive in a world full of monsters and magic. She’d be more excited about all of this if everything wasn’t trying to kill her.

But an inn is what she found, and so that’s what she becomes. An innkeeper who serves drinks to heroes and monsters–

Actually, mostly monsters. But it’s a living, right?

This is the story of the Wandering Inn.

 

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djeruknipis
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If It's Erin Chapter, It's Good

There's two high note of this novel: first, the world is huge. There are many characters who simulataneously affect each other. And two, each character, especially MC, approach their problems in their own fashion, without any guarantee whether their action will positively improve their situation. I think this organic approach is refreshing.

But of course, annoyingly, author keep adding stuffs that dilute this experience.

For one, we can only care for so many characters. Erin is amusing, she's the flesh and bone of this novel. But Ryoka as POV character, we tolerate her at best. But at least, she offers a balancing ingredient against naivety, easy-going, and stupidity of our main. Rags chapters, however, are unnecessary detail. Toren chapters only good once; his very first one. Same for King Flos. Lyonette chapters are bleh. Mrsha chapter are bleh. Laken chapters, while tiny bit amusing, is also bleh. 

You see, you first need to make them interesting to the readers before expanding their story. Please do not introduce characters only to dramatise their future encounter with the main. This is what I feel about Laken, Geneva, or even Niers chapters. And mystery can add so much value; readers imagination fill the spot you left unexplored. The Klbkch POV early on is amazing, and I am so glad you only sparringly provide his POV later on. Or Magnolia almost never. You made us aware they work in the background, and as the result, when they finally cross with our main, their impact is enormous. That's why, Wistram chapters is utterly unnecessary!

Other, satisfaction is rarely granted to us while rage is dime-a-dozen. Take Persua as example, she despise Ryoka (when she take POV), constantly insult her (us), and phisically hurt her (us). Multiple times! And what you give us? She's protected by other runners, get away with her crime, and you even blessed her with great luck. I mean, come on, you create character for us to hate but you never give her justice she deserve! If we want unfairness, we already got them IRL. Unfairness in work of fiction is boring at best and infuriating at other times. You need to provide a pay off for our rage, a big one. Else, this part of story is only a source of frustration.

Here, I don't encourage you to transform your work into a simple entertainment which cater to the lowest denomination -- that would be boring and I'd hate that. But to remind you that your story should remain an entertainment, a path to catharsis if you will. Patchwork of POVs that either non essential or retell the same plot point is hardly entertaining. And we may abandon our hope for catharsis if suffering is neverending.

UncleOddball
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Bear with me, and read it, man.

I'd like to note, that I dislike the severe lack of negative comments on the novels here. It's like, you pick a novel and it's all fluff and balls rubbing/ The best, the very best of this site. ETC ETC. Well damn me, I hope this one will get seen, like at all.

First and foremost, despite the grim beginning, I am a big fan. It's one of a handful of stories, wich I look toward when checking Active-Only category. And it's quite frequently - considering the volume of each chapter - updated. So. If it's all awesome why the beginning? What's with the stars?

 

There's a big beef I've got to pick up with the author. I mean, it sounds pompous and arrogant, considering I'm but a simple-minded reader who get's all this awesome free... but man how does it grind my gears, especially lately... with how the story get's CRACKED. This is the story that equaled of story of Erin. Amazeball character, so likeable despite overlall naivety and sometimes amazingly annoying derp-traits. But. Big Bad But. For some time now, I have found, to my distress and distaste, Erin has been out. Of her novel. It was supposed to be a tale of this lovable inkeeper and her struggles, but for some time now, there's more and more of other characters. I barely stomach Ryouka, wich is a dumb bitch in my simple eyes, unlikable bastard. And she started as a chapter with a letter! A sign that it is a sidestory. But for some godonlyknowsthereason, the author begun pulling out chapters without letters that are all or mostly Ryouka! And it split even further! I have to  admit, Lyonette, as of the time of this review being written, came leagues of annoying little shit she started with. While GODDAMN RYOUKA is still arrogant, unlikable prick! Waste of space! Bah. There is interesting emperor guy, and some goblins and Toren... but the hell where it became a mishmash of everything but Erin?! Let me count it, really fast, not counting hidden Ryouka chapters. For last 27, 17 was about different ppl. Dislike.

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One of the few stories on RRL that have captured and held my attention. Erin is my absolute favorite, because it is not very often that you come across a character so fucking genuine and lovable. Excuse my french, but I can't find a way to describe just how much I enjoy this without cursing, because cursing emphasizes. 

Ok, more in depth now. 

The story mainly follows two female characters, nothing too exciting, however, the author doesn't fall into the trap that the Allegiant or Hunger Game authors fell into, which is making the story about having a female lead. Erin and Ryoka are not the main characters because they're female, they are the main characters because they're the main characters, they both just happen to be girls. And I really appreciate that. 

The plot itself is also good. There's obviously something going on in the background with all the summonings and whatnot, but it doesn't run to fast. The story's turning into an undertaking of grand proportions, without forcing the speed of the story. It's continuing at a pleasant pace, and I find myself satisfied with what I've recieved every chapter. 

There aren't any glaring issues with The Wandering Inn. Certainly it won't be everyone's cup of tea, and I almost dropped it when they delved into the ruins because what happened to the Horns pissed me off, but I'm glad I didn't and I'm glad that it returned to its relatively light tone afterwards. (The only reason I wanted to drop it was because I was afraid the author would continue on the dark train of events...like SO MANY other stories on this site.)

Aapjuh
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apparently the interludes are essential to the story so dont skip those because they are just as important as the mainstory, i was very close to dropping this halfway vol1 when suddenly things made no sense because i skipped the interludes. Vol2 is even more so mixing mainstory and interlude, thats mainly why i dropped this and vol2 being a mess, i cba and go back to read those, the author should have better indicated it was more then just a sidestory pov.

Style:
Good in Vol1, Crap in Vol2... Vol2 is all over the place, mixing POV's, theres even some character lines that make me think they have been spoken by the wrong character and the author messed them up. its a mess.

Story:
Great story engaging interaction with both environment and other characters. World building is great even though there seems to be a north/south mixup in the vol1 final battle(more below spoiler), i didn't really like all the chess stuff tho it kinda came out of nowhere and is a pretty big thing of her original life, when explaining stuff about her at the very beginning without mentioning this huge part of her life until too far into the story makes it feel like a plot asspull.

Grammar:
Near flawless, tiny mistakes we all make who cares.

Character:
The mc is very very realisticly done, but parts of her make me question her age, her adaptability and reasoning is sometimes that of a toddler. Also apparently people being mean to her is such a big reason not to live in the city that it trumps possible death by living alone in the wilderness. priorities.. am i right...
side characters are also very realistic, engaging and have clear cut personalities, i could imidiately get an image inside my head about the way such a person would speak/move/socialise/etc, very well done.

Spoiler:
it was mentioned the ruins opened up on the opposite of the city from erin's inn. yet skinner retreated through the gate he came from (ruin side) but arrive at the inn and a city of that size it wouldn't be reasonable for skinner to have bypassed the city to arrive on the other side. either there was a mixup or its not well explained.

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The Wandering Inn...and the Wandering POVs

Let me start out by saying this author is an amazing writer. The content is all well-written. There is a flaw though. Read the summary of the book. Now read the book. The POV changes after a time reading the book. Eventually it alternates between two characters. Then three. Then four, five, six seven, and eight. The book is no longer about the Inn Keeper Erin Solstice. The book summary needs to be edited to reflect as such. I honestly love the book when it’s about her. A simple girl trying to survive and be successful with a simple profession of innkeeping. But then the magnifying glass turns to other characters. It used to be such a fun read...not really true anymore. Take your foot off the gas pedal for a bit and get back on the Main road for a while: Erin solstice.

Humsas
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Not so "Wandering inn" as you would expect

I hate and love this novel at the same time.

What you should expect in this novel:

  • Lots and lots of chess
  • Agonising first chapters
  • Very slow progress. In 3 book, there are so many new points of view, from all the characters(~10), that story begins to slow even more.
  • A whole long chapter about periods
  • Logic? - Umm... Is it tasty?
  • Some sort of action/tragedy/combat almost every chapter
  • Amazing side characters - they all have their interests, secrets and stories
  • Tragedy and gore
  • Long chapters
  • While novel has LitRPG tag, leveling system is not very interesting and there is not much in main characters progress with levels or skills
  • Main characters with tick plot armour - they have no skills or abilities to survive, but they magically do in a world where even a fly can explode while making stupid mistakes
  • ... and they doesn't even try to learn survival classes/skills after almost dying every few days

In this novel there are two main female protagonists.

Erin - a silly girl who is super chatty and is genius in chess. She ignores all dangers and forgets most important things just after hearing them...

Ryoka - half Japanese genius girl. She is angry at almost everyone and everything except her IPhone and barefoot running. And she has berserk mode. But in second book she seems to be improving.

 

While I hate main characters, this novels is amazing in its side characters and their interactions between themselves and main characters. Also author likes to place characters from one mess, straight to another, so its quite entertaining.

icedragon74
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This is definetly one of the gems of RRL. The early chapters might be a bit slow or not that amazing (still good) but i picks up after a short time. Good charakters with development, cool world and an interesting and highly captivating story. I can just recommend everyone who takes a look at this review to read it. And i can only take of my hat off to the Author and thank him for sharing his/her story with us.

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The brightest Sunday I’ve ever seen. I may be blind.

*scratches title into the wandering inn guestbook*

The Wandering Inn is a fantastic inversion of the typical "Summoned Hero" trope. The summoned girl is no hero, she barely survives her first day in the new world. Rather than adventuring or becoming stronger, she finds a burned out village and claims the ruins of an inn as her new home. And the seeds of a great story begin from there. 

The primary weakness of the wandering inn is that the plot might advance a tad too slowly. The author's committment to creating a real world aside, the plot is strong and the characters are multi-dimensional. I even learned to love a weird-alien-ant-thing.

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One of the best web serials I have read

This has to be one of the better web serials I have ever read - in fact, i created an account just to review it! I would compare it in quality to Drew Hayes's "Super Powereds" series although it is in a completely different genre.

This is a character driven story, with very believable characters that you come to love and care about - you never really feel frustrated with the MC's decisions as they seem to be logical and reasonable within the world she finds herself in, which I find to be a big plus - too often I find myself brought out of my immersion by choices which seem to be more of a plot device than what the character would naturally do, but in this story there are few, if any, time like these .

Currently the serial is being regurlarly updated (I don't think a deadline has been missed), on a Tuesday (Wednesday) and Saturday (Sunday), with occasional bonus chapters on a Thursday, so if you are a story addict like me and want to get your fix, this is a good story for you.

I really hope the writer achieves there goal of full time writing so that I may consume more of their content

fancylee
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Picked this up on a whim after reading Pirateaba's fanfic on Erfworld, a popular webcomic. I hardly slept and didn't do much in favor of my college classes as I pounded through all of the text in 3 days.

I have since subscribed to Patreon for this, and it is now the standard for output to which I hold all other serials and webcomics I follow. Two to three times a week with over 10,000 words? Incredible character development? Multiple perspectives told realistically from a host of alignments?

If you have ever felt bad for a creature in a movie or wondered about another character more interesting to you than the protagonist, this is the read for you.