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3.0 out of 5 starsI still don't know how I feel about this book
Reviewed in Canada on November 26, 2019
I'm not a fan of video games, and I don't play chess. If you do, perhaps this whole storyline will make more sense to you. New characters were introduced to the plot with no attachment to the current story, and some were never revisited again in the entire book. I'm pretty sure those threads will be picked up again at some point.....? The initial write up I had read lead me to believe that the Inn its self would be a main character (as in some other stories I have read, re-read, and loved!) but so far, this has not been the case. The main character doesn't always treat other characters very nicely and while trying to maintain a strict "kill nothing" personal rule has no trouble going out and destroying a native species nest with no provocation. She doesn't always seem very smart, either. On her arrival she finally finds some "fruit" and instead of trying a bit and waiting (to see if she has a reaction or they are poisonous) she gorges herself on them....luckily for her with no ill effects. When she does get herself injured badly, someone always shows up with (we're told) a very expensive healing potion, which they use on her at great cost to themselves, and she thinks little to nothing of their sacrifice. And *Spoiler Alert* one of the main group of characters that we have been following aimlessly along through innumerable chapter switches, all get wiped out. And for what? Was there a reason, other than to make us (the reader) feel bad? For much of the story the character interactions seem aimless and pointless. But the storyline is inventive, and will probably resonate more with people who have some idea what "leveling up" really means, or who enjoys a good/detailed game of chess. Just don't expect the Inn to be anything more than a building!
5.0 out of 5 starsTerrific book recommended, unbeatable value for entertainment per $ spent.
Reviewed in Canada on January 1, 2019
Great read, fun enjoyable characters interesting world.
Starts very slow in an enjoyable leisurely way, however it contains all kinds of joy, heartbreak and hope before you hit the end. This novel feels paced like an excellent TV series as opposed to the more instant gratification a typical movie has that due to its nature must move the plot forward quicker.
Enjoy the ride is my recommendation.
Look forward to reading more hopefully the quality continues to this high bar.
5.0 out of 5 starsBest story I've read in years/ever
Reviewed in Canada on April 3, 2019
I started reading the serial on the website 3 weeks ago, I'm now working on volume 5... I can't stop reading this story. It's so engrossing that I catch myself laughing out loud, or swearing at the events of the book (which annoys the hell out of my wife). I bought the e-book to easily read it again and help push the rest of the volumes. If this story were available in print, I'd buy it again in hard cover. Thank you Pirateaba for creating this incredible world! I hope it continues for many years to come. - [Reader]
5.0 out of 5 starsCan’t think of reason not to read this book
Reviewed in Canada on August 20, 2018
To the author I read this book for free and bought the book because I had to give back for the experience.
To the reader this involves leveling mechanics and actually bothers to explain them. Also this series is a bit of a slow burn until it hits the fuse. Expect a few emotional gut punches and a huge cast as you dive deeper.
Pros: inventive storyline, large cast and world, a rainbow of emotional experiences, great world building and plot Cons: the gutt punches can really knock the wind out of you (Tip never stop reading), the slice of life segments might through the standard fantasy and litrpg crowd for a loop
What really sets this apart from other fantasy LitRPGs is the vulnerability that the protagonists can experience.
Erin is an [Innkeeper], she's not some fantastical warrior that can fling fireballs around and slay dragons. That means that when Erin does encounter monsters and hostile situations, she often has a creative way of handling the issues. She is weak, but not helpless. Naive, but not clueless.
The characterization and interaction between the protagonists and the world is interesting, and engaging. The side characters are interesting enough to be protagonists on their own, and the world it creates leaves you wanting for more.
There's no lack of excitement and blood pumping scenes either, all in all, a step above the rest.
This book popped up on suggested and I downloaded a sample. Absolutely loved it, it got a little darker than I thought it would. It's a concept that has been around in various guises, but the writing and creativity in this engages the reader's attention. It takes some clever writing to present vivid characters who become familiar without much expositional backstory. Look forward to reading more and supporting this author.
A brilliant story, that I recommend to anyone. The only thing I should mention is you should be patient. This story’s main character is not a savvy rpg veteran, but a completely ordinary girl who got dropped into and rpg world without any warning. Which is a pleasant change when it comes litrpg about someone from our world getting sent to an rpg world.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe best written story I've read in a good while
Reviewed in Canada on October 1, 2019
I'm a big fan of character growth and the story pulls you in entirely . Wonderful action sequences , friendships, rivalry, honour, and betrayal all culminate in a spellbinding climax. If you like alternate realities and magic, I greatly encourage this book as your next choice.
4.0 out of 5 starsRough start turns into addiction
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 4, 2018
When I started reading this I mocked it. I ripped the amateur writing to shreds, sending particularly juicily terrible quotes to a friend of mine. - 2 hours of reading later I justified it because it was still funny - 2 days later it because I was curious about the character interactions - Months later I'm apparently addicted like a diabetic person to insulin
The actual wording is feels amateur sometimes, but then someone like Magnolia opens her mouth and it's so very well done. Don't read if you're looking for a world shaking epic with a tight plot. Read if you want something light, with lots and lots of words and slow character development.
I think pirateaba has a grand vision for this story. It's subtle and there's a lot of slice of life day to day over it, but I swear I sometimes see glimpses of something vast stirring in the depths. Looking forward to seeing what comes of magic, true magic and dead gods.
5.0 out of 5 starsFun, energetic and full of badassery
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 11, 2018
I have really high standards when it comes to the technical aspects of a book. To misquote a friend of mine: "My standards are higher than your heels." I need tight plots, solid structure and a mastery of language that Tolkien would approve of.
The Wandering Inn has little of this.
Many of the characters are caricatures, the plot is all over the place—is this a slice of life story, a sword and sorcery adventure, or an epic save the world? It's all of these things, in a winding, twisting plot that drags its feet over half a dozen colossal continents. The writing is—if you'll forgive my unkindness—at the level I expect from fanfiction.
Despite all that, I LOVE this story. It has carved a place in my heart.
When I first discovered it, I was glued to my laptop for 4 days straight. My flatmate thought I had had a mental health breakdown, because I hadn't left my room in all that time. I was weak from hunger and a lack of sleep. I was addicted.
There is something vibrant about this work. It hums with energy. It is fun. The author had fun writing this, you can feel it, because the story communicates that fun to the reader in a way a thousand Shakespeares would struggle to match, thees and thous notwithstanding.
This is a powerful story about teenagers and young adults trapped in a world made stagnant by its own magic, and how their ideas, beliefs and actions shape a shift in cultural thought. From a humble (if bossy) innkeeper to adventurers and heroes, from savage (yet bright) goblins to kings and warlords, this is a tale about the change a single person can make in a world that resists change.
The characters are active, always doing something, always impacting a world that evolves around them. The world is fascinating, and unique, with dozens of races and cultures. The lore is rich and deep, with a history that matters. Everything is badass—including chess. Especially the chess.
It has one of the best PoV's of a drone in a hivemind I have ever read. And by one, I mean several. I relish the Antium chapters. There is an entire chapter where a group of goblins hold an entire conversation solely through body language. I keep going back to that chapter, because as an amateur writer myself, there is so much to learn from it. I am in awe of this work, and I've unashamedly looted ideas from this for my own writing.
It's bright, inventive and surprisingly original in a genre (portal fantasy) that grew tired and cliche decades ago. It slides Litrpg mechanics into the world, its cultures and the plot in a way that makes it feel natural, without clunking up the story with endless numbers and stats like most Litrpgs.
As far as I am concerned, this is the peak of the portal fantasy/Litrpg genre.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn excellent character focused story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 28, 2018
I've been going though quite a litrpg binge recently, and a lot of them are good, but quite similar. Male power fantasies, with reasonably flat female characters.
This story shines from the start. It's characters of both sexes feel real, driven, with real issues.
Normally for most of my reviews, I have commented that the book would be good for litrpg fans. While there are litrpg elements here, they are light, and in some cases totally overruled by the characters themselves!
I would have to say this book is a must read for any fantasy fan.
This is an online book - now well into volume 5 - which is supported by Patreon. Because it is an online book, added to regularly, the whole thing is different. It is glorious. I am afraid that i cannot wait for Amazon to publish volume 2 so i will have to carry on reading it from the website - with a suitable donation.
I get the feeling that the author enjoys writing this as much as I (and many others) enjoy reading it. It shows. If this is a taster for a new type of publishing (very different even from indi publishers on Amazon) it is a game changer, and I look forward to seeing where this all leads.