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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.

Updates every Tuesday and Saturday.


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190 thoughts on “Overview

  1. Picked this up 3 days ago, and hardly slept or got my work done since. Fantastic world building, character development, and gripping plot. Keep it up!

  2. What is with the password on 2-16? I assume Patreon content, but will the rest of us poor college students get to read it someday?

    Will we still be able to read further posts?

  3. I’m a new patron of yours and really enjoy your work! I read a lot and find your story to be very fun. The world building is interesting and the characters are very fun. Anyways keep up the good work, friend.

  4. I just read a comment about being a free loader and i realized what is going on. DUUURRR. I fixed that. anyway, i love your stuff and look forward to sharing this with my wife! keep up the fun work

  5. Any way we could get the current page link up at the top of the page, rather than below these comments? The getting started list of links would be nice, too. Thanks for the story, you rock.

      • Ah, okay. I’m on a Kindle Fire, so after the “Updates every Tuesday and Saturday” there’s these comments, then Current Page and the rest below. C’est la vie.

    • Uh. I’d probably take as long as Wildbow did for Worm. Revisions take a long time, as are my weakest point as a writer. Ask me in a year when I’m further away from (that part of) the story and I can take a keyboard to it to make everything flow better.

      Glad you like it, though!

  6. Hey this might be a weird question but could you change where the most recent chapter hyperlink goes on the mobile page? currently it displays current page at the bottom of all these comments, which are continually increasing so it takes longer to get to it *sweats* Love love love your story!!! Once I am no longer a broke college student (soon) I shall become a loyal patreon user. BTW sadly no one will ever donate a million through patreon because patreon has an upper limit of 1,000?

    • I have the same issue, and on my Kindle Fire I just checked and if I use the desktop version of the site, the link to the latest chapter is to the right.

  7. Hey love your story. Binge read all of it over a couple days. I’m a broke student so I can’t donate, but I will begin fleshing out the TVtropes page as well as making sure the Wandering Inn is actually on the pages of the listed tropes.

  8. Marvellous story! I check each day, just in case there is more.

    One downside – White On Black is just ghastly to read – it makes my eyes swim, and brings out the astigmatism. I found I can read without pain if I force off all CSS styles in the browser, but that’s rather not the point is it?

    Any chance you can offer an alternative scheme which is kinder to the eyes?

    • I doubt I can toggle fonts or backgrounds that easily. I’ll look into it, but two options I know work is reading on Royalroad or by using the WordPress Reader. Glad you like the story, and sorry about the font/background — it’s always how I’ve preferred to read my stories online.

      • I didn’t try it ‘cos of the “for the best experience” it at the top … but actually it is much, much easier on my eyes, and I enjoyed reading the latest page much more because of it.
        Love Lyon/Lyonette – she is *so* horrible.

  9. Hi pirateaba! I just want to say….never stop writing!!! This story is incredible, I just discovered it last Friday and haven’t been able to stop reading (much to my employer’s chagrin) πŸ˜› I really hope you get the chance to make this your full time job because you are truly talented. Erin and Ryoka just feel so real and relatable I can’t help but root for them. This is truly an awe-inspiring world you’ve created and I hope I never have to stop experiencing it! Can’t wait to read more πŸ˜€ Hope you’re having a great day!

    P.S. Was the mating rituals interlude canon?

    P.P.S. your profile picture is adorable

    • Uh oh. Don’t get fired just because of me! It seems like I’m getting closer and closer to my dream by the day thanks to all you great readers.

      PS. All side stories are canon. Some are even more canon than others.

      PPS. Thanks! My profile pic is from my old blog, and the character — Pirate — has a story I hope I can publish some day!

  10. If there is a way to put your Patreon at the top of your site it may be a good idea to do so. It took me too long to find it and others with less patience may not notice it at the bottom. (I’m on mobile so that may be the issue) Anyways great story and I’m now a donor!

    • Thanks for the suggestion! I’ve realized that mobile/tablet users to see differently from me. There’s only a limited amount of room on my top bar for links, but I’ll see if I can make it more obvious somehow. Thanks for reading and donating!

  11. For half a year me and my friend have deliberated if the inn was actually north, west, south west, or south of liscor cause there’s reference detail to alude to each. … we’ve given up.

  12. Normally a forever lurker here, but I suddenly caught a bought of commentgitis.

    I really love the story. It is so cute and adorable.

    Erin is the bestest evar. I love how she unites and uplifts everyone no matter how they feel about it. One of the coolest moments to me was early in part 1 where the Inn had like five different races all peacefully coexisting.

    I could say a lot more but I am busy today. I’ll just say that Erin better (threatening the author works right?) have a long conversation with Flos at some magically future point in the magical future. Just from a story perspective it seems like such an interaction would be awesome. I also feel like the two of them would have a lot of interesting back and forth. They might even get along on a personally level.

  13. Just subbed to your patreon, wanted to say : love your story so much front to back. And love you as well! Keep up the good work and don’t go nuts!

  14. Love your novel. I really do. There were multiple chapters where I laughed really hard, and some when I cried real tears. Hope that reading this comment will make your day just a little better.

  15. I have been reading your story for a few weeks and really enjoying it. I think you are very talented and I like the large range of moods and feelings your story encompasses and the deep characterization you have been able to achieve. I have been recommending your story on the litrpg reddit quite a bit the last few weeks so I hope you see a lot of increased traffic from it since this story deserves it.

    Also, congrats on giving your two weeks notice and having more time to write! I am looking forward to reading the quality of your already quality work now that you will be able to devote more time to it. πŸ™‚

  16. O.M.G. This is soooo awesome! I found thsi a few days ago and I’ve been binge reading it for DAYS. I really wish Relc would get that stick out of his ass about goblins and stop giving Erin grief I mean he is her first friend in this world right? I am shipping Erin with so many characters, Relc, Olesm, Pawn and Klb.. oh my.. I’m really suspecting that Klb requested the two arm thing to be closer to her, I mean he did say ‘Beautiful’ when he ran hsi fingers through her hair when he first died~

    2.33 was so much ❀ I can't help but wonder if Erin's new skill and drink would cause her popularity to boost.

    Also I noticed that this thing started late July 2016 so.. Happy Almost Birthday The Wandering Inn!

  17. I look forward to these every Tuesday and Saturday. It’s like getting saturday morning cartoons twice a week! I love your characters. Adding my $1 was the first time I’ve contributed on Patreon. Keep running. I look forward to your chapters.

  18. I binged read this in about two weeks, staying up until 5am occasionally because I was so entranced. Finding out that you do 10k word updates was great, but that you also do 10k word updates TWICE A WEEK is both incredible and slightly insane. In sheer awe of your writing and commitment and to hopefully keep my Tuesdays and Saturdays as something to look forward to I’ve subscribed to your patreon. I want you to know that is specifically because of how often you update and how much you update that compelled me to subscribe-your busy schedule has earned you my support!

  19. Ryoka and Ivo! ❀

    Persua's an utter bitch. She deserves that beating and I hope her idiocy gets her killed or Shes forced to swallow her pride and stop. Not sure which is more appealing

  20. I have read just up to Erin’s and Ryoka’s story, and have to say that something about them feels so relatable to me. (spoiler alert for potential readers) Like how Erin coping over the lose of someone who protected her, and how Ryoka has such a high pride and keep up a strong image…

    On one side, I’m so grateful for you to write this story. I have laughed and cried reading it so far. On the other side: DAMN I”M SO JEALOUS ON HOW YOU COULD WRITE!

    Yours, with Love and Hate — TSH

  21. The map shows only one continent, Izril, not two. Terandia is across the ocean to the north of Izril. The humans of Izril originally sailed there from Terandia.

  22. I was wondering if you had any plans to sell this on like amazon. I have been reading the story and enjoy it. I dont want to do the paetron thing but I would buy the books if they were on Amazon for kindle.

  23. I was wondering.. Have you ever come across the Goblin Slayer Manga/Light Novel? I read through it today and I was struck by how eerily similar it was to Wandering Inn Goblins. There’s Shamans, Wolf Riders, Goblin Lords, you name it.

    • I have, and I like the story, although I have to say that I think the elements which define Goblins are fairly universal. Lord of The Rings had wargs and Goblins, which are the first wolf riders.

      Still, I’ll take that as a compliment, even if the Goblins in this world are a bit more civilized than their kin. Plus, Goblins in the Goblin Slayer world are expert trap-masters.

      • Ah, apologies. Now that I read my post again, it does sound fairly accusitory :V

        I simply found the two stories very similar and thought that was interesting, if not fascinating. I aboslutely love Rags and her Goblin side of the whole story.

  24. Your chapters are sizeable, which is good normally, but with this flash backs should not take up a whole chapter. Also flashbacks should only(mainly) occur for main characters. Wistram Days 1 and 2 were already kind of hard to get through due to being too large and jumping out of the main story for so long, having multiple of them in a row is too much. Full length flashback chapters for side/supporting characters is just ruining any story flow you had. You are sacrificing story telling for world building in a big way.

  25. Im pretty sure this is not the right place to post this but i have been re reading some pages and noticed that i get taken back in the story when i click the next chapter. for instance when i click next page at the bottom of
    i get taken back to

    the link at the top of the page worked fine, just the one at the bottom.

    this happened on at least on more page but i dont have the example

  26. (Strongly worded recommendation)
    Hello there.
    If you are here reviewing the comments and wondering if these books are worth your time, rejoice. They are.
    There is magic here. A full and breathing world. If you are a fan of Zelazny, Brust or Sanderson you are in good company.
    Also, beware.
    There is pain, and moral ambiguity, and so much character development it hurts.

    It’s so very good.

  27. Happy New Year’s Eve pirateaba! I really love Wandering Inn. Thank you for being a writer of this awesome novel. May success and wisdom be with you, always.

  28. I just spent the last week binging all of The Wandering Inn until four in the morning at times. It’s a miracle my work didn’t suffer for it. I love the cast of your story so much. You’ve built such a lovely world and populated it when even lovelier characters. My only regret about spending so much of my week on this story is that now I have to wait for updates.

  29. Well Pirateabal. What can I say. I chanced across your work a few weeks ago and I have been hooked since. I have laughed, cried, smiled, smirked and scowled my way through the three volumes so far. It is a great breathtaking piece of work and I am delighted that I was so new to the series, as it allowed me to miss work deadlines, stay up late and generally be unproductive whilst I caught up. However I have joined the depressed ranks who will wait for the weekly down loads. This is hard. But if Erin and crew can live in a new world, then I can wait in line with your other fans.

    Seriously I don’t critique Grammer and other typos, I day dreamed through too many lessons to do that, but I do like a good tale and story. Original characters and a really original world are a pleasure to explore along side you and your other fans. I look forward to stepping out into 2018 and seeing what the road brings.

    Great work, great fun and thank you for sharing the gift of your imagination with us.

  30. Odd question, but is Flos inspired by Napoleon Bonaparte? I can’t help but see a few odd parallels: 1.They both conquered entire continents (Terandria v.s. Europe), 2. They were both almost frantically loved by their people, 3.They both had a little… interlude in their leadership (Flos’ sleep v.s. Napoleon’s first exile), 4. When they other wise returned the people instantly rallied to them (The people of the surrounding lord rally to Flos, while the people and soldiers of France rallied to Napoleon), 5.After regaining power they both quickly returned to war. At this point the resemblance ends however because Napoleon was routed at Waterloo, while Flos succeeds in defending Reim. Please do satisfy my curiosity.

  31. I’m a fan of the wandering inn and was wandering if you’d mind putting a poem in that was partly inspired by the Frost Faeries?

    • Do you mean one you wrote? By all means, share it! I’ll put it in the Fanworks page if you’re willing and it’s not derivative of another work/contains offensive imagery or words. But I don’t take additions to the actual story itself.

  32. If a mage can create a recharging enchantment, could they enchant an iPhone to automatically recharge it’s battery? No more need of repeated repair spells. Also, a similar tactic could be to enchant the phone with a recharging message spell so iMessage could send to another single phone at any time. The mana recharge rate would be kind of like a data-plan πŸ™‚
    If the Wistram mages are putting all that effort into massive group chats and things they almost certainly have the ability to enchant a phone with a recharging message spell. It could be that each iPhone user once they get to WIstram have their phone modified in this way to enable future communications easily between people from Earth.
    It might also be possible to lock a phone as one end of the door’s teleport, allowing the holder of the phone to dial 911 and instantly appear back at the inn.

  33. Love the stories, and finally found a more comfortable way to read them on my e-reader.

    If you have a Kobo e-reader, use “pocket” in Firefox or another browser to mark the episodes you want to read, and they magically appear in a readable/scrollable format. Even the blue text works…

  34. Is there a glossary of the chapter titles and the characters?
    If not then I’ll start

    R – Ryoka
    H – Horns of Hammerhead
    T – Mr. T the spooky sentient skeleton
    G – Goblin
    K – King
    C- Clown
    E – Emperor
    L – Lyonette
    D – Doctor
    M – Mrsha OR Magnolia… apparently… c’mon let’s get some consistency here
    KM – King + Twins?
    N – Niers

    Did I miss any?

  35. It’s annoying how there are no upper links to the following chapters in the upper part of the chapter while using a mobile device. Being this such an amazing story that deserves being reread

  36. Really cool book! Love the world!!! I just really don’t like Ryoka’s hate for the level system and Erin unnaturally strong hatred of killing things. Erin!!! The goblin leader of whatever tried to rape and murder you! Why do you feel guilty??? Kill that thing!!!

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