NPC Lives 1: Tales from the Dead Man Inn


Tales from the Dead Man Inn is an anthology set in Alpha World. These collected stories cover well known and loved characters, as well as some lesser seen NPCs.

Into the Deadlands: Alistern, Grimgar, Almira, Stewart, and Flora take their first trip into the sands. The longest story in the anthology, and a harrowing tale of heroics.

Lilith’s History: How did Lilith come to be with Alistern and raise five wonderful daughters? 

Bob’s Tale: Everyone’s favorite Imp is featured in this story.

Stewart’s Upbringing: How does a Half-blood Infernal grow up in a city that despises his kind?

Erin’s Story: How does the barmaid come to love a noble’s son? A story of love and acceptance.

Deirdre’s Story: What is one to do when her sister’s are finding love? Find her own, of course.

Marian’s Story: With the other three sisters having found love, Marian yearns to find her own soulmate.

Demon Lord’s Armor: The tale of how the infamous Demon Lord Armor set was created.

Skippy’s Tale: Simmer down, we know most people hate him. Understand him so you can hate him even more. 

Bob’s Tale Part two: Bob is back with more story to dig into.

Magiblood: The story of Rolland and Kim, never before seen anywhere.

I hope you will enjoy reading these stories as much as I did writing them.

My Opinion: 347 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review, I purchased a copy when it became available. 

All the short stories are written by the author of the main series and are set in the Alpha World Universe. With some set before the main series and others from alternative perspectives and side adventures. Like many short story collections, you’re probably not going to like every story in it but that’s ok since each isn’t a huge investment in time (except that 1st one which is like 23% of the novel). For me whether I enjoyed a story really depended on the character featured and how much I cared about them. Personally, I really liked the ones with Bob, he's a fun character. I also like the one with Skippy, an antagonist in Alpha World, just because it was nice to see his jerk perspective and some of the background stuff that happened. I also liked some of the romance while others I just didn't care about. Not badly written but I just didn't have any attachment to the characters.

While not every story worked for me, overall this is a good short story collection for anyone that is a fan of the Alpha World series.

Overall score: 7.2 out of 10.

NPC Lives 1: Tales from the Dead Man Inn