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The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor (Novel)  
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The man forsaken by the world, the man a slave to money and the man known as the legendary God of War in the highly popular MMORPG Continent of Magic. With the coming of age, he decides to say goodbye, but the feeble attempt to earn a little something for his time and effort ripples into an effect none could ever have imagined.
Through a series of coincidences, his legendary avatar is sold for 3.1 billion won, bringing great joy to him, only to plunge him into despair at losing almost all of it to vicious loan sharks. With revelation of money through gaming, he rises from the abyss with new found resolve and steps forward into the new age of games led by the first ever Virtual Reality MMORPG, Royal Road.
This is the legend of Lee Hyun on his path to becoming Emperor with only his family loving heart, his boundless desire for money, his unexpected mind, his diligently forged body and the talent of hard work backing him.


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Легендарный Скульптор Лунного Света
달빛 조각사(Novel)
Dalbic Jogaksa (Novel)
Legendary Moonlight Sculptor (Novel)
Moonlight Sculptor (Novel)
The Moonlight Sculptor (Novel)

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45 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (622 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.78 / 10.0
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July 27th 2015, 10:33am PST



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Great Novel but definitely not a 10 out of 10   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by justixnl
September 30th, 2015, 6:41am
I thought that LMS was a interesting novel at first but after reading up until 13 vol I started skipping through the chapters to read only the parts i was interested in.

The novels are mostly about the adventures Weed goes through in this virtual MMORPG set in medieval times with stuff like Mages/Priests etc. But these adventures in my opinion are not that exciting and at times I feel that LMS contains a lot off unnecessary information, parts & characters in the story which have nothing to do with the overall arc or just appear and disappear for no reason (for example Seoyoon doctor talking with some mob character about their crisis in life). The thing I liked most was the relationship with the other characters who all have their own interesting backgrounds like for example Zephyr a rich kid who has his own social/personal problems & Hwaryeong who is a famous entertainer but the author hardly explores these relationships. And when he does explore these relationship he only dedicates one or three chapter per two volume on these relationships.

However the author does a good job at describing the world of Royal Road which speaks to the readers imaginations while portraying a colorful & interesting world where a lot is possible. This also includes the fighting scenes although they sometimes end up being long-winded and because of this they don't really keep you on the edge of your seat. The author just takes to much time writing out the long winded adventures/quests which results in character development coming second place. If this novel was rewriting/edited to include shorter but more exciting quests/adventures and removes unnecessary characters and story I would probably enjoy the serie more and I would have rated the novel higher.

Overall if I have to compare the LMS serie with novels like Mahouka, Sword Art Online, High School DxD, DanMachi I think all these novels have a better main story line (to put it in other words a better focus on the main story), more interesting subplots (story arc's) and they actually explore the background of the other characters (good character development).

So all in all I rate this a 7, Enjoyable to read but still feels like it has a lot of parts that need to be edited and rewritten.

... Last updated on September 30th, 2015, 9:23am
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Best Virtual Reality lightnovel   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by world is wide
September 24th, 2015, 4:59pm
Epic. Must read.

When Lee Hyun's parents died, he supported his family by dropping out of highschool and doing backbreaking manual labor. As the story starts he finds he can make better money gaming

Good world building for both the sci-fi virtual reality and in game fantasy setting. Side characters fleshed out enough to complement the adventures of the main character. A unique perspective driving a unique hero. Loved every bit of it

Some people grow sick of Lee Hyun's money obsessed character, but his unexpected actions show his character depth. Familial love is really his primary motivation, and he is very entertaining in his calculated actions and eye for investment. Even if his motivations are strange his actions are neutral/good.

The "money as basic necessity" perspective is what elevates LMS to greatness. Lee Hyun doesnt need to be magically transported or trapped in the virtual reality game. There is plenty of tension from dangerous situations because only through success is he able to feed his family

... Last updated on September 24th, 2015, 5:11pm
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A story that is dragged on and on!   
Rating: N/A
by clowred14
August 31st, 2015, 5:33pm
I thought about writing a long review about the ups and downs in this novel .. but a lot of people have already done it. So I will only say this. Stop trying to find any logic in this novel, enjoy it for about 10 volumes. Start reading the 11th one, puke a little inside your mouth, drop it, wait for the entire novel to end, search the review on google and think how useful was my advice.
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tldr; Lack of research but well structured and immensely enjoyable.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by yuno19
August 12th, 2015, 10:01pm
Centered on a character that's insatiable and ever suspecting, LMS challenge the reader to put up with Weed's antics. Sometimes it's humorous as he saw himself as cool and handsome beyond compare. But other times, he put readers on edge through his shameless swindle and corrupted victimized mind-set. But isn't misunderstanding of a villainy antihero is the most exciting set up, rarely exploited among literature for young adult?

The novel author invest quite a time developing his main character personality. A solid background to explain his mentality and consistency of his behavior throughout many archs, speaks volume of his broader vision. A score of lovelable side characters serve as a cushion if he ever run out of ideas, which he did. Pay attention to Weed's fans way of fawning over his fighting sense, or his view toward social interaction or culture, same phrase over and over again. His method of swindle also stay elementary and his sweet-talking never sublime, but it's Weed who did the swindle! You can't help but laugh whenever our clueless adorable piece of shit behave the way he is. The same is true for Geomchi recklessness, Da'in helplessness, Hwaryoung fruitless effort to gain her crush's attention, Yurin's crafted innocence, Mapan profiteering scheme, so on and so forth. They can do what they like to do over and over again and we don't mind the space they've taken because we love them.

The world building also far from lacking. Game mechanic is well-balanced, allowing any class to become overpowered if they manage to find all of their respective masters. Real-life scenario is rarely disappointing. A bit stereotyping and generalization can be a source of irk for some of readers, but they move the plot. The story element is well-structured when recurring but lacking when it's not.

Lastly, Ark's author and LMS's author seems to be a fan, one way or other. They might be collegues or even friends. The story element used in one almost always occur in the other. But it is evident that one is relaxed with his story progression when other is pressured to make do with hastily made way out. Entirely his fault.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by riverside
August 4th, 2015, 5:14am
I read the LMS manga until chap 26, and a few days later I noticed that the manga was adapted from a novel. (I tend to be very lazy with my hobbies xD)
I am currently in vol 7 in the novel and it is such a wonder that I gave up reading the manga!
The manga isn't bad. The thing is, in the novel the author allows our imagination to wonder, and in the manga our imagination is reduced to drawings of the vision of that artist. Both are great, but I prefer the novel. smile

Update LN vol 26 / manga cp 28
The story is readable.
Despite what the MC thinks that everything is money, his actions do portray him as more human than most of other characters.
The concept of the story is original, however the arcs / main quests are solved almost by doing the same things. This doesn't mean that its boring (far from it), but sometimes predictable.

... Last updated on August 19th, 2015, 3:18pm
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hater don't have to read   
Rating: N/A
by lol_red
July 23rd, 2015, 6:03am
I DON'T UNDERSTAND why people can't simply enjoy something good and different or do u want every story to have a MC with perfect hear/attitude kind and what not.this is a story of how a simple guys with his cockroach like vitality and spirit to never give up keep fighting while also blaming everyone but himself and it his personality that make it a fun read just enjoy the story
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It gets annoying   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by orario
July 20th, 2015, 7:33am
I'm at the 21th volume but I'm starting to grow annoyed with the MC...

I mean yeah, the story is nice, the action is nice, the writing is not bad.
But man, the MC really gets on my nerves lately...ok, he had a hard life and he strives to become rich. Still...his obsession is too much!
Probably he would even get at that level where he will wipe his ass with his fingers as to not waste money on hygienic paper anymore..

The MC does creppy things and at times he is downright disgusting: not washing his own hands for months?! What the hell...

It's hard to enjoy a story when the MC is a specimen like this and it actually becomes worse with every new volume. I dropped it. I'm actually surprised how in the world I actually managed to stay interested enough to read 21 volumes...

... Last updated on July 20th, 2015, 7:34am
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by liquidsin
June 22nd, 2015, 12:41pm
This series easily ranks among the worst I've seen in terms of character development. Despite 10 volumes of text, the MC continues to belittle his profession, act like an idiot in regards to his crush, physically abuses the people he summons, and is in general a PoS. I just had the pleasure of reading that the meal he prepared for his party was cooked with back-alley food past its' expiration date and hands that hadn't been washed for two months.

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The MC's Reaction When His Party Found Out:
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And now everyone caught wind of the deal!
Weed spoke without an ounce of alarm.
“Then don’t eat when you’re hungry!”
He threw a threat at them!

The BS Reasoning:
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Everywhere in the world, there’s corruption, even in cuisine!
Meals in the early days of a restaurant tend to be on the good side. But slowly, the qualities of the foods drop to slightly average or go completely unbearable.

His Party:
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Beloved family, close friends, and both his instructors at the dojo and those he trained with.

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The MC's Philosophy on Obedience
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According to Weeds philosophy, if he didn’t beat them enough, they would get rebellious.
Beating that rebellious spirit out of him
Being beaten at any time leaves an aftertaste. And being caught so suddenly one day.
The times between beatings were very short.
Soon you start acting more positively.
Just like how Death Knight Van Hawk was compliant.

Weed gently hit Tori on the shoulder.
“Do you want to get beat?”
“That, that is not the case.”
“Now you’re going to live your life with pride and good fortune?”
“That would be more comfortable.”
"Then do you want to get beat then?"
Weed scared Tori again, beating him here where there was no doctor to heal him.

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PS: It's ok though, the MC had a hard childhood so this is all right.

... Last updated on August 11th, 2015, 1:53pm
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So far its a not so good yet not so bad   
Rating: 7.7 / 10.0
by bakaleaf
May 7th, 2015, 8:09pm
After reading for a week from volume 1 to volume 24 and still waiting for the next chapter

First thing first its a good read from the start but it became a huge down fall after I reach the volume 13 or somewhere at the
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vampire quest related
The one man performance of MC was excellent and no comment of his addiction to japtem but after this
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He became a count and rule a city
everything seems so out of control.

The epic adventure so far seems decent
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The orc and darkelf war, The necromancer war, The vampire war and so on he just finish this quest being solo and little help from his friends

To understand this once must realize that this is not an ordinary virtual game
Huge spoiler Below don't read unless you have read Volume 20 or more
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The mad scientist who created royal road was aiming for world domanation
The Emperor well get a huge share including the share of Unicorn Company(Created Royal Road) and well be the direct successor of the Mad scientist that control a vast android that well take over humanity any time!
Royal Road was based on Parallel world theme which means there is no limit of what you can do inside and is control with a virtual AI that the mad scientist created as a sort of goddess which also control majority shares of Unicorn Company.
The 1st Emperor has a hidden Class of Legendary Moonlight Sculpture which the MC obtain.
The purpose of Royal Road is to Train a Successor for the mad scientist that well later control the world.
So far that is what I understand lol

The MC characteristic is a given NORMAL people well not understand it.
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The MC love money but that doesn't mean he wanted money, what he wan't is money which he earned from hard work. He have work hard since he was very little after the death of his parent and since there world does not approve minor to work, MC have work on many illegal jobs where he is abuse and tortured and got near life death situation as a result he became an existence which exist only to EARN MONEY but he well never accept FREE money. As you read you well realize that despite wanting to get everything he is willing to share the loot to people depend on the usefulness to him.
I feel sorry for people who discriminate and call the MC character as UGLY that just show how pampered you are in real life. I agree with MC and don't feel to argue since your idea of morality is base on just your easy life style. The MC had encounter hell from the very beginning and survive.
After the MC earned 30 Billion won from a game selling his Top 1 character he realize that earning via playing the game is worthed yet he only started play royal road after studying it for a year. Still after he start playing he didn't rush and just persevere no matter how much other player ridicule him as a result he obtain the hidden class of the last Emperor of royal road.
Some people say his play style is impossible but I think its natural when playing royal road your body is in a sleep stance so even with 2 hrs sleep or playing a month with out sleeping no major damage well cause to the body. its just like being in a coma. did u know human body can survive 3 months with out eating? MC love life is as far as the moon lol since he believe that Girlfriend is a huge waste of money ( I agree with him hahaha) still he meet his first love just to be left and end with out him saying anything ( I also understand how MC feel first love never dies)
So far before you bad mouth mc all I can say get a life of hardship then say it again. Pampered people who live with there parents allowance should just be silent.

With all said and done I can't say this is the best so far but I was hook reading only this for a week
Major changes is slow but is explained well unlike other who just jump in conclusion this execute a far better explanation that makes reader feel and imagine as if they are inside the world they read (but if you don't feel the same you still lack imagination).

Every Adventure is exciting nothing is perfect but this is near perfection.
My rate is 7.7 why? because

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SO many UNNECESSARY characters and unknown player adventure being show that is just a huge waste of chapters. If you watch LOG HORIZON that kind of feeling. characters that has no significant value. The Real life and virtual life of MC is so unbalance. The support character are useless they just appear and disappear. MC friends are useless why do there adventure need to be written in chapters they are completely unnecessary and useless. by the end of the day this just ridicule the mc and insult him when his not there. They just take advantage of MC fame but when things got worse they silently retreat. In other words the relationship of other characters is UGLY even the MC first love was so bad after they didn't see each other for a more than a year the girl ignore MC as if they don't know each other MC was badly heart broken and to make it worse the girl joined the GUILD that hunt MC all over the world. It was like LOL MC first love was the BOSS of MC nemesis. People clearly didn't SEE or just deny to see how this story brutally abuse the MC. Far from reality but at the same time it reflect reality. Those who insult MC bad behavior and character you guys are no different fro the loan shark who took the 30 billion money from mc. or the rich people who waste millions of money just for fun. The MC goal was not to reach the highest rank but just to survive his daily life while supporting his family. But I am surprise the some people just see a money loving MC are this guys blind? NO this guys just don't understand hard work. Since money are easily offer to them they are offended by an MC who work hard to obtain money
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MC char.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by aku720
May 2nd, 2015, 9:02am
It seems most of the ppl r offended by the Mc char. I can't agree any less on that either but I would still like reading this stuff it is addictive, very well written n composed. And the things about mc's char I think we have already read about a lot of gud guyz always doing all the gud n great thing being very pure n bla bla bla we don't want to read that type of crap anymore as we have been reading/watching that same type of monotonous stuff from the day we were born we would now prefer to read something a bit evil n all (in BTW try reading the novel Ark... If u find lms char bad I wonder how will u rate ark's Mc I mean he is a total A*hole I won't say any more....) despite these fact the flow of the novel is really gud.. How the Mc is growing and how he is building his city morata and fighting off his nemesis while trying to get things done is really fun to read
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