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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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Associated Names
Легендарный Скульптор Лунного Света
달빛 조각사
Legendary Moonlight Sculptor (Novel)
LMS, Legendary Moonlight Sculptor
Moonlight Sculptor (Novel)
The Moonlight Sculptor (Novel)

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Odd Squad Novels
Royal Road

Latest Release(s)
v.19 c.9 by Royal Road (7d ago)
v.19 c.8 by Royal Road (13d ago)
v.19 c.7 by Royal Road (14d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
44 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

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Average: 9.2 / 10.0 (417 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.02 / 10.0
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September 18th 2014, 12:23am PST



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Battles on an epic scale but...   
Rating: 7.3 / 10.0
by kirbygc
September 26th, 2014, 12:14pm
Moonlight Sculptor is the definition of epic, from the quests to the story-line, however numerous errors in the translation and editing as well as the sometimes convoluted nature of the story keep it from truly shining.

For the pro's, I thoroughly enjoyed the different climaxes of the seemingly impossible quests undertaken by the MC, as well as the author's insistence upon smarts over brawn as being the answer to many problems. I thought it was pretty novel that the author focused on large-scale battles many a time which helps the series stand out from others in the same genre which focus solely on the MC's combat abilities or a small group of similarly strong characters. The seemingly unending supply of different creatures, myths and quests did alot to keep me interested.

On the con's side I didn't find the MC's personality relate-able or like-able in the least, although I did like his skill-sets. The story is also fairly complex with the author jumping in-between 6 or 7 different plot lines at points... as in focusing on a character's real life circumstances, then jumping to a in game quest, then jumping to a different character's circumstances.... it was really just excessive. I couldn't care less about half of them and they only seem to be there to add to the grand/epic scale of the novel rather than adding legitimately necessary or interesting ideas: sometimes more isn't better. Also, as others have commented already, some (read most) of the translation reeks of some kind of translating software and as a result, the beauty of the writing was lost in translation, unfortunately.

All in all I enjoyed it more than I thought I would and would recommend it to a friend if they had time to kill. The errors in grammar made me drop the series for a while, especially during the earlier portions of the translations. The series takes a while to gain momentum and some chapters are better than others (grammar-wise) although the later translations are far superior they are still lacking. I'll continue to follow the series to see where it goes in the future.

... Last updated on October 10th, 2014, 9:53am
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Great novel   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Azikea
August 16th, 2014, 5:14pm
The characters each are interesting and have their own playing style which adds to the story. Weed is a fairly unique character. Weed is one of the few greedy protagonists that are done in a fun and interesting way. He initially started Royal Road for the purpose of making money and his various actions typically were for the sole act of money making. This makes Weed take interesting choices that adds to the story. Although some of the characters can be annoying at times, altogether it's a fun and addicting story.

... Last updated on August 16th, 2014, 5:15pm
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Absorbing, but peters off.   
Rating: N/A
by Colacanth
August 15th, 2014, 5:27pm
Instead of reading these reviews, why not just check out the work? Personal taste is an important criterion of satisfaction.

While the premise is unrealistic, the first few volumes are wonderful. Amazing, delightful, a myriad of other similar adjectives besides. The story and primary developments are enticing and keep the reader engaged. Subsequent volumes (say, up to 25?) utilize this momentum and allow the reader to keep cheering for the underdog, Weed.

Along the way, however, Weed's accomplishments become overwhelming. While a natural consequence of such a story, the desert arc feels especially jarring and the series loses its original charm as Weed's abilities far outshine those of his opponents, a problem exacerbated by the lack of a well-established rival character, Bard Ray seeming more like an afterthought.

Note that my understanding of untranslated chapters is bare and relies on chapter summaries, which may affect the reliability of this review.

Regarding translations, those of earlier volumes, while not with perfect grammar, are definitely readable, while those of later volumes are of higher quality. However, a result of the translations' being done by different groups is the variety reflected in the romanization of proper nouns -- Ahreupen and Arpen; Jaffre and Zephyr; Pale and Fail; Surka and Sureuka; GeomChi and SwordNoob; etc. -- which may prove confusing. Notwithstanding this caveat and considering the length of the series, the translators have done an outstanding job.
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Probably the most detailed MMORPG light novel out there   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by cvurnes
August 11th, 2014, 3:40pm
The most detailed and comprehensive MMORPG world I've ever read. It's like "Ready Player One" meets "Sword Art Online". Easily beats out the likes of SAO, Ark, .HACK and others of the same genre.
Only issue is the english translations which isn't a fault of the author. You can see the translation quality drop off after the first 10 volumes.

... Last updated on August 11th, 2014, 3:41pm
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Rating: N/A
by cy316
August 9th, 2014, 7:53am
4 years of my life i spent waiting on my phone and computer for the weekly (used to be) updates to this. I reread the story to the vampire kingdom arc more than 5 times and every time it did not fail to please and send goose bumps all over me with Lee Hyun's badassery

... Last updated on August 9th, 2014, 7:53am
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Akiradesu
August 6th, 2014, 2:18pm
English fan translations are not that great, if there was proofreading done in the firs place, it was done poorly. With that being said, while 'chewing' on pages there's this heavy after-taste of google translator, so it's hard/impossible to appreciate writing style.

The 'game engine' is rather wacky, gives of the feeling that it's there only for the sake of setting.

Story has both ups and downs, but overall - it's fun read.
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Recommendations on Translations   
Rating: N/A
by logain
July 24th, 2014, 10:26pm
Japtem has pretty good translations for (from memory) the first 3 volumes. Then the grammar level falls a bit, but it's still readable. However, RoyalRoad translations not only has volume 5+ (Japtem is 6-10+), but also has better translations then the shitty ones on Japtem's site.
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A highly addictive good Novel with a shittiest Main Character   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by manga_fanboy
July 11th, 2014, 9:31am
Well, i really loved the novel although i hate the main character personality very much for which i am deducting 2 points. The character was good in the beginning where he had to work hard to sustain his family but later he became the shittiest character i have ever known and his greed was to much even when his family condition improved. however novel lost 1 more point when the author introduced a chapter on Royal Road creator planning to take over the world with the help of AI.

... Last updated on July 11th, 2014, 9:35am
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This is going to be a long review   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by thischinksays
July 4th, 2014, 11:16am
I'm torn. I want to give LMS(Legendary Moonlight Sculptor) a 10, while simultaneously I want to give it a 7. This is because the first couple volumes of LMS are easily a 10. The first couple volumes are so well written and addictive, I lost myself in the entire series. I've read from volume 1 to volume 20 with nearly no breaks.

The problems start after the first couple volumes. More padding and filler starts popping up. The pacing slows down because of it. Then more and more contradictory sentences pop up. I understand some of this is due to the translators probably rushing or whatever, though I'm not complaining about the translators as they allowed me to read LMS, so a big thank you to them! Anyway, at one point the padding, slow pacing, contradictions, and numerous loop holes become so bad, I'm not sure it's even the original author writing it. In fact, I seriously think someone else wrote one of the arcs.
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The todeum arc was definitely the low point of LMS.
Anyway, at that point I was thinking of dropping LMS, it was that bad. Luckily, after struggling through the terribly written tautology, padding, and story itself, things got better again. It still wasn't at the level of the first couple volumes but at the very least it had improved a good amount from the low point of the series.

In the beginning, as the author added more elements to the story, it was gradually improving and becoming more complex. I loved every second of it. At some point the author lost control. He constantly added more elements when there was already more than enough, to the point where he couldn't juggle them well and the extra pieces started falling here and there. As a result the story is a jumbled mess at times.

The loopholes and contradictions were one of the worst offenders I had to learn how to overlook. I think that if I had read the volumes spaced out over time then the impact they would have would be much lower. Instead, I read a good amount of the series all at once, so it was easy to spot inconsistencies. When these started appearing it was heartbreaking. Somehow I was able to start ignoring these and push forward. They don't bother me as much now but it feels as if the author is rushing to write as much as possible without checking his previous works and making sure he's got all the facts right. At one point I looked at when this series was created and how many volumes the author put out. I was shocked. It does seem like he wrote as fast as he could and started ignoring quality, and instead opting for quantity. While I would definitely prefer quality over quantity, it's hard to complain when I want more volumes to read.

Some character relationships are well written and others grate on your nerves. One example, which is IMO the most grating is
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Weed's relationship with Seoyoon. At first I was fine with the Seoyoon and Weed relationship but as it went on it got more and more annoying. How can he constantly assume the worst of her every single time when she keeps proving herself to him? I understand it's in his nature to distrust people but there's a limit. The author's reason for doing this is so transparent, which is a big part of why I hate it. It's obvious weed is going to do something to betray seoyoon because of his misunderstandings and distrust. Then seoyoon will withdraw even further because of another deep psychological scar. Weed will then have to overcome his distrust for others and after much hard work he will help seoyoon recover. Maybe this isn't what happens but the way it's been written so far indicates this is where it's heading and I'm over it.
There are other relationships between characters I'm not too fond of but what I wrote just above was IMO the worst of them.

I've got more to complain about but I'm getting lazy and want to end it so I'll just say this. The author is great at writing adventure stories but terrible at writing comedy. Every single time he tried to do some comedy early on, it was a definite miss. When he focuses on the adventure, LMS shines brightest. Unfortunately, when all the padding, inconsistencies, and pacing problems started popping up, the author made another fatal flaw, he started focusing almost solely on comedy instead of the adventure. This made it nearly unbearable to continue reading. Luckily, after the arc I listed earlier, he gets better in all aspects. He still focuses too much on comedy, but at the very least he seemed to realize what he's best at. Sure, his comedic writing did improve a bit. There were a couple parts that made me laugh, but so much of it was a miss that I really wish he would focus on the adventure and leave the humor for when it made sense, instead of forcing it nearly all the time.

Despite my gripes, I love this series. I had a lot to rant about but all in all LMS is still a really addictive and great adventure story. It's creative and there's a lot to read, so if you can look passed its faults, you'll come to love LMS as much as I do.
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Good read   
Rating: 8.8 / 10.0
by Jakklin
June 24th, 2014, 1:06pm
Is is one of my favourite light novels. The main character isn't the normal high school guy who sits at the window, he's not the paragon of virtue, Weed is a greedy and deceitful person (but still likeable). I don't agree with alot of the choices he makes but they aren't bad ones, he might sacrifice someone here or there but it is a game after all.any player will just re-spawn.
Alot of the comments on this page complain that 'its all luck' or something similar, that maybe so but in any RPG your 'lucky' to decide to take that path or to go in that specific cave or even to talk to certain people, in the end its the main characters decisions that lead him to the encounters. Other arguments are that he is apparently the 'only' one who cares about stats and not levels but that not true, Weed is the only one who trains until he suffers, remember its only a game for everyone else.

I originally read some of the comments on this page and the turned me way off, but that was a mistake. I regret not reading this series month ago when I first saw it.

... Last updated on June 24th, 2014, 1:11pm
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