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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.6 by Royal Road (0d ago)
v.17 c.2 by Japtem (3d ago)
v.19 c.4 by Royal Road (6d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
44 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

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Average: 9.3 / 10.0 (358 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.08 / 10.0
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July 22nd 2014, 9:17pm PST



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I really shouldn't like this, but...   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by crimsonsnow00017
August 5th, 2012, 8:37am
OK, so the MC is super smart, super strong, super hardworking, and just plain super good at whatever he does. He has a old grandma and a little sister to take care of, he would sacrifice anything for them, he has to deal with debt that his dead parents left, his sister is even perfect (smart, beautiful, popular, etc.), his potential GF is ridiculously beautiful and smart and strong and kind, and etc. etc. etc. Basically, your perfectly cliched hero with a cliched setting and cliched plot. Overdone? Hell yeah.

BUT! Man, but I really just can't dislike it. I think it's super awesome. His personality is just too hilarious, I think... The author turns a overdone character and plot and makes it interesting and fun. This novel really shows that it's the how something is written, not what it writes about, that matters. Great so far, makes me wish I could read it in its original language.

... Last updated on May 5th, 2013, 6:34am
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Reading isn't experiencing.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by watta
March 1st, 2012, 2:54pm
One of my fave due to the fact that the MC chosen path in his life and his lack of talent in every field can be overcome through shear hard work.

He came from a close knitted but debt ridden family, so his childhood was crappier than most. But you dont see him running around acting tough, join a gang, beat people up to relieve him of his anger and his position in life. No, he decided at a helluva young age that he's gunna work for the sake of his only two remaining family members. No one gave him hand-me-downs, no one offered him help; so he learned that the only thing he can rely on is himself, and worked through the pain for the grandmother that raised him, and the little sister he have to take care of as a father.

The MC caught on lucky break in his life when he sold his game account, but ultimately was taken from him about a day after he gotten it. Then he figured as 'i did it once, i can do it again,' and devoted a year into researching the games and building up his body. Both requires a ridiculous amount of hardwork: researching by means of gaining all the information from those before him, and building up his body by means of swinging his sword till his blisters oozes with blood. Tell me, where's is his expert-in-every-skill appears here? Just hard work.

In game, he's a true socialpath; he tends to use people, but they usually received a boost or some kind of reward for their hardwork and going along with his flow. That's why even those that knows how he is doesnt stray from him, because he never once use-then-toss them away. He worked hard to get to where he's at: at the beginning where he mind-numblingly swung his blade(in game) for hours to earn just one stat point, to fighting stronger monsters that resulted in his death many times over. Sculpting statues for days to increase stats, cooking thousands of meals raise stats, repairing hundreds of thousands of times on equipment to raise stats; there aint any talent here, just constant work because he knows the second chance he'd get isnt gunna be given out in the real world, but to be earn in the game world. He also cleared multiples of hard quests for his level where spectators deemed impossible for those doubled his level using his smarts...and he died plenty of times during so.

Like i've said, reading isnt experiencing. You may know how things flow from reading an already written text, but the moment you actually stepped in their shoes and tread the path they chose to take.............ur screwed because ur mindset is 'i got talents, i can do anything/ i got powers, i can crush anything/ i got smarts, i can use anything.' Respect for this MC, everything he got, he earned as he worked.

... Last updated on March 1st, 2012, 2:59pm
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The author is generous!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Necrophades
January 11th, 2012, 12:52am
It seems recently the author found out that his writings is translated by fan (odd squad), and he made a statement that he permit Moonlight Sculptor novel to be translated and published, as long as no one uses it for commercial purpose.

Really, he is generous. Live long Heesung Nam.
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If ever...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dim1
April 27th, 2012, 4:07pm
If ever there were a time for the korean-english translators to unite and translate, this would be the series. If ever there were a time for Japan to animate korean works, this would be the time. If ever there were a manhwa artist to illustrate this series this would be the time. Hell if I could overthrow the world order to get this drawn, animated or translated this would be series to do it over. What's that say about the series well if you know me I'm rather reserved about the whole overthrow the world thing, but this is different. Greatest Main Character Ever. Also if you like this one see Sword Art Online, Yureka or Id.
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Higly Addicting   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Maniakku
February 13th, 2014, 12:07pm
If I thought SAO was the end of VR related novels, after reading this I came to know I couldnt have been more wrong. The protagonist is fun and his actions can catch you of-guard. Though stingy at times he still makes you smile through his actions. His ability to analyze the situation seem pretty good. Though the translations are not that great but the story still get a hold of you. Though writer should spend probably a more time on other character, but still the story as it is uptill Vol.17(latest i have read) works for me.
He is really focused and hard working and has quite a bit of luck. Though even with this luck no one could deny that without his own strengths and hard work, he wouldn`t have been able to achieve what he did. A highly recommended one to every LN fan out there.
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A novel that I read & re-read & re-read again & again   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by LaDy_ViL
July 20th, 2011, 6:08am
An amazing read if I may say so myself. The first chapter started kinda slow, where we got the background info on the main character and how the story came about. Then we enters the gaming phase which just had to be AMAZING I tell you.

It's just great how he's able to brainwash everyone (npc/users/friends/acquaintances) he met into going along with his pace and making them think he's a hero in shining armors when he's almost the exact opposite but instead of gaining benefits only for himself and make us hate him, by the end of the day everyone got what they deserve and we adore him more. Given that he has such a worthless class in the game (one that he refuses at first but got trick into accepting LOL) people have low expectations of him and then BAMM he did what others has a hard time doing seemingly effortlessly just increase my expectation for his next surprise. The battle scenes are ones that you would just have to love. Instead of going through a steady pace, we got our heart racing, then let down..then woohoo again the main character amazes us. Ohh mann..those moments are precious, thank you google translator.

One might think that his talent just stuck in-game, and that's where this novel's juicy tidbits comes next. Royal Road(a complete virtual-reality game) allows the users to apply what they have learned in-game to the real world. The abilities he learned in-game like sculpting, cooking etc made him an all-around man in real world. It's gaming+learning. Not to mention he got such good martial arts basic=win!! Having real-world and in-game girls+fans go ga-ga. over him, but almost completely oblivious to it, is just precious.

Would I recommend you to read it? Yes!! Go!! Look it up, now!! Get hooked like me!! And then we can go scavenging for even the tiniest bits of spoilers together x33
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This is amazing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by FrostLord
February 6th, 2011, 10:13pm
A hard-working protagonist that transcends the meaning of perseverance, The world of Royal Road is amazingly expansive and endlessly intriguing. I admire Lee Hyun for his conviction that overwhelms the inequities of the world. I hope that more people support "The Moonlight Sculptor" in the future.. I wish to thank Jun9008 for introducing everyone to this novel, Oddsquad for working on this until volume 2, as well as the Royal Road and Japtem teams.

... Last updated on March 30th, 2014, 3:04am
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Freakin Amazing...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by CrownedClown
September 12th, 2013, 1:31pm
I don't normally bother with reviews but in all honesty this is one of the best series I've ever come across in any literature format. The series is highly addictive! I honestly want to force myself to learn Korean just so I don't have to wait for releases.

Good Points:
Hard Working Protagonist, Endless Adventures, Interesting Story Telling, Amazing World Building, Fun Combat System, Easily Understood Rules, Decent Comedy. Rise of the Underdog!!!

Protagonist's Personality is a bit repetitive & evil (although it's slowly improving and sometimes his evil personality is awesome!), umm... that's all the negatives I can think of.

Rating: 10/10

A Must Read!

... Last updated on September 13th, 2013, 6:17pm
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Amazingly epic   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yuchin4life
July 7th, 2011, 1:26pm
Fans of 1/2 prince and of sword of arts online will love this mmorpg series that deals more with the game than romance. This novel tells of the epic adventures of Weed and how through gaming, he manages go change his poor, in debt family to something much better. Moonlight sculptor has an amazing main character that is greedy but rather has a sense of justice, this novel also has pyshological components to it due to the fact that some of the choices weed makes are due to his past. This novel is the ideal RPG novel, it focuses on the game alot with the different skills, classes and places that in the end, you are like one of those weed admirers that canh wait to see him become king. Moonlight sculptor contains so many epic battles and the plots gets more tense and exciting as it goes on and for some people that likes hints of romance in their reading, MS has it; the idol versus the ideal silent beauty!
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Unbelievably interesting novel   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kami0001
July 6th, 2011, 10:24am
After reading the first volume of Moonlight Sculptor, i was speechless. I have no idea how to describe the awesomeness of this novel as i'm suck at writing. All i can say is that if you haven't read it, you're missing one of the greatest novel.
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