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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.16 c.6 by Japtem (11d ago)
v.16 c.5 by Japtem (25d ago)
v.16 c.4 by Japtem (39d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
43 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 9.4 / 10.0 (323 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.15 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 12th 2014, 9:47pm PST



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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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Beyond Awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by imblad3
September 12th, 2013, 12:06am
This Light Novel is definitely a must READ if you are a gamer or at least love to play MMORPG or RPG. In this novel depict how a poor gamer with families as his responsibility and how he work hard earning money and his journey to gain friends, fame, and slaves (his summons) bigrazz

btw can I rate it 20?
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Highly Addicting!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by nakie08
August 31st, 2013, 12:31pm
Like those MMORPGs that I've played in the past, this novel is highly addicting. I read chapter one and it kept me reading and before I knew it I'm now in volume 6 and I still haven't lost my craving to read more. There are flaws in it though. For those of you who loves intricately formed plots in their novels, you'll find this a bit lacking. Its plot is too simplistic. I honestly didn't care about his main quest. But what captured me is the RPG style adventure. Royal Road is simply a paradise of escapism. And although the mc has a bit of a twisted personality (and he's a little marty stuish too, haha) you'll find yourself rooting for him. The constant stat screens also makes it easy to follow his progress. All in all, despite its flaws, you'll find it hard not to like this novel. Atleast, I'm sure that if you like RPG games, you'll simply love this!

Okay so this is the first VRMMORPG series I've read. And now that I've read several other titles with similar genre(Ark, SAO, LH etc.) and also read up to vol.21 of LMS(had to read through GTs @.@) I've changed my views on LMS so I feel like I have to update this comment.

First of all, LMS still is the most addicting VRMMORPG title I've read, enough to make me swim through GTs, which I haven't done with the others. Still, the flaws of LMS have been made much more clearer to me; the technique of the writer of LMS is quite lacking, something that he hid behind the sheer addictiveness of LMS. The story is full of inconsistencies.

Like the irregular appearances of other characters. It made the novel's universe revolve solely around the mc, resulting in a marty stu mc because it seems like every cool idea the writer thinks of is applied to him. The writer would sprinkle some minor negative trait for him here and there(twisted nature, greedy, cheapskate etc.) and tries to hide the fact that he is making a "Mr.Perfect" character that can do anything, a genius, popular and incredibly lucky. I say minor because they aren't really all that pronounced and is mostly used for comedy, except his greed which, let's face it, isn't really uncommon in MMORPGs. To me this is what makes the novels so addicting. But it's also the novel's greatest weakness. It makes the mc "soulless" and robotic. And in the writer's love for the mc, he is forgetting about his other characters. Then it would circle back to the beginning of this paragraph. It results in a hollow, albeit slight and very vague, feeling of unsatisfaction. Part of it is also the plot itself that isn't driven by any higher goal than the mc's self-improvement.

In retrospect, the mc isn't even that brilliant. It's just that almost everyone around him is incredibly stupid. It would seem incredible that he would think of great breakthrough ideas. But what should be incredible is the fact that in his handicap(he started playing the game a year, iirc, after the release), nobody has run into the same idea before him. The game has millions of players online so why not?

And luck. The mc is one lucky sonnuva... Haha! The writer would make you think that all of the mc's "fortune" stems from his hardwork. But to me it mostly stemmed from luck...

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His luck of finding the quest for the Legendary Moonlight Sculptor job. The mc always bitch about how he regrets having it but it's very clear that this job is very godly and unbalanced. Just having it opened convenient pathways(quests) that the mc could follow, all granting huge rewards. I mean come on, spending 200 levels he could make about 20 ice dragons iirc. Even just 5 would be incredibly unfair to other players even if he rolls back to level 1.

Besides that he could also switch to a STR-type Orc and to an INT-type Necromancer(making him able to switch jobs?) perfectly, without side effects, he could summon elementals that could produce earthquakes and track movements of anything touching the earth etc. and he could even revive without the support of healers. He even turned into an undead dragon once.

He could raise armies by himself while others can just cook, fish, paint, carve etc.

Again, all of this would be hidden in its addictiveness.

In the end this is still a very good read despite its flaws, and is still highly recommended. Somehow, the writer can make it all work AND make it an enjoyable and highly addicting read. At first I thought that the addictiveness just came from my nostalgia of reading something about MMORPGs. But no, after reading other titles I found out that it's almost all LMS's. I would still eagerly await new releases and continue reading this. After all, I feel like its just me nitpicking.

... Last updated on February 1st, 2014, 3:12am
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Good read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Rankre
May 6th, 2013, 3:23am
I wouldn't expect a masterpiece (no pun intended ahem) but this is a nice read to pass the time. For those interested in the genre, it is a little hard to put down. That said though, there are rough edges and the side character development could use some work - but I am only up to volume 9, so maybe that will change. The pacing is nice, so over all, it is definitely an enjoyable read.
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Good. No its awesome... It's stuck in my head...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by saxenas1
April 14th, 2013, 6:20pm
Its good. I am a bit bored by the main story: explore new place, level up, gain new items. Though the side story bought my interest. Translations could have been better (not to mention typos) and lack of page breaks. But otherwise pretty darn good. Read volume 1-13 for 48hrs straight....thats how addictive it is. (26 more volumes to go...waiting for all chapters to be released).... Need more scans of it......... So good

... Last updated on May 6th, 2013, 11:00pm
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Can't stop reading it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by just1moreazn
April 12th, 2013, 8:58am
I started reading this a couple days ago and I am addicted! The main character is a total boss I love him lol (no homo) but he is a caring, hardworking, and intelligent character. You just can't hate anything about him. The story gets more intense and interesting every chapter I read I just can't stop reading. I definitely recommend people to try reading this!
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great read   
Rating: N/A
by Xadhom
March 26th, 2013, 3:10pm
as i like RPG games i love how the scenario in this novel plays out, how the actions of induviduals with the advanced AI incorporated in the game may affect the world they play in.

i also like how the player weed solves his quests not by beeing the highest level commanding the best armies but rather trough hard work and thoughtfull and sometimes decietfull tactics.
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Not only amazing but unique   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ShelteredShadow
January 30th, 2013, 6:13am
While imercenary who has not completely read further into the book might give you a review like

"When you break it down, this is a heavily cliched, straight-forward story: A teenage character with family and money problems learns that his expert-at-all-skills, too-lazy-to-use-it-in-real-life talent is extremely valuable and seeks to utlize it... in a video game. Cue mentally retarded cast of side characters and a universe (video game) where world-breaking powers are accessible merely by finding the loopholes and minmaxing; and this is the result."

it is completely false not only is weed successfull in the game but he is also succesfull in real life and does utilize his skills in real life the side characters also have a life of there own that you end up being able to enjoy and the main character is not only unique due to his class but also for his hard working personality and love for money while many may compare this to sword art online it is the general consensus of people who have read the novel that weed is better not only does The legendary moonlight sculptor draw you in with its combat and characters but also its lore and unique system that is similar to .hack were the system runs itself if you enjoy video games or vrmmorpgs then this is worth prepare for a novel never like before and dive into the adventure of weed

... Last updated on January 30th, 2013, 6:14am
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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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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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