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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 (3d ago)
v.17 c.2 by Japtem (6d ago)
v.19 c.4 by Royal Road (9d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
44 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Average: 9.3 / 10.0 (360 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.08 / 10.0
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July 22nd 2014, 9:17pm PST



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by vampwalker709
April 9th, 2014, 2:08pm
Weed is awesome i love how he is greedy and immoral.I really like the way he plays people to do what he wants in royal road the only things about him that bothers me is the way he looks down on his class and the fact that later on in the novel he doesn't level up as much but that's due to his class abilities which are really cool i also kinda wish he would go beat the shit out of the loan shark that messed him growing up but i'm sure he will get even some day he is after all pretty evil that is what i love about him.Over all weed is a great character loves his sister and grandmother above all and sees the world for what it is he works really hard to get what he wants and doesn't give a danm who he has to trample to get it.
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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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Fun idea, though everything else is bad.   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by entelejent
February 9th, 2014, 10:57am
The story gets a few points for the basic idea and for being so long; nothing added to that though. What follows is a small portion of the problems with the novel.
Again, the series has a fun idea. But that's about it. It doesn't improve over time, instead piling more mistakes to the hill each chapter and rarely trying to fix what's bad and wrong. Partially successful ideas are reused endlessly, seldom trying anything new. The story doesn't even stick with its RPG elements very well. Ignoring missions and related things: stats, leveling, skills, and gold lose whatever value they once had, and not for the usual reasons. The author just doesn't try.
Translation quality aside, the author isn't an effective writer at all and doesn't express ideas well. And the foundation of the story is absolutely full of enormous holes. For just one example: time passes four times slower in the virtual world, so people live four times longer while they're in it. And that's not used logically or taken advantage of by anyone; no people enjoying much longer lives, no classes taking place there, no companies getting a huge edge over others, nothing like that, though benefits would far outweigh the costs.
There are also very annoying things. As powerdown put it, Sudden Girlfriend Appearance. Numerous beautiful and/or famous women have circled around the protagonist. Most females have little thought put into them for their debut, and later they become very attractive; or they are 'love' interests from the beginning, decided by an author who seems to have no idea what love is. On another note, the protagonist is terribly written. It's not that he's an antihero; he started out as a potentially interesting one, with awesome if bland determination, a history and perspective that induced musing, and a potential purpose that could have been interesting or at least consistent. Instead the purpose becomes murky and he increasingly ignores logic; since he doesn't even have much empathy, there's little left. As part of that, he'll spend great amounts of money on risky endeavors but pinches pennies. Instead of complaining and bargaining, he could instead agree and leave sooner, then increase his money, inventory, experience, and reputation in that time. He fails at providing a refreshing viewpoint. His potential complexity never arrived at intriguing dissonance, instead falling into the underworld of failed characters. His holes aren't intended, he simply isn't well constructed, and the same applies to the larger story.
Characters, plot, writing skill and effort: everything's terrible.

... Last updated on February 9th, 2014, 11:08am
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Very good story   
Rating: N/A
by kekkojoker90
January 22nd, 2014, 7:11am
Well this is a great story and i think they will be very involving in the feauture. But the only complain is the slow release (15v 11ch at the moment) from the translation group but isn't their fault. Here someone can help with translation? I could help if is a manga (i'm an editor) but with translation i can't do nothing.
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great anti hero!   
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by nanner
January 4th, 2014, 4:12pm
weed is one of my favorite MC in a light novel ever.
he's refreshingly unrepentant about his greed and upfront about his motivations. He's unscrupulous and always trying to figure out a way to get the better part of any deal. But he works hard, even if his motivations differ from most and he is absolutely hilarious in his terrified interactions and his suspicions with seoyun, especially in the beginning.
despite the fact that the fan translations need a lot of editing love (sentence structure, syntax, name continuity) its a very addicting series and i'm very glad that there is someone out there that is working on it at all!!
well worth reading, but the MC will either make it or break it for you.
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Love it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Skydown
December 25th, 2013, 9:48am
I've read this book many times already, and I'm still not getting tired of it. The story is simply amazing, also I really like virtual Reality. And Weed is awesome - he's hardworking, strong, he cares for his family and doesn't just waste money. I really sympathize with him, because I would also be stingy and all, if I had the same childhood he did. The sidestory is really nice, it's good to not only show how he slays monsters in royal road, but also how he lives outside the game smile
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At powerdown.   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymreading
November 8th, 2013, 4:23pm
Firstly, there is nothing wrong with being stingy. He was super poor for like 1/2 of his life and lived in debt before. He is just careful with his money unlike most people.
Second of all, you forgot conversion. How much is won into dollars? Making 1 mil won is not much since he has to support his family which is his sister who goes to University and his sick grandmother. He isn't really selfish with his family.
Thirdly, most early translations were made with machine translators which don't translate word by word creating some confusion. Japtem's translations and the review translations on RRL are better than the original ones since there have Korean translators.
Lastly, I think you are mistaken about the character's personality itself and the roles of the supporter/side characters. After all, Weed is the main character and the side characters are just there to support him, there is no need for them to appear all the time. You have to think that in a VR game or in real life, there are chance meetings that only happen once or twice...
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13 volumes in one sitting   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by powerdown
October 25th, 2013, 8:31pm
The titular hero, "Weed": anxious, selfish, judgmental, two-faced, cowardly, merciless, cruel, and worst of all: stingy! In game he is praised as vigilante savior of MMORGPs but it's yet unspoken of how he regularly rips off tens of thousands of players buying his (refurbished) vender-trash in a town of desperate beggars
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
in a province which he happened to be reigning over, no less
while at the same time tax gouging residents, tourists, and his closest friends! and only after making millions in real world money! he'll reluctantly spent that 2¢ more on 'brand name' salt ("I might be splurging a little too much...")
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Weed is the man that seriously would've preferred his cute little sister to be a grave robber while he's busy thinking about her future, and his own sister even described him as the type to not even buy her school essential supplies (pencils, texbooks, clothes, etc.) an act which later comes around and bites his ass.

Within LMS I found the setting to be the writer's worst enemy (though its the series premise) as its increasing complexity snuffs all hope for a quantitative dissection after a volumes (I.E. stats, skill), surprisingly it suffers from severe Sudden Girlfriend Appearance first once then many times over, and possibly due to this plot device the characters relationships formed a tangled mess nation-wide. As far as Characters go, you'll find out early that the MC is the real driving force, seeing as every (read: all) other character gets written off-and-on until the author feels like meeting them again! even then when they show up it is usually disappointing and long overdue. Just keep in mind that the translation quality gets progressively shittier after every volume, effective volume 2.
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My 3rd Light Novel   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by popske
October 12th, 2013, 11:52pm
This is my 3rd Light novel I've started to read, I'm still in the midst of reading it because I can't read Korean and have to submit myself to the English translations. It is very good, It immerses you well and if you have a knowledge of MMO's it will be much more enjoyable. The adventures that Lee Hyun (Weed) goes on are amazing and just imagining it in my head gets my heart pumping. It may be reminiscent of sword art online, but that is only the concept of virtual reality MMO, The characters are different and seeing Lee Hyun's success and failures he differs greatly from Sword Art online's protagonist. Being a fan of MMO's myself, seeing Weed's level progression is really fun, and also seeing him go through his professions are also enjoyable.

Lee Hyun is a character that most will pity, his circumstances in the beginning of the Novel are really bad. The fact that he got out of the pit of hell called debt, may be one of the best moments in his life.
He has to take care of his sick grandma and also his high-school student little sister. He's had labour jobs since the age of 10 and has always put his sister and grandma first. This is the story of him making money while playing the virtual online game called Royal Road.
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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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