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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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Latest Release(s)
v.49 c.4 by LMS Novel 4 months ago
v.49 c.3 by LMS Novel 4 months ago
v.49 c.2 by LMS Novel 4 months ago
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51 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (722 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.7 / 10.0
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Rating: 6.0 / 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: 8.0 / 10.0
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: 4.0 / 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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Hands & Food:
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
“But when was the last time you’ve washed your hands?”
Of course, the question was a joke, but Weed offered a serious answer.
“A month ago; or it could have been two. Well, I don’t really recall….”
Irene, speechless, began shedding tears.


“Yeah, they were cheap, but…”
“Where’d you get them?”
“In an alley.”
“An alley?”
Mapan paused for a moment, coming out of his hesitation, he said.
“It’s easier to believe they came from China…”
Irene flooded with tears.

The MC's Reaction When His Party Found Out:
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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!

Weed's Party:
  • Weed's precious sister
  • His close friends whom he's played with from the start
  • Instructors and members of the dojo who trained him.

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.

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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 it's all right.

... Last updated on July 31st, 2016, 7:30am
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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
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
vampire quest related
The one man performance of MC was excellent and no comment of his addiction to japtem but after this
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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: 1.0 / 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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Good Novel but....   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by weqwqoio
April 19th, 2015, 7:09pm
there is a lot that i like in lms, but to be honest the more i read the MC is become unbelievable. First is his job is not combat related job but he could fight better than someone with combat related job. Second is the rate he leveling up and leveling skills is too fast, i could accept if when he create sculptor he get experience, but it is not, and lot of the time he only sculpt and cook so why his level so high. The third and last is other people than the MC is stupid,so it looked like the MC is awesome. Despite all of that it is still good novel with interesting battle.
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Favorite Gaming Light Novel   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kiirwa
April 8th, 2015, 6:22am
Lee Hyun is shown to have a very volatile personality since Volume 1 so I don't get why it's so 'unexpected' in later volumes. You'll either love this guy or hate him which is the former for me, he's so terrible&vile that I can't help but root for him because I really love how intelligent he is. He's one of the few Main Characters that I've seen in battle novels that actually thoroughly uses their brain (not just his brute strength or friendship speeches) to get things done.

He's a manipulative jack-ass but he does have a solid sense of honor and deep caring for his family, willing to do anything for them. I also love how he's hard working, as much as he's always complaining, he doesn't just wait for things to get better, he gets up and works like hell to get what he wants.

The other characters are also very interesting and have solid personalities, they don't feel like they are just there for the sake of being there, the character development is great for the others too. The explanation of the Game itself is also really good, I don't see that kind of thing in other Game-based stories.

Sure it has its flaws (what doesn't?) but it's near-perfect to me for its genre.

... Last updated on November 17th, 2015, 12:54am
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Gary Tsu is a D*ck   
Rating: N/A
by Tellestarle
April 3rd, 2015, 1:38pm
I must agree with bobIV123. To be honest I thought it was awesome at the start and I thought the personality of the MC grew on me after a while but I started to get increasingly annoyed. I read up to volume 15 and I can hardly stand him for any extended period of time. He doesn't change and though he seems to be a genius, is usually incredibly dense. I feel like he'd give me an aneurysm. My interest gradually declined. I do still like some aspects of him like how he takes everything seriously and is hardworking and straightforward but then like bob said.....well basically everything he said that annoyed him, annoyed not sure I can finish this, but in the future I will see if things improve and update this.
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I started out really liking this but by vol. 17 I can't stomach it   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by bobIV123
March 31st, 2015, 12:38am
So, let me start by saying that this novel has a lot of very good aspects, through the first 10ish volumes I really couldn't get enough of it, but the MC is just no good.

First of all, human beings are not made such that they can sleep only 2 hours a day and then go out and seize the day every day of every month of every year; the only thing that will get you is in a hospital or an early grave, and I don't care how long you've been training in some dojo.

Second of all, the MC's a scumbag. He constantly swindles other innocent people. The first few volumes I was able to overlook it, saying: "oh, he comes from extreme poverty, and he isn't really hurting anyone too badly" but by vol. 17, I'm almost rooting for the monsters trying to kill him. You would think he'd understand the importance of charity, but swindling other people is the motivation behind nearly every action he takes.

Third of all, and the largest factor in why I dislike this MC, is that he's basically an abusive parent. Almost every interaction you see between him and his creations, outside of battle, is a form of physical or emotional abuse, it's disgusting.

Additionally, by vol. 17 every battle's just the author singing the MC's praises, "[he's just soooo goddamned cool, you don't even know; every move he makes is elegant and everyone who sees him fight just cannot believe that such a perfect being exists]." Women want him, men want to be him, and monsters take one look and prostrate themselves before his grandeur. The world exists solely as a medium for his greatness; naught but an ivory tower for him to sit upon and gaze down onto everyone else.

This really had potential, and there were some characters that I actually did care about, but I cannot stomach any more of that scumbag MC.

See the comments by tallrice and entelejent for more.

... Last updated on March 31st, 2015, 12:53am
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