Hail the King

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An ordinary student accidentally traveled into an other universe and became the king of a small kingdom. He had gotten a “Cheating Code” of life and was able to complete something extraordinary. This is the story about a king that was able to conquer continents and leave behind him an ultimate legend that will be recited between every generation to come.

Hail the King average rating 4.4/5 - 738 user ratings
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Quốc Vương Vạn Tuế (Vietnamese)
国王万岁
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Queen of Sheba
New Queen of Sheba rated it
September 6, 2017
Status: --
The foundations of the story are quite good, yet the execution leaves much to be desired. The game mechanics, as well as the rise of glory of a single city state is all rather intriguing. Yet, the greatest problem with this story is that the protagonist simply cannot adapt to the medieval setting. He's still very much Just a contemporary Chinese man whom has lived in a super-city all his life.

  • A slave to women
  • Seeks to modernise anything he sees
  • Delegates too much power
  • Abhors local culture in the belief that it is too 'primitive'
The story had great potential. The author ruined it all by projecting himself into the story far too much.
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This is really quite an awesome novel. The kind of novel you want to read with action packed music in the background lol. Full of thrills and well written action scenes, it makes your blood boil by just reading through it. The only thing that I dislike is the fact the translation is slow

There were times when there was only 3 releases each month something only half a chapter per month

Only because of the translation speed this story is ruined

*Sigh*

Another one bites the dust
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Ra3ie1
Ra3ie1 rated it
May 16, 2016
Status: c265
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It wad good in the beginning, but after ~100, it's "another xianxia"... mediocre xianxia.
[Mode] game elements-OFF
[Mode] romance-OFF
[Mode] king-OFF
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[Mode] handsome, cool, smart, cunning, invincible, brave, awesome HOLY MC - on
[Mode] arrogant villains-ON
[Mode] idiotic world-ON
[Mode] plot armor-ON

This novel is not about King, it's about gang boss. All what he did for kingdom - mass slaughters and strengthened his force. Ch. 265.
Villain:"on your knees!"→MC:"ha-ha"→Massacre→Hail the king→Diablo chapter→villain→brave MC→massacre→Hail the king→villain... →HAIL
Also that annoying 2nd harem girl. Author can't find normal role for her, she is useless, but she is everywhere! Every ch author notice that girl. Why?

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heishiken
heishiken rated it
April 19, 2016
Status: --
Awesome story made even more awesome since it incorporates Diablo 2, which gave me some of the best memories of my life.

Can only recommend this story.

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rdawv
rdawv rated it
April 2, 2016
Status: --
Dropped.

Like how I felt with “My Father In Law Is Lu Bu!”, I cannot get past the premise of the story. Oh, the basic background is fine: a university student wakes up to find himself right in the middle of a battle. He soon found out that he had transmigrated into the body of a mentally challenged, puppet king of a small kingdom that was being besieged in a fantasy setting where magic exists. Not only that, there were those who were manipulating the throne and using him as... more>> a figurehead. That is all well and good, a MC taking charge of a kingdom can be a nice read, but...

I did not get very far into the story, because this novel is almost a fanfiction as the power-up process is the game Diablo II. Not “something like Diablo”, but Diablo itself. For reasons only the author knows, the MC can jump into a game of Diablo II as a Barbarian player. So in addition to transmigration, we now also have a pseudo-VR game type story for Diablo II which is separate from the MC’s new world.

Diablo II. Yes, that famous game produced by Blizzard. Actual game characters like Warriv and Akara, actual questing and mechanics like Town Portal and inventory limitations; lifted wholesale from the game and placed into the story as a way for the MC to grind, level up and gain skills to be taken back to his fantasy kingdom setting.

Other reviewers enjoyed the story, but not me. Due to its heavy reliance on an existing, world famous intellectual property, I actually question it’s legitimacy to be listed here on this site. <<less
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Vampire1996
Vampire1996 rated it
April 14, 2016
Status: --
Story – Progresses at a good pace, has a good amount of action and build up of power levels. Small amounts of information is given and it is relatively easy to understand what is going on in the story.

Main Character – Main character is a generally cool-headed, and his power is quite unique but at the same time not because it is from a IRL game. I’ve seen some reviews dismissing this novel because of this reason but I suggest you to read it and check it out for... more>> yourself.

I’m currently waiting for new chapters everyday, because the hype is real <<less
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Raine
Raine rated it
April 17, 2016
Status: --
Started out great for the first 100 chapters or so, but then it gets really really repetitive, everything is war war and more war I mean they go to war for the tiniest crap, the whole premise of the novel is good but only good if it was 100 or 200 chapters long, there just isnt anything else besides war, this is a xianxia novel that is missing the core or its genre which is exploring the world/universe and getting stronger in the journey
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Stark3
Stark3 rated it
June 1, 2016
Status: --
Like other reviewers may have mentioned, the novel was cool in the beginning. Even though initially, the thought of using Diablo 2 as an inspiration for MC's powers was offputting, it eventually grew on me.

What I couldn't take though was after the Diablo 2 part got a bit stale, the author then began using Saint Seiya. I found it inconsistent, with no particular rhyme or reason behind it. I then began to cringe at the thought of what else the author might throw in just to keep the series... more>> interesting, after which I dropped the novel.

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NaM
NaM rated it
September 26, 2016
Status: c150
Certainely an Epic novel. One of the best chinese western style novel ive read so far.

But be remided that, this is NOT A XIANXIA WUXIA (with all cultivator and martial artist and stuff) but a WESTERN FANTASY NOVEL (with dragon, Magic, Kingdom, wars and stuff) Dont get confused and miss reviewed this novel because of your own personal views and misconception. Its simply ignorance.

Anyway, Normally when writing a novel. The author will choose a certain role /job for the Main Character and stick with that for the whole... more>> series and sometimes only changed once. But in this novel not only was the MC already sitting in a throne he is also able to wield different (Game Element) job class Styles and ability that is ideally awesome and OP. And if thats unsatisfying for you and instead a let down, Then before deciding to drop this then try the story's world building and politics. It will fill that unsatisfied self of yours. If you dont believe me then try reading this and you'll see that im not least bit exaggerating! <<less
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Astaroth
Astaroth rated it
August 2, 2016
Status: c82 part2
I really liked this novel in the beginning.

Now it's the 4th or 5th time in a row that random bullies appear and randomly kill citizens.

An entire cavalry just ran through the gate (which is apparently left open over night for some reason) and literally bull rush and trample the citizens for sh*ts and giggles.

... more>> I don't hate arrogant villains in moderation, but so far there's ONLY been random arrogant villains showing up one after another kind of like how in Xianxia young master endless loop of grandpa's...

It's incredibly disappointing. <<less
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Triwolf
Triwolf rated it
June 27, 2016
Status: --
At the early chapter, the story was kind of cool and still had some tactic and strategy to win. At least he wasnt a muscle head who swing his axe whenever he please.

Spoiler

but later on the MC fight like an idiot who think nothing but like a bull.


It is dissapointing because thestory was kind of intersting but it didnt have the factor that give me curiosity to read on

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Leonsomer74174
Leonsomer74174 rated it
April 13, 2016
Status: --
I'll be honest, I signed up just to write this review, this is a 5/5, of that there can be no doubt. When I came across this masterpiece I was looking for a new light novel to read, because I'm a serial reader finding enough material has always been a problem, but even though I will have to wait for more... THIS BOOK IS WORTH IT! I was initially put off by the reviews about how it incorporated Diablo 2 in the story but as it turned out my apprehension... more>> was for not. I won't spoil any of this for you but I highly recommend this book. <<less
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shuiko
shuiko rated it
March 29, 2016
Status: --
look all everyone needs to know is, the MC is a man's man. Though some of the early annoying characters take a while to get rid/killed of... (bad guys that is) but it gets good after.

Another good point is he ain't a pu**y when it comes to women.
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valantias
valantias rated it
June 1, 2017
Status: c275
It's an okay read in my opinion.

The story is unique and different enough to be interesting. I suppose there will be those that doesn't like that his unique powers comes from him traveling to the world of Blizzards Diablo. I don't really mind that since I've always loved Diablo, and I find it interesting to have the protagonist interact with characters from the game, but I can see how some people find that kind of cheap.

Now there's a couple of things that I really dislike, which makes this... more>> review a 3 rather than a 4 or a 5.

First, some times the protagonist makes decisions that really doesn't make sense at all, and the antagonists react in a way that isn't very realistic, rather they react in a way that's just built to fit the protagonist, while they could and should easily wreck the protagonists plans. The plot armor is fairly strong and obvious in this one.

Second, this novel has been tagged for both comedy and parody. While the protagonist can be kind of amusing at times, it's hardly enough to be tagged as comedy. The reason it's tagged as such is probably because almost all characters and empires are named after famous soccer players, teams and stadiums. Maybe some characters are named referencing something else, but to me these soccer related names are the most prominent. Rather than being fun it just feels really out of place and immersion breaking when names like "Chelsea Empire", "Didier Drogba", "Fernando Torres", "Paris Hilton" etc shows up. I just feels like the author doesn't have any clues of western names for his novel that's set in a western world, so he just googled names of famous western stars. Maybe he did it because he found it fun to put famous names in a fantasy world (not that the characters have anything to do with the real people other that their names), but to me it just feels so immersion breaking.

Third, everything comes down to fighting. And I mean next to EVERYTHING. Some people like a lot of action in their novels. If you just like action, you will like this one, but it really is too much fighting for me.

Let me give you an example.

Protagonist's got to travel from destination 'x' to destination 'y' with some of his soldiers. On the road to 'y' there will be a couple of stops, a fort 'z' and a city 'u'. On the road from 'x' to 'z', there will be a fight with some enemies of the kingdom. When he gets to 'z' he will find a reason to fight the fort. On the road from 'z' to 'u' he will conveniently bump into some mercenaries that's done something bad to his people. Time to fight! Further up to road to 'u' there's someone that want to arrest him for the killing in fort 'z'. Time to fight! Finally reach city 'u'. Hmm, he's spent at least one day without fighting someone now... Let's throw the city garrison at him! Time to fight!

Finally reach destination 'y'. The first thing that happens? That's right receive a duel challenge for the next day. Well at least he isn't fighting anyone this day right? No, wrong! Let's go to an inn and fight off assassins! After the duel the next day, let's have him fight a couple of the other guys friends as well! Hmm, that's not enough, let's make sure that an assassin try to kill him when he leaves the dueling area.

You get my point? At least I think that it would be nice if he sometimes could solve things without fighting. There are some mysteries and exploration involved but as soon as he interact with someone other than his own people you can be 90% sure that it'll end up in a fight.

Fourth, the antagonists are really bland. As far as I've got (ch275) almost all his enemies have been kings and princes that have the same arrogant personality and want to bully him because they either think he's weak, or because of jealousy. The author also for some reason have to make sure that all the enemies knows that he's got a really hot fiance. In almost all, if not all, PoVs from the enemies that we get to read, they have to mention how they're going to take her once they've defeated the protagonist. It doesn't even matter if the enemy had any prior knowledge of her or not, if he doesn't, one of his subordinates will be sure to point it out to him. Even the one female antagonist that has shown up so far, told him how she would have a beggar r*pe her and sell her to a brothel the first time he met her. So basically all the antagonists are arrogant, horny royalty that wants to steal his wife. Hopefully some more interesting antagonists will show up later.

TL;DR

It's interesting enough to keep me reading, but the plot armor, the immersion breaking names and the boring antagonists makes me sigh out loud some times, and I skim through a lot of the action because there's just too much of it! <<less
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OneTrickDuck
OneTrickDuck rated it
February 3, 2017
Status: c115
Dont have to say much about the story, reincarnation/transported to another world, MC can travel to a diablo world to get stronger by copying the characters' avatar. That part is pretty nice, though not really exactly like it was in the game, but that's fine. It's a typical underdog, weak to strong story, but nothing wrong with that, writing is decent, action fun and in general the story is pretty good. The villains are made to hate, but we have a few dark sides to the hero, which is nice.... more>> Not too much kingdom building yet, the story progression is very slow to begin with.

My biggest problem though, and I cant believe the author would do this, the naming. Many characters are named after popular footbal players or generally famous people (Drogba, Peter Czech, Fernando Torres, Paris Hilton etc). This might seem not like a big deal, but it's so immersion breaking and annoying, it's infuriating, it devalues the whole novel, it almost feels like the author is making fun of the reader. I dont know if it's a joke by the translator or the author, but whoever did it, has obviously no idea how to actually write a novel <<less
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galerien
galerien rated it
June 12, 2016
Status: --
The "real word" and kingdom part is pretty interesting, but the problem is the game part... I ve dropped the novel at chap 40 and 50-60% of it is in the diablo word. It just feels like the author played diablo a bunch of hours, then wrote what he did in the novel. At least when others authors try to fill they have the decency to make up some new names of character and some new area. If I want to know what a quest on diablo is, I can... more>> play on the real deal, thanx a lot.

still 2 stars for the 40% left over <<less
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bromo
bromo rated it
July 8, 2017
Status: c154
I love OP MCs. also I love Diablo. Ever since the necro expansion came out a week ago, I've been playing a ton of d3. I discovered this story at the same exact time... and omg its just too good to be true.

great plot, great story. I usually enjoy novels that include a MC who is extremely strong, and especially if those that don't have to do with a man chasing a woman in every single chapter. I understand why some people enjoy the harem aspects, but which guy... more>> in real life can actually... keep up with 6-9 women all the time.

Love the diablo references, except some of it doesn't make sense. Using mana potions as a barb (fury??) Overall i'd give it a 4. 5/5 <<less
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dotdot
dotdot
February 17, 2017
Status: c121
Pros:

This is a different Kingdom building story from the usually, the usually the King is bullsh*ted over and over and can't do a sh*t about it. And in this Hail the King the story is different, who ever try to mess up with this king will suffer the consequeses, the trully meaning of being a KING ! Respect !

Until now, this is my fav novel, MC has an overpower cheat, but necessary, cuz it fill the lake of power in his kingdom and others enemy's is too powerfull, so... more>> you could consider his overpower cheat an necessary evil.

Cons:

Could have more romance involving the King and Princess. And sometimes I fell like the focking arrow girl is conquering Alexandre's King hearth.

Status in COO
1272 Chapters (Completed)

and only 121 translated until now. ;X <<less
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yamikage
yamikage
March 30, 2016
Status: --
Very interesting, reading this novel is kinda refreshing after all those xanxia.

After the cheat activated it got even more interesting, the progress that the MC can make it self is worth it for reading this series
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Kerbasi
Kerbasi rated it
August 17, 2017
Status: c172
This is really quite an awesome novel. The kind of novel you want to read with action packed music in the background lol. Full of thrills and well written action scenes, it makes your blood boil by just reading through it.

The only thing that I dislike is

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the king having s*x with Elena when he already has a fiancée (and the author 'justified' this act through it being a necessity

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for the sole reason that there was no harem tag when I first started reading. So it was quite unexpected, and got me even a bit incensed.

But despite it, I still continued to read on because it's really good.

Cant wait for more chapters! <<less
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OnyxDrop
OnyxDrop rated it
June 30, 2016
Status: c74
Loving this series right now, it is also my favorite series I have read in a long time. It's just a shame that it doesn't have daily posts, like I know it is difficult to translate but I can still wish right?
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MondoX
MondoX rated it
April 11, 2016
Status: --
I did not think I would like this story, but I still give it a try. It was a good thing I did read it, because it is a pretty good story. I like how the MC is a king, but still acts like he is back on his world. The only gripe I have is the way the MC powers-up, but I guess is is different than your typical info dump on meridians, dantians, etc. Hopefully the translators keeps his pace of translated material.

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