I am the Monarch

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Roan who ran away 20 years ago from the rural village in the aim of becoming a Great General who will rule the world.

However, all he got 20 years later was just a handful of money and a low position that is a 1st legion’s spearman.

At the end, he becomes a cold corpse in the battlefield.

But somehow, he came back in the past.

“Alright. This time, I won’t become a Great General but a Monarch.”

His previous life’s aim was becoming a Great General.

But, he only became a spearman.

This time, his life’s aim is becoming the Monarch.

“Then I guess I’d become at least a general, right?”

Roan who remembers what happened the 20 years.

Now starts his unstoppable march in becoming a Monarch.

I am the Monarch average rating 4.5/5 - 617 user ratings
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07/21/17 KobatoChanDaiSuki c158c158
07/17/17 KobatoChanDaiSuki c157c157
07/16/17 KobatoChanDaiSuki c156c156
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06/30/17 KobatoChanDaiSuki c149c149
06/26/17 KobatoChanDaiSuki c148c148
06/26/17 KobatoChanDaiSuki c147c147
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Warnock
Warnock rated it
July 13, 2016
Status: c95
Review as of chapter 12:
So far the novel has been good, its about a soldier with giant lips (seriously MC bites his lower lips like 4 times per chapter) that dreamed to be a commander for 20 years and gets killed and wakes up when he was a fresh recruit, the setting seems to be like those medieval stories but so far they haven't mentioned adventurers or any other kind of deterrent against monsters (orcs, goblins, etc), these few episodes deserve a 5 star but idk about the future..... more>> lets see

Review as of chapter 95:
The story is still solid but now it took a turn and seems more like kingdom building, nothing too extreme yet but he is trying to build something alike.
The characters stopped biting their lips btw now they have red light/flames in their eyes.. so now u have this bunch of cyclops from xmen wandering around.. this novel is still a 5 star <<less
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Just Sam Random Guy
Just Sam Random Guy rated it
November 13, 2016
Status: c63
FINALLY! A time-related/reincarnation story that has actual butterfly effect. Although some novels depict this phenomenon as well, most of them are just bad, negligible, or "doesn't matter because I reincarnated and I know everything". While this novel is not perfect, it is better than most cultivation/power-up stories.

This novel starts with the typical "I know what happened at X time, and what would happen next at X time, and so on...", but later on, the butterfly effects are slowly shown, and they are clearly TOLD and SHOWN. The deviation on... more>> the events are clearly differentiated, and some of them even affects major characters' decisions and actions. These deviations,so far, are not just some pebbles on the road but acts as tests for the MC's capabilities. There are also
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casualties(although only 1 so far IIRC)

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which indicates that he is no god, that not everything is going to go according to plan, and that just because he reincarnated, he can now magically save everyone.

Oh yeah, did I mention told and shown? Yes, the author tells and shows the story. Although not perfect, but still way better than most similar themed novels. The problem with most novels I read is that they TELL TOO MUCH without showing just much.
Ex:
Narration: This MC is super strong. He is 1000+ years old. Peak existence. Uber cool dude. Number 1 public figure. Definitely not a petty person.
MC: I f*** ur mom last night!
*brain fart*
Me: Well f*** me.

The story so far is simple and easy to follow, granted that there are just tens of chapters released, but it is getting more interesting and that the potential is good in this one. It is still in the relatively early parts of the story, but dry and wet shit are already starting to get thrown at the MC. I just wish that the author can maintain or even improve the quality throughout the remainder of the novel.

Another good thing is that some things are IMPLICITLY narrated, to allow us readers to use our brain work even if just a little. Unlike some novels, where the authors assume that the readers have potatoes as brains, and that we need to be constantly reminded which way is left and which way is right. <<less
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jacobpaige
jacobpaige rated it
December 30, 2016
Status: c85
Its an okay series if you can look past its two major flaws:

1) The author seems to be convinced that its impossible for anyone to do anything intelligent if they aren't the MC or following the orders of the MC. This strict adherence to the MC's monopoly on working brains is only broken on very rare occasions that can be counted on one hand with fingers to spare.

2) The author doesn't really think about the things that he writes. This leads to massive logical flaws, particularly in battles. If you... more>> actually try to imagine the things he describes, you'll soon realize that they're impossible as they would require armies to be able to teleport and individuals to be able to grow hands and materialize weapons that they have no right having without anyone noticing anything strange. <<less
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CodeZero
CodeZero rated it
March 21, 2017
Status: c113
A story about a soldier who had aimed to become a general, only to die partway, having been unable to achieve his dreams. Yet when he is given another chance by being sent back in time to when he just started his journey as a soldier, he must use his experience to fulfill the goal he had previous set, as well as a newer, grander achievement - becoming the Monarch.

What's interesting about this novel is that while the MC does have knowledge about 'future events,' because of him changing the... more>> timeline by doing things differently, the butterfly effect comes into play, making his knowledge less valuable. Then, as he goes deeper and deeper into the alternate timeline, he has to rely less on his knowledge of his original timeline and instead use his experience to deal with new challenges. Furthermore, because he has set up the goal of becoming a monarch, more than just dealing with fighting, wars and the development of his own personal strength, he also has to focus on gaining loyal followers, developing them, as well as improve what will become his new kingdom. Very well written in my opinion, and so far, a great read. <<less
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woo00154
woo00154 rated it
June 24, 2017
Status: c65
Personally, I think Release That Witch is much superior (in both writing and translation), but this is nice, too.

Since the translator for RTW is out due to his personal circumstances, I ended up reading this in English, even though I already read this in Korean.

I'll try to be as fair as possible on this review...

Overall:

    • Fun to read, and mc is OP. I would recommend others to read.
    • The author knows how to skip technical stuff if he is not familiar with it, rather than trying to make up shit to sound smart. However, this does cause MC's cool "accomplishments" to look a bit shallow.
    • Heavily focused on the feelings/thoughts of the characters at each event, which is quite refreshing.
Pros:

    • The pacing of the story is very well done, and it never drags too much in an arc.
    • Though mc is OP, it's all rather reasonable how he became to be one, with plenty of growth shown through out the novel.
    • Still uses the good old fantasy genre, yet the settings are not quite boring.
    • Short and concise sentences also makes it very easy to read.
Cons:

    • The translator, Subak, has turned military comradery into yaoi, making this whole series feel extremely weird as it keeps shifting tones between intense/emotional battle and gay romance. I was particularly disturbed by this.
    • I will also say that the translations are not proof-read (even though it claims that they are). I am actually quite mad at the quality of translation as I've read this in both Korean and English. And yes, Korean one is much better.
    • This is not translator's fault, but sound effects cannot be translated well, and there are crap load of them.
    • The so-called emotional scenes sometimes may seem a bit forced and excessive.
    • The author has limited use of vocab, and just to display how anxious the MC is, the MC ends up biting his lips over 100 times throughout the novel. I thought it was a joke when I read this in other reviews, but this really does show up too frequently.
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The translator uses the term "ghost of the battlefield", but that really didn't sound right. Personally, II would translate it as the "devil of the battlefield"

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EDIT: I've caught up to the most recent chapter (c148). And honestly, I would now rate this 3 star, as the story is very bland and boring. No drama, no real danger, just pub-stomp. This is especially a big problem since the setting of this novel was already shallow to begin with. It's all just "MC went here and he did this. He then went here and did this, and earned this reward." I mean... it's been like this for the past 100 chapters now, so I think there is some problem here. I'm dropping it here.
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theonionjunktion
theonionjunktion rated it
September 13, 2016
Status: c41
This novel is near perfect in my opinion. Excellent military strategy, good use of plot devices and most important it is interesting. The MC is not a prodigy but he is smart making it easier to relate to him yet still be impressed, he is driven and knows when to get serious and when to relaxsmartbuilds his squad well and is quite good at adjusting.

If you want a combination of excellent battle tactics, a good plot and an MC who makes sense them this is your book. Especially if u... more>> enjoyed any of the following books- Moonlight Sculptor, Ark, Terror Infinity, Immortal God Emperor, Heavenly jewel change and Shen Yin Wang Zuo <<less
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JetonS
JetonS rated it
December 18, 2016
Status: c97
Could have been interesting if the writing style wasn't so poor.

What the hell is even wrong with these "Bastards" and "Ah...". It's like they know no other way to express themself, it's so annoying, let alone those "Dududududu" onomatopeias which are immersion breaking. And it's not just once or twice, they are very common and are present at every chapter. A sentence like "we heard horses footsteps" is enough. No need to mimick the onomatopeias, we're reading, not watching an anime.

About the story, it's a reincarnation cliché style story,... more>> where the MC is OP as fk, knows the future and blablabla. Everything that happens to the MC has an immediate use. The story has no depth with a really shallow world building.

It's supposed to be a war/kingdom building novel, but seriously, every single character is here only to emphasize Roan, the protagonist. They either belong to the amazed audience ("Ah...") or either to the side of antagonists whose only purpose is to get destroyed by Roan. No side character has any use nor character development. They just stand still and wait for Roan to do the job. AYE ! What's the use of introducing them then ???

In the end, this story could have been great if the author didn't have such a poor vocabulary and if the story didn't have such a straight story line where everything is in the range of our expectation. It's only but slightly better than the average novel, so I can't understand why it has such high rating. <<less
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IcyImmortal
IcyImmortal rated it
October 10, 2016
Status: c54
It's been only 50+ chapters, but so far it is becoming one of my favorite novels.

To start off, the MC was someone who aspired to be a great general, to only come short and die on the the battlefield. In his next chance he aims even higher, a monarch, in hopes to meeting a middle ground with fate.

Like your typical second chance novels, the story is akin to a gamer that found some hints and tricks to help with their play through. The MC is the similar way, using... more>> his past knowledge to acquire power and protect those he cares about.

There's no abundance of antagonists with fragile egos(so far) so rest assured if you are not into that kind of stuff. Those that do try to get in his way just become irrelevant in the next few chapters. The MC is all about the bigger picture so he doesn't hesitate to put himself in the spotlight in hopes for a faster promotion. No romance at the moment, the MC is focused on his career as a soldier. And some of the things that happened in the past are changed because of the MC's involvement.

All in all, if you are looking for a nice novel with a spear user. This is it. <<less
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Trent
Trent rated it
July 29, 2016
Status: c31
I was hesitant to review this story until now. It looks like the author hasn't planned a plot. Even twenty chapters in, you can't be certain of the direction that it will take. But it's shaping up to be a powerful story. Maybe.

The MC died a veteran soldier of twenty years, and wasn't much more than a low-level officer. Therefore, although he has and uses knowledge from the future, and is quite skillful, he's nowhere close to the level that he needs to be to accomplish his ambition, whether in... more>> command ability or spear technique. His growth is something to look forward to, as are his reactions to the obstacles he'll face, on the field and off.

It starts out a bit slow, but it's been speeding up lately and having some savory moments. <<less
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Simple As It
Simple As It rated it
July 17, 2016
Status: c14
As you know, the translation KobatoChanDaiSuki most of the time picked story about someone came back to the past after their regret.

This story was same, the experienced spearman regretted his life choice and died in battlefield, then his memory return to the past.
I might say this story was particularly had the same formula like the similar story. he use his future experience to choose the best path for his life, like obtaining treasure, saving person from getting killed etc etc etc.

Although the story using the same formula, it's quite... more>> well-written, and the translation did well in their job. the story also quite enjoyable, but to give full review it seems still too early, so 3.5 for now rounded up to 4 stars. <<less
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lordofthebooty
lordofthebooty rated it
May 27, 2017
Status: c133
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This is such a great novel. He reincarnates after dying and promises to become better. Instead of a common foot soldier, he promises to become a great monarch.

He reincarnates and at the very first war, he already is making progress, raising merits for the kingdom. He gets the notice of the three princes who are fighting for the crown and accepts the first prince Simon, who he remembered from his past life was the best out of the three.

With every battle, he uses his knowledge of the past to defeat enemies and turns his success into merits, allowing him to accept rewards from the king.

Right now, he went from commoner to noble. He is Baron Roan Tale, leader of the Amnarath Troop (means withering flower blooming again, aka never dying). Of course, he is not like other nobles at all. Yes, he has his land and the population of his land is pretty small, but he treats everyone the same, regardless of status or wealth.

Usually when nobles visit somewhere, they'll be seen first, since their status. If you go to Roan's city, you have to leave your name in a guest book in the reception room and wait your turn haha which is very nice, he truly stays himself, regardless of his own status. He is leading about 10k troops now, his original OP strong unit is called Amnarath while the unit of rebellious soldiers fro other cities that he absorbs into his unit are just Tale troop.

There are some great supporting members like 100 man commander Pierce (he went away to train in spear arts with a master) 100 man commander range Harrison (Basically Legolas) and 100 man commander Austin. He also has his own information agency, allowing him to stay on top of every scheme going on in the shadows.

Right now, he has a Druid friend who can see into the future every now and then, allowing him to know who and where the problem where occur.

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As far as legendary artifacts go, he has a ring that boosts stats, this transforming mana spear and the tears of Kelis, the dragon, allowing him to see for a few km and everything appears in slow motion when he activates the ability of the tears, but it only lasts for a few seconds.

The slaying of monsters is great as well. He is doing his best to progress better. Even when it comes to lovers, he is trying to stay away from his past lover but they are slowly connecting. She is a princess, known as the shadow princess, no one really talks to her, but they'll end up together again the way it is going. Even the king loves this guy lol of course the other factions for the other princes hate him haha

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ockyboo
ockyboo rated it
May 3, 2017
Status: c55
This will be my first review (if not my last) but this series seriously deserves it. It starts off rather simply with a straightforward protagonist who wants to accomplish much after a life of struggle and un-eventfulness; a life rife with problems because his rash nature (a regular trait of MCs) actually took him where it should usually lead, nowhere. Now, with a more thoughtful outlook, he goes to try his luck on a different path.

For a spoiler on some of the amazing character development:

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A great part of this novel is that it becomes obvious that he's still the same individual from before just with a little more experience. He's still headstrong and kind, but its much more subverted (that it may take you 20 chapters to realize it). Its amazing because while you know what a lot of other characters think, as well as the surface level thoughts of our mc, The author still achieves making a mysterious main character! Its like watching the mysterious mastermind who brings the unsuspecting heroes together, only we're watching it from their side of the story instead.

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To sum up my favorite part of this novel, its that despite being calculative with future knowledge, his reasons aren't selfish (or if they seem to be, wait a bit before judging prematurely). There is a ton of moral ambiguity strewn throughout as this world the author developed is complex, although I warn you that this is very slowly revealed. There are nearly no 2D bad guys and a lot of background people get development. Its actually hard to figure out who will have a strong role in the future. It has a couple slice-of-life moments in between intense, realistic battles, and the strategies involved aren't senseless nor are they very simple. The author probably likes historic battles as the main character isn't a genius on his own but is the hardworking type who did his research. The main character is never all powerful and a lot of people are better than him in different aspects. But I promise, this makes his battles all the more thrilling.

I have two warnings/highlights - depending on the person reading this (very slight spoilers):

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while the MC isn't the best and admits this, his strategies also never seem to go wrong and the people he meets adore him quite easily, which sorta makes this realistic, historic story to become more "slice-of-life of the OP". if you're waiting for the mc to lose spectacularly, it hasn't happened from where I'm at. This doesn't mean it won't ever happen, and it actually adds suspense because from where the mc has gotten, his fall now would be really painful. But I claim this is partially because the novel is much more gentle than others in that all characters are given the benefit of the doubt, and a bad personality or perspective can change for the better. There is a heightened sense of worth to everything so I can forgive the author for giving the mc a little bit of plot armor.

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For me, I love this series. The author does a stupendous job of balancing fluffy interactions, serious strategic battles, and mysterious motivations from all sides (even the MC). I think nearly everyone can appreciate this gem, boy or girl, action fan, strategy fan, or slice-of-life goers. <<less
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Amaury1514
Amaury1514 rated it
January 23, 2017
Status: c105
Love it, it's just a fun read that makes me want more and more. The plot is interesting but Its just really 2 fast paste, and really mc centered witch is the only downfall of the novel besides the occasional suspect (gay) actions the characters do. But I think that's just Korean culture there usually more open between males I think. I think the world is built around the Mc instead of the other way around.

Ps. Does anyone know what happened to the tl? It was very consistent... more>> and almost daily now there like never any uploads. <<less
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rincewind
rincewind rated it
January 15, 2017
Status: --
A web novel that deals with war and politics this is gonna be good right? No it's a complete disaster from the world to the characters to the fights everything is terrible.

As I was reading the fights read like one one battles and everyone was chopping of heads only before every fight arrows would fly and the cavalry would charge. Someone compared with the manga kingdom, that's a huge insult to the manga that depicts the realities of war such as rape,prisoners and refuges supply and support of an army... more>> to this travesty of a web novel.

Another novel that reminds me that web novels can't get taken seriously even compared with manga, never mind books.

I recommend everyone that wants to read a fantasy book about an army and war to read Glen Cooks The Black Company. <<less
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bloppo33
bloppo33 rated it
October 22, 2016
Status: c60
One of the very rare novels of this genre where the main character and the side characters have motivations and behaviours that are somewhat consistent and make sense. It feels like the author actually took the time to figure out the storyline before they started writing for a change.

The story itself and the translation aren't perfect, but in the end this is a rather enjoyable read.
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Callista Soo
Callista Soo rated it
August 21, 2016
Status: c31
The MC is humble, yet confident about his skills. Sincere and brilliant, in his character and physical abilities. He doesn't take everything for granted andose focus of the main picture. After all , only someone with great ambitions can achieve great things. I have high hopes for this novel and kudos to the author and the translator team for this amazing story!! Hope the translation picks up 😉😉😉😉
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Grim_Dawn
Grim_Dawn rated it
June 20, 2017
Status: c144
Really stupid the way it is written. Half of the chapter is basically "aah" and "ooh" and "hiss". It should be titled "I am Moaning". Stupid as how MC is worshipped and how dense people are around him. Just the style of writing ruined this story for me.
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kossboss
kossboss
January 9, 2017
Status: c100
This novel reminds me a bit of the anime/manga of Kingdom. Not quite the same but there are some similarities that make it close. This novel honestly is really well done, and besides one reveiwer who said the strategies don't work, I am not sure if your visualizing the battles well enough. While the strats a basic they do seem to work out in the story.
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daf rated it
October 2, 2016
Status: c50
Awesome use of the past. Very realistic. Hoping for successful romance, but I understand it isn't the focus right now. Good action scenes. MC is logical and moral. Highly recommended.
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Aternus
Aternus rated it
September 29, 2016
Status: --
I'm definitely biased when it comes to second chance novels, I love them. So I'll only say the one negative its that the MC seems to be too talented with predictions that aren't related to his previous life's knowledge. Like his interactions with high ranked people and stuff. It would make sense if he was talented in his previous life at that, but he wasn't. I dunno where he gets it from, but similar to transcending the nine heavens if you can accept the sudden character becomes a genius shift... more>> its a fantastic read. <<less
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