The Amber Sword


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A RPG gamer who played the realistic VRMMORPG ‘The Amber Sword’ for years, finds himself teleported to a parallel world that resembled the game greatly. He takes on the body of a NPC who was fated to die, and with the feelings of the dying NPC and his own heartrending events in the game, he sets out to change the fate of a kingdom that was doomed to tragedy.

The Amber Sword average rating 4.5/5 - 414 user ratings
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Heroes of Amber
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tyes77 rated it
January 10, 2017
Status: c84
This novel is a fun premise of a MC transported into a game which he failed at. He strives to solve things with his mediocre power instead relying on commanding instead. He slowly accumulate rare drops and becomes a sort of commander/knight class. The pace drops off around 50 chapter mark and seems to be written from there as if the author had been drinking. You can see the MC slowly gathering his forces and finances but to be honest even with 84 chapters he is still a wandering knight... more>> with no base. The novel is 3 stars at its current pacing and weird swap of characters as of the latest chapter dragging the story in a snail's pace.

To be honest I wouldn't recommend any newcomers to this novel because of the translation speed and pace of it as he will probably still be wandering around with no base by next year. <<less
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keklel rated it
January 8, 2017
Status: v1c40
I almost missed this gem because of just how bad the title, cover image, and summary were.

Firstly ignore the cover image. It is ugly and in no way representative of how good the story is. Don't judge a book by its cover applies well here. The image makes the characters look like some generic cardboard cutouts (in addition to making the MC look retarded which he is not) and does not depict the exciting battles between the MC and numerous magical and undead beings in the story.

Secondly ignore... more>> the title. The title is uncool and boring, whilst this story is not. This story (so far) has not been about some "amber sword" at all. The title makes this story sound like some generic fantasy garbage about some magical sword when it's nothing of the sort.

Thirdly ignore the summary. It tells you literally nothing about the story whatsoever. Makes it sound like some generic VRMMO garbage which it is not. I wish whoever wrote the summary can make it more detailed, like the TL summary for Abyss Domination.

Alright, now that I've gotten that out of my chest, I'm going to (try to) give an objective review of what I've read so far, with comparison to Tsukuyote New Saga, which I think is the most similar novel to this that I've read so far.

1. Attention to detail. I think TNS has more attention to detail than this novel. For example, when MC was transported to the past in TNS, he quickly wrote down everything he remembered from memory so he wouldn't forget. Whereas this MC just keeps everything in his head, which feels unrealistic imo. Secondly, in TNS how the MC was transported to the past was well explained, whereas in this story how the MC was transported to his VRMMO world was completely unexplained (in fact he could still be in game, although the level of intelligence displayed by the NPCs would suggest otherwise). Similarly why is it that only the MC here can gain XP and learn skills whereas his companions don't know anything about that? Where does the game menu even come from? Unexplained. Similarly a lot of scenes are described simply as "they are climbing". Climbing what? A steep hill? A vertical cliff? Not described. "Come over here" is used a lot, with no indication of how far away they are or what obstacles are in the way or even what kind of terrain they are on. The descriptions here leave a lot to be desired. Additionally the MC goes on internal monologues a lot and this physically manifests in him spacing out during battle or other important moments, to the extent that his companion have to snap him out of it. This is weird. Can't you have an internal monologue WHILE doing other things at the same time? Strange.

2. Characterization. As The Amber Sword (TAS) and TNS are both action-adventure type novels and not psychological in nature they are weaker in characterization compared to heavily psychological novels like Dungeon Defense. In terms of likeability, I would say the characters in TAS are also not written that well compared to say the characters in Reincarnator, and the MC is not funny or quirky like the MCs in novels like Path To Heaven or Long Live Summons. In fact the MC feels kind of bland (although mature) and his companions are overly cliched and feel like shonen anime characters e.g Freya gets mad for trivial reasons like MC staring at her or touching her breasts by accident and so on. This is also true in TNS, where the MC and his friend Seran go to stare at girls bathing and they get mad for trivial reasons as well. So neither TNS nor TAS are perfect in the characterization department and inferior in terms of realism to Korean novels such as Dungeon Defense, Reincarnator or M E M O R I Z E, and inferior in terms of likeability to Chinese novels such as Path To Heaven and Long Live Summons. I might even go a step further and say that even a side character in TNS like Seran is more quirky and interesting than any of the characters encountered so far in this novel.

3. Imaginativeness (worldbuilding). The setting of TAS feels like a generic Western fantasy setting with knights, undead, magic and so on (somewhat similar to Warlock Magus World) and is quite similar to TNS in this regard. Whereas TNS employs a lot of classic Japanese fantasy tropes like elves demons and girl-inhabiting-sword TAS has undead necromancers and magical items that make it feel a lot more similar to XuanHuan Daoist type fantasy. The stat system in TAS also makes it feel a lot more game-like than TNS. This makes it share a similar feeling to Breakers, God And Devil World, Warlock Magus World and so on where stats are displayed numerically. It also shares a similar feeling to early Reincarnator where the MC was grinding for stats and knowing all the hidden quests. TNS on the other hand does not have stats and so it is hard to know how strong the characters are in relation to one another. Similarly the ability cooldowns and item effects are noted explicitly which also makes it easier to understand the MC's actions. As a fan of Chinese Western necromancer magic and Daoist-like magical items over the classic Japanese Western elf/demon dichotomy I would say TAS is better in terms of imaginativeness especially since the MC is quite creative with the game elements like abusing his militia passive to hide from undead skeletons and levelling up during battle for example. In this aspect I have to take my hat off to the author for coming up with these scenarios, actually on par with or even better than Reincarnator in terms of abusing game mechanics. The fight scenes are among the most imaginative that I've read, definitely on par with Reincarnator (it's not that I especially like fight scenes, it's just that I especially dislike badly written fight scenes).

In conclusion this novel isn't perfect but the imaginativeness and creativity in terms of the MC overcoming adversity is definitely good enough to make up for its lacklustre characterization. I just hope that as the novel progresses the attention to detail does not become worse than it already is.

I will update my review if I get to a point where I think I need to revise down my rating of 5 stars.

Disclaimer: This review is only for the WolfieTranslation version and not for the raws so some parts may have been edited by the translator, although I did cross-check with the raws for a couple of chapters and found nothing significantly changed. I do not think it is significantly improved compared to the raws as I found the raws to be fairly easy reading myself, and in some parts the translation felt a bit iffy, but nothing to complain about. <<less
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Gen3 rated it
March 22, 2016
Status: --
This novel is quite good. I dont even want to understand how could people rate it a 1 star.

I especially enjoy how the pov changes from 1 to another to get the view regarding their opinions of the MC. One thing that differentiate this from the other general transported to another world is the usage of cards system and mana pool similar to table top games.

Overall the translator does a great job translating it that i'm tempted to read the raws
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null rated it
June 21, 2016
Status: --
Good story but translator mess it with his/her "creative editing". Re-writing original story are crossing the line of what translator should do. Might read the English translation if another translator translate the original story.
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makenai89 rated it
January 16, 2016
Status: --
Reviewed at 44 and rated 4 *I swear the triple 4 was just coincidence*

The Amber Sword offers a unique take on the “transported to a game” genre. I was actually quite surprised to know that it comes from qidian, because the setting, plot, and characterization seems like a j-novel written by someone heavily influenced by western fantasy stories. Nevertheless, it is a very interesting novel, and if you are someone looking for novel with unusual plot or plot with game elements, then this one might be a perfect choice.

The MC... more>> feels mature, and has a good strategic thinking. He is not looking for harem or to be the strongest either; up to the latest chapter, he was just looking for the best way to survive in the new world that is on the brink of calamity while ensuring key people to stay alive. As well, supporting characters here are not just empty vessels to drive the plot, but actually experience some development. An interesting piece, indeed.

Review edit after v2 c9, upped the rating to 5.
The author narrative was getting better and better. The battle scenes too. It can be interpreted as I personally like the second book than the first, but well, that's how it is. The POV exchanges also provided a much needed break in between, and was well-done. I'm increasingly loving this. <<less
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Blisfulloblivion rated it
June 5, 2016
Status: --
I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this. The translation quality is surprisingly good even if it is riddled with typos. Everything makes sense and reads smoothly without the clunkiness commonly found in fan-translations.

The story progresses surprisingly quickly, skimming over minor details while still providing all necessary information. Which is a nice change from the normally repetitive verbosity that Chinese works seem to favor (Still like them though). It honestly reads more like a Korean/western work. Best of all is the story seems to have a strong plot and... more>> no filler.

I think what really sells me is the MC. He is actually admirable and not just strong. He's skilled, intelligent, kind, and strong without going over the top. He is moderately weak at this point in the story. His success is due to his experience and knowledge of the world as a game and is carefully shown as such. so while there are moments of plot armor and conveniences they are minor as proper reasoning is given.

I think one of the biggest complains people might have is with the somewhat cliche personality type fm leads. Classic ditz and tsundere. They both develop and the cliche isn't as pronounced as you would normally see but for those who hate that stuff it may be annoying. <<less
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Doropyan rated it
May 2, 2016
Status: c39, Dropped
Actual Rating: 2.5
Reviewed at Chapter 39

First off, I just want to WolfieTranslation for translating this. From what I read in the translator notes there was a lot of editing the original story just so it would made sense.

I like novels where the main character is thrown into another world with knowledge of the future or some cheat ability. It’s fun to read it even if they might be ridiculously OP. I like reading the reactions when people find out just how good the MC is. But I just couldn’t... more>> keep going on with this novel. I tried, I really did try hard to push on. The premise of this novel was interesting, I liked the MC enough because he’s someone with skill who’s stuck in a somewhat useless body at the start.

Okay so we find out he’s not so useless after all. His abilities are just locked.


He struggles, he compromises. He doesn’t feel arrogant. I switched 50% of my brain off to ignore the ridiculous things of the gaming system. I don't think the author actually did much research into games. But the author makes effort in building the world where it’s identical to the game, but at the same time it’s not. Some parts really make you realise that although everything may seem the same, MC is still just a human living in this chaotic world and I liked that.

What annoyed me were the girls. I can understand that without experience of a real battle or in true danger there are things which don’t make sense. It’s normal to panic and do stupid things. What I couldn’t stand was the fact that the two girls seem to not learn from their mistakes and do another really stupid thing one second, then the next second they’re awesomely calm in battle the next. It probably wasn’t until in chapter 35-ish they started to learn (albeit a lot of the knowledge was from MC). The girls also felt like cardboard cutouts of certain tropes. Maybe I need to keep reading to see more development but it won’t be any time soon.

If you can accept these kinds of female characters I think The Amber Sword is a novel nice enough to pass some spare time. It can’t really compare to the more famous translated Chinese webnovels but decent enough for a light read. <<less
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Poor_Hero rated it
February 16, 2016
Status: --
the mc is.... simply hilarious (≧▽≦)/~┴┴ so he possessed a body of npc in the game he played before. knowing that he's going to die by the event that happens soon, he decided to act fast and protect people he cares. this guy is pretty funny, knowledgeable about the game even if he isn't one of the strongest players in the game before and dense about others' feelings. the misunderstanding between him and other characters are pretty hilarious. the plot is in normal pace, i think and the comedy and... more>> the action part are good here. looking forward to the future.
ps: sometimes, i forgot that this is Chinese novel, lol, that's because of how the story goes, you might feel the same way to me. <<less
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ScotlandForsythe rated it
February 1, 2016
Status: --
I really like this story because the mc actually struggles and the mixture or gaming and western fantasy is interesting. The female’s in the story have weird personalities and the males aren’t as two-dimensional as you might think at first.

Overall a four but a five because I really like the concept.

l’m going to refute melfar’s words on the fact that there is nothing wrong with mc crying out to mother marsha, it’s part of the story and the author’s religion does not matter. Just reading five chapters... more>> then putting together a review isn’t exactly going to help anybody. The novel only has a few gaming elements as he’s the only one aware, and the author isn’t retarded for giving girl’s guy names and guy’s girl names. It’s his style. (If you feel offended by this sorry. . But I really would prefer you right a review based on the story and not on how stupid you think the author is. He worked hard.

EDIT: I still believe this story is unique, and it pains me to read all those low ratings just because they believe the story is horribly written or they don't like the game system.

I personally don't mind it, but for all of you guys who do, just ignore it and you'll realize how incredibly thought out the storyline is. The game system may be trash to some people, but the story itself is amazing. (v2 ch36) <<less
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Dragon rated it
October 23, 2016
Status: v1c40
Terrific novel. If you told me that it was a Japanese light novel, I would not be surprised. It has definitely the feel of something like Tsuyokute New Saga, but I think that it is better written and translated.

It has very detailed and enjoyable fighting scenes. The MC is not completely overpowered and relies on his wits, but he does have some treasures and knowledge that makes him stronger than opponents that should be stronger than him.

The other characters that the MC encounters are pretty well thought out as well.... more>> Even characters that oppose the MC are usually level-minded and not like some of the most generic "arrogant young master" antagonist type that you would usually see sprinkled across Chinese novels.

As of v1c40, I am hooked, and I think that it should at least get a high 4 or a 5 from what I've read so far. And it looks like from other reviews that it increases in quality as well: I can't wait. <<less
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Raphael rated it
December 20, 2015
Status: --
Just read the TL’s long message at the start of chapter 39 and I got to wonder how was it that the series had such a low rating here. Not really saying this is amazing work or ground breaking but i would rate this a 4.5/5 nine times out of ten so I figured I would hop here and leave a bit of a review on my thoughts of it and give it a rating to help it along.

So where to start, the series is not exactly new work. MC... more>> wakes up in a world that resembles a game he was a beast in previously and proceeds to use his mastery over the game and advance knowledge to climb to the top and become badass, all the while having one or two pretty girls falling in love and correcting all the evils of the world or something to that effect. Now while this is nothing new the series does stand out on its own right, having a half descent plot and I personally feel something like “hook, line and sinker” when I read a series in which monsters grant XP, characters level up have skills and get drops from killed enemies, so from the get go I was partial to the story based on just that, however since then I have come to enjoy it for others reasons main among them is that the MC i not totally thinking with his dick (like JImmy Valmer was when he released the Add, hehe good reference) also the story does a good job of explaining what is going on most of the time. All in all I personally feel that this story gets a 4.5 out of 5 but since there is no halfway here I’ll just give it a five and hope it earns it later on, as for readers coming in and asking if it’s any good I recommend you try out the first 2~3 chapters the story kicks into action pretty quickly so you will get a feel for what it will be like early on here. Anyways hope that helps, peace out. <<less
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Takumi168 rated it
June 4, 2016
Status: v2c43
I have steadily lost interest in this novel. The idea behind the story is fine but the execution was terrible. the story is about a boy with knowledge of this world 's events. this world is just a video game he plays but 50 years prior. so he uses the timeline to save the npc's and prevent disaster from happening. Heres the bad part, theres too many politics where the mc isnt in control. also it seems like he's ignoring the gamer route and playing the hero route. (gamer ignore... more>> everything around you and focus on stats and drops, hero - tries to save everyone by himself). The main antagonist are undeads however the kingdoms in control of the world refuses to acknowledge the problem and are only worried about their prestige. one noble sure i can understand but when the whole kingdom refuse to acknowledge civilian merits it rubs me the wrong way. <<less
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Juanen rated it
March 30, 2016
Status: --
The novel has a good start, but the problem is how the author mixes a medieval word with game based mechanics. You have a levels system with drops, skills etc with a system of cards and elemental points (like magic card’s game). So after reading until V2Ch17 I couldn’t continue with this nosense and dropped it.
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Scaethys rated it
June 4, 2016
Status: v2c43
Beautiful story. It completely deviates from what Chinese novels are usually about.
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This story seems to be a mix of Chinese, Japanese, Western and even Korean elements. Although the equipment system is a little confusing, if you reread it a little bit it becomes much more understandable. I cant say that the characters are unique either, but the action in the story is very good.

Though I can't say its completely unique, but the writing style is completely refreshing. After reading so many Chinese novels with the same crap occurring over and over again, this novel is like rain after a long drought. (like california's situation xD)

I also really want to thank the translator wolfie for doing such an excellent job. Completely out of my expectations. I read the raws a bit and found it to be of a much lower quality than the translated work. You could even say wolfie literally reworded the story so that it flowed smoother. Good job wolfie!

All in all, this is definitely a novel that is worth reading and following. Give it a shot. <<less
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Hitexh rated it
June 4, 2016
Status: v2c40
One of the best Novel out there. The MC is mature and wise. One of the best respect I had for MC is that he is not wasting his time for putting revenge on his old friend, when he has the chance to. His objective is more important that he even prefer to hide all his own achievements. Unlike other Chinese novel story that aim to put their own clan on TOP and seeking revenge. Fumu~
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ninthlite rated it
April 2, 2016
Status: --
The mc is transported to an alternate world based on a mmo he played. He has a cheat of being able to utilize game mechanics in a medieval fantasy world. Then he runs around amazing people with his knowledge and skills. Really wish the story was faster paced though.
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ththth12 rated it
January 23, 2016
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This story has very unique feel to it. It's kind of mixture of western fantasy, time travel with knowledge of future events, and some RPG game elements.

Story is solid and characters have personality. Smart MC who start out weak. There is real sense of danger in fights. Only MC is aware of game part, so it's bit different from usual game systems.

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sleib rated it
January 21, 2016
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Awesome novel… How come I have not read it before!!! protagonist calm, rational and with great potential. Story itself is very interesting too and has some depth, once I started reading couldn’t stop until I read all translated chapters. Update speed is slow though :(
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Genisyn69 rated it
December 12, 2015
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One of the better “wake up in game world” stories. I like how the author tosses in differences that could be both “first to find”, or because it’s an actual world, and no longer a game. Interesting way to world build, but so far they are doing a great job. Tons of cliffhangers though… (love ’em hate ’em, but they always win..). (written after reading from 0-33 chapter translation)
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Maleandar rated it
April 3, 2016
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Enjoyable read. First disregard the game system, it is total gibberish lol. Now with that out of the way enjoy the story. MC is basically reliving his online game in real life now. The entire history from the beginning. However there is a catch, he has taken over the body of an NPC, thus he can not gain the skills of a hero as an online player did. Also the memories of his past life and the NPC have merged. Ton of action from the get go and little time... more>> for romance. I hope things slow down a bit so that the romance can develop some. 4/5 thus far -1 for a really really crappy game system lol. Read for entertainment. <<less
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Kuro no Maou rated it
March 17, 2016
Status: --
Quite good. The MC is really extreme, the shit he pulls to save himself/others is fucking absurd. For example in one chapter he STABS HIMSELF IN THE GUTS to play dead because the undead would spot him otherwise.

Overall I would rate it somewhere 4.2 or .3, dunno. The protag seems a bit too coolheaded, after waking up in a village overrun by undead. Also the two girls seem to fall in love with him for no reason. I recommend this novel.
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Melfer rated it
January 21, 2016
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This novel is horrible although I've only read 5 chapters so far. First, the dumb author knows nothing on gaming yet is trying to write a novel on gaming. Second, he is retarded and makes girls with male names and boys with girls names. 3rd I guess he's Catholic or something cause he keeps having the idiotic sissy mc cry to a mother Marsha which is extremely annoying.
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