Deep Sea Embers


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On that day, the fog blocked everything.

On that day, he became the captain of a ghost ship.

On that day, he stepped through the thick fog and confronted a completely subverted and fragmented world— the old order had vanished, strange phenomena dominated the endless seas beyond civilized society, and isolated island city-states and fleets of ships challenged the sea that had become the last ember of lights for the civilized world. All of this while the shadows of the old days were still stirring in the deep sea, waiting to devour this world that was about to die.

But for the new captain of the ghost ship Vanished, there was only one question he had to consider first — Who knows how to drive this ship?!

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  1. Familiar Fantasy
  2. Lovecraftian / Steampunk vibes
  3. male mc (no romance)
  4. Lovecraftian Novels
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25 Reviews

New bakaemon
Sep 09, 2023
Status: c401
It is even more approachable and still hold that impeccable quality compare to Lord of the Mysteries. But unlike that more popular title, this novel doesn't focus on the weak to strong aspect and power scaling, since we are actually following a perspective of a godlike entity. However, the primary anticipant of mystery, exploration didn't get lost unlike LotM. It's actually the soul of this story. It's about unraveling the world that is tethering on the abyss of chaos and madness, the triumph and resilient of humanity in the dark... more>> time of eldritch monstrosities, otherworldly temptations. Yet, the comedic undertones still managed to make me chuckled, in a way similar to one particular title "I'm Really A Demon God's Lackey" did.

A genuine solid 5/5. It ensnared me from beginning to end with that exquisite English grammar and vocabulary, and the unmatched detailed description that makes the world alive. <<less
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Aug 28, 2022
Status: c229
So I read the raws so maybe my understanding is a bit off. My thoughts at chapter 35:

The characters... I trust the author to make them interesting mainly because not everything revolves around the MC, not every chapter is about the MC and we see other characters interacting with one another. For me, it shows that the author is thinking about the side characters. which is a spectacular start for a novel. In turn...

The plot; I can tell it will be a slower-paced novel. In terms of making a plot... more>> line, only two main events happened so far, 35 chapters in. okay maybe 3. The author spends time asking the reader questions, tbh I think the author asks too many questions since they all kinda imply one another but that's fine.

As for the worldbuilding..., it's odd. It's a mystery so ofc there are hidden things but it feels like everything besides the mystery is forgotten about. If the mystery was only about characters' past, there would be no worldbuilding, But still, the world is interesting.

Sep. 3, 22- c100- so I read the raws to chapter 100, the plot accelerated like no tomorrow and I think it is amazing. The world building, I don't see how it's different and the characters are a tad disappointing, I didn't realize it back then, but the MC is always there which kinds dims the side characters out. It's not bad, by any means, but still disappointing.

11/19/22- c229- So a lot of people are comparing this to LotM. I have read LotM 3 times and I don't think they are comparable for a few reasons.

1) The way they use Eldritch horror is way different.

LotM focuses on things that should be seen and known while DSE focuses on it being indescribable.

2) This isn't a mystery compared to LotM. LotM is very much plot focuses and doesn't favor its characters, and this story does really favor its characters, a lot. However, the characters are blank slates so the author can draw whatever they want on them. In LotM they are not entirely blank, but it wasn't the focus at all. The characters shine the most at the very end of the story, but even then its a super dim light.

3) The way they use the magic system in the world building. The magic system is inherent and will be a plot point like LotM. They both use eldritch horror, however they differ with a) how much they focus on it, b) when it will be discovered c) its impacts. Another difference is

4) the exposition- DSE has raw and 'weird' exposition while in LotM its Klein figuring out everything. Finally,

5) the pacing of the plot, aka "action beats", this is a way slower novel, but much easier to read, while LotM is fast and isn't always the clearest. <<less
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Jan 16, 2023
Status: c500
its an interesting concept in a world with a lot of potential and space to make it into something great. I don't mind the sometimes slow pace because the world-building and mysteries have been fun to explore.

... more>>

i like that this MC knows he's powerful and makes the conscious choice to retain as much of his humanity as he can while learning more about himself and his place in this world.

i also love that half his crew so far isn't even human; goat head, doll, demon dog, flame/ piece of the sun, etc.

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Jun 06, 2023
Status: c1
This novel makes you care about and/or enjoy the various characters playing a role in the story. That on its own makes this novel one of the best on this site. Plenty of other good things about it, just dive in!

Harem vibes, seriously? Don't project. The relationships don't feel romantic, Duncan gives an impression more like a mix of babysitter, employer and dad.
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May 16, 2023
Status: c117
The novel is good, but I can't help but notice the lack of a male side character. Most pov is the MC and a bunch of female characters. While they are male ones like Morris, goat head and dog... But I feel like they're just extra. It really giving the harem vibe right now.
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Oct 09, 2022
Status: c60
It's good. Very similar to Lord of the mystery. The setting is steampunk and love craft, my kind of flavor. It's an Isekai, but different enough to be interesting.
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Oct 21, 2022
Status: c70
Recently came across this by accident and it is seriously starting to look like it could become a rival to Lord of Mysteries. I don't say that lightly. Think of LOM's world of victorian steampunk and eldritch occultism, except in this case the "cataclysm" has more of a focus on marine elements. It's got the mysteries, occultism, horror, and great characters so far.

Former middle school teacher Zhou Ming "transmigrates" into Duncan Abnomar, the captain of an ancient and legendary ghost ship Vanished. Similar to the Sefirah Castle in LOM, so... more>> far its seeming like the Vanished ship will be acting as a hub and personal domain for the MC as he explores. There's also a lot of introspection by the main character and world building with lore, an aspect I loved about LOM.

I already read all the availably translated chapters, and I gotta say, the writing and translation quality is honestly pretty amazing compared to other webnovels. It's looking like the author is setting this story up to be a very long one, so it's still very early on with only 70 chapters translated so far. Hoping this one will retain its quality as the story progresses. <<less
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Feb 23, 2023
Status: c190
I’ve been looking for novels that’s like Lord of mysteries and I found this. I don’t want to compare both of them because both have different charm that makes me hooked and continue reading.

Deep Sea Embers is a good novel. The only thing that that slightly tips me off is that there’s a lack of male character? I mean there’s only been 200chap translated but most of the characters the MC meet are females. Other than the father of another female character, which isn’t relevant. I know my problem isn’t... more>> relevant but I get the feeling it’s gonna end up as harem and I hope I’m wrong. (I hate harem. Each of our own I guess)

Hopefully, there’ll be some good ratio and diversity with female and male side characters. Or I might assume this planet has lost majority of their male population lol. <<less
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May 05, 2023
Status: c434
My first written review in the years I've been a lurker here. THIS BOOK IS SO AWESOME! It's a slow burn, but the long build up never fails to give us a SUPER AWESOME SATISFYING ARC FINALE. Granted, Frost arc is still only arc 2, and the future arcs could fail BUT I HOPE IT DOESN'T. In addition, what makes this book amazing are the Captain, his Ship, and his Crew. They're such a merry and badass bunch 😂 It's fun to read their dynamics. Subspace god/pirate ghost... more>> captain/teacher plus hilariously dumb puppet, sun girl, dog-swinging girl, not-scholarly scholar, strong abnormal human (?) inquisitor, talking goathead, and maybe zombie gatekeeper 😂😂 Chaos foe The Vanished. <<less
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Feb 28, 2023
Status: --

Readers only like this because of its similarity to LOTM. It's a novel centered around mysteries and tension and I guess foreshadowing and comedy (which may have been added to make it different from Lotm[because obviously readers will compare this novel to it anyway] ? And it also just doesn't fit)

The MC does not know that he's terrifying and powerful to the outside world and he's also a bit kind (it's a very typical character setting for authors who just want an MC who's likeable) but this MC, really... more>> doesn't draw any lines which is risky since he has to watch how he acts so that that goat head on his goat does not notice that he's not the original owner.

He comes into terms with his new identity but still doesn't know who this identity is and is curious however he gets his 2nd mate or new 'lacky' a powerful doll. Overall the author knows how to set the pace but it gets a bit uninteresting.

Its suitable to read on your free time, while you're waiting for the next chapters of your favorite novel.

Overall, I think 3.9 is okay
It's not bad. <<less
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King Simp
King Simp
Feb 14, 2023
Status: c182
I started reading this novel after I finished Lord of Mysteries as an "timefiller" until the next book of Lord of the Mysterie is getting published.

But after roughly 40 chapter my perception of this novel changed, its not any kind of cheap counterfeit of the typical mysterie novel but it rather tries to come up with its own gimmics (which works quite well).

For example the MC is not the most insane calculator in the world who knows exactly what he has to say to get a certain response, in a... more>> way the MC is more "humane" in this novel and he response and questions like a normal humanbeing would do it. T

The worldbuilding is also really well done, with a lot of longterm secrets to explore the mysterious world. You also have a good ballance between godlike creatures, gods and some other forces which didnt got explained that much till know.

The character are all written very good and it seems like that they all work for their own goal and are not just a stepping stone for the MC.

Sorry for the bad quality Im not writing comments that often <<less
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Sep 19, 2022
Status: c43

This one is a rare genuine novel. The story is mainly focused on MC's speculation regarding all the occult occurrences around him and exploration of the vast boundless sea. Less fighting, more questions. Why he was here? What are gods above and below? Where all the technological advancements go?

The world-building is fantastic and very detailed. The writing is great and doesn't feel like an info dump at all when there's so much lore to keep track of. All of his companions are weird in the head and inclined toward comedic... more>> nature which might not be suitable in the long run, we will see.

The translation is top-notch. <<less
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Mar 21, 2023
Status: c219
The story style is a mix of I’m Really Not The Demon God’s Lackey and Lord of the Mysteries. If you'd like a (mostly) slice of life novel with horror elements this is really great. It's also very predictable so I wouldn’t recommend this if that’s a dealbreaker for you.

I only hope that the protagonist becomes more proactive about exploring the mysteries of the world. The author has a good balance between plot progression and character interactions but it can get a little monotonous occasionally.
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Apr 02, 2023
Status: c230
Straight 5

it give lotm vibes. But it's just the vibe because there's so many different that make it stand up indiferently.

there's many part of this story that I really like.. The ghost ship is so cool and so does our ghost captain.

the humour is good, the storyline is better than most novel out there, and the best part is this does have filler so far with a very satisfying end of actions.
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Feb 12, 2023
Status: --
Honestly I started reading this with a critical mindset but I have to say I can't wait for the updates anymore it's really good the plot is interesting with realistic characters the writing is good too it's just amazing overall so far.
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Nov 12, 2022
Status: c90
I'd say that it's good enough to bring me back after leaving it. My first read was till c59, and since then I've left it for 2 months to bulk up on chapters. Getting back on it was easy, the book still intrigues me even with the 2 months of absence, and even now I'm still waiting for more translated chapters to come out.

As some said the first few chapters are rather slow, but it's all good after.

Thanks to the translators who've brought one of the best I've read in... more>> this genre. <<less
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Nov 06, 2022
Status: c83
Like everyone else, I also find it similar to Lord of Mysteries. From what I've read so far this series seems to have a good worldbuilding and nice occult/cosmic horror/mystery setting. There is a bit of comedic undertone but it does not feel that out of place and the translation quality is fine
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Apr 08, 2023
Status: c236
This is a Lovecraftian tale of a ghost captain. The world is awesome, the interactions are funny and the story is convoluted and mysterious.

The author unfortunately doesn't manage to blend these elements (the story is either mysterious or funny, not both at the same time), but still it is very enjoyable to read.

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Mar 19, 2023
Status: c150
Characters are quite unserious. The mystery is fine but it feels like the author tried to make every character and scene comedic for no reason.
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Aug 11, 2023
Status: c372
This novel is absolutely riveting. Especially if you're a fan of the SCP universe. I'm not quite sure if it was a deliberate choice on the author's part or not (since most of the similarities are subtle) but the are a lot things that remind me of the SCP universe. The biggest and most obvious difference is that everyone is aware of the supernatural and the struggle to remain safe and sane is a part of everyone's life. (And the world setting is wildly different from Earth.)

The world building... more>> is absolutely fascinating and very well done. At this point at least, I have noticed any inconsistencies in the world building either, which always nice. No author is perfect, but obvious inconsistencies are irritating as hell.

I really like the MC. He's still struggling to understand his situation (and that is one of the most intriguing mysteries in the novel) but he becomes more confident of himself and his power as the novel progresses. All of the side character's are also very well written. The only one that kind of feels two dimensional is the MC's talking dove that is mostly there as comedic and as a plot device for resolving certain issues. Even there though, the author keeps us guessing about how intelligent it is and lays in hints of deeper mysteries involved with it.

The rest of the characters feel very 3d, with realistic motivations that match their character and circumstances. The side characters actually get a fairly large amount of "screen" time, but it always serves to drive the plot forward.

I definitely plan to keep reading this novel. <<less
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May 04, 2023
Status: c429
I can only say - Deep Sea Embers really sets my blood boil! The thrill of every arc's chapters and how everything is connected. Very good foreshadowing. The setting, as other readers stated already, is grounded on "Lovecraft setting" and Lord of the Mysteries (also loved that one, too) to which I personally like, the mysteries are properly laid out.

For me, the story is well executed. Enough for me to marathon read all existing chapters in less than 3 days.
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