Dungeon Defense


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Do you know how this world ends?

Become the hero and defeat the 72 Demon Lords. The game that was boasted as the absolute hardest strategy game, 『Dungeon Attack』.

I used to be the ‘hero’ that had accomplished everything in this game, but after answering a suspicious survey, I found myself in the game as the weakest Demon Lord, 「Dantalian」.

With only my eloquent tongue and my memories of conquest as a hero—.

In order to survive as Dantalian. I shall tear this world apart.

Dungeon Defense average rating 4.7/5 - 2024 user ratings
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Deonjeon Dipenseu
Dungeon Defence
던전 디펜스
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New DekuHero
November 19, 2017
Status: --
WOW, would you just look at all those good reviews. Just look at em.

With tags like: Dark, genius protag, antihero protag, and many other things that made this sound ideal to read I thought for sure I would enjoy this. I love dark novels with a cold and intelligent MC.

WOW, check out those reviews and the rating! I haven't seen anything this one sided in a long long time! It's got over 1700 people giving it 5 stars while only around 90 gave it 1 star. Must be good right?... more>> I assumed so.

So I started reading.

Short story with no spoilers at all:

The MC is wayyyyy too idealistic. Reading the first part of the prologue I thought this was pretty cool and exactly what I was looking for and then the MC shows what he is really like in the second half and I think... well maybe ill give it another shot. NO WAY 1700+ PEOPLE COULD ALL LIKE THIS IF IT WAS sh*t RIGHT??


1st chapter and The MC is explaining why his dad is garbage and how sh*tty his life is because of his dad. His dad is a bit of a pervy grandpa at worst. His son makes him out to be trash because he has a f**king harem and his mom treats him like crap because his dad doesn't give her enough attention or some crap. Doesn't that just make the mom trash? Anyway the dad ends up in jail because he groped some high school ass not knowing the ass was attached to a high schooler.. or even a woman. He's a pervy grandpa type. His son treats him like sh*t as his father is giving him life advice based on his own life short comings. His dad is actually a solid bro dad that loves his kids. He ends up dying in jail and his son the MC could care less. He recalls a time when his mom took out a knife to kill his dad and his dad stood behind him supposedly using him as a shield. He once again gives his mom a pass, but hates on his father. His dad was apparently rich as f**k and left him with a lot of money and a company, but he chose to pocket some money and live like a Neet for the rest of his life drinking beer and eating noodles. This is the guy who thinks his dad is trash btw. He is apparently okay with taking his dead fathers money, but not his advice or returning his love. What I'm trying to get at is the MC is an idealistic, naive, s*xist, child.. that is the furthest thing away from a cold and collected prtoag. His character is cool, but it's not him. He's trash imo.

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New Pyushis rated it
November 15, 2017
Status: v5c3
Was baited so much by the first few chapters. I totally did not expect politics and power tripping will follow the suit later on. This is the type of novel where you either hate it or you like it but you cant say that its bad.

tl;dr - Highly recommend for you to read the first two volumes. Then you can decide to continue or to stop. I wont judge you if you dropped it. JK I would.

Disclaimer: game aspects of this novel is slowly being discarded in the latter chapters. MC is f**ked up as well. You have been warned.

Plot - 5/5

This is a top-tier novel in terms of plot. The fights in this game is both the combination of brains and brawn with a side of politics. It is not the typical fight and get stronger where powers are being wielded left and right. There is little to no cliches. The romance for me is not rushed at all. It has been properly laid out. The introduction of characters are quite nice as well.

Characters - 5/5

Character development here is so delicious. The enemies here aren't just mere enemies to be consumed during the fight. They are properly given life and personalities. Allies have an outstanding character development as well.

Personal Enjoyment - 6 / 5

Do I even need to further explain why? Its top-tier.
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jlkc rated it
July 13, 2016
Status: v1c3
This story is so good!

The main character is one of the few intelligent main characters instead of those "genius" main characters that authors love to say are intelligent but behave otherwise.

Try reading up to chapter three and see if you like it.
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ClearMadness rated it
September 22, 2016
Status: v2c1
This novel started with a halfway interesting concept and quickly ruined it. The MC is somewhat refreshing and original but the story itself is completely obnoxious.

In particular, the story is ruined by decision windows. Every time the author feels the MC is making an important choice a window pops up in his vision that displays his options. It's the stupidest story device I've ever encountered in my entire life.

The MC is not playing a game. He's walking around a fully realized world full of sentient beings. His options cannot... more>> be condensed into 2-3 stupid random choices. He can do whatever the heck he wants to do! Why would the author add these retarded pop ups? It's dumb and reading it made me feel stupider.

If the MC selects an option does he lose all control over his body and is he then forced to recite a prerecorded speech like in a game? If not, then what happens if he selects an option and then does the exact opposite? The author never bothers to explain this and I'm left with the impression that he is writing for people to stupid to question it.

This is just one of the issues with this novel that left me scratching my head and wondering about what the heck was going on. It swiftly became impossible for me to relate to any character as I couldn't even tell if they were real or badly scripted NPCs smacking their empty heads against game walls.

Don't read this unless you possess an incredible ability to suspend your disbelief and ignore plot holes. Even then, you're probably better off reading something good. <<less
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omarct rated it
August 26, 2016
Status: v2c4
I started reading this series and I thought well this seems pretty cool, there is a game mechanic and the main character is interesting as it seems he only acts when forced to but when he does act miracles happen. But after reading volume 2 I am completely disappointed, the MCs personality changed almost completely, now he is spewing sh*t about authority and taking over the world by waging war and whatnot and I am like WTF when did this character development happen? Anyways the series has developed into another... more>> Japanese novel where nothing happens, the entire volume is spent talking about nonsense and unimportant things with barely any plot development, in fact after reading volume 2 I realized you could just skip the first 3 chapters and only read the last one and you would still understand the main plot perfectly.

Anyways this kind of series full of inconsistencies and nonsense that you can just skip through is what I hate the most. If you like reading tons cutesy character interactions mixed with mass murder and psychopathic behavior (done by the same cutesy characters which is out of place and inconsistent in my opinion) then this sh*tty novel is the one for you. I also recommend most moe (lots of useless interactions as well) and cutesy horror anime such as Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni and the likes. P.S. The game mechanics that I mentioned? Forget about it, that was only in the prologue and it seems that beyond the one that lets him see other peoples affection he wont be getting anything else anytime soon. <<less
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Ziru Asteri rated it
July 27, 2016
Status: v3c3 part1
Cold hearted MC using prior knowledge to construct plans that play out in front of the reader like a magnificent showing at an opera. Side characters that have their own agendas and tend to be quite cunning in their own right. As the reader you can feel the satisfaction of seeing the downfall of characters that are built up only to inevitably fall into the spider's web that is the MC's machination.

It's as though he's playing in a game of wits, showing no mercy despite knowing very well that his... more>> opponent (s) came unarmed. <<less
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die4jingshi rated it
July 9, 2016
Status: v1c3
Nice twist on transmigrated into a demon story. The translation is also ok (with sufficient editing). Think of it as the darker version of "my death flags show no sign of ending"
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blaze011 rated it
August 26, 2016
Status: --
I will change this review in the future but as of volume 2 I hate the story. The first volume was Amazing. The MC was semi-dark but knew where the line was. The second volume just threw it all out the window and made him a serial killer/Mentality Ill. I basically feel like cheated. Also the Translator said people are expecting this to be shounen. No, I am fine with a dark character who like to kill etc but this is FLAT out crazy/phsyco.
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ninthlite rated it
July 13, 2016
Status: --
The MC was born into a rich household, his father had 5 wives. His upbringing warped him into a cold and calculating individual to his father and family being scum. He is brought into a fantasy world as a demon lord dungeon master, however he is the weakest demon lord barely stronger than a goblin, with no underlings, and in debt. This is a story of how he rises in the world using his cunning.

Let me say there are some unusual design flaws with this novel. The story has changed... more>> every volume. The first chapter had rpg game like feel which then becomes ignored. The first volume had a subtly political manipulation theme which then gets blatantly ignored in later volumes as it becomes a novel about raising a follower and war shenanigans. The MC's personality also changes to becoming a serial killer-esque person instead of a merciless schemer. The writing is pretty good though which is why I give it 4/5 stars. <<less
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Kessler rated it
September 3, 2016
Status: v3c1
The first volume was excellent and would have gotten 5 stars from me. Then in the second volume the main character out of nowhere turned into an insane clown, who'll kill people on a whim and start a war out of megalomania and pettiness. Which contradicts the "lazy protagonist type" of the 1st volume and the way he was thinking back there. I'm ok with villain protagonists, but not hypocrites and I want some likability or charisma to MCs. Psychopathy and insanity are boring, unless you pull off Joker, and... more>> this novel doesn't. It's well written and may appeal to fans of weak/manipulative MCs (like me), but MC's personality is killing all enjoyment for me. <<less
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TheJudge rated it
July 14, 2016
Status: v1c3
Very good KN novel, MC get ported to a game that hes beaten as the lowest rank demon lord. If you like defense games then give this novel a try, lots of twists and planning going on here.

Chapters are VERY long 7-10k words, props to the translator, he/she is putting a lot of work doing this for us readers.
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tallrice rated it
October 20, 2016
Status: v3c6
This is unfortunately a mixed review:

Volume 1 was amazing: I previously had this series rated 5 stars. If you're considering reading this series, I encourage you to do so, it is definitely worth your time. As others have mentioned, this has emotions and characters.

Volume 1 is a brilliant build up towards the first Night of Walpurgis. The author cleverly introduces characters, gives a complex and heavy past to the MC (lots of room to grow), and uses eloquence and manipulation to create a very nice climax.

Volume 2 is still... more>> good. I enjoyed the use of flashbacks, the plot devices giving you hints and red herrings of where it might go, and the mellow conclusion. The introduction of romance was also working quite well.

Another thing worth noting is that this is not a hastily slapped together web novel. This is a very well planned and crafted story. Volumes 1 and 2 were obviously reviewed and edited to have great dramatic effect. The pacing is good and the story falls into place.

Our negative protagonist is hinted to be growing into his father's shoes despite the hate he held for him. He is quite obviously destined for greatness and evil, but in volume 1, there is also a very key aspect of elegance to his character. That elegance was something I really saw as integral to his personality. It explained the remarks in the prologue, complemented his physical frailty and fit well with the machinations of the nobility.

Author betrays key foundations

I have a number of reasons to suspect that the author fell off his original path:
- The game elements that were important details at the beginning - and part of his cheat skill selection, practically disappear later.
- Related to the above, but the choices and infamy/fame. In volume 1, (even in the prologue, which is much later chronologically), the MC was obviously weary and distraught because of his infamy increasing. The choices meant something special, they were part of his internally conflicted psychology. The choices become almost inconsequential later on, having to do with his love life instead of his mental development.
- If you read the prologue carefully, you see a very different man than the MC in later volumes. He is disappointed in Cristiane because she is selfish and shameless and doesn't have the elegance of the nobility. The whole beauty of a negative protagonist is that they are evil because they make the "right" choices. The prologue really gives that flavour and gave me false expectations.
- The theme of authority and love of authority becomes too dominant. I liked it a lot when it initially came up. It enhanced the MC's manipulative side and explained many of his actions. But when it also (unintentionally on the author's part, from what I can tell), stabilized our MC's emotions. The beauty of this MC was his insecurities, the contradictions that made his actions interesting, the falling in his father's footsteps despite the hate he had for the man. But authority grounded him. Suddenly, the contradictions were all downplayed, he had an ideal and the power to get to it. He was no longer evil because of a mix of genius and helplessness, he was just evil because he wanted to be.

Plot becomes forced instead of crafted

Slightly, in volume 2 and much more in volume 3, we see elements destroying the appeal of the MC:
- The colloguialness/vulgarity that gets added to his talking habits. It works well as a nice counterpoint, for sure, I applaud the author for introducing it. But a contrast is only as good as it is sparse.
- The overemphasis of wanting to have s*x with everything, and I don't mean tasteful s*x scenes, of which there are some (I have nothing against a well done, complex interplay of romance, but there's just girls *senselessly* wanting to have s*x with him at every turn by volume 3.)
- The ever increasing moe characterization
- The shift between plot and character: Volume 1 was all about the plot, with the MC's cunning playing into it, twisting it, putting him on the stage as a player. We had very good secondary characters with different motives. By volume 3, it is predetermined that the MC is always going to win, there is very little that happens that is not caused by the MC's "cunning", which ends up feeling plastic.
- The less and less apt use of evil and manipulation. The MC just becomes a symbol of evil, instead of being a character of internal conflict, striving for his twisted aesthetic. Instead, he just wants to kill humans to advance the plot.

Read it though, it's a good novel, volume 1 particularly is inspirational and I hope many more korean authors follow in this style. <<less
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LeeEzekiel rated it
July 27, 2016
Status: v3c2 part1
Absolutely brilliant and a true pleasure to read. Delicious scheming, verbal combat, and beautiful savagery. Humor is plentiful, but often dark and dry - as befitting the tone of the novel. Conflicts so far have been challenging and believable with satisfying resolutions. The MC is almost powerless (no relying on cheats here), but can be perfectly described as a ruthless, charming, and somewhat twisted spider.

Edit: I totally forgot to praise the translator. This is one of the BEST translations I have ever read, which is so important in this story... more>> where words are king. It almost feels like the story was originally written in English!

Edit 2: One 1 star review talks about how the MC's personality "changes" in the second volume. Without spoiling anything, this is an intentional move by the Author and is acknowledged by characters in-universe. Yes, it's jarring, but it's not a result of poor/inconsistent writing. So just stick with it if you're interested. All will be clear.

As for him being crazy and cruel, well... that's the kind of story this is. Every. Single. Character. Is. Insane - to a certain extent, and in different, wonderful ways. It's like a fun rainbow of madness

The sooner you accept that this is NOT a lovely story with about a hero and his friends, who just happen to be on the side of demons, the better. People on both sides WILL get their hands dirty with murder, torture, and war crimes. They'll play with people's lives like toys to accomplish their goals. And they'll enjoy every second. Hopefully, so will you. <<less
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Nikail rated it
July 28, 2016
Status: v2 illustrations
I had no expectecion from this novel, just saw the dungeon in the name and decided to give it a read.... It blew my mind, the first volume was just translated and I literally cannot wait for the second.

The main protagonist its deliciously twisted, thats what makes this so good, the plans are based on typicall plot cheats that I will not spoil, but the MC my god THE MC... Maybe it just caters to me but the change from the typicall and by this pont criminally boring xianxia or... more>> wuxia protagonists and the madeningly impotent japanese protagonist, its just amazing, it shows me how stressed I was by the sheer stupidity of these reads.

The secondary charachters have a mind of their own and reasons for being that way, and the romance has some realism to it, not just an exchange of gazes followed by the release of bodily fluids.

As it has been only a volume I cant say much more, but seriously if you thrust one time in your life to a random coment in the internet give this a read, I promise you wont regret it.

Its to its merit that it has only 2 review below 5 and the lowest one is just personal preference. <<less
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GrimReader rated it
July 19, 2016
Status: v1c4
This series promises to be one of the best in ages. The cast is excellent, the plans are machiavellian and the MC makes shieldbro seem optimistic and kind. I can't wait to see where this goes.
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estelionsharluluasheelvinchancecelenalia rated it
July 27, 2016
Status: v1 afterword
Honestly, a lot better than I could have expected.

A lazy protagonist who isn't lazy simply because "lazy protagonists" are cool and hip these days.

A decisive and somewhat twisted protagonist who still isn't a cunt.

A heroine who isn't just a prize to be won.

Dunno what else to say except that I really enjoyed it, and that it is the first Korean novel to make me say this.
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Joe Bloag rated it
September 12, 2016
Status: v3c1
What can I say. It is a totally overrated story. Well, not the 1st chapters, aka volume 1. It is entertaining and fun to read.

But it really goes downhill later on with an MC going from lazy otaku-style to a total sociopath with bipolar disorder. Yeah, we see it from miles away coming with the father problems and whatnot. But why does it feel he changes extremely without need within such a short time. I won't wait for an explanation sometimes in the last volume or so.

And yes, the dialogues... more>> are mostly interesting to read and not the typical "web novel shallow". The fun thing is that many praise the author for the great deduction and planning of the MC. But when you really read it there are enough vague assumptions filled by convenient acting of all sidekicks or it is simply obvious. There is plenty guesswork made true by the authors writing...

At the end, the MC gets more annoying from chapter to chapter. I am really not into novels where crazy people built up the story.

Starting volume 3 it got boring for me and it is a drop. <<less
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Biasedjudge rated it
August 4, 2016
Status: v2c1 part2
I created an account just too leave a review for the more experienced audience. If your one of those bookworms that has been through the sh*t and good stuff, you will most likely be quite experienced and after 4-5 light novels you see a couple of cliches in these novels, that are so blinding and taking away a great deal of enjoyment, but thank the translators and authors not in this one. Not including the language in these translations wich is pretty much on a high standard which can't... more>> be compared too nearly any other light novel on this website.

For those who are interested in a creative non cliché story, this one is definitely for you. I can't judge much about the story yet, but purely because there haven't been a lot of chapters yet. It starts of strong and continues even better, there is a reason for its rating. Yes MC is this genius type of character with weak body. Sounds basic, but now the real fun starts. The author takes this character and finally goes in depth for once. His mental attitude as well as health are properly described, the author most likely had a fairly good overview about parental psychology, maybe even writes out of experience therefore it is incredibly realistic. This somewhat basic character has a couple of mental instabilities and his ability to emphasize with some other human basic emotions are questionable thanks too his upbringing. He doesn't get any op abilities from the get go and doesn't get physically stronger, he's a genius period. But not like "hurr durr he's a genius and thats why he already knew". Nah fam. He tackles a problem through various means that are understandable and realistic and enables the reader too actually follow the trail of his thought process, his attitude towards etiquette and his means too achieve the result he wishes for. Now no plan is perfect and even he can screw up, but there comes the genius. He solves the problems and adapts. enabling the reader a thrill not just through some sh*tty described fight scenes.

for those who are not as experienced or couldn't follow my thought process. This story is unlike most light novels that give you 20 chapters of some arc without going into actual depth. It takes its time too describe every plot, except some points of the main character so you can follow up with your own thesis (up till now that is). There won't be a situation where your like... that was that, onto the next arc of this manga. Every action has a reaction, even the simplest and even if it may take 20 volumes. Thats the feel I get right now. Now I haven't spoken about the actual plot much merely because I wish too not spoil anything (even slightest detail needs a lot of description giving away a lot. Relationship wise, its finally a character that looses their head about women, not like oooh a new chick for my harem. It looks like "stability" is valued (those that read until part 2 of vol 2 understand why its in brackets).

Now then onto the scoring. I have a book next too me which (will sound ridiculous but you need that explanation) which even my highly educated mother views as a hard read, basically impossible before you have at least studied historical religion/ historical fine arts and philosophy. and this book "the wonder of Theism" is hard pressed in its superiority by this novel. Just its descriptive language is on a level which none light novel on this website can even look at, but is still on a level that makes it easily readable by pretty much any individual. The translator and author must be both brilliant people. Not even speaking of its story line.

This review was written by a administrative managerial economics and industrial management freshman. So for those with high standards there can be slight trust in my judgment. (sorry for repetitive language english is only my 2nd language pls forigv meh) enjoy :) <<less
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NaM rated it
September 29, 2016
Status: v4 afterwords

A great novel that totally represent the word CONQUEST. Normally novel with the same genre like this are often Half-assed written and boring. BUT, Dont compare this novel to all those sh*ts. Unlike the other conquest novel who relies on brute force and half-assed plot, This novel is all about intelligence, clever schemes and godlike wits.

MC is Dantalian (Transported to game world guy) a demon who was seating on 71st seat also known as weakest demon among the 72 demon lords.

After reading his profile I became curious and searched... more>> about dantalian. And the result is:

"Dantalion (or Dantalian) is a powerful Great Duke of Hell, with thirty-six legions of demons under his command; he is the 71st of 72 spirits of Solomon. He teaches all arts and sciences, and also declares the secret counsel of anyone, given that he knows the thoughts of all people and can change them at his will. He can also cause love and show the similitude of any person, show the same by means of a vision, and let them be in any part of the world they will. This demon is known to have many heads that speak through one mouth"

Just reading this description enlighten me that MC really is depicted to the original version of his self. And it was written well done. Honestly in all KR novel with the 72 demon element.. this storys dantalian is a perfect mirror image of his description.

With all that said this novel is truly interesting and entertaining. If you're bored with the usual Brute fights. this novel is pretty much for you! <<less
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thetacotheif rated it
July 27, 2016
Status: v1c5 part1
This is a master piece, to the story, to the MC, to the characters story.

You get long chapters that will control the aura of the story, either making you sad, laugh, tense or terrified. The demons aren't your average killing maniac. But rather political beings that know its consequences. The story is slow but most line are meaningful for the plot, giving it a bigger impact later on.

Its POV is what made me like it, it shows date, name, rank, and place

Overall, its a recommendation.
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xlefr7 rated it
July 27, 2016
Status: v1 afterword
Review made at the immediate end of volume 1 translation.

Just with the 1st volume, this novel is complete; in other words it was so good that I am afraid the 2nd will fail to live up to the degree of quality it was. The synopsis provided does not do the first volume justice, it even feels like it was written for the first version of the book (webnovel; the translated book we see is actually version 3 which is explained in the aftword).

The MC, in short, is scum/maniac/cruel/sadist in... more>> the best way possible for readers. I would say this MC is mix of Misogi Kumagawa (personality) from Medaka Box with Tyrion Lannister (political cruelty and ability) from Game of Thrones and the character of Benedict Cumberbatch (brilliance/mind) from Sherklock Homes all into one.

The prologue gives a brief show of the type of character the MC is, from then on the first few volumes shows a bit of action and drama, and with chapter 5, quite literally the climax (so many readers will attest to getting a hard on due to the brilliance of the MC) of the story.

To admit, this novel is not for everyone. It has a lot of perspective of every other side character, the MC is more of a anti-hero than a man on the side of a justice, he prefers deceiving and using other people than doing things himself, he is often lazy and leaves stuff unexplained until the situation unravels itself to everyone (aka teasing the reader).

tl;dr so far vol 1 MC manipulates people into submission with words and very few actions. <<less
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LordofLOL rated it
July 12, 2016
Status: v1c3
Great novel. The MC is realy smart, he is just like Lelouch vi Britannia of "Code Geass" and just as weak. This novel has a lot potantial.
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