I am the Monarch


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Roan, ran away 20 years ago from his rural village in the aim of becoming a Great General. However, all he got 20 years later was just a handful of money and the lowly position of squad commander of the First Legion’s.

In the end, he became 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 squad commander.

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

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

Roan, who remembers 20 years of his future, now starts his unstoppable march.

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TaoTie rated it
October 17, 2016
Status: --
So incredible. I love this story I love this plot I love these characters. Theres not a single cliche thing about it, the story and characters have such depth and it all gives a feeling that the next chapter will always hold something even more interesting, once you stop you cant put it down. Love it. I want more chapters all the time!
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riida rated it
August 29, 2016
Status: c197
Current chapters are really good. The story was well planned and developed till now.

Reincarnator meets European middle ages and with much less continuous tongue-clicking in every paragraph, but with gratuitous lower-lip-biting and lips-smacking.

Fortunately, unlike the emotionless terminator-like protagonist from reincarnator who goes from point a to point b like a machine, this MC here is much more human-like.

... more>> Good military strategy and great battles.
This title is very enjoyable.

P.S.: Sometimes, very rarely, the translator uses words or phrases that don't really fit the meaning he is trying to convey, which hints towards him not being a native English speaker, but he seems to be trying his best. <<less
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Wolfbrother rated it
December 19, 2018
Status: c232
I just want to say that this is a superb novel that really did not get the love it deserves. The plot and characters are some of the best I have seen for translated novels I have seen so far. I would have loved to have had a map while reading this novel as the world is pretty huge.

The reason why I deducted a star from my review was the translation speed. The quality is nice (minus the sound effects some people have complained about), but the translation speed is... more>> so low that it killed the popularity of this novel. I can even tolerate one chapter a month however when you have dedicated readers waiting over two months for a chapter that may or may not come, it makes everyone want to move onto greener pastures. <<less
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Bakayaroo rated it
September 19, 2018
Status: c82
I couldnt get through MC stupidity and uselesness. If author had to reicarnate someone he should have made a genius MC reincarnated Our MC doesnt have brains for strategy and brawns he has are al useless when it comes down to it.. Even with all that usefull knowledge he has of finding secret techniques and weapon he is still useless
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Ixcez rated it
June 2, 2018
Status: --
This one is a good read though the setting for the MC is mostly unbelievable especially in the early parts.

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Like most MC's this one has eidict memory remembering a bunch of stuff that happened 20 years ago like it all happened yesterday.

MC is explained as having 20 years of battlefield experience which is why he is such a bad ass at tactics, military knowledge, troop management as well as having knowledge about everything.

However this is a setting on top of the fact that a) MC was a low ranked group leader never gaining a rank over leading 20ish people b) the MC didn't know how to read untill 5-10 years had passed on the battlefield c) most of his time is explained as having to earn money since he had to pay for gear and bribes and move to a higher tier army which is a big reason for his low rank since d) it's under the setting that secret, vital and dangerous information was freely handed out to every soldier in the armies (no fear of information leaks here eh?) e) While appearently having no money he was somehow while being a low ranked leader with no connections able to get information about most things, people, places etc etc.

So with those points and more the MC is many times better then an commanding officer with 10 years battle experience since he has 20 years he knows stuff and tactics not even people going through commanding officer training. He also for some reason got a hold and studied all his previous battles so that even when from when he was a newly arrived grunt he knows everything.

So if you can look past that he somehow managed to get a hold of, and read up about hundreds if not thousands of battles, tactics, events people, terrain etc etc that would have taken years while never leaving the battlefield except for short vacations. It's a good read.


The battles are a bit unbelievable and with the fact that the MC is said to be completly unskilled in combat I am unsure if enough battle experience is able to make up for it.

The MC is to be honest a bit of a jealous douche. Fairly heavy spoiler here be warned.


The MC joins the army with a guy (I believe their from the same village as well but can't remember if it is so or not) who is extremly skilled at using the spear who was quickly acknowledged and specially chosen to be trained. This led to him becoming a master in the spear on a fast track in carrer and nobility eventually becoming a duke.

The MC pretty much downplays how he became distant and wasn't a "good" friend (this is the vibe I got) after becoming rich and famous. Even so the spear guy taught the MC his self created spear technique and that he named after himself. Which the MC then uses all the time, and through out the stories begining. He also helped the MC out by handing him some tips and information to help him out. We also later find out the reason the MC could even reincarnate was that the guy used his most precious artifact said to being someone back to life in the hope of brining his best friend (the MC) back to life which leads to the MC coming back to life but in the past.

So how does the MC thank him? By teaching him his future self created spear technique and shamelessly renaming the spear technique in his name and saying he was the one who created the spear technique. He also makes the guy his subordinate and steals his fast track carrer opportunity cause the MC is N1.

So yeah douche detected


With that said it is a fairly well thought out world together with good writing. <<less
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SinsI rated it
August 17, 2017
Status: c36
The story really lacks character development and interaction in non-combat situations. MC just has his goal (to be come a Monarch), but there's no real motivation for his ambitions.
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GoGoInTheA55 rated it
May 23, 2017
Status: c125
This novel is everything I would like from a return to the past kind of novel. We know a little about the world outside of the kingdoms surrounding the lake. It is very amusing to see the world expand and new foes arrive one after the other, right now the MC may seem smart, but as the story progresses it will change.

Smart people are everywhere, each more heinous than the other. The MC will lose in mind games and even lose his men, but he will learn from his mistakes,... more>> like he did during his rebirth.

His return to past has caused a butterfly effect, so except the initial stage, he knows nothing (Except the personality of some famous individuals). And from what I had read, there is a reason for Roan to come back to the past if you want to know the reason.


Pierce (MC's friend and spear genius) obtains a treasure that reverts the time to a particular day for a individual. And this will happen soon in the story (When he again finds this treasure).


The characters are smart, they don't just blindly follow the MC, some come to him because seeing his potential and knowing the profits they may be achieve.

I won't say much about the romance, but it is there in all the military building sim, wars and politics. We have already seen some glimpse of it here and there, but those tit bit of information will come together and create a strong romance.

SO I only want to say this is a good novel, I generally write reviews to talk sh*t about novels that I don't like... but I thought once in a while I should write something good too. <<less
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whosays25 rated it
January 7, 2017
Status: c101
One of my favorites. The MC is my husband, jk. The MC is someone who died and was somehow one who woke up again as his 18 year old self, a newbie or greenhorn of the army. He's flawed, sometimes a negative-thinker but his character gradually built up confidence and wisdom as he dealt with politics and military tactics. This is a novel which you, folks, should not miss. Absolutely recommended to everyone, not just to bored people.
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Dusk rated it
August 15, 2016
Status: c50
I am the Monarch is a travel back in time novel.

The MC is a 20 years experienced solider in his past life and died without fulfilling his wish to become a general. He reincarnated back in the past when he had just entered the army.

I would have to say that I am the Monarch exceeded the expectations I had for it, it is a lot more fun & interesting to read than I had originally expected. The novel seems simple, but hey there is a saying simple is best. Roan,... more>> the MC uses his brains & the information he got from the future a lot in the story. He is looking forward to build his own troops and is earning merits in the chapters I have reached, raising his rank. This is one of the few interesting war novels, best comparison I can give is the manga Kingdom, although Roan is a very different character compared to Shin of Kingdom. Roan is a stable, cool-headed person. His experience made him calm and unflustered in any situations. Even if the future may change as he intervents in the past.

Oh, and there are mentions of mana in the novel although the MC hasn't reached the stage where he is able to wield it and it doesn't seemed as it is an easy power to acquire.

Translation.. There are mistakes at times, but it's readable, and doesn't obstruct too much. In some case that the translation is not proofreaded, it's surely a mess tho.

This is a good read, if you are looking for war-themed novels with possible fantasy elements in the future, this is your pick. However, there are downsides, fairly big ones actually. The sentences doesn't flow perfectly at times, inhibiting a pleasant read, and that Roan has TOO much fateful meetings, it seems like all the talented people on the story will come to meet him.

Rated 8.4. <<less
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ItsAlive rated it
March 4, 2019
Status: c213
It's a wish fullfillment kingdom building novel, with a huge amount of issues. There is no depth in any of the aspects of the novel be it warfare, politics, powerlevel/cultivation and whatnot. I wouldn't even recommend to kill time with it, like I did.


I guess it's generic shounen, you should know what to expect.

... more>> cons (only a few:)

Everything around the MC makes no sense, in his last life he was an illiterate till 30 and died at 38. But he's still pictured as genius of warefare, politics, administration and what not. Because of memories right? sure. Like the typical shounen genre there is no drama, setbacks or tension. All of his subjects behave like he is the love of their life.

There is in fact too many plotholes and inconsistencies to write them down. To name a few for example the "forgotten / ignored" plots that the author hinted but never used. The most ridiculous one should be the water mana cultivation heritage directly besides his base. Or teasing a glittering something beeing bought to light at a mountainside as "big" foreshadowing to the manus arc and forgetting about it.

There is also plenty of forced plot introduced. The issue with the mana cultivation arts that are monopolised by the nobles even though, if they would distribute one to the common soldiers the respective country could steam roll all others (like the MC, what a genius...). Or the issue with the top genius tactician that pretty much finetuned all of the spear fodders (MC) tactics. Through his narcistic side he had some issue with trust and overrated himself. The author even added some potential scenarios like the infertile fields for characterdevelopment but ignored it at the end. I guess, in shounen there is none. The conclusion was likewise disappointing, at least in the aspect what should have happened and what did, at the end. <<less
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frostcrystal rated it
April 21, 2018
Status: --
Powerful, magical, talented soldier spearmen portrayals have mostly been forever ruined for me by Brandon Sanderson, but IATM was a fun enough read. It has a lot of the issues other people have pointed out: an OP protagonist who doesn't have the background to be as skilled in strategy as he is, and who is made more OP by the fact that no other commander seems to be particularly competent. Roan has a number of people around him equally skilled in different fields (information gathering, magic, spear skills), but no... more>> other commander really seems to be able to contribute to his thoughts, and I didn't like that. I also didn't like how he seems to be good at everything. It would be more reasonable for him to be OP in only one area, but everything he touches seems to turn to gold.

I did like the fact that the author allows him to fail from time to time, and that his failures result in tangible losses. So I'm enjoying myself so far. <<less
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FredoLives rated it
April 17, 2018
Status: c56
This is a story that I really want to like. Unfortunately, it just isn't that good.

It's lite-version of Wuxia - a magical/martial setting like most, but with only a fraction of the worldbuilding of stories like Martial World or Desolate Era.

The MC is supposed to be a reincarnated low-level soldier, but immediately is demonstrating abilities and tactics that far exceed his stated background. The author tries to provide justification for this, but doesn't succeed very well.

The MC's male subordinates remind me of the typical harem story - 2d characters who... more>> only exist to say how great the MC is. They don't feel at all like real soldiers (or real people in general).

The combat is stilted and boring - it feels kind of like erotica written by a virgin. On the bright side, the MC and his opponents aren't shouting out technique names constantly (yet...).

The translation just makes things worse - it is severely lacking and feels like a machine translation performed by a computer program created by someone who learned english by reading a child's dictionary. It is honestly painful to read at times.

Despite all of these short-comings, it is by no means the worst story I have read and is still reasonably fun to read most of the time. So if you looking for brainless entertainment, this is a option.

If you want to see an OP MC with extensive cheating knowledge done right, read Emperor’s Domination (assuming you can handle the MCs attitude - his knowledge and power are absolutely dwarfed by his ego.) <<less
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Ginko rated it
January 20, 2018
Status: c213
A decent novel.

The MC is clever and little bit of a muscle head at times. A few plots and schemes will make you enjoy this novel.
It seems in later chapters the author runs out ideas and extends the details of every battle as a result.
Not the best novel but worth a read if you have nothing better to do.
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girntaro rated it
December 23, 2017
Status: c186
So far this is the best reincarnated/reborn/time slip novel that i've ever read, there is nothing that I dislike about the MC, he properly use his future knowledge and actually train eventhough he got many OP artifact, he never waste time and always focus on his objective.

Every companion he got have character development and unique in certain way, he is surely strong individually but not one man army like most OP MC, he is not very smart or cunning but have the abilities to make people follow him, this is... more>> the best, most MC of kingdom management either muscle brain or weak ass cunning con man that only use deceive and ploy but MC can utilize both but still never drunk in power.

MC is someone can I actually root for, caring for his comrade while not showing mercy to done wrong to him. He do whatever he can to prosper his troops and people. The politic and tactic is really light and easy to understanding not like many novel on the same genre trying so hard to be complicated and seem inteligent but this manga deliver it much more simpler and summed up.

Up until this point the worthy enemy havent show up, so far only monster and stuck up noble who trying to messed with him but sooner or later someone who can actually recognize his prowess and challenge him will appear and I cant wait for it.

I know romance is not the main point but everytime there is a scene about it I pumped up, lol

Its good read, I hope it got updated fast since when I write this it havent been updated for 2 months <<less
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GroseHerrscher rated it
November 6, 2017
Status: c186
No avid reader of military and kingdom-building stories can deny that I am the Monarch is a pretty good read to enjoy.

Set in a world of fantasy, where magic exists and monsters from fairy tales such as orcs and fairies are common sense, I am the Monarch centers around a young man named Roan who had been killed in his past life as a spearman in an elite troop, having only dreamt then to become a general of an army. Earning the opportunity to renew his ambitions, he embarks in... more>> his new life to become a ruler of a kingdom, so that he may at least die as a general.

The story may be simplistic in a sense, employing grimacing onomatopoeia in imagery and rehashing lines that make the personalities of the characters, including the protagonist, similar and hollow. However, it delivers the prodigious struggle of a young man who aspire to be an ultimate figure in history as he climbs up the social hierarchy, enlisting in his ranks talented men from his past life and even new ones who've been kept in the shadow by fate. Indeed the storyline itself is generic among reincarnation fantasy stories, its uniqueness comes from the perseverance of the author to push the story to work on its plot, making the tale as if it were alive.

Overall, it rates 4 stars. I'm quite thrifty in my evaluation, especially to novels that deserve keen insights and criticism. If it only had diverse characteristics for the characters, with their unique speech and just a decent introduction to their background, no doubt this novel could've easily placed itself among the Top 10 in Novel Updates. <<less
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Darkzeta rated it
September 21, 2017
Status: c101
Gonna give it a 3.

Release That Witch as a kingdom building storyline is much better. Tales of Demons and Gods was much, MUCH better at second chance time travel building storylines...

(-1) Point for bad proof reading and editing. I stopped at chapter 101 because it was just getting too rough for me to handle the translations. I was actually re-writing it in my OWN head at times.

... more>> Don't get me wrong, I did like it outside of that. But dang, the rough translations just made me frustrated at times.

(-1) Point for what the others pointed out: His support characters didn't seem to have their own personalities. They seemed 2d instead of 3d to me.

If you can make it pass these 2 negatives. Then this story is for you. MAYBE I'll get back to this again when I'm bored. Who knows? <<less
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wrezkai rated it
March 31, 2019
Status: c240
It's alright.

I am the Monarch centers around a reincarnated op guy winning all the time and turning all his soldiers gay lmao

The first part was enjoyable, but I soon got annoyed of the eccentric sound effects and how easy it was for the MC to beat everyone, every single time. The translation is simple, but after some chapters you could feel the repetition of the same words, same effects, and same descriptions.

Also, the start didn't make a whole lot of sense. He didn't become a commander or general in his... more>> earlier lifetime with his strength or brains? Although he aged a bit, he still had potential. How come when he goes back in time, he suddenly has the courage to make an army, infuriate nobles, make connections, or create his own town? Was how charismatic he became a side effect of time travel? 3/5 stars mate <<less
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Elheim rated it
March 24, 2019
Status: c69
Someone else mentioned that the MC has a monopoly on brains. I started reading anyway thinking that the statement was an exaggeration. It wasn't.

I would have accepted it if this was a parody isekai novel where the MC was transported to another world where everyone is stupid but it isn't.

The author also constantly switches POV to side characters and extras so that they can do an internal monologue containing praise and amazement for whatever miraculous (supposedly) thing that the MC just did or said. This occurs even in the middle... more>> of a bloody battlefield wherein soldiers apparently have the time and leisure to admire the sights and observe the MC instead of actually fighting to their enemies.



MC comes up with PLAN that nobody else thought of.


MC conducts plan to perfection. It's not stupid if it works!


MC personally defeats ENEMY who had a minor backstory that he learned of from the future.


MC gains merit and is promoted. Everyone is envious.

"You are awesome! How did you do it?"

"I was lucky."

MC is not overly humble.

'He's so cool!'

'I will not let him go.'

*Bites lip.

Jesus f*cking Christ.

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Swarmyne rated it
February 11, 2019
Status: c239
The series is great! If you are looking for a novel that is progressive with main character and surroundings develop and change over time whether it's good or bad. This is your novel.

Although due to translation, army building is kinda messed up in the beginning. (Terms are changing constantly) but after 30-40 or so chapters, you get used to it. The novel probably has the best army building I've read so far.

Our main character, Roan, went back in time to his first days as a regular spearman in the army... more>> and we follow him through his journeys on becoming "The Monarch." the story is spectacular, pacing is spectacular.

The only thing that irritates most people regarding this novel is I believe the translation. From what I know, Kobatochan is constantly trying his/her best but the actual translator of the novel loves constantly going AWOL. <<less
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Twinbleid rated it
June 21, 2018
Status: c221
Very good novel. The pacing is just right. Character development is done right. The only flaw I can point out is

that the MC, as well as his merry band, is just too OP. Predicts everything and anything that the arc's tension is just lost. You just gotta wait when the MC joins the action and that's it end of the arc.


Overall this is still one of the best novels.

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