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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May 16, 2018
Status: c213
If I ignore the "I'm a peasant but I'm smarter than a count of 60 yo" idea in this novel- it's quite an enjoyable kingdom building story with plenty of "mystery" type stuff.

However one point that really makes me annoyed (and I'm not sure whether it's the original author or the translator, honestly it would be really bad if it's the author's side) is the use of @@ "Ah..." XYZ person released a low exclamation. @@ This phrase really annoyed me. Not to the point where I would drop... more>> the novel but close to.

I mean there are synonyms for that. Errr/Mmmm/ he grunted/ he rolled his eyes/ he got surprised/ etc. so many ways to write instead of that "Ah...". Really something to improve upon.

ok, an edit, after reading ch 213

it does get better, after about ch 160. Translation is much better. Author still has inconsistencies, but it's ok.

this novel is like something smelly, like rotten fruits, autumn leaves, wet dog or smelly socks. We all know that smelly socks are not fun to smell, especially when they are not your own, but don't you just crave some smelly thing at times? That rotten, disgusting smell, but so intoxicating... well that's how I now see I am the Monarch novel. In some ways it's like smelly socks, you can hate it or love the smell, but it's there. Hard to resist. <<less
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CDTPPY rated it
February 21, 2018
Status: c183
For a web novel is preatty good. I recently find that shorter novels tend to be better that ones that have thousands of chapters. It seems there are some good korean novels too. Judging but the quality of many other novels out there, and since it's not such a bad read, i'll just give it a 4.5 stars.


    1. good and fluent writing style
    1. nice pace
    1. no useless japanese or chinese elements (fooling around teasing/ face slapping)

    1. power system seems off : There are mana users but wars are fought mostly with regular folks. Until now even important people dont seem to have really strong mana user forces. I mean they have, but that does not really make any difference to the story, their importance so far has been lacking.

      Only once in the story (funny thing is that it happens very early) do we see a troop of a few hundred strong mana users. But they don't f**king participate in the war and leave their regular people + few tens of novice mana users to fight a conquering war that is crucial for their kingdom survival. Even the defending side (MC's side) don't really use any proeminent mana user in the war, beside the MC.

    1. shy attempt of a fantasy: There are monsters and it seems even other races, but the focus of the story is not on them as much as one would like. Several times I had the feeling that the story would be better without all these "fantasy game elements" since they are forced and they're so poorly inserted here and there.
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MrBrightGamer rated it
August 3, 2017
Status: c164
This isn't necessarily a review, but rather just my opinion of the novel. I believe this is a very fun read. The chapters are quite long, and it is paced really nicely, but at times it does drag on for a long time. This is an army/kingdom building story. That is its main focus. There are quite a lot of side/supporting characters that get screen time which is quite nice. You get to see their different strengths that aid in the MC's army/kingdom building. The MC isn't necessarily op. There... more>> are many other characters that are much stronger than him, and he works his ass off training to get stronger. This story does involve a lot of politics and schemes from many different players across the board. We also tend to learn more about the nobility and royalty with each chapter, and you can really never see it coming. There are hints of romance, but only hints... but I'm sure it will develop further down the story, but most likely it will be late romance.

The one thing that definitely turns me off from this story is the terrible translation quality. Many times there are just broken phrases that don't make sense, especially the sound effects, they are just disturbing. If there was a better translator like Rainbow Turtle picking up this series, I know I would have an even better time reading it. No offence to the current translation team. I highly respect you guys taking your time to translate. It's just very frustrating at times while reading especially when I really enjoy this story. The release rate is also very random, and at times it might be on schedule.

Other than that, I highly recommend this novel. If you have a lot of patience, then this story will definitely be right up your alley. <<less
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Immortal Skeleton
Immortal Skeleton rated it
May 23, 2017
Status: c83
There are bad points and good points on this good novel.

For now let's start with the bad parts.

Bad points: so many unnecessary parts and scene, some parts also doesn't fit the situation and the antagonist are a bit stupid and so much like those people who "bites more than they can chew"..

Good points: the way MC execute the things that happened in his past life are good (IMO) and author also didn't forgot to put the butterfly effect which will happen every time MC changes the part where things should... more>> happen.. And most of all, MC is morally virtuous person with too emotion, he defines a person who is naive but also not naive, he's also a bundle of emotion which is also good for the story so people would feel the story more with feelings.

All and all, this novel is good but not perfect which is not bad.

Though I wish this novel would turn into a perfect novel so I can enjoy it more.

And, the translators and editors also did a good job on it. They made me read it with satisfaction with their perfect (?) Translation.

Btw, I'm sorry if grammars are bad. I'm not really proficient with English. <<less
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Ocyra rated it
January 6, 2017
Status: c101
This is one of my favorite stories that I check daily for updates. It's an inside view in to military and the way politics has a play with it. The structure of the military is well explained as well as all the innovations that happen in the story. It has a really good story and a smart lead character that seems to always think 20 moves ahead.
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January 6, 2017
Status: c101
Accidentally stumbled across my previous review and want to know what the hell I was thinking. I love this novel! Especially after seeing what was out there..... But I digress. This novel is great! The MC is likeable and a fairly interesting guy. The plot is also pretty damn interesting as well and flows smoothly from one battle to the next.

If I do have one complaint, it would be that the other characters don't get as much personality as I'd like. Aside from a very selective few (more like... more>> 2), they all pretty much serve as fodder to show how amazing the MC is. And I don't think this story needs that. We can already see he's great. <<less
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Calanar rated it
December 7, 2016
Status: c153
Favourite novel. I love "MC building up things"- type of novels, so this is perfect for me. I mean... he is building an army now and will propably build a Kingdom later on. Oh and he is pretty strong himself. Read it^^

The translation is reeeally slow though, unfortunately... wish the translator would release one chapter a day.
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elhessan rated it
November 3, 2016
Status: c70
The idea is not original, but the story is good. I like MCs who use their brain instead relying on their OP-ness. MC uses the knowledge from his future while the timeline change, he use his brain to adapt to the situation, brilliant. The romance, well let's say it's gonna be put on hold, I think, but the hope for ship to sail is very favorable and so far no sign of harem.
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robot789 rated it
May 11, 2019
Status: c241
The translation is slow, but done well. The premise is yet another isekei, but interesting. That being said f**k this story. The author has a god complex and portrays the MC as this savior who has to save the poor poor citizens. Battles, characters, lines are repetitive and gets ridiculous near the 200s. The villains are 1 dimensional and have no redeeming qualities as people. Again the MC is the only one portrayed as having any morals. Even if that were all true this novel would be a 3 start... more>> for me at least. The reason I gave it 1 star and have officially dropped it is because of how inconsistent the author's "morality" and how obsessive the god complex is. He gets a second chance, but fails to do the things he says he'll do. He pardons villains while letting people suffer so that he can swoop in as the messiah and gain all their recognition. The author/MC is a sick twisted pervert who gets off on this. <<less
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TypicalTakesa rated it
July 24, 2018
Status: c220
There's quite a lot of baggage being dumped on this story and a couple of people complaining that "it has no plot" or "the sound effects are disturbing and annoying", (which leads to even more people sh*tting on the novel because of mob psychology,) but hey, I like it.

You can pretty much tell the plot from the title. MC goes back to the past and rewrites all his wrongs and regrets, while making new ones he never expected. He makes an effort to make more connections and gain more... more>> military might to become a monarch and rule over as much as he can.

Some think that the MC just keeps on getting things his way to the point where the story's stale, and that his companions, (Brian, Pierce, Austin, etc.,) are his bitches that do his biddings like loyal dogs. But obviously he's not perfect and has people close to him die, and one of his ex supporters ended up betraying him because he didn't like the way he was being treated...*cough* Clayouevilbastard

And there's a lot of sound effects, I admit, but it doesn't get on my nerves like the majority of people. It makes me imagine the actual swooshes of arrows, clanging of swords, etc.

I enjoy the MC's calm, likeable, and sharp personality, but some wish for him to be cold and work on his own... (making me ponder about their reasoning because,) honestly, is there anyone who can truly rule without the support of others?

The reverse-in-time concept is used a lot, but the story itself isn't close to being cliche, giving me a refreshed feeling. I find entertainment in reading about how the MC progresses and his thought processes, not thinking the story's getting bland at all.

Not bad, not bad at all. 4/5 mates. <<less
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Xen rated it
July 1, 2018
Status: c203
For my taste, it is not totally what I imagined of a herarchy adapted novel, but I quiet like this central guy. His ideology is one of the reason I didn't drop the novel, he is not mad, he is friendly, and he is amiable, but the thing is that at the same time it is what you don't wanna see at all, the scenes unfold very smoothly or atleast, that is what I think of it, all buddy is friend and so, it is not I... more>> don't like but it creepies methat all men he met is a super genius and uncondicionally loyal, even enemies look like puppies that barks but don't bite, I want to watch war followed by a real peace, I want to see real action followed by a true sense of belonging, no a peace born from surrealistic, because just that makes all the sense of story really predictable and meanless, or that is what I thought, I admit I was wrong with this point, the reason I felt this is because at first sight it is all sort of things that is all turned around the central character, of all this smooth sailing makes you only see the action of what he is doing, and is sort of obvious what follows next, and I didn't like that, but in reality it is a tale that will eventually introducct you in the scenario that I firsty was expecting when I enter contact with this kindd of novel. The good guys (a relative term) , I thought they are all happy mud heads, but actually they contrast from the bad guys that will appear slowly, and the schemes, and the various strategies will appear, I mean the interesting ones, not brute force, although they not be genious from our point of view I have memories of similar records with real histories which were rather effective, the competition will beigin and all the elements that I previously said was boring, will also slowly makes the foundation path of central character, not to the point of absurd, but neither expect to be very realistic though, it remained so so until the drama unfold satrting from chap 160- up, I don't remember well, but form this point is when the real novel begins, and all the previous chapters are like side like stories that unleash stories that slowly group up to the born of the nation <<less
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dats rated it
April 30, 2018
Status: c211
The best novel i've ever read. It's so good it'll make you want more of it.

The story basically the same old coming back to teenager with all experience intact. Roan, the MC starts all over again from a veteran soldiers to a single soldiers that couldn't wield spear without calluses spread from his hand. The starts wasn't that interesting though it will become a foundation of the story. Like every other MC, roan got a thick plot armor (of course, if he doesn't have that then he's not MC lol).... more>> But the interesting part was the story the author develop from a soldier to a noble with political interest to serve the people not the king. The complex of the story was revealed to us one by one. It's like you got a fine multiple course of meal from the best chef with the one you love. A fine candle like dinner.

Please by all means read it and enjoy~ <<less
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pomoli rated it
December 9, 2017
Status: c186
I recommend that one.


    • Great main character, actually using his head when he has a second chance. He's a good guy at heart, and becomes really admirable in later parts of the story.
    • All characters are developed.
    • There is world building, as many things unfold as the story passes.

    • The romance is not bad, but I'm not a fan of love at first sight, as it takes the fun in the relation. Especially here as the main female MC is interesting.
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Renaxan rated it
March 27, 2019
Status: Completed
I have mixed feeling about this novel, I admit this novel isnt bad as I having enjoyable ride. But some aspect of this novel so ridiculous that make everyone wouldnt be comfortable with it.

Pros :

1. Start as pretty good, we got MC who has nothing first and relied his past memories change his destiny.

... more>> 2. The characters isnt forgettable and having roles on their own, altho some are lacking.

3. MC didnt relies on nasty plot/drug plot (like CN novel) or have wimpy like character, he is decisive.

4. There's no harem.

5. Enjoyable ride, the plot are unpredictable (which is also cons) and most arc are having good conclusion (especially at earlier leaving good impression).

Cons :

1. End of story feel to rushed, like MC come out to last enemy and just dealing it within 2 chapter, which the arc itself have so much bs* explaining plot.

2. The plot unpredictable, because author keep spawning new character and major plot out of nowhere everytime without foreshadowing (altho MC supposed to know the future). Instead, MC somehow know a lot strategies and tactic from genius from previous life which is weird since he is common soldier in his old life. Its also sometimes made me skimming a chapter.

3. MC subordinate have too much faith and a lot moment wasteful just to make pov from other character, even mob just to let the readers that MC are incridible being.

Overall its story you can diggin, and could enjoy about kingdom tale, but not much as rokuin no musshou/overlord. 4/5 <<less
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Balze rated it
March 9, 2019
Status: Completed
Uhm, all of the reviewers have a point; just read their reviews. This novel is mediocre at best. The ending kinda feels anticlimactic. The romance? Uhm, romance?

In summary, this novel felt like rushing the story to a good end; an end that the author wants. It lacks many important parts and details.


The MC becomes a god and super OP, which is fine but it makes everything irrelevant.

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LeeEzekiel rated it
June 26, 2018
Status: c221
Probably the best "second chance" novel I've read. Can be a bit melodramatic at times, and Roan is a bit too perfect of a messiah, but those are easily forgiven when compared to the rest of the story. I don't mind that he's only really skilled in battle, knowing how to rely on his subordinates and delegate tasks is exactly what a leader should do anyway.

Biggest flaw? Translation is a bit shoddy with grammatical errors in almost every chapter, badly needs editing.
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KirbyReviews44 rated it
June 20, 2018
Status: c220
There are novels that try pad chapters with the least amount of effort, and then there is this novel.

I am not going to spoil any of the plot because I think its interesting and its doesn't take many chapters to get engrossed in the story.

The author goes ALL-OUT on the plot, it is heavily plot driven story and the plot is very very interesting. The plot progresses very quickly and by around chap 150 you kind of know where stuff is going.

Minor nitpicks are that you'll have to get used... more>> the author writing a ton of character thoughts in single quotes. So you constantly have to squint at the quotation mark to see if its a single quote (character thought) or double quote (character speech). <<less
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PringleStorian rated it
September 18, 2017
Status: --
Listen here and know this simple fact

i only ever give 4 stars to 2 novel that is Mushoku Tensei and Tsuki ga Michibuku and this will be the third one

This is the definiton of "reversed time" Manhwa Done right the characters makes a lot of sense and humane (something that is rare for novel) the Battle seems a little lacking for me but meh have read worse. The MC does the thing every sane person will do if he/she reversed time (that is use everything to strengthen your position) so... more>> yeah overall 4/5 the Translation COULD be better but for me it's good enough <<less
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LeakLeaf rated it
August 3, 2017
Status: c164
Simply one of the best novels that actually draw me in the story and make me feel the emotions of the characters of the stories.

The MC is like a perfect character not like OP or anything, I mean he is actually ambitious about becoming a Monarch and that's a first for me all the MCs in the novel that I read are happy go lucky guys or revenge type that doesn't care about anything after the revenge the story ends with them having a harem and succeeding in saving the... more>> world and they go back in their normal life but this is different because he will become a Monarch his story will not end there it will and can continue and that's what I'm looking for stories just like those or better. <<less
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donzel00 rated it
July 23, 2017
Status: c112
The novel is great. The author did not forget that the MC matured for 20 years before going back in time. One thing I disliked in the plot is using of events that happened in the mc's previous life. I understand that the timeline did not become constant because of the actions of the MC but it still felt iffy to me.

How the author used to integrate the events that happened in the mc's life:

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The author integrated the complete events that happened in the mc's previous life. For example, during the fight in the plains event, the tiniest detail such as an orc soldier tripping is followed in the current timeline. This is the first novel that I read that completely copy pasted the event. The only change in the events were during the times the MC make a move.

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