Return of The 8th Class Mage

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Humanity’s first 8th Class Mage.

Betrayed, he traveled back 30 years into the past.

The story follows Ian Page, archmage and the first man to break through the 6th class, then through the 7th and become the most powerful mage, an 8th class mage.

After a lifetime of war and killing, the continent was finally unified thanks to his efforts. Now, old, his wish is to live the rest of his life in peace and try to find salvation for all the blood he spilled. However, his old friend, maddened by paranoia, couldn’t tolerate someone so powerful, so he betrayed Ian and killed him.

In his last breath, he casted a time magic that allowed him to travel back to when he was a young boy. With all the knowledge he previously had, he decided to do things better so he could end with less regrets.

Associated Names
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8 keullaeseu mabeobsaui hoegwi
8클래스 마법사의 회귀
Revolution of the 8th Class Mage
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torac
torac rated it
October 1, 2016
Status: c12
As of chapter 12 I already struggle to suspend my disbelief. I'm used to characters just being there for cheap plot points, I'm used to there being miraculously lucky coincidences around protagonists, but in this story these are clustered far too close together for comfort.

Right now we have already had:

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A generic s*xually harassing lowlife. Somehow this idiot decided to start loudly harassing the MC's mother right in front a couple of imperial knights and a noble mage, and just within seconds of the MC and his mother being pronounced nobles themselves. After barely getting away with his life, his next plan is, of course, to barge into their room (which is guarded by a knight) and rape the mother in front of the son. Makes total sense, right?

After that, the MC visits the local noble. Of course, just after he visits the noble is kidnapped by a once in a life-time, extremely unbelievably uncommon goblin horde. Also, he just happens to have that one specific item there that the MC really wants to have (and then gets as a reward). How Lucky!

And then in chapter 12, the MC decides to visit an alchemist. Of course, the moment he arrives, the alchemist's son is about to be kidnapped and the villagers (including the alchemist) are about to be killed. A good thing the MC visits that day, or everyone would be dead, right?

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As a side note, the translation is full of spelling mistakes. Not something that would deter me on its own, but it certainly doesn't make me want to read the story more. <<less
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Dusk
Dusk rated it
September 15, 2016
Status: c60
Another KR novel, another second chance-turn back in time novel.

Pros :

- It's an average read.

... more>> - At times it will spark excitement.

- A decent read for anyone new to these genres.

Cons :

- The novel chose the generic route.

- There are some bad writing here and there, either it doesn't really flow fluidly or the author skipped the bothersome process, those kind of stuff.

- The prev team who does this, their editing, I don't recommend at all. Also, they don't have schedules.

- There will be logical inconsistencies from time to time.

- Too much 'fateful' meetings and happenings, it's a lazy plot device.

Past Review :
R8C is plenty promising, the start of the novel is one of the run in the mill betrayal scene, but the execution of the plot is good enough to hook you in it. There is a degree of excitement when reading it, even if it's still on the early phase.

The character used to be an unparalleled magician that sheds lots of blood by his hand, after reincarnation though, he did not want to shed blood anymore. However, this doesn't mean that he would be against in killing, in fact he would resort to it should he meet with trashes. (60 chapters in I think the author totally forgot about this.)

The MC can be appealing to some and be contradictory towards another, because he is so cold and decisive that it might cause some people to be deterred by it. To me, it is actually in line with his actions he did in his previous life and since I am fine with his personality, I can enjoy this novel with no problem. However, if you are the type to not like such a cold MC, I am just warning you beforehand. (This plot has also not been used after 60 chps)

In conclusion, this is another second-chance novel that you can read if you have nothing better to do. Rated 5.2 <<less
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keklel
keklel rated it
November 8, 2016
Status: c19
Alright, there are some problems with this story, as people have said:
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1. Chance encounters. It's completely unexplained as to how he just chanced upon Ledio & Douglas being attacked by slave traders. And Douglas just happened to be the person who created the poison that killed him in his previous life. Seems to be too much of a coincidence. It would have been better if he just remembered it from his past life rather than having it just randomly happen.
2. Random unexplained spells that he just pulls out of his ass. We don't know what the MC can do because the author never bothered to explain his spells to us. So when he uses a completely new spell out of the blue like "entangle" or "sleep" that we never knew he could do, it feels like lazy writing.

3. Generic story and motivation. His entire motivation is to "not be used" like he was in his past life. Which is about as generic as it gets.

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jackodawacko
jackodawacko rated it
October 25, 2017
Status: c60
Ignore all the people complaining about the predictable plot (Check the date of their reviews), that all happens in the beginning as the story slowly but subtly changes direction to build a strong and solid foundation. Once it does (which happens sooner than you might think) the story becomes that much more interesting!!!

  • Yes the MC is OP - but it's a slow process and in order to compensate for this new life of his he begins to rely on his cunning intelligence enabling him to outwit his foes who can actually prove to be more a threat than you might think. Crushing an enemy with cheat-like abilities is fun, but to see him truly outmaneuver his foes is very enjoyable.
  • Yes the enemies can't really hurt the MC - but that doesn't necessarily mean he has no weaknesses. One in particular would be the people he has to protect (Namely his mom and two friends who aren't strong but have other unique skills like alchemy and such that greatly assist him). When enemies bring them into the equation the stakes get much higher and there's a real sense of trouble and tension in the air that only makes this story more entertaining. Plus, watching him scramble to choose between protecting his family and striving for revenge brings an internal struggle in him which makes for good character drama and progression.
  • Yes he is genius and has knowledge of the future - however as he continues to change things in his favor it's revealed later that the timeline is changing and that future information isn't as useful as it was when he first started enacting his schemes.
This novel embodies the notion of "more than meets the eye" (No, that was not a "Transformers" reference) and for those with a little patience, an overall fun and enjoyable story that is worthy of your... more>> time. I encourage all to read this story and push for more people to pick it up :) <<less
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Ark-End
Ark-End
October 3, 2016
Status: c14
Contrary to the ratings. This is nothing amazing so far. It's been a pretty normal strongest guy goes back in time to be even stronger story.

I guess since it's a Korean story, people have much higher expectations than they do for that mass of Japanese cliche trash (Me included). Well, there's nothing to dislike so far.
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chosensman
chosensman rated it
April 24, 2019
Status: --
Dropping it because of the Fairy Queen scene. ... more>>
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Main character is a c*nt. This is a wish fulfillment book, so the writer is the actual c*nt. The MC wins a fight with the help of the Fairy Queen. Once he wins, he finds a book that has a powerful technique. This technique gives him power of living things. As soon as he can, he turns the Fairy Queen into a slave who has to obey him. The Fairy Queen was obviously not willing and was being forced into it. I'm sure they will "Stockholm Syndrome" her into liking it soon. But, I'm out.

Imagine if YOU were the king of humans. You help some dwarf kill a monster. And the dwarf finds a book, which has some powerful technique. You wait for the dwarf to finish learning the technique. Once he does, he realizes he can COMMAND YOU to do anything, even kill yourself. The Dwarf immediately turns you into his slave. Orders you to transform into a cat. Orders you to dedicate your life to protect HIS mother. It's not like you have responsibilities of your own being the king of humans. The writer will make it so that YOU, the king of humans, will eventually become a loyal and willing slave to this Dwarf. This is the author that we're reading. This is the MC we're rooting for.

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GabeZhul
GabeZhul rated it
August 8, 2018
Status: c68
The premise sounds nice, but unfortunately the translation completely ruins whatever enjoyment one might find I this work. Sure, it is borderline readable when compared to, say, unedited machine TL garbage, but that's damning with faint praise if there ever was one.

EDIT: After a while the TL got better, but only for it to get bad again after 60 or so chapters, and after a while they become half-chapters that leave the reader confused unless one realizes the translator broke them up for extra clicks.

The TL aside, this is... more>> a fairly bog standard reincarnation-story. It's decent, but nothing to write home about, except maybe the amount of convenient developments being a little too high. <<less
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ProkaryoticFish
ProkaryoticFish rated it
May 27, 2018
Status: c22
I don't really understand why people rate this so highly, it's a story about a man who travels back to when he was a kid to prevent himself from going down a certain path. Nothing really new.

Then you get more cliches that don't really serve to make the story better (most of the time they make the story worse).

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His mother is almost raped by a soldier, who gets caught and it's implied that he could've been executed. So what does he do? He gets drunk and threatens to rape the mother in front of the kid... yeah you can already tell how well that went

He then meets a noble that he rescues and gets something he desperately needs.

Then an alchemists kid gets kidnapped... I think you get the idea of where I'm- ARE YOU KIDDING ME he meets the person who helped poison him!
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Also, the story is borderline unreadable with non-existent grammar and spelling that makes me want to die. <<less
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Ananya
Ananya rated it
February 27, 2017
Status: c45
Similar to 'I am the Monarch', differences being the MC also has an inherent talent and doesn't rely only on past life experiences. Also MC is pretty cold blooded as in he views people as tools, resources, etc well except his mother. MC was a pinnacle existence in his previous life but was betrayed by his BFF due to his BFF's own insecurity, so MC is out for blood in the redo version of his past life, also he sets out to make better decisions in this life.

It's an entertaining... more>> read, but you can't help being reminded of 'I am the Monarch'. <<less
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UnknownSaint171
UnknownSaint171 rated it
February 11, 2017
Status: c55
So far so good. Its like a better version of "Close Combat Mage" It's still to soon to judge since story is slow. I really hope for more chapters. He is no longer killing for others but shedding blood to protect himself and loved ones. I like it. I love how there's character development. Some light hearted humor too. I only wish it had Romance. Though it gives us hints there's really nothing confirm yet. I can only keep my hopes up. I fear there may be wasted potential. ... more>>
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I love how the MC switched sides. Instead of siding with Ragnar the one who killed him. He sides with the Crown Prince. Though he's a huge idiot and I didn't like him at first.. But he's very loyal at least! He has some skills but needs polishing. I hope he teaches his Mother magic and also the Princess. There's just a lot of good characters with good personalities. I can only hope the Author uses them wisely. Like the arrogant noble girl who became nicer. I want him to end up with Mage Girl Mary. She was destined to die and is incredibly gifted but she was so weak and timid. However she's cuter and like Vivian from Law of the Devil. I want her as main heroine or at least very close friend.

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I just hope he turns the world upside down. <<less
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Tasear
Dream Seeker rated it
December 9, 2016
Status: c34
Has a magical flavor spiced with redemption and butterflies... do you get what I mean? Well then read and find out! But, seriously, it's had a solid story, good characters, with stable and interesting background. I recommend this to fans of traditional western world fantasy.
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lco012
lco012 rated it
November 8, 2016
Status: c19
Story so far is good even though it does have the cliche elements but other than that the story is well paced and has its plots and twist would recommend to read. Translation is good no complaints cause I can understand the story flow even if their are small mistakes they get edited fast anyways hope you all enjoy this ln like I do.
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SayMrrp
SayMrrp rated it
July 12, 2017
Status: c57
It might come off as a bit flat and normal initially, but I like it quite a bit~!

The MC feels pretty average (in a good way) and the rest of the characters are decent.

Ah, the MC is quite OP though. RIP.

The funny/quirky moments are nice. I enjoy the moments where the MC flattens his enemies in various ways.
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natsume142
natsume142 rated it
January 7, 2017
Status: c36
I will say this novel is somewhat still early to judge. It has the same premise like 'I am the Monarch' with the turn back in time and become OP. However there is still no backlashes from his time travelling like the IATM yet. I think it's an awesome novel. The MC probably behave little bit too mature for an 8 years old, kinda weird how his mom didn't notice his changing behavior. Nevertheless, still a good read
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OfficePony
OfficePony rated it
November 16, 2016
Status: c6
Grammar: 2.5/5
Story: 3/5
Writing: 3.5/5

Nothing really new, but it's entertaining. Grammar-wise, it's close to being unreadable for my tastes. Frequent awkward wording/phrasing, misspellings, and some rather confusing syntax at times. The story is your average rebirth/time travel story revolving around self-gratification through changing personal history and self-improvement. The writing, while I can't judge them too harshly, seems to be mostly a problem on the side of the translation team. I know it's very difficult to translate from one language to another, but they should have used Proof-Readers who were... more>> proficient with the English language to do some quality control. Other than that, I'm enjoying this series and will continue to read this until the author/translators give up or the story quality takes a dive off a steep cliff into the Void. <<less
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ResidentialPsycho
ResidentialPsycho rated it
July 22, 2018
Status: c78
This is a fun read about an OP MC who has clear goals in mind with a logical thought process. He's not overly cruel or wicked and actually stays true to his morals and upholding the rules. He's a respectable MC. The side-characters have depth, and the plot is interesting. Although the MC has memories of the future, his choices change everything so dramatically that even he doesn't know what's going to happen next. The changes are interesting.

That said, there are some weaknesses. Limited attention is given to the side-characters... more>> and their development, for instance. As an action junky, I was disappointed by how little attention is given to the combat scenes. This series could definitely be written in a way that is more exciting.

Although this series has definite weaknesses, the moral integrity and likeability of the MC balances them out to some degree. <<less
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Flufflebutter
Flufflebutter rated it
February 8, 2017
Status: c44 part2
It's typical as you'd expect from the synopsis, not to mention the MC is powering up by leaps and bounds.
He easily gains powerful artefacts, and is the centre of attention in the entire story. So it seems as if there are red flags all around, but here's why I like it.
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1. The side characters aren't pieces of cardboard! Ok, maybe cannon fodder #1 is, and maybe his mother (a little). Everyone has little secrets, flaws, and plans which really add to the story. The crown prince comes off as a dumb dog, but ends up growing on you as he goes through his own "mini" character development, becoming more confident and less arrogant. You actually wonder how the side characters will further contribute to the story, and (hopefully) aren't just chucked away after making an appearance in one part of the story.
2. The story revolves around the main character... Wait, shouldn't stories normally do that? Well yeah, but rather than being given an OP plot device that pushes the MC along on a set path, instead the MC is guiding the story, and the events happening are heavily influenced by his prior actions. Not gonna name any names, but this MC actually has a goal in mind (even though its a rather basic one).
3. Familial Love! It seems to be a recurring theme here. You can tell the MC loves his mom, and it shows. (Unlike other stories...*cough* Coiling Dragon *cough* Alchemy dude loves his kid, Emperor dude loves his first son. I really found it heartwarming, and you can see how it plays into the decision making in the story.
4. There's no harem! At least not yet. No girls having fallen for the MC (yet). No useless pandering to the readers to try to make the MC seem more masculine and alpha, not that I would mind that all too much. But I'm ok with not having a "best girl" immediately shoved into my face with every story.
5. We're still in the beginning stages of the story! There's still so much to happen, and I'm already enjoying it immensely. There's already a setup for a war arc, and those are always fun... unless the writer gets sloppy and just has him nuking everything to oblivion. Ragnar is already being set up as a smart, capable individual, and he's the enemy! I'll put my money on this story being more than just a fight-> train -> fight some more type novel.
6. Oliver. No real explanation. He just seems cool, and it feels like he's gonna have some badass moments in the story to come. Again, redirect back to point 1.

Is it a masterpiece? No. But it's very good considering the overall quality of the novels here.

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Teleclast
Teleclast rated it
January 5, 2018
Status: c61 part2
Pretty good story, it's clear that there's a limit to how far in the future the OP can see, and his profession is certainly one that can benefit the most from the experience in the previous future, he does a good job benefiting from it, but some turns certainly force him on his toes, still a long way to go still for this story to see how good it gets.
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kavinh
kavinh rated it
June 3, 2017
Status: c53
so far a great "reincarnation" story where the MC is sent back in time after being betrayed by his long time friend.

The story telling's quite good and the MC acts like a real person, he'll get his revenge on people who threaten his mom, has pride as a mage but simultaneously knows when to use force or when he needs to talk things out.

The main characters are pretty well fleshed out and the contrast between the first timeline and the 2nd and the MC's actions that change it either knowingly... more>> or not is actually really well done but also doesn't establish an easy way out for the MC regarding the main plot.

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he was betrayed by the 5th prince so simple solution is to just not side with him right?, except the crown prince whose the other candidate for the throne is utterly incompetent at the role.

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The MC is also OP but not in a way like other series, he doesn't for example have secret powers nor are his spells overwhelmingly more powerful, the only advantage he really has is his past life knowledge which allows him to find more efficient training methods/items to power up. <<less
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Zefelina
Zefelina rated it
October 2, 2016
Status: c14
While the translation could be better, this novel is still readable and understandable. I find that it has some potential. The MC got killed by the emperor who was actually his friend and went back in time to when he was 10 years old. He decides not to hide his talent for magic (which is great because I hate when MC is underestimated by various low-lifes and hides his powers just because) and from what I have read so far (14 chapters) it seems there will be a lot of... more>> politics, some fighting and ass-kicking. The novel is kind of similar to the 'I am the Monarch' in concept so far and I would recommend to those who liked it. <<less
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