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Yeon-woo had a twin brother who disappeared five years ago. One day, a pocket watch left by his brother returned to his possession. Inside, he found a hidden diary in which was recorded “By the time you hear this, I guess I will be already dead….”

Obelisk, the Tower of the Sun God, a world where several universes and dimensions intersect. In this world, his brother had fallen victim to betrayal while climbing up the tower. After learning the truth, Yeon-woo decided to climb the tower along with his brother’s diary.

“From now on, I am Jeong-woo Cha.”

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09/12/19 Wuxiaworld Forums v4c7
09/10/19 Wuxiaworld Forums v4c6
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rhianirory
New rhianirory rated it
September 15, 2019
Status: v4c7
so far one of the better Korean game novels. My only real gripe with it is

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what is it with Koreans and their fascination with the corpse fondler class? Why does every Korean gaming novel have such big love for necros? Even stories like LMS, the MC has an unhealthy obsession with that class. My first disappointment with this story.

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SleepyZzz
New SleepyZzz
September 14, 2019
Status: v4c7
Quick question, although this is quite early as the plot just started playing out but what happens after the MC manages to get his revenge on those who betrayed his brother?What then?Would he just stop climbing the Tower because his main goal was just to seek revenge?Or he would just kill monsters until his sanity breaks?Would he become a Lord or continue climbing to the top?

We can tell that he doesn't have any worldly desires except for revenge so... What then?
Also, the plot kinda sucks with the MC's brother... more>> not having any info even though it's about getting revenge for him, and what about the mother? At some point he's going to get that elixir that his brother lift for his mother so who's he going to use it for?Himself or putting it on display?
Besides that things are interesting so far but the update is sooooo long, plz update like atleast 2, 3 chapters at once if you can. <<less
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kkgoh
kkgoh rated it
July 2, 2019
Status: v2c22
SUMMARY

Very average Korean dungeon-crawler novel written in 2017.
Nothing new or innovative, writing style/narrative is pretty mundane, poor world building.
3 out of 5 stars as of Chapter 47 (v2c22), would've rated it higher if it was more original or if it was an improvement over other similar novels.
I'd flag it as borderline shounen (ages 12-18). Besides constantly powering up, people losing limbs and slavery, there's no deeper plot, nothing you don't already see in a Dragonball episode, Hunger Games (PG13) or tons of Japanese isekai....

PREMISE

MC goes into... more>> a Tower (substitute any generic leveled dungeon) to seek revenge for his twin brother's disappearance/death (substitute any reason here).
He inherits his brother's powers while developing his own abilities. There are typical factional wars/politicking among tower climbers, and there's probably going to be some bigger mystery for all this, but for the moment it's all been done to death in previous novels...

ISSUES

(1) Absolutely nothing innovative.
Here's a quick comparison.
"The Tutorial is Too Hard" (2016), "Reincarnator" (2015), "Everyone Else is a Returnee" (2016), "The King of the Battlefield" (2016), "Main Character Hides his Strength" (2016).

Even the revenge component isn't new, done in "The King of the Battlefield".
If it was well put together that might've been fine, but...

(2) Flawed story
-- Useless dungeon
All the other dungeon crawler novels had a raison d'être for the dungeons' existence. Save humanity, save another world, etc. Even "Reincarnator" was setup as a pointless game by a sick god that just wanted to see deathmatches between different races/species.

This novel's Tower/dungeon is to "become a god once you climb to the top". No clue why that is, or who would set it up. No mystery, nada. The MC's brother didn't care because he just wanted to find an elixir within the Tower for his mom. Even the MC doesn't care too! Readers are just supposed to accept that. We're completely disinvested in the story right from the beginning.

Even worse, it's mentioned at the beginning people became disinterested in climbing the Tower due to the difficulty. Well if you CAN CHOOSE NOT to climb the tower (since according to MC's brother you can apparently go back to the real world), and can't be bothered being incentivized to climb the tower to become a god, then what the hell is everyone still hanging around the Tower for??? Why not go back to the real world and become a badass with your newfound powers?

-- Disconnected revenge plot
The only thing left pushing the story is revenge, which isn't particularly done well either. We're not emotionally connected to the disappearance/death of the MC's brother since there was only a brief diary from his brother and the reason for his disappearance is poorly explained.

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MC's 19 yr old brother ran away from home supposedly to find a cure to their mom's "chronic disease". He didn't tell anyone, supposedly because he was afraid his brother would take his place.
Maybe it's a translation issue or author wasn't thinking when wording the diary, but chronic diseases can be anything from arthritis to cancer. Since the only hint was his mom looking more haggard everyday in hospital, I'm assuming it's cancer, which usually involves a prognosis and timeline (XX months to live, etc). MC's mom eventually passed away within the five years that MC's brother disappeared.
You'd think that if you're running away to find a cure for your critically-ill mom, you'd know not to pointlessly spend years and years MIA adding to her worries/stress (possibly leading to her death), especially after you pledged to return in 6 months.
Also, maybe he could just leave a note explaining where he went? It's not like they could easily follow after him? It's an isekai!

Furthermore, in the diary, MC's brother was ranting along the lines of...
"I was betrayed by A".
"I could have become better/faster/stronger but I was betrayed by B and took an arrow/dagger in the knee/heart".
"While I was missing for 2.5 years, I find someone I love!"
"I lost everything, then I was betrayed by C. Oh and then I took another arrow/dagger in the knee/heart".

Yea we get it. You're an ass.

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And it's annoying when you know there's a simple fix. Maybe just write that the mom is still alive? Maybe her condition worsened, she slipped into a coma, and that makes the need for the cure even more important, which gives MORE REASON for the MC to go into the dungeon??

-- World Building is pathetic
Lazy writing. A lot of elements are just randomly introduced with no coherent explanation. Or details are thrown in haphazardly at the end after author realizes he didn't explain it earlier.

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- There isn't an explanation on how people get access to the dungeon (they just randomly receive a phone message), but apparently nepotism exists (since parents can somehow bring their kids over, which btw is a direct copy of "Main Character Hides His Strength"). i.e. There's at the very least some way to communicate between worlds. But author just glosses over it.
- Skills/weapons that MC acquires are randomly mentioned as Unique, etc, or completely missing their modifiers in their description (e.g. Unique, D+). Then there are paragraphs of exposition explaining how awesome these modifiers are. Literally "this weapon is ranked D+. Holy sh*t that's so amazing, how did you not know that?" We're left wondering what the hell the difference is between E and D since author doesn't talk about it.
- Mana can apparently do anything/everything. Modify weapons, augment physical abilities, etc. And somehow MC is the only person in the tutorial that can utilize mana in that way.
- After randomly killing MULTIPLE bosses, they are mentioned to regenerate after each tutorial (i.e. every month). Many monsters are given backstories (love for their children, etc), but no reason why they are there. Often times they are not even there as a trial, they just live in their corner of the world minding their own business. Then MC constantly goes on and on justifying why he's entitled to kill the monsters (because it's a dog-eat-dog world). So what's the point of giving us backstories to the monsters? Fillers??
- Somehow other players such as the dark elf can give out quests/rewards. Huh??
- It's REPEATEDLY mentioned players have innate abilities, which seems to be luck-of-the-draw. No amount of effort/determination makes up for it. i.e. You're either born with a silver spoon or nada. And MC just happens to have TWO silver spoons, one from his brother.

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Just compare this to "Main Character hides his Strength" or "Second Life of Gluttony" where all of these mechanics were explained in clear logical detail.

(3) Pointlessly OP MC... right from the beginning
MC inherits his brother's powers, and combined with his own skills becomes ridiculously OP just in the tutorial phase (LESS THAN ONE MONTH'S TIME!!!!). There's nothing wrong with OP MCs if done correctly/humorously, but this is just totally absurd with zero humor/interesting draws. MC just proceeds to steamroll everything and everyone, even people outside of the tutorial (official tower climbers).

Compare that to "The Tutorial is Too Hard" and "Reincarnator" where we're slowly watching MC grow through excruciating trials. Even One-Punch Man had a more interesting backstory where we're witnessing an OP MC's struggle for meaning when he's too OP. <<less
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darthpsykoz
darthpsykoz rated it
May 8, 2019
Status: v1c23
This novel is similar to "This tutorial is too hard" and "Tower of God" but it has its own unique charm. The MC seems great and although it is a bit confusing how his twin gave him all this info and power while other people are not able to do the same, accepting this premise leads to a very interesting story. I hope the TL will find a place in the wuxiaworld official site as this story deserves it!
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Ascension
Ascension rated it
April 10, 2019
Status: v1c3
So far story seems quite good. And translation is decent.

It has one of the elements that I love in korean novels, the Tower genre. Those of you who like The Tutorial is Too Hard, The World After the Fall or others like these 2, will probably like this story.

Synopsis is good for this novel, so I won't spoil more than that, except to say that we have a different spin to the regressors/reincarnators genre. There's 2 twin brothers, and long story short, one of the brothers dies, and uploads his... more>> experience/life into his brother so that his brother can avenge him. <<less
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Ironicca
Ironicca rated it
July 19, 2019
Status: v3c6
the 2nd novel I really like with male lead protagonist after Solo Leveling.

I really like the MC of this series, his cold attitude and his solo way of solving stages. It's weird, but I really like MCs who do everything solo with his own power without depending too much on other characters, rapidly increasing his own stats. I also love how he didn't get a cheat, rather it's just him using his head following the hand-down informations inhirited from his brother and progressing way faster than an average person.

The characters,... more>> the plot, the "tower" concept, imo, is interesting. Maybe people find it cliche, however, as for me that normally read otome novels, I found dungeon and levels are very intriguing. I could say proudly that I totally enjoy this story. Currently he's still in the finishing of tutorial (not even enter the real stage a.k.a tower yet) and from there I could see that there's still a long way to go for this novel, which is great, because honestly, I found this story addictive. It would be sad if the story ends quickly :">

Even though there indeed were some unexplained plot holes, it was bearable. <<less
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dtfyg
dtfyg rated it
August 30, 2019
Status: c50
So let's start with how I came upon this novel. I first saw this novel in series rankings which I check occasionally for new novels. At the time, it had about 15 chapters. After reading the premise, I thought this could be a pretty good read with lots of potential so I left it for a few months to binge. "There's no way to mess this up" I thought. It's synopsis is already sort of a parody to the stereotypical boring regression dungeon/tower crawler theme that Korean novels seem to... more>> be unable to stray away from. At worse, it'll just be another typical brain dead dungeon crawler right?

Fast forward 3 months.

So I check my bookmarked list and see that this novel finally has over 60 chapters. That'll last me a night right? Nope.

This novel somehow manages do squirm below all my expectations. Not only is every single character a template from the regression/dungeon crawler cliches, even worse is that the novel goes out of its way to make extra plot holes and plot armor just so they can have that click-bait premise.

If this was simply regression novel, I can understand the plot. MC goes back in time and uses his future knowledge to power up. Here MC uses his deceased brother's "diary" to find stuff that people apparently are still missing after 6 years of having learnt about it.

So one excuse I can see them making is that you can't send messages into the "tutorial" or out. Though apparently MC's competitors all have been trained by their parents to succeed in the tutorial. Throughout the novel, random plot holes like these will just keep springing up because the author wants to write a regression novel. Everything just falls into place for the MC despite him making countless mistakes and OoCs.

If you just like the regression theme because you haven't read dozens of them already, even then I would not recommend this.

Instead go read "the tutorial is too hard" or the current #1 which I can't remember the name of (something gluttony/avarice), etc.

2/5, not recommended <<less
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Sainify
Sainify rated it
May 23, 2019
Status: v2c20
The story carries on in a similar setting as the tower of god where there is a big ass tower and players try to reach the top and get their wishes granted. Mc's brother gets betrayed and dies in the tower after reaching a high rank in the tower. Hence MC goes to the tower to avenge his brother and also became the strongest in the tower. The translation is well done and the story goes through smoothly. The characters are unique and the prsnality and conversations are smooth and... more>> realistic. There is also a game like interface where the characters in the tower get to check their stats and skills. Overall I'd say that if you enjoy reading some Isekai, game elements stuff, Op MC I'd say you will enjoy reading this novel. :D. This review is until v2 and c7.

Edit: Now read till v2 and c20. This sh*t is lit bruh. <<less
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HelluvaReader
HelluvaReader rated it
July 14, 2019
Status: v3c4
Latest chapter was lit af. Really good story if you like a solo MC. Kinda like solo levelling. The story is cliched of course and not many new elements are there. At least the world is not befallen by an apocalypse as you can choose whether you want to go to the alternate world. The MC has a heart but not much of a companion guy as his brother was backstabbed. Pretty sure the MC wont have any love interest as his brother was backstabbed (Which is a good thing... more>> IMO)...

I like it. <<less
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BillionJellyfish
BillionJellyfish rated it
August 15, 2019
Status: v3c19
I don't usually read revenge novels as the MC always seem to either fall in love or form a harem, which defeats the character of a cold, ruthless MC/ruins the story, but I'm glad this revenge plot have neither!

Summary: One day, the MC receives news of his younger twin brother's death years after his disappearance and a pocket watch. The pocket watch contains his younger brother's memories, inheritance, and reasons for his death/disappearance. After finding out the truth, the MC embarks on a journey to seek revenge for his younger... more>> brother and dominate the world!

MC: a special force soldier from the military, which gives the MC a legitimate reason as to why he can level up so fast and overpower all his enemies

Side Characters: a dumb and dumber brother duo, a lil shota enchanter, a pair of martial arts sibling, and a master blacksmith

Overall: As mentioned, the MC is a cold, ruthless individual that for once sticks to his character settings, so we have no romance, no harem, no childish antics, and no unnecessary dog-blood melodrama. The MC only has one goal, to revenge his younger brother, so there is only leveling up and more leveling up to become strong. I'm here for the face slaps and fight scenes, which is exactly what I got and they are ultra satisfying. I give this five stars for successfully distracting me from real life. <<less
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Krystaize
Krystaize rated it
July 31, 2019
Status: v3c13
To all the books I've read, I've always subconsciously looked for flaws within the characters and the plot development.

No matter what I've always found it.

However this book piece things together greatly. Although I'm still in the early stage of the book, I can confidently say that the author and the translator (s) did great patching things together.

I've read/studied a lot of psychology, sociology, etc. Books and I tend to apply what I've learned into finding faults within stories and characters. And this book does explain why he acts a certain... more>> way and which skills allows him to do so.

But one problem in the early stage is that he often compares his experiences in africa to his current situation; albeit being a great background info, it can be too much.

Also, I have yet to find major differences between this novel and the others in the same category. I mean the protagonist is unique and that elevates the story by a lot. I'll probably update it when I reach the later chapters. <<less
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operativealyssa
operativealyssa rated it
June 11, 2019
Status: v2c12
First and foremost, this novel is amazing! The MC is OP and has an interesting background. The side characters have their own color too! They aren't just mere canon fodder for the MC. The translation is done well too. And it is somehow similar to Tower of God but honestly, I like this better than ToG. The MC is more clever and is goal-driven compared to the MC in ToG. Highly recommend!
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AndyDarren
AndyDarren rated it
April 12, 2019
Status: v1c5
An interesting read so far. I was really worried when I thought he was gonna inherit his brother's power, because if it's one thing I hate in 'weak to strong' novels it's handouts. However besides his memories, the only other thing he inherited from his brother is his unique ability which he still has to slowly unlock from scratch. Nothing much to say about the mc's character so far as he shares many of the qualities of good KR mc's, a lone wolf focussed on his goal, which I appreciate.... more>> If there's one complaint I can make, it's the author's use of one of the most common tropes that seen to appear in KR novels, a sick mother who is in desperate need of a cure-all elixir to cure her incurable disease and so far I don't think there's been mention of a father being present either. <<less
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Ichiiya13
Ichiiya13 rated it
July 12, 2019
Status: v3c3
If you liked Solo Leveling/I Alone Level Up then you will like this.
In analogy, MC in this one is the same as the Jin Woo that was reawakened, disregarding the noob days. Instead of the shadow power, he was given... or "inherited" his power from his lil' brother.

He aint BS around exploring, go on getting new friends... we have an MC that is smart, and level headed (trained from his military days).

But the story differs, as this one is the road of revenge to those that killed his lil'... more>> brother who joined in the tower first, became one of the top rankers, then betrayed by everyone around him. Normally, it would disinterest me as it is very similar to Solo Leveling (Gaming aspects, solo player, clans), but it caught me on how the plot will develop as the MC's goal is revenge, and not "I'll be strong to protect those I love" kind of Hero.

So please give it a try! I'm sure you'll like it (plus..! The manhwa's illustration is good! <3) <<less
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fuwa.fuwa
fuwa.fuwa rated it
April 12, 2019
Status: v1c4
At the beginning this novel is surprising good. Although at first, when I was reading ch. 1, I couldn't help but thought Tower of God (I don't know which one is first at debuting, but since I am new to WN/LN and followed ToG first). The concept is similar, but the MC's situation about is different [although it is similar that MC's foremost reason is wants to 'meet'/'pursue' someone. As ToG's reader knows MC entered the tower to find a bxtch-called-friend (Idk if she is still a bxtch) ; in... more>> here, MC entered the tower because his twin brother ~ who knows the truth about his twin brother] <<less
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NamGi
NamGi rated it
August 27, 2019
Status: v3c23
I absolutely love this novel!! It's my favourite!! (≧▽≦) The storyline is good and it feels satisfying when the MC gets stronger each and single time! (*´ω`*) It doesn't take a looooooong time for it to update, which is really really nice too ♡ (> ਊ <) ♡ The MC is likeable because he always tries his best to become stronger in a not annoying way, unlike other shounen MCs (⸝⸝⸝´꒳`⸝⸝⸝) Most of them of them can get preeeetty annoying (◍•ᴗ•◍) Most of the shounen novels have either the genre... more>> harem or romance, and others even have smut!! щ (゜ロ゜щ) No offense if you actually read stuff like that, I'm not looking down on you, obviously (*´︶`*) After all, I'm just as bad (*˘︶˘*) We all are in this type of community to be honest ¯\_ (͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) _/¯ Even some of the shoujo novels are smut (・∀・) And no, I don't read those (´◡‿ゝ◡`) I'm not into me- Woops, how did I get on that topic? Lol! ♪~ (´ε`) Everything in the novel is perfect!! 〜 (꒪꒳꒪) 〜 Henova though...... Wuuuu....... (ꈨຶ ˙̫̮ ꈨຶ)

I just hope there actually won't be any sluts or bitchy whores in this novel......

This novel doesn't need thots for it to be perfect (。•̀ᴗ-) ✧ <<less
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shan1102
shan1102
July 11, 2019
Status: v3c2
This novel is GREAT. The title was a bit misleading since you would assume it's another typical reincarnation novel, but NO. IT'S NOT. The story is based on a brother who's twin has been betrayed and killed ... more>>
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while trying to get an elixir to heal their mother

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. The MC is furious after experiencing his brothers memories and decides to avenge him. Although he is mad, he is calm and calculative so it's nice to see a MC who doesn't overestimated himself or uses his brain even though he is quite powerful. He may be a loner but there are signs of him making 'friends' (since he hasn't accepted as friends but they have a good relationship) that you might see as you read on. Remember that he joins the Tower AFTER his brother's death so this isn't reincarnation, it's him using the memories from past the as a stepping stone for his revenge and growth.

The translation is good, I haven't found any main issues and I doubt there are much grammar mistakes so I would rate that 4/5.

The plot is developing nicely, typical revenge plot where the MC levels up fast cause he's gotta catch up to the perpetrators that are responsible for what-so-ever. I would rate it 4/5 so far.

Character development is also commonly seen in 'rebirth' novels, the MC starts out strong and grows even strong due to
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the inherence from his brother and his own strength.

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(not really a spoiler but I'll put it there anyways), and hopefully he won't be overpowering even after he enters the Tower. I'll rate this 3.5/5.

World Background is slow, you probably need to give it some time, it's going nicely right now since the information is steadily flowing in but we still don't know much. This will be rated 3.5/5. <<less
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Rawfood
Rawfood
September 11, 2019
Status: c47
Well this novel is one of the greatest novel I have been reading so far. You will love as long as you disregard his *ss making dagger. You will go crazy if you count all of it and wonder how and whede did he get it.
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Arenal
Arenal rated it
August 26, 2019
Status: v3c20
I really like the novel. The MCs character is cold, but not warped. It´s consistent with room for growth.
Not only the Mysteries in front of the MC are interesting, but also the bits and pieces we get about his life as a Soldier, which explain his rational personality.

Most of all, it always put a smile on my face when I think about the Irony, that MC gave himself the alias Cain, while going to get revenge for his altruistic twin brother xD
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ZeroBlink
ZeroBlink rated it
August 14, 2019
Status: --
Here to answer One Simple Question: Is it Shit?

Absolutely NOT!

This is an another addition to my top 5, along with the Warlock of Magus world and Revrent Insanity.
While this is much inferior in terms of world building.
There's more emphasis on characters backstory as the propelling force for the plot.

... more>> The premise is similiar to Tower of God, however I much prefer this medium.
It is much more interesting to me, simply due to clever writing.

The unique thing that this novel has over others is the way the fights are carried out, always with a twist and in a very satisfying way.

The descriptions of characters and places aren't ideal, and the MC is a bit shallow. He tunnel visions on the revenge.
But other than that everything seems to be top-notch. <<less
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shillbear
shillbear rated it
July 18, 2019
Status: v3c6
this serie is lit as hell the worst part is finding the chapter betwen all the comments XD

now things I like this for is the MC cause he isent one of those naive fools that get betrayed hes calm and collected and observe befor he take actions and isent afreid to take life but somthimes he overdoes it a little tho

another thing I like is that this isent romance harem MC mainly like doing thing himself but will coperate with other if needed

it also is some more thing I like... more>> abaut this series but then I would walk in spoiler territore so I will not walk there
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its not hard to find if you want them other places :)

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Raneday
Raneday rated it
June 27, 2019
Status: v2c18
I really love reading this novel!

The novel was full of action in every chapter and the pacing of the story was quite made well too. Add in the fact that the Mc's one of those type that uses his wits and brains rather than just bulldozing everything.

Recommending to those people who love action filled novels and the likes
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