The King of the Battlefield

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Humanity was on the brink of destruction. Muyoung, an assassin from the Forest of Death, fell to his knees. There were corpses all around him. For years, he had worked for the Forest of Death and had finally been able to eradicate them. Now, he, himself, was about to die. He closed his eyes as he felt his heart stop beating.

Suddenly, Muyoung opened his eyes. By some miracle, he was still alive. He then realized that he had actually gone back 40 years in time. Join him as he decides to fix humanity’s past mistakes and fight against the 72 demons of the Underworld.

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KotB
Vị Vua Trên Chiến Trường
전장의 화신
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GabeZhul
GabeZhul rated it
March 4, 2017
Status: c92
A pretty good read, thought not particularly amazing.

-The Plot: In the past, King Solomon set up a magical realm called the Underworld to trap the 72 demons of Ars Goetia to stop them from destroying humanity. The system periodically summons humans into the Underworld, where they have to undergo grueling trials until only the strong remained. This has gone on for more than 50 years, to the point where the humans are now controlling an entire country in the Underworld and formed guilds and clans, constantly fighting for power and... more>> artifacts. One such guild was an assassin organization called the Forest of Death, consisting of brain-washed puppets who would kill anyone their leader told them to.

The protagonist, Muyoung, was one such assassin, one of the most accomplished who killed countless heroes of humanity even as the demons were about to destroy them all. With time he overcame his brainwashing and destroyed the Forest of Death from within, dying in the process. Upon death he gets thrown back in time by 40 years, to the day he was summoned to the Underworld, and he decides to use his knowledge of the future and 40 years of combat experience to destroy the Forest of Death once again and stop humanity from tearing itself apart before the demons would even make their move.

-Characters: This is a MC-centric story, so the only character we can really speak about is Muyoung himself. He is... okay. He is not a complete monster, but he is not a hero either. Sometimes he helps people, other times he calmly watches a woman getting her head crushed even though he could have saved her without any problem. He is also a decent schemer, though a lot of his schemes rely on the fact that everyone besides him are either incredibly naive, stupid, or just plain insane. Overall he is a decent protagonist, and while his unnecessary ruthlessness can get a bit annoying at times, he is not a psychopath (yes, I know that is damning with faint praise, but after reading a bunch of xianxia WNs recently, my bar is set pretty low).

-Writing: Generally decent. There are some repetitions every here and there (the author really felt they should remind the reader which fairy the protagonist wanted to track down for what reason every couple of chapters), but the story flows fairly well. There are some glaring inconsistencies (a system made by King Solomon gives the summoned humans smart watches to track their stats? really?) but otherwise the world-building is good and as the story proceeds it introduces new ideas at a steady pace, such as new trials and even some kingdom-building. Unfortunately the plot itself is pretty meh so far, with no real overarching plot or even a decent antagonist (even thought early on the protagonist swears to destroy the assassins ASAP, after a couple of chapters the entire subplot disappears). It's essentially just the protagonist moving from one location to the next while collecting powerful artifacts and skills on the way, rinse and repeat. No romance either.

-Recommendation: I would recommend this if you are looking for a simple read with lots of RPG reverse-abstraction throwing lots and lots of cool loot at the protagonist. There aren't any really memorable characters, but the world and the trials are fairly interesting, and while the protagonist is not exactly deep, he isn't one-dimensional either. The story also has a fairly fast but not hectic pace with short arcs, so it lends itself well for reading in short bursts. Overall I think it's an enjoyable, if slightly unpolished story. <<less
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natsume142
natsume142 rated it
January 7, 2017
Status: c81
Korean novels have a lot of time travelling eii? Nevertheless, it's still an amazing read. It started with awesome beginning and now the MC tend to be a loner and stuff (kinda boring I guess) Still waiting for the current arc to end, hopefully the next arc will be better like before
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Sairony
Sairony rated it
December 27, 2016
Status: c87
I like this one, it's often rightfully compared to Reincarnator, I do like this one better however. There's a lot of deus ex machina, and the main character is gaining power ups in a ridiculously fast manner, but I still find it enjoyable, it's one of my guilty pleasures.

My only major gripe with the novel doesn't really have to do with the novel at all, but more with the translator. By that I don't mean the translations are bad, but the chapters just arrive to darn infrequently. At this pace... more>> Warlock of the Magus World will be translated before this one, despite the fact that WMW is 1200 chapters & this one is merely 270. <<less
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miles118
miles118 rated it
August 24, 2016
Status: c59
I do not understand why someone would say it is superior to reincarnator. For me it is not.

Characters
Muyoung, the MC was an assassin and was the was the best in his field. But he ended up dying killing his ex-boss and going back in time for no apparent reason. I do not like his personality as he doesn't care if anyone survives besides him. He only save people that could help him survives and he doesn't help even if it wouldn't cost anything to him. There was a moment... more>> where he thought "I don't really care if a lot of human dies. I just want to survive with a few." It's not that it's bad in anyway it's just that I don't like it. Sure he was trained that way but when you hear about a serial killer in the news, and you hear he had a bad past and he was traumatised it is still hard to find empathy for the guy. It is the same thing for me with Muyoung.

Overall if he had the same ambition as Hansoo like saving the majority of the human race, I think he would have become much more likable.

Powers
Maybe I am weird but I don't like necromancers especially this kind of necromancers. The problem I have with this is that the undead retain all their skills and they evolve when certain conditions are met. They are not as proficient as before but because the skill to turn undead is evolving they will probably be as proficient. So I am thinking : isn't it better for Muyoung to kill all those around him and turn them into undead ? That way the undeads will retain their skills and they will obey him and he will not have to worry about betrayal. And when you have a homicidial maniac like Muyoung as a MC it would not amaze me if he turned all humans into undead. As a necromancer it is better if all lliving beings die, especially if you are a lich since you would not need to eat. So it would have been better if the MC had more self control than a homicidial maniac in my opinion.

World building :

It is just the beggining but I think the world is not varied enough. There are monsters, demons and humans and that's it. At least in Reincarnator there are the Arukons, the wolfmens/beastmen, the elfs, the demons, the darkcloud race etc. The world is better builded in my opinion. There are other little thing in my opinion like the way Muyoung obtained his class by doing the dumbest thing. He didn't take his time and never took a break by going up a mountain against strong monsters, and he almost died and got the highest reward because apparently it was better to risk his life uselessly. That means in order to get stronger you have to get dumber. I don't like this system. <<less
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Guymaioh
Guymaioh rated it
July 30, 2016
Status: c40
A much darker version of Reincarnator I believe the two to be equally as good for different reasons. However, I do think the two should not be compared and taken for what they are.

Here we have a character who is a lot more sinister and has seen the worst side of humanity and yet is on a path to redemption to save it. I really feel the preparation arcs are what sets the tone.

For those who like skills, leveling up and antiheroes!
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EvilGenesis666
EvilGenesis666 rated it
August 3, 2018
Status: c172
As many people said, this novel has many similarities with Reincarnator, though they do differ in some areas, some of those differences are bad, some good and some don't make too much difference. For example, this novel is much more MC centered with less progression and introduction of the side characters which makes them irrelevant for the most part, but on the other hand, you have tons of side characters in Reincarnator whom author gave too much attention only to be forgotten in the next arc and become completely irrelevant.

The... more>> thing this novel did worse was the plot armor / luckiness of the MC. I mean beside the fact that he was reincarnated and knew much of the stuff about the future, he was also extremely fortuious in those encounters and got much more than even he excepted, which made him almost godlike in the current tl-ed chapters (keep in mind that the story is barely over half-way done).

For the thing this novel did better and actually made me rate it so high, was the focus on the "game" elements which Reincarnator, sadly, put aside. By focusing on the game elements (stats, items, skills...) I mean that author still keeps them very much relevant to the story and keeps track of them almost every other chapter.

Overall, recommended to the people that like reincarnation stories filled with game elements, op (in this case almost godlike) MC and a pretty dark and gritty setting where everyone is out for each others head. <<less
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ColaArcie
ColaArcie rated it
April 18, 2018
Status: Completed
Interesting story

The MC came back to past (40years earlier/ his first arrival in the blue temple) after he died.

He start to strengthen himself to achieve his goals. He believe in himself and don't accept failure (just like in a quotation"try and try until he succeed").

Sorry if my grammars are wrong... But I swear this story is good and many characters will show up in later chapters like s*lom*n.

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Spoiler

I wish some extra chapters hoping to know more things/happenings to them after they go back to earth. How they going to adapt in earth or how humans and other beings going to evolved for them to adapt in earth.

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dark1knight
dark1knight rated it
August 20, 2017
Status: c65
I have reached chapter 65 by now, and seeing others reviews I guess my hopes so far have been shot down, the story was pretty interesting in the beginning, survival, intrigue, badassery it was a good time, that is of course until they leave the Blue temple and enter the library, from there all I could see was basically Grinding, Grinding and more Grinding.

The MC goes to a diferent place in every Arc, takes all the best loot that according to him are suposed to be hero like relics, kills... more>> his enemies wich appear only for the Arc and goes to another place, from there CTRL+C, CTRL+V. If I am to be honest this adds nothing at all to the story, there is no build up in the other characters, they are disposable, and his relics ? To me they feel no diferent from the first weapon he got, they are so many that you don´t feel they are important at all. Finally his motivation, he aways says that he is doing everything to save humanity, wich was cool in the beginning, but so far I have yet to see that, he makes no allies, he does not lead and keeps himself a lone nihillist wolf believing that by GRINDING he can save humanity himself like a ultra god, how is that intesting?

Anyway this novel was a large disapointment for me, and I think it deserves a far worst score, a novel very similar to this one with the same score, I am the Monarch (also korean), actually does do Grinding but at least the MC is aways involved with familiar characters that had long build ups, with a country we have seen from the beginning, quite some tresures but not too many and all of them used many times with a great purpose, and a motivation that he follows in a way we can accept as reasonable rather than controversial. <<less
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Stormingtiger101
Stormingtiger101 rated it
December 7, 2016
Status: c56
I like this series it's decent. Nothing spectacular, but it can keep you hooked and entertained for quite a while. However, that's only in the beggining of the story. After you grow to know the Main character you lose interest.

Like most have mentioned, the MC has clear well defined goals, and you can totally see the reasons for why he has them. So there is no guessing about his motives and you understand them well, but the writer fails to make one empathize with the MC. Sure one can become... more>> excited at the Idea of the MC obtaining revenge, but why? Because we feel the MC pain, sorrow, and truly empathize with him? Or because we wish to the entertaining spectacle of an as*hole who's in a higher position and power, be brought to his knees for our enjoyment? I think most people lean towards the latter. There's nothing wrong with that; but, after, reading so many Xianxias this aspect had grown old and boring. And this is why empathizing with the MC is important. Even if use old done to death, plot lines and story elements, if you can keep the audience grounded with an entertaining and well written Character, the burden of an amazing plot lessens; depending on the reader.

The MC is cold and calculating. Sure under circumstances the MC can shine like a badass, but, the majority of the story he's about as lifeless as a dead fish. Just because one is a cold, calculating, badass doesn't mean it equates to an amazing Main Character. For the most part the MC is a lone wolf, which means there are hardly any side characters which can keep the mood entertaining and prevent the story from becoming stale.

If you are one who mainly looks for an amazing plot, then it might be worth a glance. However, if you lean towards amazing, interesting, and well written characters, then stat away from this like the plague. <<less
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yamikage
yamikage rated it
July 26, 2016
Status: c35
It have a very good system for the equipment and the status, at some part you can see the influence of LMS and it's similarity with reincarnator. It's still a very good read nonetheless.
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