The King’s Avatar


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In the online game Glory, Ye Xiu is regarded as a textbook and a top-tier pro-player. However, due to a myriad reasons, he is kicked from the team. After leaving the professional scene, he finds work in an Internet Cafe as a manager. When Glory launches its tenth server, he who possesses ten years of gaming experience once again throws himself into the game. Bringing with him the memories of his past and an incomplete, self-made weapon, his return along the road to the summit begins!

After fighting and scheming, who snatched away my glory? Under the tossing of the wind and rain, my dreams shall still appear as though they had never been shattered. In all its splendor, the path shall never be lost. Before the gazes of millions, this is where I return!

*Under the Gaming category, The King’s Avatar received the title for Best Work in 2013 and is the first and only 1000 Pledged Work (千盟作品). It has 23 million hits on Qidian and has the 2nd most recommendations in its category with 4.6 million recommendations.

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Quan Zhi Gao Shou
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マスターオブスキル [Masutāobusukiru] [master of skill]
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kevoer rated it
September 19, 2017
Status: c731
The story is very good, the characters are well developed, is the plot is good; but I indicate to those who have knowledge and interest in online games to understand the story, how the action happens in a game without the performance of the character may seem a little monotonous, but the exchanges and dialogues are excellent, and of course packed with a good mood. Of course it is a story that you will only like if you have a sympathy for the protagonist.
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tellmewhy rated it
September 6, 2017
Status: --
Enjoyable story and interesting characters. This is the first CN novel and currently the only translated CN novels that I read that was not disapointing till the last chapter (i read the raws and finished yay~, what a nice reading experience). Maybe this is not the best gaming novels out there but this is at the very least better than most gaming novels I read up till now. With slow start and relatively slow pace the story picked up at the time when MC's team competing on pro stage. This... more>> novel is worth your times if you want to read gaming novels

for someone who feelpro and think this is not realistic at all you can read newspapers, newspapers definitely more realistic than this novel lol. <<less
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Diviana rated it
July 24, 2017
Status: c696
I started off with the anime. While waiting for the next episode, I decided to read the novel and I was definitely hooked. The amount of detail made it enjoyable. Having it be a mouse-and-keyboard MMO instead of a VRMMORPG was something I liked. It was fun seeing Ye Qiu having to juggle real life and Glory. TKA captures the spirit of an MMO and eSports well even if it mechanically seems a bit much or strange.

The King's Avatar is definitely a very slow and gradual story with over 1000... more>> chapters. The grinding definitely gets a bit monotonous, but it also allows us to get to know the personalities of the supporting characters. It also adds a bit of verisimilitude.

On the topic of personalities, Ye Qiu is one of my favorite protagonists of his type. He's the moody, super skilled God-types but, where that usually irks me, Ye Qiu is quite enjoyable to watch. He is quite aware half of his problems come from his own stubborn and antiquated personality and takes responsibility for that. That he is older protagonist is also refreshing and explains his mellow reactions to the shenanigans that follow him around in the game. Most importantly, unlike other MCs of his type, Ye Qiu can be shameless. He knows he is being shameless, but he has no real other options without the support of a professional team. The other characters are also fun to read about. Tang Rou is a cool-headed, but at times (obsessively) determined. SteamBun is impulsive and hard to understand but follows directions well. Blue River is Glory veteran who is loyal, caring, and prefers to keep away from troubling matters. Most of the characters have defining characteristics that make them fun to read about. <<less
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dundun rated it
May 9, 2017
Status: c520
Wow, it's just wow. I started watching King's avatar anime and quite love it, hence I read. And binge reading this! It's such a good novel and vary exciting one which told about gaming. Some chapter may have too many description but actually it's explaining well clearly for people who doesn't understand games. And, the character's interactions is very very funny! The MC is a pro at making people mad because he's quite blunt. And it's at 620 something, for completing this novel might take 2 years more or so... more>> (?). If you ever interested in games, online games or rpg then I think it's suits you! <<less
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Xane rated it
April 20, 2017
Status: c605
The only problem I have with it currently is the translation rate. If it goes 1 chapter per day it's going to take over 3 years to complete.

I have no problem believing the game mechanics or the characters having ridiculous APM/reaction times as it's a story. It can be a little difficult visualizing how the fights are going both from 3rd person perspective and how apparently the game is played 100% 1st person perspective. The players use hotkeys and mouse movements for abilities and strikes, which from a practical standpoint... more>> I believe would be extremely difficult to implement into an actual game but am willing to suspend my disbeliev for. I find it very easy (and hilarious) to imagine a character (Huang Shaotian) charging at other players with a wall of word bubbles above his character, or having 2 teams in a standoff while an endless amount of word bubbles fly above one side, blocking both sides from seeing anything that's happening.

The part I like the most is the character interactions. I find it charming how the MC has this knack for getting on everyones nerves even though he has no malice against them and even helps through actions or advice people that consider him a mortal enemy. As a secondary point, I also have trouble telling when in-game conversations are happening via text or voice. The game has integrated voice communication but there are times when players are in combat with other players and conversing but sometimes the enemies hear the voice and sometimes they can't. There's also situations (like in the recent Tyranny spy arc) where the MC has conversations while in a dungeon with a person standing next to him. This happens often and has been said a few times that the people conversing with MC can be heard through the game, but when MC is dungeoning as a spy and talking to someone IRL would blow his cover but it doesn't seem to cause any reaction in-game. Not enough of a drawback for me to lower my opinion of the story.

I'm not personally bothered by a lack of romance. Just because all the women are beauties doesn't mean there needs to be erot*c scenes. It's not a love story. There are some romantic undertones between MC and the first girl Su Mu Cheng (in the sense that they appear to be very close to the point that I believe they at least were at one point in a relationship), but it's not explored and I don't expect it to be. At least better than Renegade Immortal where the author adds in romantic elements and then completely forgets/intentionally disregards the characters until he's ready for the MC to get an emotion injection.

If translations were coming out faster I would give 5/5, at least until I can get a final assessment. <<less
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curryninja rated it
February 21, 2017
Status: c698
No romance but so many ships everyone has a ship. I really like this novel ^^ I'm currently listening to the Chinese audiobook and its great~ Favorite character is steam buns this noob who can dislike him.. XD The MC has the experience and skills in the game but I can't say he's op cuz there are some stuff that he may miss, just a few tho :P But the thing is this guy's a huge troll lol you don't wanna mess with him xD ANYWAYS this is a really... more>> popular novel in China~ read it even if its quite long its worth it some places may seem slow but its still interesting :D <<less
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grrman rated it
January 5, 2017
Status: c1543
Original review left 2 years ago at chapter c538 and is still there below. I just wanted to add my updated thoughts now that I have gotten almost a 1000 more chapters into the story. I think most of my original criticisms still stick. I also think the author has gradually learned of his limitations as the story has progressed, and has gradually minimized the out of game story-lines and dialogue although at the cost of increased reliance of the MC to advance the story. It's rare for a story... more>> to still keep it's momentum so far into the story, but it works here by having a logical and gradual progression and shifts in the setting/story. The author has done a very good job at not making the fight scenes seem completely repetitive and kept them interesting. If you can accept how the author presents how the game works and relative linear storytelling (very little side stories), this is a good novel that is very different than other CN. This is a novel that bares it's entire hand from the beginning, there are no spoiled young masters, no twists that the Earth actually a simulation, or anything else. It's very grounded, and it's more like a sports novel more than anything where a wily veteran gets demoted is out to prove he still has plenty left in the tank.

For better or worse, this is probably as close to reading a novel about an esport pro as you can get. It's uniqueness lends itself to being a palate cleanser, and fights burnout that can happen in a long stories. Most importantly, although it is a long novel, the logical story and tight focus lends itself to the length and makes it seem almost with like a series of novels and should result in a satisfying ending, which most CN have struggled with.

(Original at c538)
The Good: Great fight scenes and great story premise. Unlike a lot of other novels that have the MC bumbling about and randomly getting involved in important things, there is a clear goal for the MC and instead we get to enjoy in his path towards it. It's an interesting viewpoint to see a pro run circles around the amateurs. I also appreciate the recurring characters because they add a lot of flavor to the novel, kind of like WoC (although WoC does the side characters at a higher level IMO). The Bad: I talked about how I liked the diverse supporting cast, but a problem with them is how one-dimensional they can feel. Each side character has a trait that 99% of their interactions are based around. An OP main character can also be a turn-off for some. It's hard making a main character be OP without making the rest of the world not seem dumb/incompetent (although I guess most people are compared to a top-level pro). All-in-all I consider this a pretty good novel: I appreciate how it has a high emphasis for the outside the game interactions and politics. That's not to say characters spend most of their time outside the game, but because the game isn't VR necessarily (it's a mouse and keyboard game), characters aren't going to transport themselves into the game. If you enjoy an OP MC running circles around everyone, or a very long-term revenge plot this is for you. I think it's a refreshing read compared to the typical xianxia/wuxia fare. <<less
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Gluttony rated it
October 17, 2016
Status: --
A very clever protagonist within a typical gaming plot-- the downtrodden and betrayed genius Gamer rising to reclaim his throne. And considering the novel's title 'King's Avatar' this throne is actually somewhat literal now.

What makes this such a wonderful read are the fleshed out characters-- no skimping even to the female characters who are actually wonderfully plentiful-- and the seriously kickass, hilarious, deadpan, conniving, and somewhat mysterious protagonist. Seriously, he is a bae. Ridiculously intelligent and gifted at gaming (with a bizarre backstory that was unfolded quite randomly and I... more>> am still puzzled at), the protagonist's characterisation has a biting sense of deadpan humour and absolutely self serving motives. Almost an anti hero to be honest. He isn't on some righteous tragic crusade to avenge himself: he's climbing back from the bottom to reclaim his throne because he loves what he does and he's good at it. It's a great read, and a stand out one because the protagonist actually, god forbid, has character. The OP moments are also nothing to scoff at. The recent chapters have been lagging a bit though, so I'll have to see what happens next. <<less
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Boon rated it
September 6, 2016
Status: c462
4.5/5 I've read and dropped LMS, Ark, and Zhan Long. I decided that I didn't like the genre, and that I wouldn't ever read an mmorpg novel again. Luckily after reading every decent chinese and korean action novel available, I still picked this up. I can only say that so far this beats the other vrmmo novels hands down.

It's a gary stu story, but I happen to really like gary stu stories if they are done well and not too cliche. There really isn't any part that is lacking in... more>> this novel; I just give it half a star less because I'm not very into mmorpg games. But, as a competitive fps player I can still relate to a lot of the novel.

This novel has revived the genre for me. <<less
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Losdrac rated it
August 3, 2016
Status: c414
A good read, a really good read.

It's the story of the best player of Glory, a fantasy MMO PvP oriented game, who is fired from his team (or club here) and forced to retire, because he didn't want to be involved in business. The MC, with nothing else since the club kept his 10 year old account, decide to start anew in a freshly opened server to regain what he just lost.

There's no VR here, no martial skill transposed from real (or past) life, no tremendous luck, no stat/skill table... more>> full of numbers.

It's just plain old writing that actually lets you follow what's happening, skill (with a normal computer), 10 years of experience and knowledge from the MC that let him find solutions to each issue encountered. And that's what makes it so good.

The story is a little on the slow side, but I didn't mind at all, the world building is pretty nice and the characters are enjoyable. Yes, enjoyable. Every named side characters have their own personality, motivations and purpose (they aren't just here to mindlessly feed the MC). The interactions between the characters, in real life or in game, are interesting and make the novel believable.

There are funny situations as well, from time to time, and they don't feel forced which is nice.

That "OT" translation will haunt me till the end of the world, though. <<less
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hakim.rz16 rated it
July 30, 2016
Status: --
A really good VR novel. IMO, its even better than LMS. The MC is really calm and smart. He really resembles the old sages showing maturity. Whenever somebody challenges him. He reacts in the most optimal way. Characters have their own personality. Everybody can think and its not an MC living in a 1D world scene. Theres a bit of political interactions, love, underdogs rising and of course conning the hell out of people. All in all, the most satisfying read ive had in quite some time.
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lafiel11 rated it
July 28, 2016
Status: c408
A must read if you'd like to experience the journey of the top-tiered "Glory" player Ye Xiu. After machinations of his previous pro-level team, he "retired" from the pro-gaming scene. His goal is to get back at the top -this time with his own created team.

What makes the story great is that it's not about some Virtual -reality game, where the character gets a cheat and makes an op progress. Here everyone is on a level-playing field and each can reach the top if he has what it takes. Time,... more>> mentality and other stuff affect the MC and everyone else as well.

Anyway it's about a PC -MMORPG style game, the one you play with mouse and keyboard. Handspeed, macros, eye to hand reaction speed everything that is present in modern pro-gaming. The fights are written in a way that makes you think that the author is a genius with such imagination and able to put it into words. Some have mentioned that their ability to think up that (such as game mechanics, skills, balance...) have really left them impressed and I am one of those people as well.

Only reading about this may seem boring to you, but each character has their own distinct personality and they evolve as the story goes on. Add in the fun and comic relief moments which are expressed naturally and will make you crack a big laugh everytime there is one.

But I will give it 4 stars as it's not perfect or straight up monster quality. The story has it's downs such as :

Personal story of the MC takes quite a bit of time to be revealed. At the time of writing this review it finally we readers got to know all about it. Not saying that we weren't teased with what happened, but yeah thats that.

I have to say I really liked the moment when the MC said that even if he plays 10 more years he won't get tired about it, because it's his passion


For romance lovers, at chapter 408, there isn't much going on actively. Probably will stay that way until the end with ambigious romance.
Not saying a good story must always have a romance, but this story wich focuses on RL stuff, gaming and evolving the unique side characters is certainly missing an active romance element.

I am sure it would have made the story even more famous if, because those who are not interested in game novels would be pulled in the fantastic reading experience I currently have with this novel.

One of the series I read every day - highly reccomended ! <<less
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ArgosYesu rated it
July 10, 2016
Status: c390
Technical Aspects: 9/10 (sometimes hard to keep up with over 50 types of moves across classes)
Writing and translations: 10/10 (I don't even notice grammar/spelling mistakes. Rare on my part, but can be due to the story being good)
Story: 8/10 (No actual plot, but the story isn't s*upid.)
Characters: 10/10 (Love the characters. Even the cold-intellect MC is nice to read.)
Setting: 7/10 (It's a game world, but everything is either raids or monsters. As an old game, quests are done mechanically and the background... more>> is barely touched.) <<less
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phenom007 rated it
May 8, 2016
Status: --
This one is a hidden gem. It is one of the best gaming novels I have ever read and by gaming I mean pure gaming mouse and keyboard gaming not VR. The MC is likable as well as other character so if you like MMO go for it.
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Joe Bloag rated it
November 16, 2015
Status: --
The story starts very strong and feels not like the fantasy or VR storys.

It is totally realistic and the MC feels cool.

The downside for me is the extreme esport focus that leads to a lack in indepth story development. While that is kind of typical especially for Chinese web novels it sometimes feels like you would better be off by just watching some ESL stream.

Just like almost every volume driven novel there really is not much real content or story at some point anymore. You could sum up several chapters... more>> in one or two sentences.

My review is not meant to be a rant, just stating the obvious. There will be a lot guys simple enjoy reading. The writing style is good and if you are fan of the same “endless style” it's just much better than for example Zhan Long and TKA is the way to go. <<less
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apsisodia rated it
June 22, 2020
Status: Completed
(Rating:- 4.5/5 stars)

Highly recommended! One of the best Chinese novel on this site. Amazing MC, lovable side characters and simple plot but with solid writing.

I love the tr*sh talks in the story, MC's one liners were way too sassy. First 700 chapters (approx) were about grinding in the game, then the tournaments arcs starts, that's where the fun begins.

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rong004 rated it
June 19, 2020
Status: Completed
Surprised by how much I ended up really liking this! I started with the Netflix drama and then the anime and then couldn't get enough so went on to read the manga and finally committed to 1700+ chapters of this novel.

My favourite part is definitely the characters and the relationships in the story. I would say a lot of the characters in the story are pretty likeable and there are honestly only a few that I didn't take to and they weren't the obvious 'antagonist' ones. Most of the characters... more>> have some sort of development throughout the different arcs and some of them were really heartwarming (go Qiao Yifan!)

I also really love all the interactions from the pro players like all their group chats and their tr*sh talking! The sense of humour and the wit is totally up my alley. I enjoyed the sarcastic snipes and I love all the 'dirty' players like Ye Xiu, Wei Chen, Fang Rui. It's so entertaining how sly and cunning they can be.

Ye Xiu's character is honestly quite admirable. I didn't find him too OP, it was pretty well explained how he was able to bring his team up from nothing quite well (compared to the live action where it felt like his rookies were just prodigies from day 1). He talks a lot of smack but he doesn't actually ever look down on any of his opponents and is pretty much happy to play with anyone. His almost single-mindedness passion for the Glory is probably something I can't ever relate to but it fits him so well. I feel like there's probably also some underlying sentiment for Su Mu Qiu that drives this passion of his. I'm glad there's no romance at all in this but if there had to be one, I'm rooting for Ye Xiu & Su Mu Cheng.

Gamewise, I guess maybe hardcore gamers could probably find more to nitpick about but I've only played two MMORPGs and to me, the way Glory works in the story was good enough for me. The only thing I struggled with was trying to visualise the skills and how they would work in a battle to counter each other.

My two minor points of criticism is probably that the author's style of writing is a bit repetitive sometimes. Some points keep getting repeated multiple times. Maybe it's to remind the reader of certain points so that the logic of the game flows. It's not a dealbreaker, just a minor annoyance. The other point is that I felt like the appearances of all the female characters keep getting emphasised on. Maybe this is what it's like in such a male dominated industry but I felt like it was unncessary.

Still, all in all, a really great read and I think it's something I would take the time to re-read again because I'm already missing the world of Glory. <<less
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keisatsubunny rated it
June 16, 2020
Status: Completed
Basically tell story of pro-gamer environments. No shoujo or shounen ai but will honestly appreciate a lot of BROTP.

Story is light but not for faint heart bc 1.7k chap ahead

Honestly I love each character here both males and females because there is no focus on romance but trying to survive, along with real pressure to live as pro-gamer and the supports of peers

Some arc might be boring because there is a lot of grind but the MC can be very shameless enough to entertain you.
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June 14, 2020
Status: c1728
Hands down one of the best light novels I've read. By the time I was done it felt as if there was a gaping hole the size of Antarctica in my chest. The MC is in one-word, brilliant. He's not perfect, he's flawed but he's also so level-headed, clever, dedicated and devoted to his art that it leaves you in awe. He's witty, shameless and says things that leaves you thinking about it for a good minute. His relationships with all the pro-players, be it the ones in the past... more>> or the ones present are also worth noting. He recognizes his own short-comings and the reasons why he got kicked out and despite how unfair it was to him, he didn't go about on a mission for revenge but only threw himself back into the game to rediscover his love for Glory and start his journey from the very bottom to the top again.


Even when Excellent Era was losing and got relegated in season 8, he felt nothing but disappointment towards them since he was going to step down from his position as captain for the sake of the team even before he got kicked out. That's how much he love and respect he had for Excellent Era.


His relationship with the rookies he discovered in the game and how he nurtured them, esp Steamed Bun and Tang Rou from being total Glory noobs to being two of the fiercest rookies in the pro-alliance was so awe inducing. His treatment of the different members in his team to suit their different personalities and styles, e.g encouraging towards Yifan, challenging to Tang Rou, dealing with Mofan in a way that doesn't wound his pride.

I understand that the grinding, esp during the PVE part gets a little boring but for me the best part of the novel was after they entered the Heavenly Domain and all the wild boss fights with the guilds and pro-players they indulged in. It was truly chaotic and extremely amusing to watch. The PVP was also so well done. Happy's trajectory in the pro-alliance was so well portrayed, despite having Ye Xiu their journey wasn't without bumps even after they entered the alliance. All the fights were so so brilliantly orchestrated, especially the play-offs and finals.

Finally, words cannot describe how much effort Butterfly Blue must have put into this book because it's just so hard to believe that he created this game called Glory from scratch from his own imagination, despite being influenced by other games. There is so much attention to detail it's crazy. Everything from the hundreds of skills from all 24 classes to the amount of damage an attack does, the stats of characters, weapons, the intelligence, crit etc. Everything was so detailed that it's unbelievable that Glory isn't a game irl. The descriptions of the dungeons, quests, skill points and hundreds of characters.

Aside from the gaming perspective, the overall story itself really pulled on my heartstrings and Ye Xiu's signature "Glory isn't a single player game" really resonated throughout the novel. Absolutely loved it. Wish I could somehow forget it and re-read from the start all over again. <<less
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Pristine Xia rated it
May 6, 2020
Status: Completed
One of the best c-novels in the gaming genre that I've read so far.
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