The Overlord of Blood and Iron


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The Overlord, Kang Chul-In. The man who was so strong that he had to be defeated. Having lost, he must now go back in time to take up the challenge of becoming The Emperor in the Continent of Pangaea. Will Kang Chul-In be able to overcome the 9 other Overlords in order to grasp the Continent of Pangaea within his hands?

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Novice Warrior
New Novice Warrior rated it
July 4, 2020
Status: c97
very bad

the novel is decent in SOME things other than that its just too terrible.

the MC has a horrible personality and sometimes does some minor decent things at best.

all the stuff other people wrote is correct I can vouch for it, other than the nationalist patriotic bullsh*t I didn't see that anywhere. He did diss japanese people to provoke a japanese lord but I don't think thats enough to say that he is a nationalist or patriotic. Because he isn't a patriotic person he is just a narcissist who doesn't... more>> give a sh*t about other people. When someone attacks him he acts like they are arrogant people who don't act responsible by starting wars but he himself starts wars like a madman one after another without stopping at all.


he doesn't differentiate between people who attack him or whom he attacks. He treats them both similarly and thinks it is his birth right to kill anyone he wishes to and everyone should kneel to him or die.

while it suits the name and what one would normally expect from this novel it is too simplistic in this. Everyone follows him loyally because of his CHARISMA which is invisible to every single reader.

if a lord is incompetent he thinks they don't deserve to be lords and crushes or kills them and if a lord is competent he kills them anyway because his soldiers died (in a battle which he orders his soldiers to fight). <<less
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New Bushido rated it
June 25, 2020
Status: c1
it was good novel at first... I cant stand the racism...

it seem like the author has yet to know how to use his brain... let me enlighten...

for example there are some people with 100% korean citizen and korean blood, had been judged, proofed, verdicted as a killers and rapist... is it okay for us foreigner to call all of koreans people killers and rapist....?dont you think..?

if you have resentment of the past war, dont publish it in public literature, dont discredit some people race because some limited knowledge that you... more>> had, its make you looks s*upid.... <<less
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LeeEzekiel rated it
September 5, 2017
Status: v1c1
Forewarning: This is a very Korean novel. In other words, it has the usual traits of 1. Seething hatred of all rich people (gotta appeal to the angry overworked worker demographic), 2. "Moral" characters who are really scheming and despicable deep down (to lazily justify the MC's own jerkass actions), and 3. Random racism against the Japanese (not a throwaway line, it goes on for multiple chapters).

Anyway, let's move on to the story itself.

It reminds me a lot of Sovereign of Judgement, except there are no sadistic death games and... more>> it places a higher emphasis on "territory" and kingdom building. I love the idea of each sovereign having their own unique lands and troops. Great setting and has the potential for really epic battles later on. World building is a bit weaker than SoJ, though, but it's still early so that gets a pass.

But good god, the author loves fawning over his MC. The simplest of actions gets overwhelming praise from his cheerleaders/subordinates. It's hilarious how he's portrayed as a "military genius" in the first battle for... knowing how to set up a formation with his troops. Literally just putting shields in front and having riflemen fire from behind them. That's it. Second battle is a bit smarter at least, and has some semblance of strategy.

But you get the idea. For an action novel, the action is pretty damn terrible. It doesn't help that every single character is a one-dimensional stereotype.

On an unrelated note: I'm laughing at how Salexe is frothing at the mouth, angry at the MC for showing mercy, and rated this story 2 stars solely because of it. To clarify, the "enemy" was a dumb high school student. Who inflicted literally zero damage on him. That guy lost everything, but Salexe thinks that's not enough, KILL HIM! Really, man? Get off the power trip for a second and re-learn how to think like a normal person. <<less
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8Psycho rated it
July 18, 2017
Status: c46
New world, summoned adventurers, reincarnated MC, monsters, magic, usual staff.

Pretty good story so far, about dude with Sovereign class, with emphasis on dignity of the ruler.

Compared to other stories, this one allows for travel between earth and new world, Pangea, basically without limits. You can take things from Pangea to earth, but not the other way around.

I just didn't like how from the get go, lucky ones who got sovereign class, received so much more bonuses, than others. In other words, inherent, unreasonable unfairness of the system. There was also... more>> no mention so far about ingenious populase aside from ones in Sovereign Manors. In other words world too much game-like, as if it big map from RTS specially made for gamer to play.

Also MC refrains few times from helping friend, thinking of not wanting to create variables, despite huge amount of changes already made by him. I didn't like that either.

Ps. Translator seemed to mix up some numbers... like in chapter 8, total amount of adventurers is 300k, not 30k. <<less
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pomoli rated it
May 11, 2019
Status: --
First chapter : wow this has potential, seems interesting and MC has an actual trump card.

After some chapters : ok he got back, and first thing he does is punching some goons in his company. Said company that is controlled by thugs, who are violent and dumb?

This is cliché, but well, I'll continue...

I stopped after :

"Look at my car, it's a MUSTANG, but it's not as good as the BUGATTI VEYRON I had before!"

Really MC...

Very childish and immature MC, very bling mentality, not my thing.
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hawlol rated it
March 27, 2020
Status: c50
In one word: Cringy.

Premise: Random earthlings are selected to develop lands in another world. They battle against each other to conquer more land and become Grand Sovereigns. MC lost but had a 'go back to past' card and used it. Now we watch his do-over. Except I lied, the story is actually about how amazing and cool the MC is, everything else is background noise.

The author is constantly stroking the MC's ego, telling us he's a perfect hero, but his actions are of a power hungry egomaniac and a hypocrite... more>> who uses forces to subdue ppl under his rule but cries fault when the same is done unto him. It's impossible to have any empathy towards this edgy and tyrant Gary Stu.

The 'NPC's lick the ground that the MC steps on. Any simple line or action that deserved no praise gets instead glorified as if he was slaying a dragon. It's cheesy, annoying and cringy. If the MC was so great why did he have to come back to the past in the first place? He should've won without cheats!

The writing is made to be like his every action is a poetic and heroic tale. I was embarrased for the Author while reading it, who is also xenophobic as hell. "Korea great, other countries bad, their citizens s*upid. China and Japan? The worst!"

This has all the signs of an amateur power trip fan-fiction where the MC is how the Author sees himself, and as I said, both come out as unlikeable and cringy. My advice is against reading. <<less
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Xuanyu rated it
September 13, 2017
Status: --
This had a lot of potential. The story is a pretty common setup and I already see plot holes and such.

I like the use of strategy and the protagonist s*upidity ruined it. I like how he can be tough, but he is s*upidly naive. People reading to this point and really get upset that the MC doesn't slaughter the guy who attacked him are justified in their opinion.

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Some enemies the MC spared including the gangsters from when he just gotten back, before the Grand Calling and a high school kid who got powers. Although some say it is because. "Those enemies did no real/little to no damage, weren't any real threat, and he could make use of them. The attacker because in his view it was just a foolish kid who suddenly got powers, who did no real harm. He just spent years at war with enemy nations, with massive bloody gut wrenching battles, this was nothing but a kid clowning around to him. If the kid had killed people, the MC admitted he would have killed him, but the kid didn't."

The kid started attacking people the moment he got his power, and gangsters are just gangsters they are a collection of people who kill, r*pe and plunder and commit all kind of crimes. Power does not corrupt, absolute power gives absolute freedom. The fact these people commited evil acts with the power they have means they are truly evil people.


The thing bothering me the most are characters who do not act the way their characters are built up for. Like how most japanese characters are horny little virgin teenagers even if their character backstory set them up as a veteran fleet comander and an aged hero (over 50 years old). A bad character is like an bad actor, it ruins the story. Take this image for example an old heroic general leading his men to war! Skipping on stage singing lalalalala. It simply does not feel right. <<less
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Chourou rated it
April 24, 2020
Status: --
I am gonna make it short and simple.

Story 3/ 5

Main character 3/ 5

Side characters 3 / 5

Translation 3 / 5 -

I am still clicking 5 stars because all these 1 star fake ass critics triggers me.
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TheJudge rated it
April 15, 2020
Status: c129
1/5 - I've been following this novel for a year now; before it got dropped and picked back up and had high hopes for this. While it wasn't one of my top novels to read back then, it was enough to catch my interest to keep on reading, but the past dozen or so chapters were just so reckless and childish that I've lost all interest in this novel. At times the MC is calculating and even a bit smart, but most of the time he's just a greedy childish... more>> bastard that throws a fit when he doesn't get what he wants.

Reckless, arrogant, selfish, foolish, childish and cocky are just a few of the words I would describe the MC. The MC has knowledge about the the future and his enemies but rarely uses them to their full benefit due to his pride and cocky behavior. He believes that because he knows whats going to happen he's unstoppable. At first, they were just minor mistakes which can be overlooked, but as you read further in it gets worse. He treats all his so called "allies" like garbage and would kill them without a second thought if they get in his way the slightest or once they lose their value.


He throws his kaiforce sword into a random furnace, a sword that is dub as unbreakable or indestructible because he was annoyed by the sword, and by doing so, the sword took control of one of his soldiers and escaped causing massive casualties. Any sane person would know a normal furnace would do nothing but anger 1 of the 2 best weapons in all of pangea.

Next, because he knows the future he thinks he unstoppable, so he wouldn't need any allies (note I said allies, not his s*aves, because that's pretty much what his current allies are) he ignores the plead of other lords for help because they don't benefit him enough; even though it requires little effort.

Finally, when one of the lords proposed a political marriage to protect herself from not being thrown away or killed after giving all her property/land to the MC he acts like a beta male like you see in those jp novels where they run away when they encounter a female and runs away and goes on a rampage to vent his beta syndrome. He could of acted like a rational person for once and compromise but no, he throws a tantrum and runs off.


MC needs to grow up, his bipolar personally and selfish behavior made this hard to read. I thought that this would be a unique novel to read at the start but turns out its another typical self fulfillment story where mistakes have no consequences or ends up benefiting the MC. In other words if you turn off your brain and read this you'll probably enjoy this novel. <<less
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Elheim rated it
June 23, 2019
Status: c74
I saw some reviews complaining about how they hate the novel for not conforming to their idea of revenge or the MC sparing some individual that they didn't like. I figured that I'd chip in with my own thoughts.

The MC in this novel is, imho, the very definition of what a world-class, anti-hero returner is.

Despite being returned to zero he retained his pride as a ruler and doesn't take sh*t from anyone. He still solves his problems with violence but has enough sense to administer just the right amount to... more>> get the result he wants. He doesn't go overboard nor does he lose sight of the big picture.

What I like about him is that he is aware of his own hypocrisy and, above all, is truly trying not to commit the same mistakes he did in the past. The change is not simply getting a better castle or developing his ecomony earlier, (or in other novels getting the cheat item/skill that is yet to be discovered in the new timeline) but his attitude itself.

One of the main reasons for his initial defeat was his inflexibility and his tendency to kill (or at least try to) all opposition which led to

the gradual falling out with one of the very few friends that he had.


So why did he not kill that kid mentioned in the other reviews? It's because he doesn't have to. What he disliked about the kid is his short-sightedness. If you think about it, didn't the MC and his troops die for the same reason in the prologue?

Lastly, this is not a revenge novel. Yes, there is betrayal and there is a motive for revenge but those are just side stories and stepping stones to the ultimate goal. The author has done a great job (so far) of staying true to this goal. Almost all of the MC's actions point to one direction and that is to win the war and conquer the continent. Simply put, this is a story of a conqueror. <<less
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Erlevien rated it
July 15, 2017
Status: v1c7
Well, though I have just started reading the novel.. I can say that I have high expectations for this!

It could be because that I'm a big fan of MC's gaining subordinates and all but.. The starting for this novel is pretty good, and the translations are nicely done as well :)

I just hope that the novel won't go to the very generic, common route and be one of those tasteless novels.. Haha xD

Overall, do give it a try! The MC is pretty cool too! X) (Unless he chases... more>> after women or something later in the chapter pfft)

Plus, I hope that the novel won't focus or just have zero romance at all, I'm not a big fan of it since there have been many novels which have been ruined due to that, ugh. Bromance is much appreciated though lol <<less
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Wind Jackal
Wind Jackal rated it
September 3, 2017
Status: c22
This has a lot of potential. I like the idea and the story, and I don't really see any plot holes or such.

I like the use of strategy and the MC's cleverness. I like how he can be tough, but he isn't s*upidly ruthless/heartless.

People reading to this point and really upset that the MC doesn't slaughter the guy who attacked him should pay attention to the story. The MC has already demonstrated that he will spare some enemies (like the gangsters from when he just gotten back, before the Grand... more>> Calling). He's willing because those enemies did no real/little to no damage, weren't any real threat, and he could make use of them. He also spared the attacker because in his view it was just a foolish kid who suddenly got powers, who did no real harm. You have to remember he just spent years at war with enemy nations, with massive bloody gut wrenching battles, this was nothing but a kid clowning around to him. If the kid had killed people, the MC admitted he would have killed him, but the kid didn't. I think he'll probably put the kid to work, as a subordinate or such.

If the MC taking subordinates from enemies he overpowers really upsets you, this might not be the story for you. <<less
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Deathwing rated it
February 19, 2020
Status: c45
T for Terrible.

Really bad, the racism is so over-the-top that I honestly cannot believe it. If the character is not Korean, there is a 100% chance that the author uses a derogatory term for that character or just makes them so that they are ultimate retards even if they are good people. (The MC has a good Scottish sidekick that he likes but the author keeps explaining how retarded he is even though he is good)

Don't read. Translation quality is also subpar, terms are constantly changing, some parts are... more>> straight out translated so weird that it does not make sense whatsoever. <<less
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Eriht rated it
September 5, 2019
Status: c48
It was readable novel 3-4/5 for me, until our protagonist started doing illogical stuff. That include his democratic-emancipation actions in feudal world.

I lost it completely on c48. Let's cite it:

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"Even just for her image, they needed to dodge the nuance of bringing another army here." - Yes sneaking into thousand strong army, on verge of rebellion, with 30 people is BEST way existing.

"'If I had come here with the army of my territory, they would have disrespected her even more. Wow, it really was a good idea bringing these group of adventurers here instead, ' he thought." - Ah, as I said idealistic democracy in FEUDAL world. The easiest way to solve this whole situation was just vassalize her. Instead few chapters ago he boosted her ego and self value to extreme. And only asked for 30% of mine shares, where he could easily get EVERYTHING instead...

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Salexe rated it
August 31, 2017
Status: c22
This would have had so much potential. Seriously it has some good points, not unique but still rather interesting. But why? Ohh WHY? Does he go an become merciful! He knows that he cannot leace cockroaches alive. But he still spares an enemies life. WHY?!? Makes 0 damn sense. It is so weird and character breaking that you know it is just a setpiece. But it could have been done so much better.

Went from very good potential. To being almost dropped in 1 little action. I say almost because I... more>> might check it out latter with more chapters but I have no expectations for this anymore.

The MC got build up and had certain events happen to him. Making him swear never to make the same mistakes again. But now we see him make the exact same mistake again FOR no reason. Seriously there is no point in being merciful at that point NONE!!! Damn it makes me sad when good potential is wasted for no reason. <<less
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Rangle rated it
October 8, 2017
Status: c23
It's a pretty generic fantasy redo story. It makes a decent read while you're waiting for other good novels to update. While I'm not going to be as harsh as some other reviewers, I do agree with their observations tho'. The MC acted tough but he's really soft at heart. He promised himself that he would change and crush his enemies but he ended up breaking that promise early on. A soft merciful guy that likes to act tough. I don't see anything wrong with that. Not all MCs can... more>> be bloodthirsty warriors. <<less
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akhdanp1234 rated it
April 1, 2020
Status: c64
Hawlol's one star review is right. It's very cringy. I can feel the cringe in every chapter. I usually don't mind when the MC is getting praised all the time but this one is different. The conversation are so cringy. Every single characters is an idiot.

MC isn't smart, I will say he is below average. It makes me cringe when the characters praised the MC because it's just that every characters in this novel are unbelievably dumb. On top of that MC's character is also unlikable. He's arrogant, easily gets... more>> raged, and dumb.

Honestly, this has potential and I have hope for this but after reading 64 chapters, I knew that it's basically poorly written.

My advice is if you feel even a slight annoyance when reading this, stop reading it immediately because your annoyance will worsen over time. <<less
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Tresdin rated it
May 26, 2020
Status: c170
Overlord of Blood and Iron is a refreshing take on typical Korean novel plot. Like many others, it's about Earth connected to a fantasy world with unexplained teleportation. The new world is basically a feudal society with cool stuff like dragons, magic, demihumans etc, so it's a nice setting for some adventure or battles. On top of this the main character reincarnates. The strength of the novel its speed. While the premise I explained is really strange the author gets straight to the good stuff: the conquest.

While the story does... more>> move fast, I'm not trying to make it seem like it's simplistic. The time travel doesn't ruin the tension, because the MC shifts his conquest plan it's not about a novel where he goes around with omniscience. The character are portrayed well and sometimes show some growth. Also the kingdom building is nice. But the highlight is definitely the battles - while they aren't exceptionally long the author is able to keep some tension to make things interesting even while the main character is overpowering any individual in a fight.

OBI is just a fun story about becoming the top dog. Watching Kang Chul-in meet tough opponents and beat the odds every time is pretty satisfying. Also seeing the cast of characters interact with each other is interesting too. Basically it's just a fun read.

That was most of what I wanted to say but I'll add on some Q&A to address issues

  • Character Development? Yes.
  • Translation Quality? Improved from the move to Wuxiaworld. I noticed some awkward sentences get revised so it looks like they had a proofreader go through all ~90 chapters and fix it up.
  • Is the novel racist? Our main character was in a fight and wanted his opponent to lose his cool. Judging by what happens afterwards he's not really a hateful guy.
  • Is the main character OP? Idk. The fights are fun for me to read.
Anyway, I recommend you give it a read so you can judge for yourself. <<less
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gazelle rated it
March 18, 2020
Status: c100
I feel that this novel is better than most of korean novels here in novelupdates. It has army/kingdom building, conquest, adventure and harem. The MC isnt a pussy. I rated this novel because I feel like I need to balance the rating. It got rated 1-2 because the MC spare a sovereign life which is not related to the most of the story. The spared sovereign is already disqualified which isnt a threat anymore. I dont get it why that viewer always want to kill. Being a cold-blooded and murderer... more>> makes a character a tyrant which is prone to betrayal and being deserted by anyone which is always depicted in our history. Reading cultivation novel that always like to kill makes it viewers retarded just like the virus that this novel's country spread, harm to everyone. <<less
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hadeion rated it
March 11, 2020
Status: c94
There are so many low ratings that I wanted to balance it out. This is a really interesting novel. If you like a protagonist who is a true military leader and lord in every sense of the word, and watch him as he navigates military conquests, territory management, revenge, personal relationships, in a fascinating new world, please give this a try. I started today and was so hooked I read all the available translations, and truly think it’s a fun read. Just love this main character for his code of... more>> ethics and righteousness <<less
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Leinyl rated it
June 1, 2020
Status: c90
It's entertaining enough to read but probably something you'll forget about after a couple of days.

The Main Character has enough intelligence and good decision making skills for the most part and that should be expected considering he has an abundant amount of experience from his previous life. However he is a conqueror which means he is arrogant, prideful and self-centered which could get quite annoying at times. Another problem I have with the MC is that he is already complete and no further development seems to be expected from him... more>> other than getting new allies, getting stronger in battle or finding new utilities in his territories which makes the story even duller in my opinion since it just makes me expect him to bulldoze through his enemies since he is already so strong and his territory already so versatile. Every time it was mentioned that the MC changed from his previous self feels like a half-assed attempt at character development since he still gets quite angry with the smallest of things. What's more it is already evident that most of the MCs ideology is flawed but the story/author is trying to make it seem like his methods are always the right one when in reality some of his methods seem rash and reckless. He at least knows how to deal with annoying characters (well except for that one arrogant prick at the start... really don't know why he spared him) so there's that thing to enjoy.

The story needs a lot to be desired. It is simple tale of the MC trying to conquer the continent but we barely know anything the world other than from the MC recalling his past life and what is happening around them so it just makes the situation dull. Every time a new character was introduced, we know it is just some cannon fodder or some potential ally of the MC so there is no anticipation to be felt from upcoming events when the outcome is narrowed down that much. Though it is entertaining to read when the focus is entirely on the MC or when there is at least a decent enemy he is facing.

Regarding the world-building.... At times it was decent and at times it just skims over things and forgets to mention important things. For example: the situation in the territory of an allied lord to the MC (Dorado) was explained quite well and answered how it went into that bad condition but then we were barely informed of anything about that territory right after dealing with its enemies.

And the translation, though not as bad as MTL not by a long shot, it still has numerous errors and some of those might even make you stop for a few seconds to process that sentence. Also, not sure if its like this in a raws or because of the translation but it gets confusing who talks when since despite having 2 sentences each enclosed in a set of quotation marks, it is still the same character talking. For example:

"[The MC is talking]"

"[Still the MC talking]"

Overall Rating: 5/10 <<less
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Juslin rated it
April 4, 2020
Status: c118
It's only okay. I would recommend you try a few chapters, and if you got heavily annoyed by the MC's arrogance, hypocrisy etc. then drop this novel. If you didn't, then well, here's basically a filler novel to read while waiting for good novels to be translated. I'll admit that it was decently interesting at the start, but it got pretty stale at around where I'm at since the MC's personality is so garbage and the dude has like no character development. Plus, the MC is way too overpowered. Now,... more>> I'm all for power trip fantasies, I mean, I really enjoyed reading One Man Army (a really extreme power trip novel, MC can curb stomp everyone even when his stats are reduced by 30% lol) and even re-read it multiple times, but this novel handles it really poorly. Like if you are going to make a novel about a guy going back in time and becoming overpowered, I would have expected him to abuse it more... If you wanted to write a story about going back in time but you don't want to become a novel that goes like "oh I know this will happen" "oh now I will collect this super OP hidden item" x100 then you could have done something like Second Coming of Gluttony, where the MC doesn't remember much about his past life but retained all his emotions and some of his experiences. Well, my review may be kind of biased because, to be honest, I dislike the MC's personality. Like I can tolerate it, but I don't like it at all. It makes the novel way harder to read. <<less
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