The Overlord of Blood and Iron


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The Grand Sovereign, 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 supreme in the Continent of Pangaea. Will Kang Chul-In be able to overcome the 9 other Grand Sovereigns in order to grasp the Continent of Pangaea within his hands?

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New RazorLight315 rated it
April 4, 2020
Status: c36
Those who says it's cringy, don't listen to them, although the conversations might sound cringy it isn't.

The story takes place in the other world and modern world (World Travel) Meaning the characters can travel BETWEEN worlds.

So, do know that the MC is a lord in a medieval era where there is advanced magic. MC's intelligence is above average if I say so, like knowing certain strategies or knowing his own faults. Also unlike some other protagonists, who find faults in 'gangasters' instead of crushing them, the MC actually listens to... more>> them and think.

But, I will say that the side characters are quite stupid, not that it matters. Just for example: There's an extremely (For their current strength) dangerous monster, how will we deal with it!? They don't think of external forces, only internal for their strength/arsenal.

And for those saying that the MC is stupid for thinking that he doesn't want to change the future when he already changed quite a lot are partially true, but also not.

Sure, in the long run everything will be changed, but isn't that the same when he already change a few tiny things and big things? What is the difference?

So, rather thinking he is stupid, why not think if he can let the future stay the same as best as possible, isn't that good for the initial time? In the begin not much will change, but if you make a big move then you can basically say: f*ck EVERYTHING, LETS GO!!!

And even if you say the MC intelligence is below average, look at yourself, how can you call him that? We know certain things due the author being a third person story teller, if you were in his situation I can say with confidence that you can't even do better than 1/10 of him.

Though, 4 stars because the MC in the past (Told by the story) was merciless, but know suddenly more merciful. I didn't read further but not killing the first enemy is a d*ck move. <<less
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New 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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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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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 stupidity ruined it. I like how he can be tough, but he is stupidly 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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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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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 so subdue ppl under his rule but cries fault when the same is done unto him. It's impossible to have any empathy towards this tyrant Gary Stu with 8th grade syndrome.

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.

This has all the signs of an amateur power trip fan-fiction. My advice is against reading. <<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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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 stupidly 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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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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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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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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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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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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LordGrim102 rated it
February 12, 2019
Status: --
"Revenge is a dish that is best served cold" that was the best way to do things if you are making a story of betrayal. There other ways too that is not including bloodshed but a half hearted story will not do even if you are making a "no bloodshed route". I instantly hate the MC for being immature and indecisive. He is not an ideal or minimum passable typical MC, he is worst.
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November 18, 2019
Status: --
What I hate the most is his pride that all, because of his pride he was defeated by the ant that he defeated many times. He's so angry to the point of being idiot you can just act friendly in front of him then stab him in the back that's the way for basic revenge but when they choosing land he intentionally make him he's enemy did he not know that it's feel so good if make your enemy work for you then make him get stab with his own... more>> friend and subordinate, And the girl that need his help why don't you just make her a vassal or you spouse you can take all her land if you do it but no because of pride he just take 30%. Being an overlord is being schemer or a thief you want to be strong then take them all your a lord if you want no betrayal then make them yours, Alliance is for weak or benefits then crumbles Prideful ruler is good if you use a schemer ruler because pride just for a powerful being his a powerful being and the people he talk with is useful but he don't make them his, Alliance or friends of you make them yours then you can focus your attention to your land I like the way "King of the worlds" MC steal the power and technology to make his land stronger

it's just pride that I hate from the MC I'm just complaining here peaceout ✌!!!!! <<less
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