The Undead King of the Palace of Darkness (WN)


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I don’t want to die. I want to be free. To that end, I shall….reconcile myself to the fate of becoming a “monster”.

A strange disease that racks one’s entire body with intense never-ending pain, until the person slowly withers away and eventually dies. After a few years of braving through the pain, the boy is in no luxury to even feel despair. With nary a soul to tend to him, he breathes his last.

The next time he opened his eyes, the boy had become an “Undead” of the lowest rank through the power of an evil Necromancer.

The boy rejoices at having his earnest desire fulfilled, which is a body that will never feel pain. However, he realizes that he is still under someone’s control and how it was no different from when he was cooped up in the hospital ward.

But the world would not leave alone the boy who only wished for peace.

The Necromancer who revives the boy from the dead, names him “End” and attempts to gain control over him.

The Undead Knights, lay their lives on the line to persistently chase after and annihilate the beings of the darkness.

With countless monsters under their command, the Demon Lords rule over their own lands while they all contend for ultimate supremacy.

The motivation being survival and freedom. The requirements being caution and power.

This is the tale of the cowardly King of the Undead. In his pursuit for freedom, he heads into battle and turns tail at times. He knows when to fear his opponents and when to waver in his decisions.

Associated Names
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Kuraki Kyuuden no Shisha no Ou (WN)
The King of the Dead at the Dark Palace
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12/28/21 Divine Dao Library c77
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10/05/21 Divine Dao Library c65
09/28/21 Divine Dao Library c64
09/21/21 Divine Dao Library c63
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New TheForgottenPumpkin rated it
January 7, 2022
Status: c26
Personally not my cup of tea, but it's still a damn good story.

The graphic explanations are gruesome and I love it. The story is logical and the MC isn't a dumbass among normal people nor is he a normal person among dumbasses. He's moderately smart and he's also not omnipotent. Any and all plans are definitely not something I could come with, because I'm dumb, but they aren't f*cking Sherlock Holmes levels of s*upidly smart.

The other characters are also not too bad and the story building is overall good. I've... more>> dropped it and likely won't come back, not because it's a bad story, but because I prefer other genres. I just happened to pick this book up. <<less
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heiro001 rated it
July 10, 2020
Status: c123
Part dark hero fantasy novel, part Gothic romance. The first volume (1-29) is in many ways more of a prologue, setting up the world and the concepts and the dark fantasy tone of the story. After that the story shifts somewhat into the true story of End and Senri... an undead whose desire to simply live is so great he is even willing to continue living like a human with a conscience despite being a monster... and a holy knight so pure she will even abandon her order to save... more>> an undead who just wants to live. Together the two journey across the world, in many ways simply trying to find somewhere they can live in peace (which given the title, will probably involve End becoming a Demon King of his own domain).

There's various things I enjoyed about the writing of this one. End always feels like he's scraping by on the skin of his teeth, even as he slowly progresses from the weakest of zombies to an eater of undead lords. Both the forces of light and darkness feel like consistent threats. There's interesting mechanics around how the curses of undeath work, where becoming more powerful as an undead also means gaining additional weaknesses, as well as holy power, where there are limited pools of positive energy to both track and fight the forces of darkness with. End and Senri's relationship also adds nice pacing to the story, as we move between their growing relationship and the brutal battles they fight for survival. Despite being a monstrous undead End comes off as often incredibly vulnerable and only able to survive thanks to Senri's care. There's also some very heartfelt moments and funny bits (wait for the dog) between the tension. Overall, I had a pretty good time with this novel. <<less
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Heartless rated it
July 14, 2020
Status: --
Surprisingly good!

I simply chose this novel out of boredom and was expecting the typical japanese beta MC with the usual chunibyou/edgelord wibes. What a pleasant surprise (a surprise, to be sure, but a welcome one). The despair the MC must have felt at his deathbed, his will to live! It's all really enthralling (pun intended). I sunk into the novel almost directly and got disappointed as I reached the end of the translation.

Did not see this coming 5/5
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The Hamster Overlord rated it
June 13, 2020
Status: prologue
I've read the manga up to ch4 and it's been spectacular so far. The main character is clever, has clear aims and very few moral bottom lines. He doesn't act rashly and analyses his situation while taking his time. And he's a superhuman undead monster to boot.

Also another thing to note - this story is written by the same author as "the lazy King", so we can expect good world and character building. As of now, I'm putting a 5 star review.
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beryl850008 rated it
June 17, 2020
Status: v2
The first volume is fantastic, characters are not bad and story is also intriguing. A strong start. And prolly the few times where the female character is a justice freak but still likable instead of annoying.

The second volume felt weird as there is a change of style and is... Questionable? Probably somewhere between a 3.5-4 all considered, but the first volume was really good, a solid 4.5 for me.
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Kightray rated it
January 28, 2021
Status: c34
Initial expectation was high and I rated it 4 star and thought it could go into 5 star territory, but the best I can say now is author is really dragging the story, its like we already know that vampire need blood just get over with it, why do you need to rub it in our face every single chapter
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fear80 rated it
November 10, 2021
Status: c100
Although it's nice to see the interaction between MC and FMC.

Story feels like it's going nowhere even after all these chapters. Narration is also a bit monotonous, it could be way better than what it is now. The author glosses over lot of things in the story.
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Valixiant rated it
September 9, 2021
Status: c62p2
Oh boy. Well this is quite the novel. First volume is literally the only good thing about this novel. Everything after is one of the biggest messes known to man. There was clearly zero planning in the plot, not even a rough sketch of it. The entire plot seems like it was done on a whim.

First of all, the main character. "Cunning Protagonist" He is not cunning whatsoever. He is slightly more cautious than your average person with superhuman abilities. I hate how the author tries to make him seem... more>> smart throughout the novel. "It seems my plan is working", "Haha, all according to my plan", etc. Meanwhile his plan is to cling to someone who took pity on him, thats it.

Minor Spoiler

I think the story really started falling through once he turned into a dog. All of the bad aspects and good aspects of having a vampire as a main character were instantly ruined.


Also, the main characters goal is to live. He has made that especially abundant in the first volume. However, in volume 2 and 3 he doesn't do anything to get stronger. He keeps running away. Also, his relationship with Senri (the female lead) switches so much it's insane. "I won't trust her again after this", "How dare she betray me, I will never let get away with this." These lines were instantly forgotten on the next chapter.

Furthermore, the only romance between the main character and female lead is pure sexual tension. I mean, come on. There is literally no romantic feelings whatsoever that are expressed by the female lead, yet there is a abhorrent amount of sexual tension. It would be nice if there was some character development, but I find this highly unlikely.

If most novels are trains running on a linear train track, this novel is someone swimming through a underwater tunnel in a murky swamp. There is no end goal besides "get stronger". There is no actual intent to get stronger. Thus, the main characters motivations seem really shallowed, completely contradictory to what he was like in the first volume.

Overall, not recommended. Very amateurish novel. <<less
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uMaykon rated it
November 18, 2020
Status: c12
It's bad. Why? 12 chapters "farming" the premise and no development, no world building ("imagine yourself" isn't world building), inconsistent rules, unnarrated events - I did some hunting, Lord healed me, hur dur, repeat -, tons of plotdevices - Wow! I can read books! Wow I can learn some magic bullsh*t but not everything because of language - and dumb crisis (sorry, it's spoiler).
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Mhelbert rated it
October 22, 2021
Status: c68
Good story, good enough to make me use the forbidden technique of mtl, and read all the raws

Some readers complain about the mc's lack effort on gaining power which is very crucial on his ultimate goal of staying alive but it is explained well in the story as it progersses the one who hinders the MC to seek evolution and gaining power is senri and the companionship with senri as story progersses os as important to MC as staying alive.
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cpzombie rated it
October 7, 2021
Status: c65
A MC that pretty much purely desires to exist (he says live, but he's undead), eventually gaining some other motivations too. The world building is pretty good with some interesting mechanics and characters. Overall it's definitely an entertaining read, give it a shot.
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Asphyxia778 rated it
September 6, 2021
Status: --
I've read the manga and was delighted to find that this has a novel cause while this series has a lot of flaws the characters are very interesting. Especially the MC.

I do love the MC as he does everything necessary to survive. He has become inhuman and that is very well portrayed, especially in his interaction with the FL. He has the resolve to use anything and everything for his survival and his motive is understandable because of his immense desire to live in his life as a human that... more>> desire became his soul's anchor as an undead.

FL is also interesting. She has a hero complex kind of and her kindness and desire to save others is what MC utilises to manipulate her. She's fairly boring right now but her relationship with MC is fun.

The lore is fairly interesting too. Some known concepts with some new tweaks from the author.

So far so good. Definitely 3 star material right now. If the author polished the work more and removed a lot of flaws it could definitely be a 4 star story. <<less
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reu rated it
June 15, 2021
Status: c54
Romance between a weakling undead and a holy knight.... more>>

That'd alone would be pretty metal, but it's only when you get to the fights that this series really gets going. Visceral and nicely paced, describing every blow but without getting cumbersome, it really is well done.


The characters

are both well realised, the FL - a novice but powerful undead killer, who breaks at the first sign of humanity in her foes, has a thing for self sacrifice and wants nothing but to the right thing.

The MC - a weakling undead created to be sacrificed as a vessel for a powerful necromancer, has a good moral compass from his time among the living and will do whatever won't harm him to help those around him, but, as the monster with no real emotions other than his hunger he now is, he's ruthless in getting every advantage he can in order to "survive".

They both have simiral origins having spent most of their lives sick and suffering in their beds. Senri, who had her body ravaged by her powerful holy power until she joined the Knights and trained herself and End, who held on until his late tenage years despite having had his body ravaged by an incurable mysterious diseased until he finaly succumbed, which is probably the reason why he mantained his sentience after he was raised by a necromancer.

Their foes thus far have all been suitably competent, interesting and motivated, leaving little room for the usual asspulls and bullshitery that are the mark of a less intelligent writer.


As for romance between the main pair

- the whole novel (apart from a few chapters every now and then) is told from the MC's perspective, and it's in his interactions with the FL you clearly see how inhuman he's become, calmly and easily manipulating her, even when he's on death's door, up to the moment his endurance breaks and he goes full beast, only stoping when he's fed.

The FL's pity for the weakling vampire, over the course of the series, through his manipulations and their interactions, has turned to more and more overt romantic feelings, . tTe MC on the other hand is becoming more true to his actions as he changes focus merely surviving and starts considering his future with Senri. His advances that were originaly accompanied by cynic, manipulative and downright psychopathic thoughts are now lead by sincere desire for her... (blood).


Also, dunno if I should praise Merontomari or the TLers for this but the text's flow makes you reach the end of each chapter before you know it, it's both a enjoyable read and enjoyable to read. <<less
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Yash Allen rated it
October 10, 2021
Status: c65
Interesting plot with good world building. Always makes me curious for next chapter. I think you should give it a try. I originally first read Light novel translated by Yen press then resume here. Writing structure of author absolutely excellent. Translation by Wisteria is good and easy to read Whoever rate below 4 are false.
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MasonMac rated it
July 4, 2021
Status: c56
The story reminded me a lot of the manga, the Dungeon Master, which has similar tropes and touches upon the same ideas in terms of evolution. However, like the manga, the story feels very incohesive especially in regards to the characters. Frankly, everything feels shallow and at times unrealistic.

... more>>

The dynamic between the protagonist and the love interest is... horny. I mean it in the sense that there's no romantic side to it, and it's all about the sensuality of their interactions. I don't think that's necessarily a wrong way to portray it, and there are certainly amazing places you could go with it, but it feels like it was really only there to satisfy a sexual fantasy.

The characters feel really shallow, and the way they react to situations feels odd and unrealistic. The Death Knights, for example, are completely shaken to the core by the love interest's disappearance, yet they are suddenly completely fine 10 days later, which in no world makes any sense. That's too unrealistic for a reader to suspend their belief on. And then even though the author sells this idea that they're perfectly fine now, it's completely contradicted by how much they try to get the love interest back and try to get revenge on the protagonist. It's weird in the first place how they were so shaken up for no apparent reason, in my honest opinion. At that time, they were confident they could get the love interest back without a problem. Their odd attachment to her is unrealistic too.

It's not memorable, there isn't a great plot to it besides these two characters are trying to run away from these big bad guys. I don't believe that there is such a thing as a bad plot idea, but it really just fails to be deliver it in a way where the reader can really enjoy it. There's no tangible end goal to this that the reader can look forward to. Sure, there's this concept of being able to live freely, but that's not what I mean. There has to be an apparent path towards this end goal that the reader can roughly look forward to so they have the sense that this story will pay off and that they will get their promised end. That's not there at all in this story.


Overall, I think it has potential but the way it was delivered was very amateur. But, I think the author is amazing for their determination and willpower to see this story to the end. I honestly believe they will become one of the best writers someday. <<less
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Guess1114 rated it
June 16, 2021
Status: c54
Man I'm disappointed in this. It was really good at first but now it's just ok-ish.
Problems with this till now:
1. We are not shown any kind of effort from the mc's side to actually power up which is basically a must for surviving. At the very least he should try to learn something from his lord. The dude doesnt even try to solve the core issue that he's very weak.
2. Instead of actually showing the characters behaviour through action or dialogue the author just glossed over them.
3. The MCs character is really contradicting himself. He says he's not going to forgive senri the last chapter and... more>> now he's acting as if nothing ever happened. Last time he said he's not going to trust senri as much as before but now he's basically her pet.
We are told he's pragmatic and sh*t but his actions never conveyed that except for when he tried to kill his lord.
4. The authors ass pull last time turning him into a dog was utter s*upidity. It could have established he still was the pragmatic guy he was.
5. Really dumb vampire disabilities.
6. If the story was focusing on their romance I'd have no problem but that too is half assed. There's barely any dialogue for any real development. Most of the time the author just writes it as a goddamn diary.
7. The very slow power growth of the MC leaves the readers frustrated <<less
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May 17, 2021
Status: c50
I rated 4 above, but I would give it a 3.5. The story is pretty interesting and one thing I do like about it is how it isn't your typical MC where they cry about everything and try to win with the power of sunshine, rainbows, and friendship. The MC is willing to do anything it takes, even it is bad and that makes the MC feel more human, while the story feels more real and has weight to it. The one main downside is how repetitive the story it.... more>> In almost every chapter you will see 3 common phrases, one of them being "Vampires are stronger than Humans" and sometimes the author explains things multiple times. If it wasn't for that, I would probably give it at least a 4 is not 4.5. One of the nice things I like about the series is how the author sort of creates their own lore. Much if it the traditional vampire lore, but they expand on it and tweak it a little bit to freshen up the series. This is nice as oftentimes I think authors get stuck in the same old fantasy creatures and settings, and we are just support to go "ok". Where this author actually creates reasons behind them.

Another plus is that it isn't a harem. There is 1 girl, who becomes a love interest which is fine, but she related to the story in an important way. I'm somewhat worn out seeing every random village chief's daughter becoming a love interest even though they have little to no reason to and almost have no effect on the story other than a scene to make the MC blush.

Another thing I like is that the author isn't afraid to get dark. Often times fantasy has some dark wizard or monster and we are just supposed to assume they are evil even though it never shows it. In this story we actually see and feel why these two forces clash.

While I didn't rate it super high, I'm pretty picky and I would still highly recommend giving this one a read. I think most people who are into fantasy will enjoy it. It isn't very far at the moment, but still a great read if you are waiting in between novels and then you can come back to it after it gets a bit further. <<less
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Eomin rated it
January 19, 2021
Status: --
Flawless example for a conflicted protagonist torn between the destructive urge to kill for food, and the need to live and retain a minimum of humanity. Much better than Tokyo Ghoul as there is a proper reason for the MC to stay 'sane' and 'human' other than flimsy moral constructs, which can't withstand hunger!
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June 22, 2021
Status: c54
I absolutely love this novel. I love the lore descriptions and the world building. The main character is cast as a tragic hero, he's a bit on the whinier side which I think irks some of the other reviewers. The main character is not OP, whatsoever by this chapter, but there's potential. Also a romance potential that the author teases from time to time that keeps me reading chapter to chapter. My only complaint is that while the main character is pretty well developed, his travel companion is extremely one... more>> dimensional. I hope they expand on that eventually. The first volume of the light novel has been released to yen press already so it'll be interesting to see the differences after publishing. <<less
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arifureta rated it
June 16, 2021
Status: c25
This is a hidden gem the characters are well written and flushed out the plots amazing so far although there has definitely been a free heart breaking moments here and there. My only advise is if you don't like novels where actions are in the Greg area don't read this between the death knights and the vampires and undead it's really hard to tell who the real monsters are. Seriously the death knights have some really corrupted mindsets.
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