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 up 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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King of the Death in Dark Palace
Kuraki Kyuuden no Shisha no Ou (WN)
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05/05/21 Divine Dao Library c49
04/29/21 Divine Dao Library c48
04/20/21 Divine Dao Library c47
04/13/21 Divine Dao Library c46
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02/24/21 Divine Dao Library c39
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02/04/21 Divine Dao Library c36
01/27/21 Divine Dao Library c35
01/19/21 Divine Dao Library c34
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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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HamsterOverlord-sama 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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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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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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