Overlord, Vol. 1 (light novel): The Undead King

Overlord, Vol. 1 (light novel): The Undead King

by Kugane Maruyama, so-bin (Artist)


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For twelve years, the virtual world of Yggdrasil has served as the playground and battlefield for the skeletal lord Momonga and his guild of fellow monsters, Ainz Ooal Gown. But the guild's glory days are over, and the game is shutting down permanently. When Momonga logs in one last time just to be there when the servers go dark, something happens--and suddenly, fantasy is reality. A rogues' gallery of fanatically devoted NPCs is ready to obey his every order, but the world Momonga now inhabits is not the one he remembers. The game may be over, but the epic tale of Ainz Ooal Gown is only beginning...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316272247
Publisher: Yen Press
Publication date: 05/24/2016
Series: Overlord Series , #1
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 16,311
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Kugane Maruyama is the author behind the Overlord novel series.

so-bin is the artist behind the Overlord novel series.

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Overlord, Vol. 1: The Undead King 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
beclemund More than 1 year ago
Fans of the anime will probably find this light novel enjoyable. You get quite a few new story elements, more detail about the new world Momonga finds himself in, and something to enjoy between seasons. If you are a fan of genre fiction and you’ve already cut your teeth on Glen Cook, Mark Lawrence, Scott Lynch, or even Leigh Bardugo, then you might find the shallow characterization, plodding plot, and anti-anti hero a bit too cloying. The author can be a bit repetitive from one sentence, paragraph, and even chapter to the next and there’s a bit more tell than show. The world building is rather perfunctory and there is a lot of setup going on with very little action. If you love light novels, and you like lovely books on your book shelves, this is a very attractive package from Yen. The interior art is great too. You get a new image each chapter (except the woefully poor “intermission” chapter—yikes). Or if you love power fantasy with an overpowered protagonist, this may be a fun read. For me, however, it was a miss. I won’t pick up the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a big fan for some time now. This series is great in all its forms! Get them all for a good time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank for such a great fantasy, keep up the great work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It gets you from the beginning
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started with the anime and reading it this way gives so much more depth
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Saw the show, read the manga, and then the novel, in this order. The novel is the absolute best way to experience the world of Overlord.
duhu More than 1 year ago
Do you want to read a fantasy series? Do you want to read about a group of overpowered villains who happen to be non-human? If you answered yes to the above questions, then this series is perfect for you. It reads as a great fantasy series with MMO mechanics. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this series! I love the world and characters and the general idea of the story. Some people may disagree with me and that's fine. Ainz truly is a great ruler and very interesting mixture of human and undead. He's careful despite his overwhelming power in this world and understands his place better than anyone. Seriously give this series a shot or at least go and watch the anime since both are fantastic and to anyone who has seen the anime I even more highly recommend you read these light novels because they reveal even further information than the show did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character get stuck in a video game he has played for 12 years. He is the strongest being in the world. What do you do ? This is his story.
DarkShards More than 1 year ago
Overlord is a Light Novel where I can confidently say that almost all the characters are likable. The only complaint I have is that this translation substitutes "Sama" with "Lord". I feel that the English language does not have a good substitution for word "Sama" so they should leave it as such. For example "Ainz-Sama" is different from "Lord Ainz" in that different characters refer to Ainz (the main character) in various different and unique ways. But other than that, the story is great, along with the characters. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the game-related fantasy novels, where the main character is the villain. Very much fun to read.
jonathx 10 months ago
As a major fan of video games, science fiction, and fantasy , and a moderate fan of Anime & Manga, I had heard many good things about Light Novels and Overlord in particular, so I decided to try this one as my first light novel. And the worldbuilding was just as good or better than I expected from all the hype. I'm happy to say that, having read only this first book so far, the world of Overlord is incredibly detailed, surprisingly intelligent, and perfectly internally consistent, like it could be real. If a deep lore and complex plots are all you care about, this book is for you. The prose, however, is of such low quality that I cannot recommend it without a major caveat emptor. It reads like a penny dreadful, an article squirreled away in the back pages of a second-rate pulp magazine, a researcher discussing game design concepts for an industry technical journal, a sincere-but-overwrought fanfic, or a harlequin romance. I wanted to engage with the rich world, but kept being pulled out of the experience by the characters explaining plot points or minor world-building details in the most unnatural ways possible to make sure the reader didn't miss anything, repeating the same point dozens of times to drill it in. It was like a hand-holding NPC in the tutorial for a very bad video game, which is ironic given how the in-universe Yggdrasil Online seems to deftly sidestep most the pitfalls of bad game design. I was honestly giggling at the lame writing style more often than feeling the emotions the book was clearly trying to impart. I don't know whether this is a "feature" of light novels as a medium (again, this is my first foray into them), or the work of an inexperienced author (iirc the work began as a serialized web novel, so that would probably be my main hypothesis), or simply a translator trying to emulate a style that does not translate well into English, but if you want to experience Overlord and you think that, like me, you'd be unable to maintain your suspension of disbelief in a world where everything is told not shown, I'd recommend the Manga or Anime adaptations instead--they may skip a few plot points, but they make better use of their medium to tell an effective, engaging story.