Korean light novels have a penchant for introducing a system for the MC or creating a world through the use of a game system. The same is true for Japanese (isekai) and Chinese (cultivation).
If you’ve read a few Korean Light Novels or want to start, you’ve come to the right place. We will provide you with the best Fantasy novel list (which they call in Korea.)
Best Korean Light Novels!
Shin Youngwoo has had terrible luck and has had a miserable life up to this point. Even in the VR game, he had to do labour rather than complete quests and level up.
When he discovers the Northern End Cave for a quest, he comes across a “Pagma’s Rare Book.” Could this treasure turn him into a legendary class player or make his life even more difficult?
If you can get past the first 100 chapters, Overgeared is a fantastic Korean light novel. I mean, even the first 100 chapters are interesting but not exceptional.
It has an excellent plot and world-building, and the entire game concept is executed flawlessly. So you’ll have a lot of fun reading this one.
12. Dungeon Defense
MC was born into a wealthy family, but he has always struggled with his father’s ideals, and his family is a scumbag who doesn’t care about him. He is then transported to a fantasy world to become a demon lord.
He is, however, the weakest demon lord, not even stronger than a goblin. How will he reach the pinnacle in this world where being powerless means nothing?
The main character in this novel is quite exceptional. He’s quite intelligent, and everything he does will leave the audience surprised and smiling in “Awe!”
You’ll be interested in this light novel just by reading the synopsis. If you enjoy Korean light novels, you’ll enjoy this one.
11. Seoul Station’s Necromancer
Kang Woojin returns to Earth after spending 20 years on a foreign planet. When he returns, he discovers that the world has changed.
It is riddled with gates through which monsters can escape. Despite the fact that his stats have dropped to zero, he embarks on his journey with twenty years of experience.
I came across this novel while looking for a novel similar to solo levelling, and I’m glad I did. It moves at a good pace and never fails to entertain.
The story is well written, with a few interesting characters, and for those who enjoy the system’s concepts, this will be a great read.
10. Sovereign of Judgment
Choi Hyuk is a fighting genius who murdered someone when he was in sixth grade. He had promised his mother that he would never fight again.
However, one day, a ring appears in the middle of his classroom, offering him two options: kill or be killed. Can someone who is atoning for his sins choose between them?
Because the characters are so real and relatable, Sovereign of Judgment embodies the essence of a character-driven story.
The plot is fairly standard, the pace is reasonable, and the world-building can be quite exceptional when compared to the other stories you’ve read so far.
9. Everyone Else is a Returnee
Yu Ilhan has been left out of everything since elementary school, and even when humanity as a whole is given a ticket to another world to survive, he is left out.
He spends a millennium on Earth waiting for people to return, while also preparing for the Great Cataclysm.
Everyone Else is a Returnee has the same feel as a Japanese light novel. It has a harem, a whiny MC, and even some popular JP anime/manga references.
In the beginning, the plot may not seem as interesting as you would expect. But if you can wait a few chapters, it will be worth it. It took me more than a couple of reads to become hooked.
8. The Novel’s Extra
Kim Hajin awakens to find himself in a familiar world but in an unfamiliar body. It’s his world, the one he started but never finished.
He became an unimportant novel extra, and the only way to survive in this world is to stay close to the plot. Unfortunately, this world differs from the one he created.
There aren’t many novels out there that hook us from the first chapter. “The Novel’s Extra” is unquestionably one of them.
It has elements of a typical Korean light novel but feels quite unique. If you haven’t read this incredible work yet, now is the time.
7. The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor
Lee Hyun is the popular MMORPG game’s God of War legend, but he sold his avatar for 3 billion won only to end up in despair due to a series of coincidences.
He decides to become the best player in Royal Road, an MMORPG, in order to make a living and support his family. But wait, he’s a sculptor rather than an adventurer?
Every aspect is perfectly balanced by the Legendary Moonlight Sculptor. It has great humour, good action scenes, and a perfect plot pace.
You’ll fall in love with it the moment you start reading it. It has few side characters and stays on topic throughout the chapters. As a result, it is considered one of the best Korean light novels.
6. Valhalla Saga
After dying unexpectedly in an E-sports tournament, a professional gamer is sent to Valhalla, the heaven for the greatest warriors. Warriors in Valhalla must fight for their lives against a common foe.
Witness the epic saga of a gamer who has spent his entire life playing games. The plot consists of a gaming system, as well as wizards and warriors.
This novel appears to be very promising from chapter one, and it remains so even after numerous chapters. It’s more like a Shounen Jump manga with extensive world-building.
It also incorporates Norse mythology and various RPG elements to make it as interesting as possible for readers to enjoy. Overall, it is one of the best Korean light novels.
5. Kill the Dragon
The story takes place in the near future, when dragons invade with the intent of eradicating the human race. Humanity, on the other hand, fought with all it had and won the war after three years.
However, this is not the end of the story because the dragons will wage another war after 15 years, this time on a larger scale. How can we justify it?
“I’ve found Gold,” is the first word that will come to mind after reading the first chapter of this novel. Although the chapters are a little longer than usual, it’s well worth it.
The characters are developed, and no one is overpowered as the game becomes more difficult with each passing moment. It has excellent translation quality and is thus a must-read.
4. SSS-Class Suicide Hunter
Kim Gong-ja spent his life as a weak hunter, always envious of top hunters, particularly “The Flame Emperor.” He had always desired an S-rank skill.
The Tower unexpectedly bestowed upon him an S-rank skill, but the only way to use it is to die. What’s the point of having an S-rank skill if he’ll die anyway?
Many people find this light novel boring, but I understand why. It is not your typical one because it expresses everything, including the plot, in a unique way.
It has such a clean approach to the storyline, and while it may not appear impressive at first, you’ll have a blast in the following chapters.
3. The Second Coming of Gluttony
The MC dies on the battlefield and begs God to send him back in time to correct all of his mistakes. However, only his emotions are sent back in time.
He is the son of a cretin who became addicted to gambling and betrayed everyone close to him. Now he has a chance to escape this harsh reality, but everything comes at a cost.
This novel never ceases to surprise the reader, and it is mature in some ways. It not only gives the reader what they want, but it also makes us relate to the characters.
It’s not a novel that will blow your mind, but it will keep you going no matter what. So, if you haven’t read this one yet, you probably should try it right away.
2. Solo Leveling
In a world where monsters appear from gates, Sung Jin-woo is an E-rank hunter. He risks his life as a weak hunter for the sake of his younger sister and ailing mother.
He gains a system that allows him to grow stronger as he kills monsters in an incident related to a dual dungeon. Will his life improve or become more difficult?
Solo Leveling was my first Korean light novel, and it was fantastic. It is already well-known in the world of manhwa, but if you read the novel, you will not be disappointed.
The translation is excellent, and the story improves as you progress through the chapters. Although the ending isn’t quite what we hope for, it’ll be a pretty amazing read.
1. Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint
Kim Dokja enjoys reading web novels, and since his life has been difficult, only these novels have kept him company. Particularly one titled “Three Ways to Survive the Apocalypse.”
One day, the entire world changed exactly as described in the book, and while Kim Dokja isn’t the protagonist, he is the only one who knows the future. What’s going to happen next?
Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint is my favourite Korean web novel for a variety of reasons. I’ve never seen such amazing world-building in a light novel before.
The MC is exactly my type, and the plot moves at a breakneck pace. It also has wonderful characters that grew on me over time. If you haven’t read it yet, you better do it now.
If you’re new to Korean light novels or have been reading them for a while, you’ll find some interesting ones on this list.
Sure, there could be other web novels that belong on this list. However, we believe that these are the ones that the audience should read.
So, what are your thoughts? Is there another book on your mind that you think should be on this list? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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