Overlord 1: The Undead King
by Kugane Maruyama
Yen Press. 2012. 256 pgs. Dark Fantasy.
After over a decade since its release, a virtual online game is shutting down their servers. One player, Suzuki Satoru, who has been playing the game for as long as it's been out, is logged in waiting for the game to shut down. As he sits alone at a round table, he reminisces about all the great memories he had with his online friends who have slowly stopped playing the game as the years went by. As the in-game clock strikes midnight, the scheduled time for server shut off, the game is still running. In fact, the clock begins counting anew. He goes to manually log off but there is no logout button. He can't leave the game.
I really enjoyed reading this series. Our main character is a regular salermyan but in the game he is a powerful undead Lich who is the leader of an evil guild. His character is an anti-hero who borders the line of becoming a villain while struggling to remain human in his new undead body. Packed with action and comedy, this light novel is a lot of fun.
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