Title: World’s First Demon Lord
Tags: System, Reincarnation, Magic, LGBT, Action, Modern, Thriller, Superhero, Slow Burn (excludes non-tag)
Main Lead: Male
AVB Assessment Score (?): PDE 2 CDD 2 SWB 2 || TQ 3 SV 2 || Overall: 11
Number of Chapters: 278
Chapter Length: Medium
Reading Level: Medium
Date of First Release: October 2020
Date of Last Update: August 2021
AVB Reviewed? No
Available on Platform(s): Webnovel
Number of Views: 1.3M
Number of Reviews: 50
“This world is truly…boring.”
The Mage King, overthrown and killed by his own people, escaped via one last spell. Reincarnated in the body of a weak baby, he sets off to conquer the world once more.
Except somehow, he has been reincarnated into a completely different world. A world with no mages…aside from him.
What is the point in ruling such a boring world? He might as well reincarnate again. Until the TV catches his eye, and he sees a certain animation from a far east Asian country…
Maybe…maybe I can do something here. Maybe in this world without mages, a mage is what is needed to spice things up a little. Maybe this boring world needs…a Demon Lord to rule it from the shadows.
If this world isn’t interesting enough, then I’ll force it to change with my own hands!
“A Demon Lord needs henchmen, so I will create my own!”
“I also Heroes to fight against, so let’s make those as well!”
“Hmmmm…I like System novels, let’s give a Hero a Gamer system!”
“I also like superheroes and romances, let’s create some superheroes and make them fall in love!”
“What’s this? A thriller? Hmmm…maybe I can make something like this too…”
Josephmemes: For anyone that reads this know that this is amazing, very good pacing, great character interactions and natural development of relationships.
A lot of writing techniques that can be copied, I mean learned from this
FlamesOfNirvana: This was an utterly amazing book! It kept me on the edge of my seat and I fell in love with the characters. The author did a really good job of representing minorities without playing in to classic stereotypes. While I do wish the author developed the main villain a bit more at the end, overall it was a fantastic read and I highly recommend it.
Skrollz: Excellent writing skills but too lgbt for me. There are obvious parallels between the main character and the reader in how he feels and how we are supposed to. Many times the mc posed valid reasoning that made me question my discomfort at the ever increasing focus on lgbt issues. Maybe I’m reading too much into it but it felt like the mc was a strawman for the reader and his assistant trying to push lgbt stories to him is the author trying to tell me that the characters doesn’t have to be like me for me to enjoy the read. Well it didn’t work and I’m dropping the novel, but credit where credit is due if you don’t mind the anti-corporate agenda (which I don’t) and the large focus on lgbt issues (which I do) then it’s an excellent novel.
Snowin: Synopsis: Long, but intriguing. It grabbed my attention right off the bat and seemed like this would be one ride with many chapters to come. Well done.
Grammar: Also very well done. I found little to no flaws except a few run-ons and punctuation errors, but nothing that would turn me away.
Story: Actually a solid read if you give it a chance.
Spoiler warning – I liked how the world was ruled by merchants, makes it relatable and pretty unique compared to other reincarnation-type novels. The story flowed smoothly, but the constant thinking from the MC got a little long and just tedious to read. Meaning that I was inside the MC’s mind the entire time, thinking his thoughts, but not experiencing the world around me. I would love to see some more descriptions of the scenes and whatnot, as it would give the MC and the environment around him a proper interaction.
I don’t really have anything else to critique, as this was a very sold read. Nice job!
David_Drake: Its a good story. I personally like the gamer and the MCs stories the most. All the other plots seem to be pushing LGBT views down my throat though. Like one story arc happens then we switch over to the MC and get his take on the surprise reveal of the gay couple and the trans person. Where he plays the straight white male, and then all of a sudden his female assistant (which was purposely made to be more competent than him) starts making excuses for her candidates. Ending with the MC being subtly manipulate into changing his straight views on the sexes and into this female leads more gender neutral ones. At this point I dropped the story. I didn’t want to read something where there isn’t a single person I can relate to. And that the only straight male (MC), was only created to play the fool in this story. The constant POV switches didn’t help either.
FadingPenguin: Honestly one of the best written things on the site ive seen. The plot development, quality of writing, and obvious experience with human interaction (which sadly most who write on here dont have) all make it amazing. Personally, i prefer to read things that are either neutral in their views, with some LGBTQ+ relationships and some not, or just no relationships at all, as when i and many other readers come onto the site they are mainly looking for a good read that is usually action packed, or has an amazing plot like this one. The only reason i will not continue reading this is because of the way i choose to read. I try to stay away from social/societal issues when reading because they are what are making me want to read in the first place. As of chapter 30, which is what ive read up to, there has been mostly no issues being brought up, but as the story started getting more fleshed out the more i realized one of the main topics that would be discussed and very prevalent would be the opinions people have on the lgbt community. An example of a story that is similar to this in terms of how fleshed out the story is, and explanations would be Zombie Knight. If you have time i would really you read a bit of it as it would greatly improve the already amazing story you have created. Overall a 5, but will not be reading as it will probably just take a toll on my mind i dont currently need or want.
Trajann_Augustus: As per promised! I have come to review thine book as you requested. Holy hell, I am a slow reader. But it was all worth it. Also take this review with a grain of salt because I only read about 6 chapters and its was really good.
Alright lets start with the review. The story takes place to a so called Mage-king that has been ousted by his people. (Probably because he was a dictator and a bad king/ruler…) Then for some reason! This the best part; he gets reincarnated to modern day earth and turns into a full-blown Weeaboo. What more do I ask for in this novel XD. As for writing, its pretty decent and quite well.
The MC is already OP as it is. God-tier.
The world building is quite good and normal like your typical reverse isekai. But then again, it isn’t as good as Devil is a Part-timer. Don’t get me wrong its a nice novel but it doesn’t have that charm of Devil is a Part-timer. I don’t know it kinda feels more nuance than any of the other reverse isekai novels.
As for characters, Bruh they pretty much what I expected. MC being a bored d*ckhead and acts like a douche for the sake of lulz. And your averagely hot-otaku/gamer girl secretary. (Not surprising to be honest). And don’t get me started with the other bland characters that I forgot the names of. I hope you improve the characters too because this so good!.
Anyway try to add more fancy words because like I said to any author that I reviewed (Those who I reviewed previously will know this).
I think thats all I have to say. Nothing more and nothing less. Its on my recommendation for my buddies to read.
Hesreth: Alright, this novel is gutsy and ambitious. Three entirely different storylines of different genres meshed together incredibly well using that one demon lord.
Seriously, I was scared for this one. I thought the stories would clash, and that there would be tonal clashes and clashes for which story takes the spotlight.
But this goddamned author pulled it off.
And he pulled it off to an extent I’ve seriously only seen in published books.
Alright, yeah, so if you, the person reading the review, hasn’t cought on to the fact that I love this book and that this is just going to be me gushing all over it, then let me make it clear.
I LOVE this book.
The writing is phenomenal.
It’s set on Earth and I’d say it’s a pretty solid planet as far as word building goes.
It seems to be very well researched. I can’t elaborate on this point really because I haven’t had much experience with the character and location and customs settings present in this book, and as a typical Webnovel reader I’m too lazy to cross reference it against stuff, but yeah it feels really well researched.
The writing style is great. The flow and pace just fits the story like a glove. It’s introspective in the best of ways. It’s just great, yeah? There’s some occasional spelling issues I’ve come across but c’mon, that’s still leagues better than any Webnovel I’ve seen on here.
The characters oooh boy the characters I love em to bits. Character development and growth is on point. Characters are all hella likable. They are characteristic of how much effort went into this book and how much I love it.
Alright, I’ll close this off by saying a couple more things sike this brain isn’t going to let me stop gushing so soon-
a) It’s great.
b) I love it.
c) Yes it does have quite a bit of LGBTQ rep and boy do the characters gain depth due to the societal impacts of that, but it’s not the focus of the book.
d) I need more chapters
e) Hey almost daily uploads would you look at that thank you author
f) I have no clue why I’m still doing this.
7) I will not apologise for any time wasted on reading this ‘review’
ihateyounot: As of this review, 36 chapters have been published.
Writing quality—quite good. Some grammatical mistakes here and there but nothing too distracting. A little clean up will do the trick. In terms of flow… wow. There wasn’t a moment where I wasn’t sucked into this story. The story switches between the first POV of the main protagonist, the self-proclaimed Demon Lord and Magic King Rupert, and the third POV of the people he had chosen to include in his grand plot. Both point-of-views were fun and entertaining, and I found that there was never a boring moment in either of these POVs.
The story centres around an ex-magical-overlord-turned-filthy-rich-businessman named Rupert Hargreaves, who, after being reincarnated into a different world, finds life to be a tad too boring for his diabolic, mystical tastes. In order to satiate his boredom, he indulges himself into the world of fictional entertainment (and the internet)—especially anime. Soon after, he brings his hobbies into the real world and began an anime-esque experiment/production in real life involving real people with his equally twisted deadpanned secretary, Alice Kang.
The overall premise of the story is similar to that of ‘To Be a Power in the Shadows!’ or ‘There Was No Secret Organization to Fight with the World’s Darkness so I Made One (In Exasperation)’. It is a story of a guy who is both bored enough and powerful enough to create a whole fantasy just because he could. In my honest opinion, this kind of plot is fun but hard to execute as the scale is quite large. On top of juggling between several protagonists in different settings, one would also need to make coherent ‘pulling-things-from-behind-the-scenes’ plans that doesn’t rely too much on Deus Ex Machina… or maybe just heap it on so that the humans will actually survive until the (obviously planned but shh) Last Boss battle… lol. In any case, it is advisable for the author to take caution in writing the story as it is easy to derail and make it tedious and boring to read.
Last but not least, my favourite part about this story—which I didn’t realise until more than a few chapters in—was the fact that this story involved a lot of queer characters. Also, the Uyghur girl? I have no choice but to stan.
All in all, this was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to more! Good work, author!
Story Post Last Updated: October 7, 2021