Molting the Mortal Coil

by JustinAnkar

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Male Lead Non-Human lead Reincarnation Slice of Life Wuxia Xianxia
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Reincarnated as a child in a new world a mild mannered programmer, named Sage, finds himself struggling to survive. The road to immortality is paved with danger, treasure, and conflict. This mystical eastern world is filled with Demonic Beasts, Treacherous Cultivators, and Extraordinary Legacies. Follow Sage on his journey to adapt to this new world, and find out if he can overcome the limitations of body, mind, and soul. Will he rise to the occaision and become a hero? Or maybe he'll turn to the dark side and end up a villain?  



Molting the Mortal Coil is more of a slower paced journey. It's not about endless battles and conquering the next bad guy who spits on the main characters shoes or sends him a funny look. There's also not a treadmill of tournaments or love interests. It's more of a slower burn with lots of, and hopefully not too much, world building. It's still supposed to be stuffed with action, but that won't pick up for a while since we start with a weakling. The first 30 chapters have a lot of time-skipping, so stay with me.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1 - New Life ago
Chapter 2 - Cultivation ago
Chapter 3 - No Luck ago
Chapter 4 - Mantis ago
Chapter 5 - Danger ago
Chapter 6 - Beetles ago
Chapter 7 - Darkness ago
Chapter 8 - Trapped ago
Chapter 9 - Exploration ago
Chapter 10 - Getting Out ago
Chapter 11 - Daylight ago
Chapter 12 - Destruction ago
Chapter 13 - Secrets ago
Chapter 14 - Inheritance ago
Chapter 15 - Lionheart Town ago
Chapter 16 - Black Dog Company ago
Chapter 17 - Ambushed ago
Chapter 18 - Tragedy ago
Chapter 19 - Dilemma ago
Chapter 20 - Silver Leaf Honeybee Hive ago
Chapter 21 - The Broken Body ago
Chapter 22 - Thousand Treasures ago
Chapter 23 - The Mysterious Hand ago
Chapter 24 - The Old Man’s Mercy ago
Chapter 25 - The Emerald Grove ago
Chapter 26 - Wandering ago
Chapter 27 - Searching ago
Chapter 28 - Holy Flame Sect ago
Chapter 29 - Dormitory ago
Chapter 30 - Stock Boy ago
Chapter 31 - Assistant ago
Chapter 32 - Middle Aged ago
Chapter 33 - Expedition ago
Chapter 34 - Hidden Grounds ago
Chapter 35 - Meditation Chamber ago
Chapter 36 - Lake of Souls ago
Chapter 37 - Twin Ringed Soul Serpent ago
Chapter 38 - Soul Battle ago
Chapter 39 - Aftermath ago
Chapter 40 - Subduing Souls ago
Chapter 41 - Dawning Light ago
Chapter 42 - Soul Magnifying Wheel ago
Chapter 43 - The Center ago
Chapter 44 - Mysterious Well ago
Chapter 45 - Heavenly Treasures ago
Chapter 46 - Spiritual Sea Storm ago
Chapter 47 - Serpent Transformation ago
Chapter 48 - Shocking Appearance ago
Chapter 49 - Two Locked Doors ago
Chapter 50 - Soul Taming Abode ago
Chapter 51 - Library ago
Chapter 52 - Ancient Maps ago
Chapter 53 - Knowledge of the Soul ago
Chapter 54 - Seal Master ago
Chapter 55 - Treasure Hunting ago
Chapter 56 - Center of the Lake ago
Chapter 57 - Beast Spirits ago
Chapter 58 - Return to the Sect ago
Chapter 59 - Standout ago
Chapter 60 - Four Brothers ago
Chapter 61 - Storage Ring ago
Chapter 62 - Antique Dealer ago
Chapter 63 - Unusual Object ago
Chapter 64 - Million Skill Library ago
Chapter 65 - Restricted Area ago
Chapter 66 - Techniques ago
Chapter 67 - Formation Plate ago
Chapter 68 - Insect Shed ago
Chapter 69 - Training ago
Chapter 70 - Divine Breath ago
Chapter 71 - One Year Deadline ago
Chapter 72 - Wonderful Trio ago
Chapter 73 - Departure ago
Chapter 74 - Demonic Plant ago
Chapter 75 - Gardening ago
Chapter 76 - The End ago
Chapter 77 - Round Two ago
Chapter 78 - Demon Seed ago
Chapter 79 - Arrogant Young Master ago
Chapter 80 - Battle! ago
Chapter 81 - Lamp of Passion ago
Chapter 82 - Reverse Landslide ago
Chapter 83 - The Journey Continues ago
Chapter 84 - Lone Hero ago
Chapter 85 - Victory ago
Chapter 86 - Moving On ago
Chapter 87 - Cave Entrance ago
Chapter 88 - Crux ago
Chapter 89 - Cracking the Seal ago
Chapter 90 - Seal Master’s Dwelling ago
Chapter 91 - Rips in Space ago
Chapter 92 - Judgement ago
Chapter 93 - Aura Exhibition ago
Chapter 94 - Bronze Soldier ago
Chapter 95 - The Second Gift ago
Chapter 96 - True Immortal ago
Chapter 97 - Timeless Eyes ago
Chapter 98 - Return to the Sect ago
Chapter 99 - Five Wood Art Sets ago
Chapter 100 - Stone Tablet Techniques ago
Chapter 101 - Connecting Heaven and Earth ago
Chapter 102 - Blacksmithy ago
Chapter 103 - Research ago
Chapter 104 - Prototypes ago
Chapter 105 - Business Plan ago
Chapter 106 - Grand Opening ago
Chapter 107 - Seeking Assistance ago
Chapter 108 - Summoned ago
Chapter 109 - Peak Master Zhen ago
Chapter 110 - The Hidden Domain ago
Chapter 111 - Rocky ago
Chapter 112 - The Next Site ago
Chapter 113 - Crystal Spider Forest ago
Chapter 114 - To catch a Spider ago
Chapter 115 - Spider Hunt ago
Chapter 116 - Extermination ago
Chapter 117 - The Banyan ago
Chapter 118 - Spider Melee ago
Chapter 119 - Reinforcements ago
Chapter 120 - Purple Forest Cleanup ago
Chapter 121 - Seals ago
Chapter 122 - Released ago
Chapter 123 - Doors ago
Chapter 124 - An Introduction ago
Chapter 125 - Leaving the Hidden Domain ago
Chapter 126 - Remodeled ago
Chapter 127 - Loose Ends ago
Chapter 128 - Window Shopper ago
Chapter 129 - Strange Creatures ago
Chapter 130 - Special Showroom ago
Chapter 131 - Hindsight ago
Chapter 132 - Mountain Treasure ago
Chapter 133 - Too Late ago
Chapter 134 - Yellow Gemstone ago
Chapter 135 - Marked? ago
Chapter 136 - Expelled ago
Chapter 137 - Rewards ago
Chapter 138 - Identity ago
Chapter 139 - Company ago
Chapter 140 - Movie Troupe ago
Chapter 141 - Knowledge ago
Chapter 142 - Sunfire Pagoda ago
Chapter 143 - Foundation Building ago
Chapter 144 - Seed of Life ago
Chapter 145 - Equipment ago
Chapter 146 - Research ago
Chapter 147 - Tempering ago
Chapter 148 - A Plan ago
Chapter 149 - The Beast ago
Chapter 150 - Defeated ago
Chapter 151 - Gone ago
Chapter 152 - Metamorphosis ago
Chapter 153 - Reflection ago
Chapter 154 - Unfolding ago
Chapter 155 - New Body ago
Chapter 156 - Schooling ago
Chapter 157 - Blood Refining ago
Chapter 158 - Time ago
Chapter 159 - Zhu Clan ago
Chapter 160 - Usual Encounter ago
Chapter 161 - New Inn ago
Chapter 162 - Second Meeting ago
Chapter 163 - Song Lu Tian ago
Chapter 164 - The Demands ago
Chapter 165 - Thousand Treasures ago
Chapter 166 - Forging ago
Chapter 167 - Swords ago
Chapter 168 - The Tournament Begins ago
Chapter 169 - Round One ago
Chapter 170 - Rising Stars ago
Chapter 171 - The Final Round ago
Chapter 172 - Formation Swords ago
Chapter 173 - Home ago
Chapter 174 - Payment ago
Chapter 175 - Thunder Mountain Bridge ago
Chapter 176 - The Mountain ago
Chapter 177 - Double Flowered Ice Camellia ago
Chapter 178 - Metal Jungle ago
Chapter 179 - Destructive Search ago
Chapter 180 - Mountain Defense ago
Chapter 181 - Drinking ago
Chapter 182 - Hangover ago
Chapter 183 - Pursuit ago
Chapter 184 - Caught ago
Chapter 185 - Stand ago
Chapter 186 - Escape ago
Chapter 187 - Hiding ago
Chapter 188 - Back to Thunder Mountain Bridge ago
Chapter 189 - Chong Xiezi ago
Chapter 190 - Trading ago
Chapter 191 - Dealing ago
Chapter 192 - Leaving the Zhu Clan ago
Chapter 193 - Disappearing ago
Chapter 194 - Dead ago
Chapter 195 - Growing Pains ago
Chapter 196 - Taking Stock ago
Chapter 197 - The Seed of Life ago
Chapter 198 - Talent ago
Chapter 199 - Cultivation ago
Chapter 200 - Return to the Sect ago
Chapter 201 - Taking Stock ago
Chapter 202 - Research ago
Chapter 203 - Tea ago
Chapter 204 - Manufacture ago
Chapter 205 - Information ago
Chapter 206 - Departure ago
Chapter 207 - Daggerguard City ago
Chapter 208 - The Beast Den ago
Chapter 209 - Auction ago
Chapter 210 - Bidding ago
Chapter 211 - The Auction Continues ago
Chapter 212 - Lu Tavern ago
Chapter 213 - Punishment ago
Chapter 214 - Opportunities ago
Chapter 215 - Magic Tools ago
Chapter 216 - Knowledge ago
Chapter 217 - End of the Auction ago
Chapter 218 - Escape ago
Chapter 219 - Unforeseen Consequences ago
Chapter 220 - New Beginning ago
Chapter 221 - Nursery ago
Chapter 222 - Birdwatching ago
Chapter 223 - Bird-ened ago
Chapter 224 - Trussed up Chicken ago
Chapter 225 - Ruffling Feathers ago
Chapter 226 - Monster Rancher ago
Chapter 227 - Hatching ago
Chapter 228 - Tiankong Clan ago
Chapter 229 - Soldiers ago
Chapter 230 - Hatching Part Two ago
Chapter 231 - Second Chrysalis ago
Chapter 232 - Exercise ago
Chapter 233 - Hoplites ago
Chapter 234 - Dragon Heritage ago
Chapter 235 - Jade Horde ago
Chapter 236 - Seven Stars ago
Chapter 237 - Expansion ago
Chapter 238 - Growth ago
Chapter 239 - Little Birds ago
Chapter 240 - Bronze Tiger Province ago
Chapter 241 - The Kang Clan ago
Chapter 242 - Frowned Upon ago
Chapter 243 - Disapproving Crowd ago
Chapter 244 - The Event ago
Chapter 245 - Husband Selection ago
Chapter 246 - Gifts ago
Chapter 247 - Diversifying ago
Chapter 248 - The Mine ago
Chapter 249 - Negotiations ago
Chapter 250 - Riding a Tiger ago
Chapter 251 - The Charge ago
Chapter 252 - Battle ago
Chapter 253 - Close Quarters ago
Chapter 254 - Hundred Spike Tigers ago
Chapter 255 - Fortified ago
Chapter 256 - Cloudmetal Consortium ago
Chapter 257 - Reaching an Agreement ago
Chapter 258 - Consolidation ago
Chapter 259 - Study Break ago
Chapter 260 - Formation Reformation ago
Chapter 261 - Formation Armor ago
Chapter 262 - Yi Yang Group ago
Chapter 263 - Hostilities ago
Chapter 264 - Engaged ago
Chapter 265 - Ending the Yi Yang Group ago
Chapter 266 - Battle’s End ago
Chapter 267 - Purple Cloud City ago
Chapter 268 - Sinking Ship ago
Chapter 269 - Setback ago
Chapter 270 - Escape ago
Chapter 271 - Orange Sky City ago
Chapter 272 - Stone Tablet ago
Chapter 273 - Training ago
Chapter 274 - Techniques ago
Chapter 275 - Cosmic Traction ago
Chapter 276 - Lump of Clay ago
Chapter 277 - Blue Icesilver ago
Chapter 278 - Refining Blue Icesilver ago
Chapter 279 - Drastic Measures ago
Chapter 280 - Recovery ago
Chapter 281 - Six Heavenly Materials ago
Chapter 282 - Rank Advancement ago
Chapter 283 - Tiny Tree ago
Chapter 284 - Risk ago
Chapter 285 - Core Formation Cultivator ago
Chapter 286 - Inner World ago
Chapter 287 - Refining ago
Chapter 288 - The Next Step ago
Chapter 289 - Lionheart Town ago
Chapter 290 - Lock and Load ago
Chapter 291 - Demonstration ago
Chapter 292 - A Wager ago
Chapter 293 - Dusted ago
Chapter 294 - Request ago
Chapter 295 - Hatchet Gang ago
Chapter 296 - Hunting ago
Chapter 297 - Entrance ago
Chapter 298 - Searching ago
Chapter 299 - To War! ago
Chapter 300 - Attack ago
Chapter 301 - Tar People ago
Chapter 302 - Tar Pit ago
Chapter 303 - Chase ago
Chapter 304 - Tar Master ago
Chapter 305 - Conversation ago
Chapter 306 - Hei Bai the Necromancer ago
Chapter 307 - Final Form ago
Chapter 308 - Blood Ghost ago
Chapter 309 - Claw versus Fang ago
Chapter 310 - You’re still alive? ago
Chapter 311 - Cockroaches ago
Chapter 312 - Final Struggle ago
Chapter 313 - Return to the Surface ago
Chapter 314 - Eradicating the Slavers ago
Chapter 315 - Commence the Operation ago
Chapter 316 - Surrounded ago

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The divine luck cultivator

I'm a bit split about this story. On one hand it really goes out of its way to avoid some of the more infamous stupidities of Xian'xia, on the other hand there's very little tension in this story and the MC feels incredibly bland. There's nothing really driving him.

I really like the way the MC is an average or even below average cultivator. He takes 30 years to reach the third sphere unlike the average MC who'd surpass that in his early teens. How he actually tries to avoid unnecessary conflict, but still runs into the nastyness of an average xian'xia setting.

But overall he's still a typical xian'xia protagonist. Instead of the typical divine talent this MC got divine luck. He gets reincarnated with his memories intact (not that he uses them much) - luck - he survives a spoilerific event - luck - he finds an advanced cultivation technique - luck - he runs into some heavenly treasure - luck - this very heavenly treasure allows him into a sect while he's too old to actually qualify under normal means (more luck!). He's amongst a group who finds the site of an extinct sect...

And so on and so forth. Basically all progress in the character and his cultivation comes from sheer dumb luck. He works hard, but it's essentially pointless since he doesn't innovate. His progress comes almost entirely from lucky encounters. So much it actually becomes a plotpoint.

Overall it would have been nice if the MC had a bit more agency/genius and a lot less luck. This way it feels almost like crack on ocassion.

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Review as of chapter 204.


Quick review : This story has alot going for it and explores a bit some interesting paths not talked about much in other cultivation books. But it loses out when most of the ideas are only lightly touched on.

Longer review: finally a cultivation story that explores a insect tamer... Was my first thought picking up this story but as it dragged on I lost my enthusiasm then my joy for the story. The time skips get ridiculous, the character feels like he has ADHD and can't focus even for a single chapter on an idea and any individual growth is lost within a paragraph or two where there has been a time skip and we see the mc repeating the same cycle. Cultivation takes a back seat to the author trying to force industrialization into the story and throw in some SciFi to boot. The further I read the more this feels like a shotgun of ideas splattered across dozens of pages and not a cohesive story. There are many fantastic gems of story hooks in here but it's lost time and time again under a mountain of filler bullshit or time skips. I want to like this story, I love so many of the concepts in it but the execution has really just pulled it down but by bit. Timing would change this from a 3 to a 4 but without depht this won't ever get higher imo.

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It's nice to see the character's training and ascension through the ranks be a little slower than other xianxia. A powerful MC is fun to read about, but seeing him gradually growing more powerful over time feels more satisfying. If he's already winning and trouncing more powerful people right off the bat there's no suspense. 





I felt a little iffy on this at first. The MC's reaction to realizing he's reincarnated into a cultivation world (Oh cool this is like a video game!) just gives you the impression he takes nothing seriously. It also seems incongruous considering the fact that he was a middle-aged man when he died in his previous life. Fortunately, some recent developments which have exposed him to the brutality of the cultivation world seem to be sobering him up and making him less naive. I also sincerely hope that any antagonists the MC faces aren't all stereotypical young masters/haughty geniuses. I urge that you don't make all powerful cultivators and young masters evil, mean and ruthless people. I see too many xianxia where everyone who meets the MC goes "Oh who's this piece of trash let's sneer and look at him with disdain". 

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A decent concept that lacks focus

Reviewed at: Chapter 234 - Dragon Heritage

This story starts out different than other Xianxia novels do, with the main character not being a cultivating genius, born with some awesome legacy/bloodline, or given a great cultivation method. However the main character does become extraordinary through his percistance and random luck. This all makes for a new and I think a better type of xianxia, but the author often ends up with many plot threads that are either ignored for a long time or dropped altogether. My suggestion is to read this if you want a new type of xianxia but not if you are looking for a new favorite novel.

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interesting world, bad writing

the world is fun and the MC's abilities are interesting, but unfortunately, the writing style is very similar to how one might write out a shopping list

MC did this, MC did that the whole time

everything is just flat

let this review stand as a warning for prospective readers since every other review seems to think this is the "Best Xianxia" or something

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Excessive exposition and shallow characters

While I rate this a 2 that doesn't mean that there isn't potential to fix much of what's wrong here with a rewrite.  The bones of the story are alright for the most part, it's the execution that's lacking.

Anyway if you enjoy reading most Xianxia’s then you may also enjoy this one as well.  As as for what makes this one stand out, that would be the novelty of Sage’s insect cultivation and his eventual transformation into a snakeman.  As far as storytelling, character or style goes there isn’t much to recommend here apart from the usual random encounter Xianxia setup. 

As a main character Sage is sadly quite bland and his origins as a reincarnator don't help with that.  Early on he’s forced to wander the world for many years and during this time he experiences hardships and meets a variety of people.  This period could've been used to establish a robust personality for him but unfortunately those events are just summed up in brief instead.  This approach is also used once he joins a sect and as a result there's a lack of character development despite his multi decade stay there.  Thus we're given a shell of a character that feels as if he's being piloted around by the author to do various things at times. 

Once the story is allowed to progress, Sage through a series of events ends up being mutated by a technique and this is rather ham-fistedly used as an excuse to give him some minor personality traits.  But as he was more or less a blank slate prior to the transformation the attempt comes off as somewhat silly. As far as his radical change of race and appearance goes, well what of it?  Sage doesn’t care about it at all and neither did anyone else for that matter which was highly underwhelming.  As a result nothing actually changes beyond Sage gaining the desire to do the usual sorts of things that all Xianxia characters do anyway.

To be fair, once the character is allowed to explore the world outside of long winded exposition then the Xianxia premise is finally able to shine through at times.  He goes places, he loots things, he fights and that standard formula works but outside of that (& sometimes during) the previously listed problems arise. 

The bottom line is that the story is still readable if also somewhat bland.  This is due to a lack of character development, a virtually irrelevant side cast and an overabundance of dry, over the top analysis and forced exposition.

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Slow and Steady wins the race!

Grammar wise this is above average. Apart from the usual non-english speaker mistakes (using 'was' instead of 'were') it's solid.

This story has a plot. We know who his enemies are, we know what his motivations and character is like, now we just have to WAIT in big bold letters because the Author doesn't rush through like almost every other Chinese novel.

The MC actually builds up his strength over time, not just getting some random power up or magical item letting him slay his enemies.

He's not some talented young master that everybody fawns over, he's just a guy trying to get stronger.


This story in general is a nice new perspective on Xianxia novels. Instead of seeing the disgraced young master or the random nobody, we get a normal dude with basic talent in a generally strong sect trying to make his way to the top. It'll take him some time, and others will pass him by, but he'll make it up there someday. 

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I initially dropped this story early on for a while because having insects stored in your body seriously grossed me out.


Now that I have read further I can see that was a mistake. Very high quality for royal road, in a Chinese style. It's a bit odd but I love it. 

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I want to say I'm enjoying this story, it's not got a lot of issues and the few it does have can be easily looked over. My biggest issue with this is exposition, or rather over explaining. I don't need the hundredth description of how his Qi flows, or an in depth description of how he is using an array and how they work. Or the block texts about animals, insects and plants, if they had some life to them it would be better but it's like reading a textbook of what the thing is, not an observation. 

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Slower Paced Xianxia.

The story over all is fun to read.  Sage has the easy job of being more interesting then the average Xianxia MC, and he succeeds(mostly). The pacing of the story could be more consistent, and  time-skip transition made all the previous chapters kinda feel like an extended prologue...?. But like a cold glass of water in the desert we call Xianxia, its refreshing.

Currently at chapter 34, and i'm looking forward to more.