In the Celestial Empire, a land ruled by Immortals and stalked by Spirits and Beasts, a young girl from the slums of an unimportant city is found to have the Talent. In the great Sect of Argent Peak, she will take her first unsteady steps upon the way.
Can she learn to not only survive, but thrive on her journey?
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This is just a basic ass review mostly to support the author but also because I'm seriously enjoying this story.
The pacing of this story is far better than I expected of a Xianxia/Wuxia story usually by chapter 170 our MC(Ling Qi) would almost be a sect master or something absurd like that. Which is strange because this MC is both lucky and talented and yet works their hardest and still isn't the strongest and honestly I love it. Ling Qi is very well written and I honestly feel like they could be a person with their flaws, views and goals. Speaking of goals her Dao or Way is interesting its based around her love for music because in her eyes music is home and she seeks to make a home where those she love will always be able to reach her or be with her. This goal is admirable and honestly what made me fall in love with this story before this point I was sorta just reading because I loved the world and character interactions. I enjoy how you subverted the general story progression with her session to become a vassal.
Alright Imma stop here so I stop ranting about what I love.
imo this story is great. there is no way to simply summarise in a few words what's so good about it, except when you compare it to the 'common' xianxia story.
first - the character is great. although her backstory is a bit bland and less detailed (being a back ally thief), it is still something you can relate to. it is also quite realistic. not over malodramatic, not over the top, but good enough. just right. she is nice and charismatic in terms of character interactions, but a bit clueless at times. kind of like naruto but less of an idiot. as a person, she's great.
now, the common xianxia character is a douchbag. yes, more often than not he's an evil asshole. if not for the fact that the events around the character are somewhat interesting, you would not want to follow such a person. you would definitely not want to encounter him.
he is selfish and murderous and cares only for himself. what sets him aside in terms of talent is usually some deep held secret that helps him make it to the top, which he would've died a dozen times without because of his selfish and reckless nature. he often makes dumb decisions, but in terms of story he is a genius since the other characters are just weakling stick figures. then, there is the hideous young master trope. yes, I get the point. well, no, I don't actually. where did it even come from? it only makes sense that even this "young master" would have reasoning behind him besides stupidity. what? why?
while here the character is selfish (in her own mind) but not an ass. she actually tries to make some connections, and the nobles make sense in their prespective and reasoning. the only thing the character has is some talent and luck (but not otherworldly luck). while she strives to make it to the top others keep up (if not surpass her). also, the other characters make sense as well. they have motives behind them. they have backstories and emotions. even the smug young masters here make sense, and you might sympathize with them as well.
as for the plot, it is somewhat stale. I enjoy it, but the sense of progression is on the slow side of things as all xianxia and web novels. which is not necessarily bad for the medium, in which plot lines aren't necessary because of weekly or daily updates and releases.
as for the writing, it is great actually. it's quite calming and nice. there aren't many mistakes I've noticed, and the messages the author tries to convey pass through quite well. I read the sv version and it doesn't feel as good. but the writing here feels edited and well thought through. a bit more of compressing and editing might make it into something you'd buy in a bookstore, hang it on the shelf, and recommend to your friends.
(as of chapter 61)
I'm usually not a big fan of xianxia stories because one, as the characters in those are often incredibly stupid, ego-overloaded and one-dimensional idiots ("Muh honor!!! You filthy peasant besmirched me by existing! For this slight I will crush you with my superior combat art 'Raging Flow of the Eastern Bool-Sheet River'!!!! WAAAAAHH!") that reading about them annoys me to no end; two, the fights are so over-the-top that you'd expect the whole country to turn to dust and still the MC wins easily because... something; and three, writing style and grammar are often very very bad.
And here is the "but": 'Forge of Destiny' is different. While there are a number of arrogant a**holes in FoD, they mostly only throw insults around and most of the characters are rather normal, or at least sane. And most importantly, everybody is struggling to advance instead of only the MC rising through the realms like a launching space rocket.
Style: The story is told in third-person style from Ling Qi's POV, with bonus chapters explaining concepts or showing other people. The descriptions are fine and the narrative methods are solidly used.
Story: The narration is about how Ling Qi, a poor girl living on the streets, is admitted to the sect because of her potential and how she learns about cultivation and arts. The plot is easy to understand, no strange and convoluted trick-the-trickster gambits. The pacing is good with regular progress but without it being unrealistically fast. While you will find the usual xianxia tropes here, progression in cultivation and techniques has rules, you won't find the usual last-second deus ex machina here.
Grammar: Very good. Almost no typos and the sentences are in real English instead of badly translated Chinese.
Characters: The MC is a girl with a multidimensional personality, fleshed out with strengths and weaknesses that fit her history. She's a bit inept in her social graces compared to the aristocratic disciples but her down-to-earth behaviour makes her all the more likeable. The important side characters are also recognizable as people, each one filling a different niche, even though some of them are excessively jealous or give the often-seen 'I'm noble so I'm better, your achievements don't count even though they are better than mine' vibe.
In total and especially compared to the mass of xianxia stories here on RRL and elsewhere, 'Forge of Destiny' is standing out for being well crafted with a multi-path progression system and interesting characters.
This story started as a quest with a vibrant voter base that is going strong after 177 updates at the time of writing this review. Not a lot of stories can say that. In a show of loyalty fans commented on this site while there were very few chapters put up on Royal Road. There is already 600k words written in a quest format. But you on Royal Road will have the luxury of seeing it in a polished chapter format. If you get impatient just read the story in quest form. Based on the quest already I'm giving it 5 stars with very few chapters on the site.
No, I'm not exaggerating. This immortal cultivation xianxia-inspired novel may not be to everyone's tastes due to its slow pace, but it is written SO GOD DAMNED WELL!
And I've read a lot of good books. This is definitely my favorite yet...though it's nowhere near complete, and I'm gonna die of impatience from waiting for new chapters Dx
While on the surface the story and characters are utterly derivative, Forge of Destiny is both very well written and consistent in its quality. For me, that was ultimately enough. The story doesn't terribly excite me, yet I still read every new chapter release the day of. If you're a fan of this type of story, I think its defintiely worth reading.
You would struggle to find anything about it that could be considered innovative, but niether will you find any glaring flaws. The characters are appropriately flawed and well rounded. The dialog is fitting. The MC doesn't always get what they want. The opposing side has legitimate philosophical points (as opposed ot being objectively evil caricatures) and the MC's side is sometimes morally questionable (as opposed to be paradigns of justice).
I usually avoid cultivation novels on websites like this since it’s hard enough to find good ones that have been officially published. I tried this one since it’s hard enough to find good stories with female MCs.
The idea of the main character using music in her cultivation seems original enough and so far the story has been interesting. Solid build up in the cultivation.
i guess the only complaint would be the way the history is explained? Especially on the bonus chapters. Tho, since they are meant to be snippets of text it makes since.
Overall, it’s an enjoyable story with decent progress. Solid character development. No massive info dumps. Interesting enough to keep you reading and wondering what’s gonna happen next.
Thank you for the chapters
Forge of Destiny is a very well done xianxia story.
It follows a poor girl given the opportunity to join a sect and become a cultivator, and details her journey as she navigates the sect and her fellow disciples.
Where Forge of Destiny really stands out from other xianxia is in its characters. The story has taken a slow pace and focused on crafting a believable and enjoyable-to-follow main character in Ling Qi, as well as a diverse and interesting supporting cast.
The rules of the cultivation system have been sufficiently explained, and Ling Qi's power progression has felt earned so far. The world building is another strong point, with a great deal of the world and characters histories being fleshed out despite the story barely leaving the sect.
The story is well-edited, and the chapters balance fun slice-of-life with action and progression very well.
I would strongly recommend this story.
(As of Chapter 67)
The main issue I had with the story is that it was slow, really slow, at least for my tastes. I read quite a bit of it but it took way too long until something significant actually happened. That may be because I was on an action binge when I read this and that may have affected my review.
If you like xianxia stories and your fine with a slightly slower pace, then I would actually recommend this story. It has an interesting main character with a some fun interaction with everyone else, the worldbuilding is pretty good too
I love this novel. I like the hard working and adventure part of cultivation novels but there are a lot of things I dislike and this novel takes the good without the bad. There are real character with personality and rivals that are more then simple "Young master" template. The MC has nice emotional growth and is talented without beeing OP or redicoulsly lucky. Also fights are more then simply bombastic sounding techniques.
Very enjoyable and well written. I highly recommend and now that I caught up with it I cannot bing on it unfortunantly