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 one made a great quest, it loses some of that in the translation to a story, because the quest went the way that it did because the players were jockeying to succeed rather than to make a good story happen.
It's a good story about a young street rat trying to become powerful and leave the fetters of her past life behind while also reconnecting with a family she left behind, but that doesn't necessarily make it a good wuxia story.
Does excel in worldbuilding though, even if the lack on information outside of what is immediately important does get on my nerves sometimes.
Over the years I've tried Xianxia stories every now and then, but I could never get invested but Forge of Destiny finally manged to draw me in - and for good reason. The story of Ling Qi is an engaging one right from the start, the world building absolutley top notch. All the concepts introduced are staples of the genre, very much so, but Yrsillar manages to keep them fresh by giving them a certain gravitas that is rarely present in other works (who usually include them only for inclusion's sake). The mix of eastern and western story-telling compliments this, and while at times it can swing more one way than the other, it never becomes incoherent. Indeed, not once have I felt cheated by the story, because it never pulls a fast one on you in order to indulge in power fantasy escapism, and the grammar is just as consistent as the leveliing and plot progression.
The lack of power wank, more than anything esle, is what keeps me invested because it keeps the stakes believable, which in turn keeps the character motivation geneuine - this goes for all characters, not just the MC. In fact, the diverse cast is a serious strenght of the story, because not only are the majority of them not cardboard cutouts, but each of them has a clear and distinct relationship with the Ling. True, she stands out, but she's not universally hated or liked, nor is her luck swept under the rug. The drama thus feels earned, rather than contrived, and gives the story its human element.
Monsters, Spritis, and Higher Beings stilll are simliarly fleshed out and I can see them clearly in my minds eye. They are treated with reverence and respect, but never so much that it flips right into sycophancy, which is much appreciated. Yes, all in all Forge of Desity is a gem in a genre filled with trash, and I heartily recommned that you give it a try, especially if you're on the fence about Xianxia as a whole; it is a breath of fresh air in a genre old and stale.
A beautiful Xianxia story with Rich deep world building and a host of fun characters. What really stands out about it really is the way in which the world itself extends Xianxia tropes beyond typical Xianxia subjects. And Ling Qi is a wonderful main character, her character arc and outlook remain interesting for the entire work.
Beautiful work. Reading this was a pleasure. And I look forward to rereading it in a more edited form as presented here.
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
Absolutely fantastic story. I blitzed all the way through it in 2 days, read the original quest in another 2 and then got up to date on the sequal quest by the end of the week.
Excellent characters in an intriguing world. The author does a great job of depicting a kind of classic Xianxia setting in a way that makes it feel very human and fresh.
Good enough that I would pay for a print or kindle edition without hesitation.
I have to say, of all the xianxia stories I have read, very few of them have a certain quality that makes stories much better, emotion. so far i've read 15 chapters, and unlike most other xianxia novels, the mc of FoD HAS emotions, unlike most other mc's in other stories. I almost never come across a novel that has emotion so early on in the story. usually it's some sort of out of the blue pull at the start of the story, like some tragedy or mc being betrayed or something. Ling Qi on the other hand, shows real emotion throughout the story on a regular basis. Emotion's that someone who randomly get's pulled from a life on the streets and shoved into cultivation. She isn't just "going with it" shes actually "working" through the new life that was thrust upon her. Really excited to see the rest of the story!
A typical xianxia setting with the standard characters archetypes, but with characters with actual personalities and motivations. This is most notable when even the man character's allies act in ways that don't match her desires - something surprisingly rare in the genre.
Grammer and spelling are generally good with few errors. The storyline itself keeps moving and doesn't get bogged down with personal vendettas and sidequests.
When I first picked up Forge of Destiny, I wasn't sure what to expect. This work ended up being the very first cultivation piece and might I say, it has set the mark quite high! I originally binged at least 200 chapters. I have been keeping up with it ever since. The way that Yrsillar is able to really dig down into each facet that is Ling Qi's life is truly remarkable.
To break it up:
Style: With this being the first Cultivation story that I've read, it certainly takes the cake and sets the standard. I've held off and even searched for other cultivation stories on RR to compare it to, and out of all of the ones that I've read, this one still far surpasses the others. It's not the content, but rather the depth that the author is using to express the emotions and trials that Ling Qi faces.
Story: Without sounding too redundant, I believe that this story has the ability to continue to hold my attention for a considerable length of time! I feel like the Author has barely scratched the surface in the 272 chapters so far and the room for the expanded story can only grow more intense and impressive. The author is taking their time and letting the story grow naturally and I certainly appreciate that they're not rushing any aspect of the work.
Grammar: Not much to speak on here. I rarely, if ever, find any sort of grammatical errors. Their writing style is nicely done and their vocabulary is rich, allowing me to immerse myself more into the story with much more vibrant adjectives and verbs that are being used.
Character: I love the MC. I love how she faces adversity, how she's able to rise above the challenges that are presented to her and her abilities to reflect internally on outside stimuli.
Without going too far into specifics, I will say this:
You should put this on your follow list immediately and begin to follow Ling Qi on her personal story of growth and enlightenment and you will not be disappointed that you did.
A well executed Wuxia, with a better than normal cast.
As all is determined by die, failure is a legitimet threat.
The Main Character does not act in a vacuum. All deeds have coneqeunces, every missed opportunity will never return and may be exploited by those with malice.
Ling Qui is a fallible actor in a vast and strange world where allies must be picked carefully and friends are worth more than gold. Every relationship is a commodity that must be leveraged carefully, for there is no neutraly. He who chooses to wish to be friends with all, in truth stands alone.
Many cultivation stories focus on the petty, powerful cultivator or the upstart that overthrows them. While there is some of that in this story, it is very far from the focus. Instead, this is the soty of a girl becoming both a woman and a powerful cultivator in a short time.
Early on, you learn that the stoy revolves around a girl shedding the last of her teen years right after it is discovered that she has the talent for cultivation. By law, all cultivators are sent to school to learn to defend the nation. However, the school is competitive which adds in the "Forge" aspects of the title.
Her new friends, competitors, and even opponents are each unique. The characters are clearly seperate and there is little bleed from one to the next. Where many stories have cardboard cutouts or people that are too similar, this is a world filled with unique individuals. There are complex dynamics between them and their social interactions are an important facit of the story.
Like all Xanxia, there are deep aspects of self improveent, cultivation, and tiers of performance. They are well done and the story is a good example of the genra. What it leaves out is the tired crutch of everything being about some petulant master. Sure, there are a few of those, but they are surrounded by other cultivators and this is more about their shared struggle to advance. This gives it a unique feel next to most of the other Xanxia I have sampled.