River of Fate

by River Fate

Original ONGOING Action Fantasy Psychological Sci-fi Martial Arts Reincarnation Xianxia

The River of Fate flows through all known worlds. When an old soldier from a future Earth dies, his soul is traveling to the underworld to be reborn when it is knocked off course by the Voice of the Heavens. He plunges into the River of Fate and is ripped apart and rebuilt by the energies there.

His fragmented memories merge with those of a young cultivator from a heavenly sect. Anger was his constant companion in one life and the memory of a family left behind haunts the other.

He is reincarnated in a world of cultivation, danger, and hope, where his initial plans will be complicated by the wars of those more powerful.

Walk a little with him as he chooses a name and treads an unknown path to immortality. 

*In this story, you can expect Xianxia cultivation, a focus on jade and sunset magic, cool techniques and skills, lots of fighting, evil ghosts, and a theme of helping friends and harming enemies.


*Book I is complete, barring some minor edits, and fully released here on Royal Road.

Book II is under way now. Chapters 1-3 are out here. Chapters 4-6 of Book II are available on Patreon for advanced reading right now at the $3 tier.

The epub for Book 1 is on Patreon as well, at the $1 tier, if you want to read it that way. Total length is 202,000 words (~732 pages).

*This is not the end of Verse's adventures. Stick around!

*Verse is not intended to be all-powerful due to some secret method, by the way. He has advantages, but they're only intended to make him interesting and bring him on par with other top disciples. The rest is up to him.

*Three chapters a week guaranteed (Wed, Thurs, Sat unless earlier), but sometimes more. Each chapter is 3-4k words, generally, or about 10-15 pages.

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River Fate

River Fate

Author: River of Fate

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Chapter Name Release Date
River of Fate 1: Reborn ago
River of Fate 2: Ancestor Greencastle ago
River of Fate 3: Ghost Seal ago
River of Fate 4: Basic Technique Training ago
River of Fate 5: Memories at the Gate ago
River of Fate 6: Whitestone City ago
River of Fate 7: Jade Essence Inspection ago
River of Fate 8: Followed ago
River of Fate 9: Disciple of the Jade Scripture Sect ago
River of Fate 10: The Man in Black ago
River of Fate 11: Sect Trials ago
River of Fate 12: Celebration Interrupted ago
River of Fate 13: Deian Ruins ago
River of Fate 14: A Clear and Present Danger ago
River of Fate 15: Water Finds a Way ago
River of Fate 16: The Caves Beyond ago
River of Fate 17: Black Fang ago
River of Fate 18: Crossroads ago
River of Fate 19: Valley of the Lost ago
River of Fate 20: Testing the New Guard ago
River of Fate 21: Cruelty ago
River of Fate 22: Black Eye Team ago
River of Fate 23: A Little Intimidation ago
River of Fate 24: Jade Fall ago
River of Fate 25: Exploring the Black Eye Cavern ago
River of Fate 26: The Eastern Tunnels ago
River of Fate 27: A Mountain Breeze ago
River of Fate 28: Crimson Sunset Blossom ago
River of Fate 29: Crimson Sunset Flames ago
River of Fate 30: First Steps to Freedom ago
River of Fate 31: Flamekin Tunnels ago
River of Fate 32: Darkflame Spring ago
River of Fate 33: Crimson Sunset's Final Light ago
River of Fate 34: The Sun Sets... ago
River of Fate 35: To See the Mountains Again ago
River of Fate 36: Up the River to the Sky ago
River of Fate 37: Return to Whitestone City ago
River of Fate 38: The Seven Sages Sect ago
River of Fate 39: A Message Delivered ago
River of Fate 40: New Swords and Old Friends ago
River of Fate 41: Soren Greencastle ago
River of Fate 42: A Twist of Fate ago
River of Fate 43: To the Mountains Again ago
River of Fate 44: Return to Black Eye Cavern ago
River of Fate 45: Matriarch Autea ago
River of Fate 46: Old Lives and New Choices ago
River of Fate 47: To Stand or Fall ago
River of Fate: Book I Epilogue ago
Info Page: On Cultivation, Magical Artifacts, and Medicinal Pills ago
River of Fate 2, Ch 1: Ten Years to Live ago
River of Fate 2, Ch 2: Squire of the Crimson Sunset ago
River of Fate 2, Ch 3: Enemies in the Dark ago

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A Perfectly Blended Cultivation Story

Reviewed at: River of Fate 34: The Sun Sets...

This was exactly the kind of cultivation novel I was looking to read!

I don't know if every other author is Chinese or what, but it's my opinion that if the story is going to place in another world, then let it take place in another world and not China 2.0. To be fair, I don't know if you can write a Xianxia without at least a hint of Eastern influence, but every character doesn't have to be named Xing or Huang. The author here combines Western and Eastern themes to create the world we see here. It's not totally one or the other which makes the blend perfect.

The plot line seems to be a bit slow, but the character's cultivation seems really fast. There's a small timeskip or two, but it still seems the development is overly quick. The main character is 16 years old and starts at rank 5, even with the timeskip I still believe the main character is 16, but he still ends up rank 7. There's 3 other characters with the main character who also manage to rank up along side him during the timeskip of a few weeks to months (not really entirely sure how long it has been), but considering everyone else has been training their entire lives, ranking up seems to be kind of effortless from the main character's point of view. He does have a serious advantage I'll give him that, but it shouldn't necessarily be the case with those around him who only have a small advatage. I think it's the discrepancy of the slow plot and fast cultivation that makes it seem a bit awkward. Maybe dial it back a little bit? It's okay if he grows while in his rank, he doesn't have to rank up every time he needs a power-up.

The fight scenes are great and feel realistic. No overpowered kamehameha; instead the main character focuses on using skill to overpower his enemies. Sure he has some overpowered abilities, but so does his opponents. His skill is what sets him apart, at least early on. Even when he comes into unique abilities later on, you'll find that they aren't all powerful and it's up to the main character to use those abilities in the correct situations.

I'm enjoying the characters for the most part, except for one, maybe two exceptions. There's a cultist character in the story that the main character feels some sympathy towards and wants to try and make him a better person, but whenever I read about him, I just can't help but hope he dies so the main character can just forget about him. There's no realistically feasible way to make the totally insane person a better person anyways. It's not often I hope for active characters in a story to die, but in this case I would gladly welcome it. If it helps any, a comedic death would only add to the story. The other character is set up to act as an advisor to the main character, but he's more of a parasite than anything, at least right now. I hope in the future there's a better solution than keeping the current status-quo, maybe something that benefits both the advisor character and main character; I'm not talking about the two just getting along, but making them seperate entities because right now they can be considered one in the same.

The main character's original life, or at least the one the story started with was a soldier with a lot of pent up anger, but in his new life, he seems to be extremely calm and collected. There's a point in the story where he "harnasses" his old anger to work for him, but that's about it. He was reshaped by the river of fate, but it mentions that his anger is still a part of him in his new life, we just don't see it. It's a little odd that we don't see more of it, but I like the way the character is now. The only thing that I would change would be that I'd hope the main character was a bit more self-serving. He ends up sharing his spoils with quite literally, the enemy without any gain for himself because he feels bad for them. Since he comes out ahead most of the time, he figures "why not?". Also since he felt bad for the cultist who tried to kill him, he took it upon himself to watch over the guy - seriously just kill off the cultist character, please!

The main character doesn't seem to have much in the terms of carnal desires and is avoiding brothels, which is a HUGE plus. Usually we'd see Xianxia characters building up a massive harem, which doesn't seem like it'll happen in this case. It could be he avoids brothels because he doesn't want to get an STD, which is great too, since most other main characters would completely ignore that part of fantasy worlds. There's one or two potenital romance intersets as of now, but they aren't throwing themselves at the main character after first glance. This is how it should be; if there's any romantic development later on that's fine too, just don't have the romantic interest become a mindless drone. 

Right now we're still on book 1, but I can see this as something special that has the potential to hit 10-12 arcs. The author has been dedicated enough to put out daily releases thus far, with 3 guaranteed chapters per week which is EXTREMELY appreciated. I'm following about 75 ongoing stories on RR and only 3 of which have regular updates. I'm only hoping that the release pace keeps up and we won't see an extended hiatus for the series like so many others. Since book 1 is set to end this month, I feel like the make it or break it point is what happens between the beginning and end of a book. Really hoping the author continues this series.

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This is a fun read. It has an interesting magical world like you expect from Xianxia and a philosophical search for the Dao and self-meaning, which I really like.

Overall, it's a thoughtful work, more internal than a lot of fantasy stories, and it has a lot of fighting and adventure. The MC is solid and sensible, which is nice.


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I'm not one for Xianxia stories usually, due to the amount of politics in them, however this story seems so far to take place in a Xianxia world with a focus on magic and the like.

The characters feel natural, the grammer is excellent, the style is in such a way that even when the MC gets stronger, it doesn't seem forced, the story feels like there are things happening outside of the MC's view.

All in all its a great read!

Miles D
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This story is very good indeed, with none of the errors in spelling etc that many seem to have. (Props to enough checking :D ).

A story of wuxia type without either over-doing the detail, or leaving it all out! A good balanced story.


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Almost an isekai, almost a reincarnation novel but it doesn't quite go in either direction. Instead it borrows elements from both and forges its own unique path. I highly recommend it. The grammar is almost perfect, the main character is well developed and shows real signs of growth and development. It's a story of a man dealing with the effects of his past. Trying to answer the question of 'how do you recover from a lifetime's worth of mistreatment and the over abundance of rage that has instilled'? Good job author. I binge read it all today. Thanks! 

Personal note to royal road admins. There is no way that this story deserves the 1 or 1.5 rankings that the author says that he's received. There needs to be some form of accountability for rankings. It's obviously someone trying to game your system. You should feel guilty at allowing that to occur! 

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thats right I found a new novel and its a keeper. can't wait for more chapters to come out

JcW Swe
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This is very, very, well written. It's a regular story with reincarnation, cultivation etc. It's just written with a skill level that will probably make it one of RR's best novels, if the author can keep up with the quality delivered so far. Thanks for the story :) 

Ashish choudhary
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Definitely worth a try.

An excellent cultivation story.

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I enjoyed the story. Truly. Just caught up to the most recent chapter, and found it an entertaining read.  There are some problems though.  

First, too much philosophy.   Lots of repetitive philosophical filler, as the MC debates and considers various cultivation issues.   Most of which while adding depth, don't serve any point in the overarching story.  They also tend to make the story drag.  

Another problem I have is a minor spoiler.  When the MC is trapped in a cave, he senses fresh air coming from a certain direction, which leads him months later, back above ground.  I simply cannot image fresh air coming into a cave, being sensed from hundreds of miles away.   It beggars belief.   

Final problem I have, is how flowery and descriptive some things are.  I understand the reason for it, and I even agree with it from a character standpoint.  But as a reader, I felt the flowery description at the climactic point of the story arc  was unnecessary.   

As I said, minor issues.  The story is sound, graamar is great.  Very rare mistakes.  Overall, a good story.  Very much recommend it despite it's minor warts.  

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Plotline is a mess with forced events happening one after other

Reviewed at: River of Fate 27: A Mountain Breeze

I will start with my biggest gripe,

Things that happen make no fucking sense. The story starts out slow. And it was a good kind of slow (Not slow progression but slow plot).

Then the personality of one certain side character swang back and forth leading the mc into a parilious state which he barely survives.

After that the story tappers of to a nice rythm of some fight and some cultivation. It was controled. The pace, and all. But as always with Wuxia and Xianxia,

you have the author force something that makes no fucking sense into the story to force to character to grow faster. And it really really worked bad in this case. I could not in good faith continue reading after chapter 11 which felt waaaaaay too forced.

I feel like it was the author throwing the complete plot right out the window just to make it more unexpected for the reader. In retrospect, because how much it happens in normal xianxia, this felt predictable.

The story does not know what it is, one moment it is a calm step by step progression type of story. The next moment some forced shit happens that will throw the previous rythm outside the window to start a new chapter.

I really like the character of the mc. he has a methodical and phylosophical way of doing things.

The grammar is excellend. Story telling style could use some work but I'd still give it a 4.

But the plotline, story itself, is a jumbled mess. 

Good luck to author, i really cannot continue reading chapter 12. That is another story and not the one i was reading till chapter 11.