What would a Xianxia MC do?
Seriously, what would they do? Asking for a friend.
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Read title. It is good.
MC is likable. And he actually uses all resources available to him.
But some plot holes. They are ignorable though.
MC not doing shit to increase his own power
The beginning of this story definitely deserves all the high ratings it received, but the most recent arc is a jumbled and incoherent mess. Literally everything that made the early chapters great is gone. I've read machine translated novels that made more sense than this. Comments on the recent chapter have people talking about dropping this series and I have to agree.
The novel follows cultivation tropes and uses light LitRPG elements. Hilarious, if you know this genre. If you don't know the genre, you will enjoy light misunderstanding comedy and a lot of plotting and facade usage.
not much to say, it is a parody of the normal cultivantion rencarnation story
The best subversion of the xianxia/wuxia story type that I've ever read. So good, in fact, that it probably beats out the better straight xianxia stories just in terms of how enjoyable it is to read. My only real nitpicks are that the releases are slightly irregular, but honestly, that's not even a real downside.
Disclaimer: This novel is currently on hiatus as of chapter 76. The last update was 15 months ago, as of 06/29/21. The author was last online on Royal Road on 03/25/20. This novel is unfinished, and stopped in the middle of one of the most climactic and plot changing events seen yet in the novel, it is extremely unlikely that the novel will continue to get updated. Be warned.
The authors writing style is mostly impeccable. He chose a way of writing the story and then switched it towards the end of the novel. Otherwise, the the way the humor works, the way dialogue is done, it's all pretty fantastic.
Alright, now there's a lot of conflict in these reviews as to how the novel has devolved over time, I'd really have to disagree. There is one thing that could've brought some disguntlement, the author switched the direction of the story towards the end. That does not mean that the latter part of the story is bad in any way, for those who said it is, they're simply wrong. The author didn't stop being a good writer, he just changed how the story was developing. To give you the short of it, he went from lighthearted novel that puts a fun twist on the average cultivation novel and decided to change it into a creative, but more serious, cultivation novel with an actual story, and not a plotless comedy. Granted the plotless comedy was incredibly well written, and was very enjoyable, but the developing plot in the latter part of the novel made the novel more satisfying. I'm pretty sure the people who didn't like it were simply upset because they weren't prepared for the sudden seriousness thrust into the novel.
Absolutely readable, and very few flaws. Unfortunately, the author sometimes forgets to put words like "the" or similar small things. I do not know why. To give an example, "Hallway lights quickly dimmed, sunlight almost completely disappeared from the entire palace and stars appeared in the sky, shining brightly." That's a quote. No, it doesn't say "The hallway lights..." or "the sunlight..." It's very odd, but at least it hardly gets in the way of readability.
This is where the novel really shines. Granted, the side characters aren't absolutely perfect, but then again, they're supposed to follow xianxia tropes, so I think that just goes to show that the author wrote characters that actually fit the book. But honestly, I don't care about those whatsoever, not at all. The really fantastic thing that the author has done is make a novel, which like many, start with an "arrogant young master/villain" character and... wait for it.... actually make them act as such. Good lord, about time. Right? How many times have you clicked on a novel with a similar description or similar tags, and the character ends up acting like a coward, or turns totally serious and stops acting like whatever character they were transmigrated into. That's the most annoying thing in the world, I swear. The least they could do is stick to the concept. I fully understand that the actual person that was transmigrated would not be the same, and that's normal, it's in this novel too, but if the character says something like "I've gotta keep a low profile and act like [whatever their body's original person acted like (trash/arrogant etc.)]" and then proceed to act like a super serious cultivator who was hiding their abilities in front of absolutely everyone literally two chapters away... Why? Why even have the character say something like that if it simply wasn't going to happen. That doesn't show how cool your character is, it shows that your character couldn't stick to his own plan, or rather, the author couldn't. Now, granted, this author made it easier for himself by having his character be an arrogant, but dedicated, cultivator from the beginning. It wasn't considered "out of character" for the new guy who transmigrated to be getting stronger. But the way these things generally go is that the actual main character would act like a super arrogant dude in front of everyone, and then among those he trusts, friends, subooridinates, disciples, would turn into a cowardly shivering wreck. Then they'd show everyone's perspectives, facepalming, wondering how the main character was such a good actor, wondering who the "real [mc's name] was." Not in this one, any sign of dissociation between the way the mc needs to act to keep up the original's facade and his actual personality is entirely internalized. This makes the novel a million times better, and for the first time in a long time, makes the "reincarnated into the arrogant villain" twist come out correctly, rather than totally scuffed misadvertisement.
For the first time, a correct spin on the "young master" twist, even though the whole novel is a parody on the idea. A fantastically original novel with only very minor grammatical errors that do not affect readability. Changes the direction of the story 3/4ths of the way through to a more serious take on the xianxia idea, and splits from being a 'comedic parody', to 'a comedic parody protagonist has slowly found himself in a dark and dangerous universe with many mysteries and dangers surrounding him.' If that sounds like your kinda gig, stick around.
Those first 50 chapter are pure gold. The author manages to use the weathered and exhausted xianxia genre and make it good and funny, and even though i know we probably wont see the novel ending(1 year of hiatus by now, we all know what that means) i dont regret starting to read it(and even recomend) because apart from the last arc everything is of very high quality.
But what went wrong you ask? Well the author did a really good foreshadowing, putting little things here and there to use later in the story, and that in itself is comendable. But he didnt deliver it well, and what could have been a useful plot device become a badly executed plot twist. At some point he started adding too many elements to the story(classic xianxia author move) and i guess it becames hard to keep tracks of things.I would say if he was willing to erase those last 10 chapters and revise where he wants to go with this story, this story could stand side to side with RR best ones.
Overall i say go ahead and read it, it is a fun story,one that i dont regret having read, has a decent grammar score , just be aware that it ends abruptly and on a bad note. If you just want something fun to read for a couple days please go ahead, the chapters themselves are pretty long, and even binge reading it took me a awhile to finish it up
Style is amazing and enjoyable to read,
Story is unique and interesting, Mc realizes all the templates and knows what to expect, and how to fit in every situation,
I didn't spot any mistakes,
Characters are three dimensional.
An interesting direction to take in a Xianxia/Wuxia novel. Really refreshing and well made. From what I can tell the author regularly updates the novel and this has the potential to be a stable in my favorites collection.
Give it a go.
I realy like it very much. Start was bad, this so 'chines' start that i wanted stoped right now, but when i read further I really enjoyed. It's sometimes funny due to MC and his struggles with cultivation world. The story will start be intresting and funny when he take his disciple, it about at 8 chapter. Try it, i think you will not to regret.