The Precipice of Power
In short: Weak to strong, but there's always someone stronger. Wholesome twins try to navigate a cruel and selfish world.
When a mystic has reached the peak of their world’s growth, they are able to ascend, leaving it behind in favor of a higher, more potent plane. Since the dawn of existence, ambitious prodigies have pushed the boundary of what seems possible, ascending beyond countless worlds in search of the peak.
Hong Tang Kiro… is not one of those geniuses. However, his twin sister just might be. Secluded on a border world and selected for their talent in fire mana, the siblings are unknowing participants of a centuries-long experiment, hosted by a powerful eccentric on the verge of immortality. Follow the twins as they learn of and attempt to escape their predicament, before venturing out into the wider world(s).
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We definitely hit the ground running here, getting immediately thrust into the action with our main man Kiro have to deal with a sticky situation. What follows is a nice bit of worldbuilding woven into the text, not just laid out bare like some instruction manual. It makes for a good intro to the rest of the story.
I've been liking the style so far. There's enough description to give you an idea about whats going on, but the author keeps concise enough that you don't get bored. The pacing has been good and the story flows well as your reading it. I haven't run into any text that has me confused about what's happening.
Grammar is good, I haven't noticed any issues. Gotta say that's a breath of fresh air when reading a Xianxia.
The story has been good so far, we've met a few characters that all seem to have their own things going on, but are clearly linked. We've already had some nice story hooks baited and goals the characters are working towards laid out in a way that feels natural. I'm looking forward to seeing how things develop.
I'm liking the characters we've met so far. They clearly have their own voice, and don't suffer from 'everyone sounds like the same person' syndrome. So far, it seems like Kiro is not going to fall into the role of the stereotypical Xianxia protagonist. Namely, an amoral 'might makes right' character who commits atrocities and is praised as a hero for them. It looks like our enthusiastic cast has an actual set of morals, which I am always grateful to see in a story. Most Xianxia turn me off of them because their main protagonists fail the basic decency check. This one does not seem to be heading that direction.
Overall, I'm drawn in and can't wait to see where this story leads. I'll definitely be following this one!
As soon as you start diving into the prologue, you'll instantly be hit by more feels than you could possibly handle, and if you were raised by Asian parents, you might get gobsmacked by that childhood PTSD...
Style - It's a pretty standard 3rd person POV, the prose is good and jumps back and forth between characters and even time in a way that's pretty simple and easy to follow. As long as you're actually reading it, I doubt you'd be confused, the author does good word jumping between 3 and a half plot lines (twins is kinda 1.5, Rynn, and Aer), all interconnected by this asshole of a supervisor called Ba.
Grammar - Spotless, couldn't spot anything wrong, nothing I would really want to change either.
Story - As I've mentioned before, the story, as of chap 7, follows 3.5 plots around, and they're done in a way that's not at all confusing and you'll kind of get the gist of what the author is going towards. I've read the previous version of the story, and if it does follow a similar plotline, then the 3.5 plots will converge, and we'll definitely be in for a treat!
Character - 7 chapters in, and surprisingly, the characters are very well established. Although we're still left to wonder how some of the characters became the assholes they are, we're already introduced to their basic traits, their main goals, and the struggles they face.
Despite the short few chapters we have at the moment, I already feel heartfelt derision for a few of the 'villains' of the story, which is in a feat of itself, props to the author, so as of this moment, I really can't wait for them to suffer and die, which, besides the excellent story and great MCs, will definitely be a motivating factor in me reading this further, :P.
Whew, I've been reading some good stories recently and the last one started with an exceptional intro. So did this. I have never read cultivation, at least not that I know of, but damn. This be good. (Lucky my parents stuck to words most of the time.)
Grammar: Very clean, didn't spot anything wrong. Though that could be due to how good the story and characters are.
Style: I didn't expect much going in but this brought me back. The only stories I have been reading recently have been LNs and WNs, for maybe over a year now. This gave me flashbacks to reading the chronicles of ancient darkness series. In my opinion, that's a great thing. I absolutely love this style, the flow, the prose. Everything. It's great. Also pushing me to start updating my own prose from LN type prose to a bit more detailed.
Story: Wowsers. I haven't actually read a xianxia or wuxia before, maybe that one isekai that may have technically been one bu yeah, never. But wowsers. When I read the casual mention of nipping to another world to get some potion, I... I don't even know. I just know it tightened its grip on me, cementing me as a reader who shall read every chapter.
The classic rank system. Any guesses why I chose the word classic? 'Casue it ain't generic, but amazing! Accompanied by the other world-building, it creates such a deep world. Knowing that there are thousands of people each with their own class, probably higher than our good friend Kiro, makes me tense every time we are meet some. Every time a new character appears it makes you tense, waiting to see what rank they are.
Also, alchemy! I used to think 'meh' to alchemy as a kid, but I definitely appreciate it a lot more, though it can still feel grindy. And the very few bits of alchemy I have read have carried the same feeling of 'grindy', yet this doesn't!
Characters: Still wondering why a few of them are assholes but I quite like the most of them. Saint, suns, braves. We have a whole slew of characters a slew of different ranks. This makes each character's first meetings amazing, a reason on its own to read tbh.
Now with all that said, I'll add that I'm definitely hooked. Can't wait to read more and see more of the characters. Excellent stuff, namless!!
Style: The author writes with maturety, varying both sentence length and word choice so that no scene ever feels flat. The splashes of italics here and there to accentuate certain things or give a feel of voice to the narration is masterfully done. You can tell right away this is an experienced writer.
Character: I found these characters to be emotionally resonant. They're very driven and high on the proactivity scale which makes them likeable. Interaction between characters also helps drive interest to keep reading. The back and forth banter between Seira and Kiro while they're putting a meal together for instance just felt natural and was a great way of developing characters through dialogue.
Grammar: A few things here and there, but only minor complaints that don't leave you confused or lost. Very clean.
Story: This is the stand-out. World-building is a clear strength. There are just so many meticulous elements of this world assembled with such care to craft a high fantasy that takes you away to a different place. The magic system that extends the common idea of auras into a physical force, the caste system, the manifestation of the soul. You learn the titles of all these different classes of people and you're constantly being taught the ins and outs of this world, but if you stick with it you'll find the effort is worth it.
This is the first cultivation story I've ever read, and I won't be surprised if it spoiled me for all to follow. There's a lot of good stuff already - a great sibling relationship, mysterious Saints, forbidden love and intrigue - and it's only at a little over ten thousands words as I write this.
But let's start at the beginning :
Story: The prologue manages, in just a few hundred words, to introduce two protagonists, show a bit about their relationship, raise the stakes for them, and provide a clear, logical goal for one of them to strive for - in short, it made me care about Kiro and Seira. It doesn't feel unnecessary, either, as so many prologues do, and it flows smoothly into the first chapter - which feels like a mirror of the prologue, but with a twist - and from there on onwards.
We aren't deep into the story yet, but so far, it's all believable and engaging. As someone who is new to this genre, I am missing a little bit of world building. Seasoned readers in Cultivation novels might disagree, but I could use a few more explanations.
Style: No complaints, really. It's well written, and easy to read.
The grammar is good. I didn't notice any typos, either.
The characters is where I'm really divided. The twin's introduction is great, as I wrote before, and it gripped me right away. However, a part of me wondered, in the following chapters, how someone with their kind of childhood turned out mostly normal. Especially, since nearly everyone around them seems to be - let's go with less than kind. But then again, we're only at the very beginning of the journey. Clearly, there is more to come and much more to be revealed about their past.
Overall: I cannot rate this against other cultivation stories, as I have never read one before. But I can say that this is a very good story, regardless of its genre. I'll be sure to keep it on my list to come back to.
It truly is too early to say anything about this story and which direction it will take. But here are my thoughts about it.
Overall it has a nice start already introducing the MCs and how their whole world is a lie.
Most likely they are in some lower world within a leading sect or clan and the suns most likely are in secret hidden talents which only need certain pills or cultivation techniques to unleash their OPness. That is my prediction. (This is in spoilers just in case.)
The style is alright, chapter 0 also has a strong start.
The grammar had no problems, there hasn't been any filler storywise yet and everything has been building our world, and the characters are also fine. Not much to say about them, as their interactions have been few as of now.
All in all, a nice start. But there are way too many positive reviews even though this isn't anything special yet. This story also can go either way, becoming top on trending and going to the best rated section, or either having becoming boring and being forgotten after trending. As of now, if this doesn't become more exciting(in some way) soon, I will most likely drop it. I will read at least another dozen chapters or so until I decide about that dropping part though.
Amazing Xianxia with great worldbuilding and characters. I read the original and I liked it, and I'm reading the rewrite with delight. You can definitely see that the author is getting better, and he was great to begin with.
I love Kiro and his situation just makes me feel for him. You root for him right from the start, and it's going to be great to see him grow and become strong.
Grammar and prose is great, characters excellent, style good. Go read it and support the author.
This story follows a normal cultivation genre but is an extraordinary story so far, even though it has 4 chapter which I felt I read in 5 seconds.
Since the story itself is top notch, What I would want if I wanted it to be better would be making it more realistic, I am talking in the sense where if an actual world like this existed, people would not go shouting their names or giving a full explanation on what they intend to do, since individual power is easy to comr in hand, it is bound to be very cruel, where kindness to strangers could actually mean death. This is just my 5 cents on the topic.
Just a notice, the story by the time I am writing this is 20 pages so I cant actually fully delve into a review when not much was seen, that would not be doing it justice.
The style befitted the story theme of cultivation masterfully done, while the grammar accompanying it was clean.
The story as I implied is a page turner, I read through them without realizing I actually read the 4.
The characters were all fleshed out from the beginning with all of them having distinct characters from each other.
My impression is that this story is very unfocused. Shuffling perspective characters in nine chapters means I don't know who the main character is even supposed to be. Is it the saint Aer looking for apprentices, or maybe either the brother who is the clan's downtrodden yet budding alchemist? Is it the sister who is heir to the clan? I don't think it is the trouble causing supervisor Ba, but it'd be a great suprise if it was her. Or could it be one of the young lovers, the male who got burned for looking beyond his station? Maybe it's the obsessed woman who starred in chapter nine?
I feel like any of these people could be focused on and used to tell a good story... but trying to tell all their stories at once has left me a sense that everything is jumbled and messy. So while I liked the way most scenes went, they are not coming together well as a story.
This is an unusual review from me as I don't really make these unless the story is out of its first few legs BUT, this one deserves it. I see too much potential here to not make a review and from where I am so far, it looks promising.
We start with the premise of a mana-less child shunned by his family as a failure while his sister is hailed as a prodigy but they both have a good relationship and are forced apart by their families as they are forced to watch each other struggle from afar in their own ways. I
Style: I haven't read this style a lot in XianXia but so far, I'm digging it. The story starts GREAT and pulls me right in. The tension and reveals area all extremely well done. There is a bit of edit needed in a few chapters but I am willing to overlook it and give a five star, the wholesome is too strong for me not to.
Story: An interesting premise of an underdog but instead of the story revolving around the underdog it also revolves around his prodigy sister! And they are very close to boot! Plus as we go ahead more and more characters come out that actually have the depth to them. It somehow manages to keep the traditional xianxia appeal while also removing the flat and mindless face slapping that plagued it. The cultivation system is extremely interesting as well and I see a lot of long term potential here. Grammar: nothing much to say here except its great, no major flaws that I noticed and the text flows smoothly.
Characters: THIS is WHY I read this. The characters, I can rant about how much I love them or I can simply tell you TO READ THE HELL OUT OF THIS. If you are a XianXia reader and want something great while also having a little depth and flavor in characters' interactions then stop. Take a deep breath, AND READ THIS! I cannot stress enough how interesting I see this fiction becoming.
Special bit: The author notes were too wholesome to not mention. A sprinkle of wholesome over a wholesome feast of a fic. I'm sold, plz take my money and gimme more.
TL;DR Go read it its great!