The Precipice of Power

The Precipice of Power

by Nameless32

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 bred for 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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Characters with Character

Reviewed at: 4 - A Saint

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!

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One of the few good cultivation novels

Reviewed at: 17 - The Limit

As the title says, this is one of the few cultivation novels that didn't make me immediatley want to blow my brains out. Unlike some authors, it's clear that Nameless spent more than 3 seconds planning both the characters and the world in which the story takes place. I would highly recommend this to story to anyone looking for a fun read.

In terms of style and grammar, there are no real problems that impact the reader's ability to understand and enjoy the story. The story itself does have multiple PoVs, but they're not overly hard to keep track of and follow along. There are a few places where I would argue certain words could be removed, but that's more of my personal preference forr writing rather than anything actually wrong with the story.

The characters are well-written and don't feel like cardboard cutouts that the author pretends are real people. This is a problem that is all too common on RR, and I'm happy to see that the author didn't fall into the same trap that so many before them have. 

All in all, try this story. I think this is something that most anyone can enjoy, even people who normally hate Xianxia themed stuff. 

J Pal
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I'll preface this review by saying: I'm not a fan of cultivation stories. The whole 'saving face' element and honour doesn't sit well with me. The power scaling part is fun but the social aspect of it just rubs me the wrong way. I ended up reading Precipice of Power for a review exchange and I'm glad I did because what I found is a pleasant surprise.

Don't get me wrong. Like all cultivation-based stories, this has the annoying social tropes with the protagonist being on the wrong side of it, but it's very well balanced. It's his own parent doing the dickish treatment while the rest of the world(mostly) is compassionate. 

Best of all, our dear protagonist isn't cultivator(at the start of the story, at least) but an alchemist and passionate about his craft. I'm a sucket for crafter protagonists (I mean look at what I'm writing). Throw in some beautiful sibling love, and the first part of the story is rather touching.

There isn't enough substance to the story(yet) so its too early to make a call but I the author's writing style, grammar and characters give me confidence. It feels like he knows what he is doing and I look forward to seeing where the tale is heading.

P.S.: Someone decapitate the mother. Please. As a lowly Sun, such pleasures are out of my reach.

Landon Jordan
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One of the best Xianxia on RR

Reviewed at: 8 - Unraveling

Well, if you were to classify Xianxia into tiers from lowest to highest being Low--> Mid--> High.

I'd classify this as 'Peak' tier.

The style of writing, narration and plenty of insights into the working of the world and the reasonings of the characters make this a fun read and one of the best Xianxia novels I've read. 

Cheers, and keep up the good work! 💖 

Unintelligent Donkey
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An Absolutely Perfect start to an Colossal Epic!

Reviewed at: 7 - Weak

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.

North Wind
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Can we get an F in the chat for this story?

Reviewed at: This is an apology for getting your hopes up

I was really enjoying the story, but unfortunately it's dropped. I liked it a lot, though, and am still hoping against hope that it will be picked up again. The MC wasn't a typical xianxia protagonist, and even though he had a bad origin without the ability to cultivate, he fixes his problem. How does he do it? Does he meet an Immortal master or find a powerful legacy? No, he learns alchemy, and using his own knowledge, he figures out a solution. He is super likable, and while I didn't like his sister as much, she wasn't too bad. Also, I could tell the author had a plot in mind, with a side character that had typical protagonist character traits, and while it was used a little bit for satire, he was still taken seriously, so you could tell there was going to be something done with him. It is unfortunate that this story was dropped, and hopefully it gets picked up again.

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Bad Things Happen To Good People

Reviewed at: 7 - Weak

Note: I'd written this review when this story was still part of its pre-rewrite version. Pasting it here for the new story page.

This story is really something special. It's a xianxia, through and through, but one that attempts to put some new spins on tired tropes, and thus far, it succeeds in this endeavor. Instead of a cold-hearted, abusive protagonist, here we have a brother-sister duo who care deeply for each other, trying to make it in a terrifyingly brutal world. The juxtaposition between their characters and the side characters' more typical xianxia personalities makes for a shocking contrast, one that would go completely unnoticed in more standard takes on the genre.

 Characters

This is the real strong suit of this story. Kiro and Seira are believable, compelling protagonists who you just can't help but feel for. Thrown into a brutal world and treated like objects by their own mother, they support each other perfectly, shining like diamonds in the rough. Luckily their mentor is a similarly-minded character, which is really exciting to see! It makes for a stark contrast with the rest of their clan, who can be summarized as: scum. I'm eagerly looking forward to the demise of their mother along with the clan matriarch. Solid cast of protagonists, antagonists, and side characters. Easily 5/5.

Grammar

Really good! There are a couple of minor mistakes here and there, but the author is quick to fix issues, which is excellent to see. Sentence construction and flow is among the upper tier of what you see on royal road!

Story

For me, it is the interaction between the cold-hearted killing machines who treat humans as tools, and the MCs, that make this story incredibly interesting. We grow to hate the antagonists. We begin to root for our protagonists, and hope that they grow past the evil machinations of their society. It makes for a gripping story, one that feels like it's just getting off the ground. The pacing may not be the fastest of all stories, but I guarantee it will hook you. Even as early as chapter 10, there are some bombshell reveals that all-but-guarantee your interest. That said, it is still early days, so the story's not quite there yet, hence the 4.5.

Style

There's not a lot of flourish going on here, but I think that is fine for this kind of a story. I especially enjoyed the on-genre analogies that are presented; they are very well done, and fit the narrative beautifully. 5/5.

 In summary, while things are still early days, the edited version of this story(haven't read the previous version) is definitely worth anyone's time. If you like xianxia and are tired of old tropes, try this for a breath of fresh air!

Kamikoto
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Boy, oh boy, oh boy. This story has everything!

Reviewed at: 8 - Unraveling

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!!

WednesdaysJest
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The strongest aspect of this story lies in the technical aspects of writing.  The grammar is good, the narrative flows, there are no obvious spelling errors or mid sentence tense changes.  All of the errors that distract the reader from the story are missing and so you can enjoy exactly what the author has put forward.

The weakest aspect of this story lies in how the author has chosen to tell the story.  Between the false tension churned up by cliffhanger chapters followed by a POV change and the use of those same POV changes to drag out even the most minor resolution, actually reading the story is an exercise in frustration.

The story itself isn't a bad premise and it could have been an enjoyable read.  If the way the story is told doesn't put you off, then there is little to dislike about the rest of what the author offers.

The last point of contention is that the author depicts an almost fetishistic exploration of abuse, but at the same time the abused characters don't act like the victims of lifelong parental torture.  This creates quite a bit of dissonance between their behavior and what we see of their situation.  The dicotomy serves to both undermine the severity of their abuse and increase the intended titilation of the torture.  Not my cup of tea, especially since without exploring the impact of such absurdly severe lifelong torture at the hands of a parent it seems unneccessary.

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Read this story and ascend into another world!

Reviewed at: 4 - A Saint

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.