The Weirkey Chronicles: Reborn across Nine Worlds (Fantasy Cultivation)
Theo's adventure ended with his mentor's hands around his neck. The betrayal cost him his friends and allies, everything he had built... but not his life. Though broken and powerless, Theo has one last chance to enter the Nine Worlds, wielding the expertise of his first lifetime. This time, he needs more than just power, he needs to unravel the deception that killed him once... and is coming for him again.
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Anyone can look at Sarah Lins previous work to know that she can write believable, likeable characters and a tight plot with just the right amount of fluff, so I am not going to dwell on these points. Although just in the early stages, I have trust in the author to deliver.
Instead I want to point out the extremely creative magic system. It's "hard" enough to suspend my disbelief, while flexible enough to make every persons Magic feel different. It also features a perfect explanation for the different stages often found in cultivation stories and offers a fresh look at training/progression that is not a derivation of punching this really hard stone 1000 times real real hard. Last but certainly not least it is - for me at least- TRULY ORIGINAL.
All in all: Highly Recommend for all Cultivation Lovers, but especially for worldbuilding/magic system fans
Early days yet with only 11 chapters, but I can already tell this has the potential to become one of the heavy hitters on RR. Feels fresh while still tapping into the things that make progression fantasy and cultivation stories so compulsively fun to read.
The writing quality and grammar is on par with the best stories on RR. If you've read Street Cultivation then you'll have a good idea of what to expect there. Where this really seems to shine, though, is with an interesting cast of characters and a exciting twist on cultivation systems. This feels like a Western take that is trying to do something different with the cultivation process focusing on the architecture of a soulhome. It's a toothsome approach that is sure to capture the imagination of theorycrafters.
Two chapters a week is not enough! I am jealous of those that won't discover this one until there is a sizable archive of chapters to read through.
The concept is full of promise: a twist on the usual isekai theme makes the story more interesting while giving the main character more complex motivations. The author manages to mix the excitement of discovery and curiosity about the setting, with regret of events in the past very well, and without losing the sense of forward-looking that many value highly in such stories.
The magic system is complex, well designed, unique and interesting, mixing litrpg and cultivation elements into a unique system.
The grammar and style are both excellent: this is not the authors first novel: chapters are well thought out, part of a coherent whole, and spell/grammar checked.
Can't wait to read more!
As SarahLin often does in her writing, I found the story engaging. I was not expecting the type of prologue, and did not expect it to end the way it did. I am ready to see what happens next, so will be glad to see the next installment of Soulhome..
You don't want to miss this one! It is exceptionally well done and deserves five stars! Once you start reading you will devour it. Now I finished the last chapter I can't wait for the second book. While waiting, check out another novel by Sarah Lin The Brightest Shadow. I actually like it even better.
It was intriguing what materials Theo gathered along the way to begin building his soulhome. I thought it was funny that at first Fiyu's accuracy in shooting was so bad Theo needed to come up with a different battle strategy. Then she could use her powers in helpful ways for their attacks. Sarah Lin has awesome world building depth and exceptional development of characters.
Disclaimer: I support the author on Patreon. But that also means that I'm reviewing this after having read 18 chapters instead of just 12! I think this story is a lot of fun and absolutely worth looking into if you're interested in a very different take on xianxia.
Style: This isn't Sarah's first book and she knows what she's doing. The prose moves you along quickly highlighting all the fun elements of the book like the magic system other reviews have already talked about.
Story: Pretty solid. There's a fair bit of focus on the advancement but also some great mysteries, good worldbuilding, and a nice pace. It seems like it's being paced out for a long story with various arc resolutions throughout. So far I'm interested in the current arc but deeply intrigued by the overall direction.
Grammar: Excellent. If you find a typo or mistake just mention it and Sarah will come fix it.
Character: This is definitely the highlight for me! Theo is a solid protagonist struggling with two conflicting natures but Fiyu is just the best. Nauda makes for a nice bridge between others and there are a lot of interesting secondary characters too.
That's all I've got. If this review has been helpful to you consider giving the story a shot!
Few stories in the cultivation genre specifically, and on this site in general, would meet the standards of a major publishing house. Sarah is one of the few authors whose quality of writing, character development, and storyboarding of plot meets that standard.
If you want to read a legitimately good novel of the likes you would normally have to pay for in a bookstore, at least where book stores still exist, and you are curious what that would look like in a cultivation setting, then this is your story.
If you rather enjoy tropey, cliched, conflictless stories where the protagonist always wins no matter what and there's never any doubt or suspense, then this is not your story.
Look forward to an epic, and be glad she's publishing it for free here. She's already proven herself more than capable in The Brightest Shadow.
I'm a huge fan of Sarah Lin's Street Cultivation books and am happy to say she might have another hit with this story. The worldbuilding and magic system are execelent, and character work is one of Sarah's strenghts.
It's a "do over story" which means the protagonist is already experienced in the story's intriguing magic system. The cultivator enters their soul and builds a building out of magical materials where the layout, materials and rooms determines the strenght and type of thier magic powers.
I'm excieted to learn about the intricacies of the system from a character who already understands it!
Don't get discouraged by it though. This story is definitely a hidden gem. While there aren't many chapters out yet we already have got a good chunk of information and worldbuilding and a goal as well.
Style: I don't know what is meant with style, and maybe I never will but the style is good.
Story: We have already gotten a gist of what happened in the past and what the goal of our MC is. An unique magic system and multiple worlds are a nice thing as well.
The only thing confusing me, is that there are supposed to only be 3 tiers (not counting the 4th tier demons and + which the MC didn't know about) of demons + titans, but the MC was supposedly very strong in his former life, yet there already are 3rd tier demons where he is at. Simply said I am confused with the strenght system, how strong are the people of the Nine and how many tiers are there? I guess we will find that out soon anyway.
Grammar: No problems and I learned a new word. (Copse: A thicket of small trees or bushes; a small wood.)
Characters: They seem good as well no problems here, we have different races each with individual characteristics.
All in all, while there aren't that many chapters out yet, this is a solid story, which will definitely make it into the top50 as long as there isn't a hiatus(or some big change happens in the story which destroys the story). It could also be printed and publicized, because it seems like professional writing.
Finally I wanted to compare it to 'Unto the Breach' from SJ Reaver here on RR, a bit similar to this one as it also has an earth-otherworld(death)-earth-otherworld concept also with cultivation aspects, but was sadly hiatused like many of the authors stories.
Maybe the release rate could be sped up, but that is just me being greedy.
Great book so far. Love the interesting cultivation style. The characters are a bit shallow right now but that is mostly because it is still early. The MC seems a bit close minded but he is learning. I don't think I have anything that takes away a star but it isn't max yet since the story isn't finished and the characters are still shallow.