Truthful Transmigration

by Halosty

John Miller was a fairly normal young man, working hard to support a family that had run into many financial difficulties. Unfortunately, his unexpected death ends his difficult but mundane life. He is quite surprised to find himself waking up alive… but not himself. Fortkran Tenebach is… or was… the young master of a cultivation clan in another world. John barely even knows anything about cultivation- even in the theory of something vaguely like it- but he has to make his way with the memories of his new body. His new family isn’t as close as his old one was… but he can’t help but want to be honest with them. He is quite certain that they notice his sudden change in personality among other things, and confesses what happened in a move that ultimately he expects to be fatal. Quite surprisingly, his family instead breathes a collective sigh of relief that the old Fortkran is dead. This leaves John to take over his duties… including cultivation, though he has to start from the beginning and isn’t sure he won’t make some massive mistake.

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Stillness
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The cultivation is interesting at least

Reviewed at: Chapter 30

This is some classic xainxia if I've ever read any. A guy reincarnates into a young master. He then goes on to cultivate, fight people, go to an auction, and luck into opportunities. All of that is decently done at least. 

I'm disappointed though. The premise of the story is a guy who reincarnates into a xainxia world and tells his new family of his reincarnated status. I would have liked if he had immediatly told his family, but he is effectively found out because it was impossible to hide. The most disapointing part though, is that there is little to no character exploration or development. It would be interesting to actually expore the relationship between the MC and his new fiancé, parents, grandfather and extended family. All of that takes a backseat to the 'story', which feels like a missed opportunity.

As it is, the intro seems like the author was simply trying to insert his reincarnate in a way that would feel realistic and have minimal complications. Overall, give it a shot if you have some time to kill or really like cultivation stories. Otherwise, it's nothing special.

Agent374
Overall

The title and synopsis heavily imply a story based around 'truthful reincarnation.' To me that means heavy character interaction, but what we get is a family that is totally fine with their son dying and being replaced. Barely any reason is given why the family has basically no reaction. That plot point feels so insignificant, that it definitely shouldn't be the title and definitely not have a synopsis built around it.

The writing and grammar is good enough. The story seems fine, like a typical cultivation journey except that's not what I came for. I came for what the title and synopsis insinuated. If the family doesn't care at all, the synopsis shouldn't lead you to believe that's what the focus would be.


Cultivation system seems interesting, I just have bitter feelings because I got excited to read something different only to find more of the same.

hawlol
Overall

The MC admits to the entire new and foreign family to be another person in the body of their dead family member at chap 4. Also the first time he ever met them. The previous chapters were all cultivation 

By chap 5, the parents, grandfather and fiance just accept him as a different person in the guy's body without any problem or grievance.

Sure, some ppl don't love their children that much, or the guy might've been an asshole before, but wtf? No, that's just not how ppl behave when a bodysnatcher takes one of their family members.

myxir
Overall

I have a tendency to give xianxia novels more credit then they deserve, however I can't bring myself to like this novel.

Character: MC declares that he is body snatcher of the heir to a family cultivation clan and everyone is fine with it. Apparently the host was fully dedicated to his responsibilities to the point of neglecting his Social obligations. None even tries to steal his secrets. These characters just make no sense.

Character desriptions: You are only given the colour of their skin for every character, the author apparently thought that is the most important characteristic of a person.

Grammar and style are good from my point of view.

Story: Feels stolen from other novels of the genre.

xcares
Overall

Neither probable nor entertaining

Reviewed at: Chapter 4

The mc is a humanoid construct with no feelings, personality or even human instincts.  The standard milk toast reaction of the Chinese Xianxia mcs is a literal wonder compared to this.... Thing. 

No problem. All the other characters are as devoid of "character" as he is. The family of the guy who's body he's wearing just doesn't care. No reaction. No sense. Complete nonsense! 

Thank you for expanding my horizons 

lemurianx
Overall

Where is the excitement?

Reviewed at: Chapter 17

The grammar is good and flow of the story is too, but the story seriously lacks any excitement. It feels like the title should be "The Boring Mundane life of a reincarnated individual". I really feel bored and pushed myself believing some plot exists might worth reading. It's like the author just went with the flow and didn't bother wasting brain into it.

Pellaeon
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Different, but not lesser

Reviewed at: Chapter 35

I've been a fan of the author for quite a while, and while I understand some of the disappointment from the other reviews, I think a large part of the disconnect is in expectations.

Many Royalroad stories, and many popular stories in general are very action focused. Something is always going on, the charaters never seem to catch a break and everything is super intense and important all the time. Or oppositely, slice-of-life, where seemingly every detail and emotion is broken down in near real time. Halosty's stories take a longer view on story telling. 

The thing Halosty does best, their personal touch, is to take something otherworldly, incredible and make it feel somewhat mundane. Now, I understand that 'mundane' isn't exactly an exclusively positive descriptor, but hear me out.

Halosty's stories all begin with a pitch, a high level concept. In this case, a transmigrator being truthful with his transmigration. From there, Halosty writes the world, and the character's actions within it, in a semi-slice of lice kind of way, almost detached. The otherworldly becomes normal, the incredible becomes the everyday. It creates a sense of peace, of normalcy. The character's do what they do for their own reasons, going about their days, working slowly towards their goals. 

Halosty doesn't often skip to the 'good bits', but instead they let the story get comfortable with a sedate pace, before something throws a curveball at the situation, things get exciting, then they calm down again. It's a fascinating way to write, and a fascinating style to read. In the end, it truly starts to feel like the story takes place in its own reality, and we're just along for the ride, which, like our own reality, is frequently calm and steady, with periods of intense activity every so often.

Don't come looking for an indepth character study, not one in such close focus as something like Beware of Chicken. Neither should you expect something constantly intense, consisting of near constant conflict, like Randidly Ghosthound. Halosty provides something in the middle, something more 'realistic' and maybe more about the history than the story, almost like a fantastical biography at times. 

 

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Style:

See above, it's very different, but I personally love it. 

 

Story:

Well thought out plot so far, solid and consistent causual progression and character motivations.

 

Grammar:

Near impeccable.

 

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I will admit these are some of Halosty's weaker characters so far, but I think that's mostly due to how sheltered the MC has been up to this point. Normally the best characters in Halosty's stuff are lifelong companions/rivals, which John/Fortrand has had little opportunity to meet/make given his seclusion in his clan.

Barnmaddo
Overall

Fun, casual, balanced

Reviewed at: Chapter 35

This is just a well written story. The plot moves nicely, with a balance  between cultivation and action. So far character interactions have been limited and slightly distant.

This is definitely a westernized wuxia novel, with little of the usual emphasise on face slapping, ruthlessness, cycles of violence, might makes right, and extreme plot device.

Wysteria
Overall

Solid story, with a well-crafted main character. He's pretty isolated and I'd like to see more of side characters, but the side characters I have seen I like. Good premise and worldbuilding so far, too. I especially like the totem system and the way the magic system has been described. I kinda want him to name his first totem. 

mightykk
Overall

Finally an Isekai-ed MC who admits to it

Reviewed at: Poll for future series!

Having the MC admitting to being a transmigrator is a refreshing hook. (And well-executed as well).

The rest of the story after the opening is ok with good characters, good grammar and quite readable.

The Plot is also ok, but it is still kicking off at chapter 20. With the treasure-hunt arc, I hope to see the MC face some genuine struggle, which would take this story to the next level.

I will update the review and rating after a few more chapters.

If you are trying to decide whether to read, go ahead and give it a try!