The Path of Ascension

The Path of Ascension

by C_Mantis

Warning This fiction contains:
  • Profanity
  • Traumatising content

The story follows Matt, a young man planning to delve the rifts responsible for the monsters that destroyed his city and killed his parents. His dreams are crushed when his Tier 1 Talent is rated as detrimental, and no guild or group will take him.

Working at a nearby inn, he meets a mysterious and powerful couple. They give him a chance to join The Path of Ascension, an empire wide race to ascend the Tiers and become living legends.

With their recommendation and a stolen skill, Matt begins his journey to the peak of power.

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Chapters will now be MONDAY and FRIDAY AT 3:00pm EST.

This is a mix between LitRPG and Xianxia. It's like a car that looks like a LitRPG with dungeons and skills, but the interior and engine are all Xianxia. 

So no blue boxes and clicking +’s to get stronger.

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What you won't see in this novel:

Bland protagonists.

Bland love interests that immediately fall in love with the MC.

Murder hobos who kill entire families and clans for looking the wrong way at somebody.

Pacifist MC’s who wouldn't kill a single person to save millions.

Cartoonish villains who are bad just to be bad.

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What to expect:

A MC who acts rationally.

World building that has more depth than ‘strong people 'stronk'. There will be no rules only benefiting the strong and no rule changes as they see fit. 

An empire that actually cares for its citizens.

People who act and talk like real people.

A magic system and progression system that are logically and internally consistent.

Realistic fight scenes.

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166 Chapters
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Tessellae
Overall

Well crafted, but devoid of narrative tension

Reviewed at: The Path of Ascension Chapter 102

The writing is excellent, particularly the writing of action of which there is plenty. The setting and characters are well realised and generally coherent. Pacing is generally very solid, although there have been some sections that bogged down in somewhat repetitive fighting. 

However, the author has thus far managed to remove any narrative tension from the setting through an idealised government, extreme nepotism, constant supervision from much stronger characters too early and a series of fake or proxy conflicts with minimal stakes. 

These authorial choices mean this story ultimately feels like it lacks substance which is a shame, because the writing craft displayed and the characters are very strong. 

Husseinms
Overall

I'm righting this review near the end of book 1 (read up to chapter 40 on patreon), and if I continue the story I might change it depending on future chapters, but so far this is my opinion.

All the other reviews give this novel a stellar rating, and rightfully so. However, there is one bad stain in the story, and depending on your preferences you might not even consider this a bad thing. I would've probably given this a lower rating if the author didn't do everything else so damn well.

Minor spoilers ahead

The story starts with the MC getting a power that the system deems weak, he struggles to get stronger and gets scouted to join the path (problem 1). People on the path are protected by the empire, so guess what, no1 dares to cause trouble to mc and all who do suffered greatly for it, not by MC ofc. 

Higher tiered ppl cannot attack lower tier ppl (problem 2). As usual, MCs skill is actually OP af, meaning he can obliterate most ppl in his tier of power, and since higher tiers of power can not attack him, he doesn't have to fear attacks from ppl stronger than him.

Major spoilers

The heroine of the story is the daughter of one of the strongest ppl in the empire (problem 3). If no1 could fuck with him before, then it is even doubly true now. And holy shit did het get handed a lot of great stuff on a gold platter just by using connections.

If we get all the problems together you'll realise that there is no tension, other than the first few chapters. So far the story has locked itself, I can not imagine a scenario where the MC actually struggles. Is he a hard worker? Yes, but that's it. He gets everything. If you're looking for a story with real action and tension where the MC struggles, then turn away because this isnt it. If you are looking for a slice of life where the MC studies his power, slowly becomes stronger, meets new, well developed characters, goes on small adventures and

Explores his emotions and mental trauma (yes, mc goes to therapy later)

then this is a perfect read for you.

I first rated this story a 5*, but I did not like the path the author is taking so I set it to 4* and decided to write this review to set expectations for future readers.

I would like to end by saying that whilst I only mentioned negative stuff, this story is great and the author is a great writer. If you exclude my issue, this story has perfect grammar, well defined characters, great world building, and an exciting writing style and I would still recommend reading it.

LootingPillager
Overall

Strong start ruined by lackluster followups.

Reviewed at: The Path of Ascension Chapter 108

The first book of this story is amazing.  The action is superb, the world building is fun The character development is wonderful and fun.   I love it. 

Moving onto the rest of the story it is awful. what can I say characters that are trying to push themselves to be the best they can be start to make decisions that make no sense and directly contradict what they had said or did just chapters before.  The most egregious being a time when Matt does the equivalent of pushing the big red button that says "do not push".  That is not exactly it but close enough.  This has the predictable effect of being catastrophic, well for everyone else.   Our plucky heroes do not have to suffer from their own mistakes. 

It quickly turns into a boring slog of poor decision making and a grind that feels like a bad MMO grind.  

All of the progress from the first 40 chapters both character progress and story progress comes to a screeching halt.  More than half of the released chapters of this series are a nonsense side quest with no real stakes and no excitement or interest.

I cannot recommend this series. Normally this would be a 3.5 star story due to the strength of book one, it earns the 2 stars by being so devastatingly downgraded from book 1 to everything released after.

A book series lives and dies from how it moves from the initial ideas and character growth of book one to the realization of these ideas and characters in book two.  Unfortunately book 2 lowers the stakes, has the characters act in contradictory ways and really has none of the good concepts seen earlier.  This makes me sad.

Norrie
Overall

While I enjoyed the early chapters I lost a lot of interest later on as the danger/struggle left the story.

Maybe it was always meant to be a slice of life no danger story but early chapters had me believing it was going to be about adventure, risk, and struggling to achieve  greatness. Instead it's about kids in a playground who will be great whether they like it or not.

Mortgenstern
Overall

Very repetitive, MC is given what should be overpowered skills just for them to be crippled with some made up reason, MC earns what should be huge amounts of resources just for item priices to jump way beyond reasonable to keep MC always with less than he needs.

World mechanics change multiple times (feels like author changed their mind). The whole animal companion aspect makes no sense at all, and feels added to cater to pet lovers.

The super mentors MC is given are useless and do nothing except waste word count for years.

Did I say repetitive? Play war, auction, play war, play war, play war, caution, play war, play war, auction...etc

zimbimbaroo
Overall

This is a nice story. It has a few issues with inconsistency of the story's internal logic when it comes to the power levels of individuals, skills, monsters, and even items.

Other than that, this is a very frustrating story. The author really makes certain arcs drag on much longer than necessary, and you can skip every other chapter and still get a very good understanding of the story without missing anything important.

The characters also stop being as realistic an natural as the story progresses. Whatever magic was there in the first 40 chapters, takes a nose dive and never recovers. There are good moments, but the characters stop being as likable.

It's not a bad story, but I don't particularly reccomend it.

runningsloth
Overall

Fun progression, stretches suspension of disbelief

Reviewed at: The Path of Ascension Chapter 19

The progression of the mc is very fun while the story is focused on it. The cultivation system is interesting as talent in cultivation is not a factor, and anyone can do it, presumably infinitely. There also isn’t conservation of mass or energy laws in this universe, unless there is a supermassive universe core powering everything. The cosmic and intergalactic space empire is also pretty rare in the cultivation stories, and is a great premise.

The setting is the best part of this story. 

The problem is that the mc ate the luck luck devil fruit or something and everything goes his way, although he is usually unaware of it. The mc’s story is pretty much what happens when you get a perfect run in a rogue-like game, and find a broken setup that you can only get one in 10,000 attempts. 

The other problem is that it always feels like the universe revolves around the mc. Special characters are always there when he needs them, and everyone wants to help him out from the goodness of their hearts. He also meets several god tier talent that only exist once a generation in a backwater region of planets. 

Basically, this story is fun as long as you embrace how convenient everything is for the characters. Hopefully things become a challenge for the mc soon. The fights are criminally boring as well. The explanations of stats are the most exciting parts of this.

Sage Yash
Overall

Very convenient and illogical, no real tension

Reviewed at: The Path of Ascension Chapter 53

I liked the idea, I didn't even mind MC getting a basically infinite mana cheat, I didn't mind him partnering with another OP rich af, with strong bloodline and background girl, but this wasn't enough, its 

revealed they were technically not in any danger during their adventures which were supposed to be done relying on your own apparently, because the girl's OP Family sent guardians to look after them secretly.

 

Also, he trusted her 100% way too easily, a lot of interactions I feel make no sense or are forced. There are more things but I really don't find it worth my time to mention, they're mentioned in comments by me and many others too already. 

 

Srooka
Overall

MC is acting not his age, has power way too OP, never consulting important decisions with any one.

Is constantly poor, money is huge tool on his mind, but when he get egg of spirit best and is informed that is is worth billions, there wasn't any moment of hesitation that he will keep that egg and raise a best instead of just selling it

korish83
Overall

There are a few things that really mess with flushing out the story. Spoilers no point in claiming otherwise. I have read all the released chapters over the last couple days and these are my main takeaways. 

Early on the main character has supurb motivations and backstory. The drive to overcome his powerlessness and poverty are relatable, understandable and well done. I think it could have benefited from a chapter showing the parents and loving caring people before going to the orphanage but thats just me. 

It quickly deviates from that excellent foundation first by having the object of his anger and cause of powerlessness solved for him with literally zero effort. So other than "I need to get stronger to prevent this in the future" vague direction it looses a lot of its oomph. This easily could have been a constant source of struggle to obtain and how the character handles the aftermath of his revenge or falls short and never realizes his goal because the villain is untouchable or ascends. So many better ways to handle this character motivation.

The main character takes a calculated risk when many in his position would be desperate. He manages to pull through is unjustifiably berated for it and does not take the amazing opportunity to get out of poverty which he is extremely obsessed with (rightfully so). To make the decision worse his reward is flat out stated to be an aesthetically pleasing pet. This EASILY could be justified if the MC is forced into a tank roll and needs some dps but as a do anything character the pet is pointless. Sadly this decision gets worse because he is alone with no backing and it's immediately established that pets are crazy expensive to nurture when he needs all the funds he can get to make do already. With proper setup this could have made sense why the MC would risk death to get a pet (chance drop) and chose to keep the pet that fit with established character motivations. 

The power creep in this story is going reach such insane proportions for the MC it will have to become a slice of life because combat will have zero suspense and any that is there will feel forced because of the established infinite resources that surprises even immortals. This could have been somewhat mitigated if the character could only use defensive spells to prevent complete overpowered toolset with zero reliance on others.

The last thing that bothers me the most even more than keep the pet is The Path is constantly held up to be this sacred protected hardship that you earn your way though this super difficult challenge and literally every step of the way the MC is handed everything. No joke everything. He was going to work for years to buy a rift slot, nope jumps the line and gets an elite privileged island for free where he can level all he wants. Steals when later in the the story actions like that are punished by death. Characters in the background constantly orchestrating resources to fall in the MCs lap, once in a lifetime opportunity to help for essential powers rather then struggle. Essentially at every turn there is zero setup and payoff the MC gets everything handed to him. If you were to compare this to a game of say Diablo he gets a full legendary set every single run vs hundreds/thousands to get that one piece you have been searching for. One is obviously more emotionally satisfying than the other. You always expect a certain amount of luck for a MC to experience above what a normal person might but the character has literal gods paving the road every step of the way removing all suspense, tension and emotional payoff.